Monte Rosa

Elevation (feet): 15,203
Elevation (meters): 4,633
Continent: Europe
Country: Italy/Switzerland
Range/Region: Pennine Alps
Latitude: 45.937028
Longitude: 7.867623
Difficulty: Technical Climb
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)

Thanks to Marshall Hall for contributing to these details. (View history)

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.