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Mönch and Eigergletscher.jpg
The north side and the Eiger Glacier
Elevation 4,107 m (13,474 ft)
Prominence 584 m (1,916 ft)[1]
Parent peak Finsteraarhorn
Mönch is located in Switzerland
Location in Switzerland
Location Bern/Valais, Switzerland
Range Bernese Alps
Coordinates 46°33′30″N 7°59′50″E / 46.55833°N 7.99722°E / 46.55833; 7.99722Coordinates: 46°33′30″N 7°59′50″E / 46.55833°N 7.99722°E / 46.55833; 7.99722
First ascent August 15, 1857
Easiest route basic rock/snow/ice climb

The Mönch (German: "monk") is a mountain in the Bernese Alps, in Switzerland. Together with the Eiger and the Jungfrau it forms a highly recognisable group of mountains visible from far away.

The Mönch lies on the border between the cantons of Valais and Bern, and forms part of a mountain ridge between the Jungfrau and Jungfraujoch to the west, and the Eiger to the east. The mountain is located west of Mönchsjoch (a 3,650 m high pass) and Mönchsjoch Hut and north of the Jungfraufirn and Ewigschneefäld, two affluents of the Great Aletsch Glacier. The north side of the Mönch forms a step wall above the Lauterbrunnen valley.

The Jungfrau railway tunnel runs right under the summit at a height of approximately 3,300 metres.

The peak was first climbed on August 15, 1857 by Christian Almer, Christian Kaufmann, Ulrich Kaufmann and Sigismund Porges.



  1. ^ Retrieved from the Swisstopo topographic maps. The key col is the Unders Mönchsjoch (3,523 m).

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