Coordinates: 46°33′30″N 7°59′50″E / 46.55833°N 7.99722°E / 46.55833; 7.99722
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The Mönch north face dominating the Eiger Glacier (which flows from left to right).
Highest point
Elevation4,110 m (13,480 ft)
Prominence591 m (1,939 ft)[1]
Parent peakFinsteraarhorn
Isolation3.6 km (2.2 mi)[2]
Coordinates46°33′30″N 7°59′50″E / 46.55833°N 7.99722°E / 46.55833; 7.99722
English translationMonk
Mönch is located in Switzerland
Location in Switzerland
LocationBern/Valais, Switzerland
Parent rangeBernese Alps
Mountain typeLimestone
First ascentAugust 15, 1857
Easiest routebasic rock/snow/ice climb

The Mönch (German pronunciation: [ˈmœnç] , German: "monk") at 4,110 metres (13,480 ft) 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. It is west of Mönchsjoch, a pass at 3,650 metres (11,980 ft), 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 an elevation of approximately 3,300 metres (10,830 ft).

The summit was first climbed on record on 15 August 1857 by Christian Almer, Christian Kaufmann (1831-1861), Ulrich Kaufmann and Sigismund Porges.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Retrieved from the Swisstopo topographic maps. The key col is the Unders Mönchsjoch (3,519 m).
  2. ^ Retrieved from Google Earth. The nearest point of higher elevation is northeast of the Jungfrau.

External links[edit]

  • Mönch on Summitpost
  • Mönch on Hikr
  • "Mönch". Peakware.com. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. - photos
  • Mönch from Kleine Scheidegg