Piz Lunghin

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Piz Lunghin
Lake sils.jpg
Lake Sils and Piz Lunghin (centre right)
Highest point
Elevation 2,780 m (9,120 ft)
Prominence 135 m (443 ft) [1]
Parent peak Piz Lagrev
Listing List of mountains of Switzerland
Coordinates 46°24′38″N 9°40′13″E / 46.41056°N 9.67028°E / 46.41056; 9.67028Coordinates: 46°24′38″N 9°40′13″E / 46.41056°N 9.67028°E / 46.41056; 9.67028
Piz Lunghin is located in Switzerland
Piz Lunghin
Piz Lunghin
Parent range Albula Range

Piz Lunghin (2,780 m) is a mountain in the Swiss canton of Graubünden, located in the Albula range, overlooking the Maloja Pass. It can be considered as the "roof of Europe" as the water running off the mountain can head towards the Atlantic, Mediterranean or Black Sea.

Geography and hydrography[edit]

Piz Lunghin lies at the upper end of the Engadine (east) and the Bregaglia (west) valleys. The Maloja Pass, which connects the two valleys, is located 2 km south-east from the peak. The north side of the mountain lies in the protected area Parc Ela.

Pass Lunghin

The notable triple watershed is in fact located 600 metres from the summit itself, at the Lunghin Pass, at 2645 m (46°24′48.70″N 9°39′49.20″E / 46.4135278°N 9.6636667°E / 46.4135278; 9.6636667).[2] The north-west side gives birth to a river ending in the Gelgia, a tributary of the Albula, itself a tributary of the Rhine. From the south-west side the water flows towards the Mera in Val Bregaglia, a tributary of the Po. Finally the Inn originates from Lägh dal Lunghin below the peak, east to the pass. The Inn is a tributary of the Danube.

Climbing and hiking[edit]

The summit can be reached easily from the north flank via a trail starting from the Lunghin Pass. The pass connects Bivio on the north (via the Septimer Pass) to Maloja (village) in the Engadine on the east. The shortest access is from the latter. From Maloja (1810 m) the trail follows the young Inn and leads to the pass in a few hours of walking.

A signposted multiday trekking route[3] passes the pass as well, called Senda Segantini after the painter Giovanni Segantini that worked on his most famous works in those areas.

See also[edit]

Witenwasserenstock a Swiss mountain triple watershed of Rhine, Po and Rhône.


  1. ^ Swisstopo maps
  2. ^ In fact the triple watershed is located north of the pass itself but has almost no prominence like most other triple watersheds which are located on mountain summits. The area west of the pass is almost flat but is divided between the Rhine and Po basins.
  3. ^ (English) Hiking Switzerland on Senda Segantini across Lunghin pass

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