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Elevation (feet): 13,448
Elevation (meters): 4,107
Continent: Europe
Country: Switzerland
Latitude: 46.5667
Longitude: 7.9833
Difficulty: Technical Climb
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1857
First successful climber(s): Siegismund Porges, Ulrich Almer, Christian Almer, Christian Kaufmann
Nearest major airport: Bern, Switzerland
Convenient Center: Grindelwald, Switzerland


Monch (Mönch), whose name means monk, is a monumental mountain, part of the great north wall of the Bernese Oberland. It is the central summit of the three famous mountains on this crest, with Jungfrau to its west and Eiger to its east. Though Monch is a serious mountain of snow and ice, it offers a relatively straightforward ascent, compared to its steep neighbors. Today railways take tourists near the summits of these mountains, and the Jungfraujoch Hotel (11,412 ft./ 3478 m.) has been built into the col that separates Jungfrau and Monch.