The Mönch north face dominating the Eiger Glacier (which flows from left to right).
|Elevation||4,107 m (13,474 ft)|
|Prominence||584 m (1,916 ft) |
|Isolation||3.6 km (2.2 mi) |
|Parent range||Bernese Alps|
|First ascent||August 15, 1857|
|Easiest route||basic rock/snow/ice climb|
The Mönch (German: "monk") at 4,107 metres (13,474 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).
A view of the Mönch taken from the Jungfraujoch
The Moench, by Helga von Cramm, with prayer by Achespè, chromolithograph, c. 1879. (3 x 4.5 inches).
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