Monte Rosa, Switzerland

Prominence: 2165 m, 7103 ft

Elevation: 4634 meters, 15,203 feet

True Isolation: 78.25 km, 48.62 mi
Highest SummitDufourspitze
SubpeaksGrenzgipfel (4618 m/15,151 ft)
Nordend (4609 m/15,121 ft)
Zumsteinspitze (4563 m/14,970 ft)
Signalkuppe (4554 m/14,941 ft)
Parrotspitze (4432 m/14,541 ft)
Ludwigshöhe (4341 m/14,242 ft)
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)45° 56' 13'' N, 7° 52' 0'' E
45.93692, 7.86676 (Dec Deg)
412151 E 5087663 N, Zone 32 (UTM)
CountrySwitzerland (Highest Point)
State/ProvinceValais (Highest Point)
County/Second Level RegionVisp (Highest Point)

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Lists that contain Monte Rosa:
     Europe High Points - Inclusive Grab Bag (Rank #6)
     Europe UN Member High Points (Rank #5)
     Core Europe Country High Points (Rank #3)
     Europe High Points with Iberian Substitution (Rank #3)
     Europe Country High Points (Rank #5)
     Alpine Peaks with 2000 meters of Prominence (Rank #7)
     Europe Range3 High Points (Rank #3)
     Alps Range4 High Points (Rank #2)
     Core Europe 50 Most Prominent Peaks (Rank #19)
     Ultras of the Alps (Rank #7)
     UN Member State High Points (Rank #33)
     Alps Top 50 by Prominence (Rank #7)
     Alpine 4000-meter Peaks (Rank #2)
     World Country High Points (Rank #34)
     Ultras of Core Europe (Rank #19)
     Core Europe Peaks with 1500 meters of Prominence (Rank #19)
     Ultras of Europe (Rank #22)
     Europe 4500-meter Peaks (Rank #15)
     UIAA Alpine 4000-meter Peaks (Rank #3)
     Switzerland Canton High Points (Rank #1)
(Peak is on over 20 lists; Not all shown here.)

Selected Guidebook(s) for this Peak:
       Europe's High Points (McKeating, Crolla)

Ascent Info

Total ascents/attempts logged by registered users: 133
     Show all viewable ascents/attempts (Total: 128)

Selected Trip Reports:
     1949-08-18 by Frederick Johnson
     1985 by Steve Sheriff
     1993-08-14 by Greg Slayden (GPS Track)
     1997-09-11 by Chris Upson
     1999-08-21 by Keith Anderson
     2008-05-03 by Petter Bjørstad
     2009-09-07 by Ken Bartlett
     2010-05-09 by Masoud Alipour (Unsuccessful)
     2010-06-24 by Rob Woodall
     2012-08-13 by Caj Svensson (GPS Track)
     2014-04-06 by Klaus Kuk
     2014-07-16 by Mark McAllister
     2014-08-10 by Eric Gilbertson
     2015-07-13 by Phil Bates
     2016-07-05 by Damo Buch
     2017-07-31 by Tom Milliard (Unsuccessful)
     2017-08-04 by Lev Babiev (GPS Track)
     2017-08-23 by Peter Stone
     2018-07-08 by Thom Bas
     2018-07-11 by Tom Milliard
     2019-08-21 by Om Hoog
     2021-07-10 by Bill Hughes
     2022-07-24 by Allan Tobi
     2022-07-24 by Kristen Tamm
     2022-07-24 by Kaspar Kirss
     2022-08-29 by Janusz Węgrzyn

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Most people, including a good percentage of the tourists that throng Zermatt, do not realize that the Matterhorn is not the highest peak in the Swiss Alps. That honor belongs to the Dufourspitze, the crowning peak of the Monte Rosa massif, located a few miles east of the Matterhorn and rising just over 150 m/500 feet higher.

Other confusing myths swirl around the Dufourspitze. It is not the highest point in Italy as well as Switzerland, as is sometimes claimed--indeed, the actual summit lies 160m west of the border, entirely on the Swiss side. This also means that the Dufourspitze is also the highest peak "entirely within" Switzerland, an honor sometimes given to the Dom (14,911'/4545m), high point of the nearby Mischabel range. To be fair, the Dom is certainly much further inside Switzerland than 525 horizontal feet!

As the second highest summit in the Alps, the Dufourspitze ("Dufour Peak") is also perhaps the most significant mountain in the world named after a mapmaker--General Dufour, responsible for the high quality in early Swiss maps that is still noticeable today.

Greg Slayden contemplates the cloud-capped icy majesty of the Monte Rosa massif, high point of the Swiss Alps (1993-08-14).
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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 2165 m/7103 ft
  Optimistic Prominence: 2165 m/7103 ft
  Line Parent: Mont Blanc
  Key Col: Great Saint Bernard Pass    2469 m/8100 ft
IsolationIsolation Page  (Detailed isolation information)
   Distance: 78.25 km/48.62 mi
   Isolation Limit Point: 45.8283, 6.8708
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Monte Bianco di Courmayeur  (W)
RangesContinent: Europe
Range2: Alps
Range3: Southern Alps (Highest Point)
Range4: Pennine Alps (Highest Point)
Range5: Southeast Zermatt Area (Highest Point)
Range6: Monte Rosa (Highest Point)
Drainage BasinsRhone
Gulf of Lion
Western Mediterranean
Mediterranean Sea
Atlantic Ocean
First AscentAugust 01, 1855
    Birkbeck, John
    Hudson, Charles (United Kingdom)
    Lauener, Ulrich
    Smyth, Christopher
    Smyth, James G.
    Stephenson, Edward
    Zumtaugwald, Johannes (Switzerland)
    Zumtaugwald, Matthäus
Route #1 Rock and Glacier Climb: West Ridge
Trailhead: Rotbonden Station (Railroad) 2815 m/9236 ft
Vertical Gain: 2054 m/6739 ft
Distance (one way): 11.27 km/7 mi
Data Source1:25,000 (or larger) Topographic Survey Map
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Other Photos

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Climbing the NW Ridge of the Dufourspitze. The 4 major peaks in the background are L to R: Mont Blanc, Grand Combin, Matterhorn, and Dent Blanche (2010-07-31). Photo by Robert Garneau.
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Finally on top of my most difficult mountain so far, Dufourspitze in Switzerland (2016-09-08). Photo by Sven Kopf.
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Snowstorm at the top of Dufourspitze 4634m (2016-07-21). Photo by Iwan Auderset.
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