Lepontine Alps

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Lepontine Alps

Photo of the Lepontine Alps
View on the Monte Leone Group, the highest chain of the Lepontine Alps

Part of Western European Alps
Continent Europe
Location Valais, Switzerland
Ticino, Switzerland
Uri, Switzerland
Graubünden, Switzerland
Piemonte, Italy
Highest Point Monte Leone ()

Map of the Lepontine Alps
Lepontine Alps located in the Western European Alps

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The Lepontine Alps are a mountain range in the central part of the Alps. They are located in Switzerland (Valais, Ticino and Graubünden) and Italy (Piemonte and Lombardy). The Furka Pass, St Gotthard Pass and the upper Rhône valley separate them from the Bernese Alps; the upper Rhône valley separates them from the Urner Alps; the Simplon Pass separates them from the Pennine Alps; the Vorderrhein valley and the Oberalp Pass separate them from the Glarus Alps; the Splügen Pass separates them from the Central Eastern Alps (Oberhalbstein Range).

The Lepontine Alps are drained by the rivers Rhône in the west, Reuss in the north, Rhine (Vorderrhein and Hinterrhein) in the east and Ticino and Toce in the south.

The Simplon rail tunnel, which leads from Brig to Domodossola, the St Gotthard rail and highway tunnels (from Andermatt to Airolo) and the San Bernardino Tunnel are important transport arteries.

The eastern portion of the Lepontine Alps, from the St Gotthard Pass to the Splügen Pass, is sometimes named the Adula Alps.

  • Monte Leone-Blinnenhorn Group
  • Rotondo-Centrale-Piz Blas Group
  • Basodino-Cristallina-Biela Group
  • Onsernone Group
  • Togano-Laurasca-Limidario Group
  • Campo Tencia-Zucchero-Madone Grosso Group
  • Medel-Terri Group (Adulla Alps)
  • Adula Group (Adulla Alps)
  • Monti dello Spluga (Adulla Alps)
  • Mesolcina Group (Adulla Alps)
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