Monte Clapier

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Monte Clapier
Mont Clapier
Mont clapier.jpg
Highest point
Elevation 3,045 m (9,990 ft) [1]
Coordinates 44°06′58″N 7°25′09″E / 44.11611°N 7.41917°E / 44.11611; 7.41917Coordinates: 44°06′58″N 7°25′09″E / 44.11611°N 7.41917°E / 44.11611; 7.41917
Monte Clapier Mont Clapier is located in Alps
Monte Clapier Mont Clapier
Monte Clapier
Mont Clapier
Location of Monte Clapier in the Alps.
Location Piedmont, Italy
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Parent range Maritime Alps
First ascent 1832, Luigi Giovanni Fecia Cossato, approaching from Entracque[2]

Monte Clapier (French: Mont Clapier) is a mountain in the Maritime Alps, on the boundary between the province of Cuneo (Piedmont, northern Italy) and the French region of Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur.


It is part of the Mercantour massif.

Monte Clapier is home to the southernmost glacier in the Alps, located on the Italian side at some 40 km from the sea. Furthermore, it is the southernmost mountain in the Alps exceeding 3000 meters in height.


Geologically, the mountain is formed by granitoid gneiss, with outcrops of amphibolic agmatites (granitoid migmatites).


It may be climbed from the Refuge Nice in around two-and-a-half to three hours,[3] initially northward along a narrow path towards the Lacs de Mont Clapier, then eastward along a cairned route (no path visible) across rough, bouldered ground.


The view is extensive stretching from the Mediterranean to the south to the high Alps to the northeast. Monte Viso is prominent to the north and 4000m peaks like the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa and the Weissmies,[4] and even Corsica,[5] are visible on clear days.

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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-05-23. Retrieved 2012-09-29. 
  2. ^ Lorenzo Bagnoli, Quando non esistevano i satelliti. La cartografia alpina del Capitano Cossato, in "Le rocce della scoperta", Glauco Brigatt, Genoa 2009
  3. ^ Personal experience and quoted time from staff at the Refuge Nice.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-05-23. Retrieved 2012-09-29. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-06-12. Retrieved 2012-09-29. 



  • Villani, Nanni (April 2002). Monte Argentera, tre metri sotto i tremila e trecento, in Piemonte Parchi - speciale Cime Tempestose. Regione Piemonte.