Liskamm – 4527m, Traverse – AD , 1000m , 8-12hrs
The Full Traverse of Liskamm is the most sort after snow crest in the Alps. 4km long, with sections that are knife edge, the route requires good levels of both alpine experience and fitness.
The Climb – A very long, serious route with sustained sections on narrow snow crests at high altitude.
Experience – Previous alpine climbing experience on narrow snow crests is essential, as are sure footedness and excellent cramponing skills.
Guiding – If you are interested in travering Liskamm with a guide, check out our 1:1 Guiding Peaks week.
The route can be traversed in either direction, but is most commonly done east to west, so that the narrowest part can be done in ascent.
This first section involves a knife edge snow crest for a few hundred metres, leading up to the East Summit. Beyond, the traverse between the two summits is less difficult, apart from another narrow section approaching the West Summit.
The final descent down from the West Summit involves some steep snow and potentially icy terrain, but the difficulties are shortlived and lead quickly to the glacier and on down to the Quintino Sella hut.