Monte Rosa, Switzerland

Prominence: 2165 m, 7103 ft

Elevation: 4634 meters, 15,203 feet

Approx. Isolation: 78.3 km, 48.65 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
45.936876, 7.866781 (Dec Deg)
412153E 5087658N Zone 32 (UTM)
CountrySwitzerland (Highest Point)
State/ProvinceValais (Highest Point)

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     World Country High Points (Rank #34)
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     Core Europe Peaks with 1500 meters of Prominence (Rank #19)
     Alps Range4 High Points (Rank #2)
     Core Europe 50 Most Prominent Peaks (Rank #19)
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     Alps Top 50 by Prominence (Rank #7)
     Switzerland Alps Peaks with 600 meters of Prominence (Rank #3)
     Europe High Points - Comprehensive List (Rank #6)
     Peaks with Most Page Views on Site (Rank #48)
     Europe High Points with Iberian Substitution (Rank #3)
     Peaks with Most Individual Summiters-Outside USA (Rank #33)
     Most Ascended Peaks-Outside USA (Rank #43)

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

Selected Trip Reports from this site:
     1949-08-18 by Frederick Johnson
     1993-08-14 by Greg Slayden (GPS Track)
     1997-09-11 by Chris Upson
     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

View ascents of peak by registered members (58 total)

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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
  Key Col: Great Saint Bernard Pass    2469 m/8100 ft
Isolation78.3 km/48.65 mi
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Monte Bianco di Courmayeur  (W)
Isolation distance is based on NHN and is slightly overstated.
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
Mediterranean Sea
Atlantic Ocean
First AscentAugust 01, 1855
John Birkbeck
Charles Hudson
Ulrich Lauener
Christopher Smyth
James G. Smyth
Edward Stephenson
Matthäus Zumtaugwald
Johannes Zumtaugwald
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
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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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