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Monte Leone

Monte Leone
Monte Leone seen from Simplon pass, August 2006
Elevation 3,553 m (11,657 ft)
Prominence 1,144 m (3,753 ft)[1]
Parent peak Dammastock
Monte Leone
Location in the Alps
Location Valais, Switzerland / Piedmont, Italy
Range Lepontine Alps

46°14′59″N 8°06′37″E / 46.24972°N 8.11028°E / 46.24972; 8.11028Coordinates: 46°14′59″N 8°06′37″E / 46.24972°N 8.11028°E / 46.24972; 8.11028

First ascent July 1859, by a unnamed Swiss officer [2]

Monte Leone is the highest mountain of the Lepontine Alps and is located on the border between Switzerland and Italy. The mountain stans on the extreme west of the Lepontine Alps, a few kilometres east of Simplon Pass.


Leone in Italian means lion, and the mountain's name is said to come from the look of its south face's profile. A different origin of the name could be Munt d'l'Aiun, which in the local dialect means Aiun's mountain; Aione is a nearby village and mount Leone is situated close to meadows traditionally owned by the villagers.


In the SOIUSA (International Standardized Mountain Subdivision of the Alps) the mountain belongs to an alpine subsection of Lepontine Alps called "North-Western Lepontine Alps" (It:Alpi del Monte Leone e del San Gottardo; De:Monte Leone-Sankt Gotthard-Alpen).[3]

See also


External links

  • Monte Leone on Summitpost
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