Photo by Karl Gemperli
|Best months for climbing:||Jul, Aug, Sep|
|Year first climbed:||1855|
|First successful climber(s):||Charles Hudson, J. Smyth, C. Smyth, E. Stephenson, John Birkbeck, and party|
|Nearest major airport:||Geneva, Switzerland|
|Convenient Center:||Zermatt, Switzerland, (approach from north) Alagna, Italy, (approach from south)|
Monte Rosa is a huge glacier covered massif with ten summits. Its highest summits, Dufourspitze (4633m), Nordend (4609m), Zumsteinspitze (4563), and Signalkuppe (4556m), are four of the five highest peaks in the Alps. Only Mont Blanc (4807m) is higher.
Monte Rosa's glaciers flow in abundance, but only on the northern flanks, where they stream toward the pastures of the Zermatt valley. The south side, in contrast, presents a steep face of rugged precipices which drop suddenly to the lush valleys below.