The first ascent was by A. W. Moore, Horace Walker and Jakob Anderegg on 6 July 1865, via the east face. The second ascent of the peak, and the first by the north-north-west ridge, was by Lord Francis Douglas, Peter Taugwalder and Joseph Vianin on 7 July 1865. Douglas was killed a week later on the first ascent of the Matterhorn.
Christian Klucker and L. Norman-Neruda made the first ascent of the east-north-east ridge on 1 August 1890. The north face, similar to but 'rather steeper' than the north-east face of the Lenzspitze, was first climbed on 30 July 1930 by H. Kiener and R. Schwarzgruber.
Huts serving the peak are the Rothorn Hut (3,198 m), the Cabane du Mountet (2,886 m) and the Arben Bivouac (3,224 m).