Monte Viso

Elevation (feet): 12,602
Elevation (meters): 3,841
Continent: Europe
Country: Italy
Range/Region: Cottian Alps
Latitude: 44.6667
Longitude: 7.08824
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug, Sep
Year first climbed: 1861
First successful climber(s): William Mathews, F. Jacomb, Jr. Jacomb
Nearest major airport: Turin, Italy
Convenient Center: Castello, Italy

Monte Viso is the highest peak in the Cottian Alps. It is a superb isolated pyramid, surrounded by fine scenery. Its rocky slopes ascend in tiers, some of which are extremely steep. Though it rises fewer than fifty miles southwest of the city of Turin, its exact location on the Franco-Italian frontier is somewhat remote. Its remoteness contrasts with excessive development elsewhere in the Alps, and adds to its appeal. The long trek to the mountain has become increasingly popular, and provides excellent panoramic views. Additional text submitted by Romeo B. The normal route to the summit follow the south face of the peak, and 1200m from ref.Q.Sella (4-6 hours). The way is signed with red vernish spots and there are some II? passages. Particulary hazardous are the stones falling, so an helmet is nearly necessary. At 3226m there is a shelter (biv.Andreotti) to be used only on emergency. The view from the summit is wonderfull and reach all the highest peaks of western Alps.

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Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 13 trip reports for Monte Viso.

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  • Log #7624 - by Vladimir Holeèek on Sep 23, 2004
    I have climbed this nice peak with 3 my friends from refugio Q,. Sella by normal route. The weather was not good, but our climb was succesful. your Láïa Yetti Holeèek from Bohemia paradise
  • Log #7625 - by Simone & Daniela on Sep 22, 2004
    Out first summit, great but strenuous climb (12hours to climb and descend)
  • Log #7626 - by andre de jonge on Oct 30, 2003
    cloudy but great en great view of the alps if it is clear!!
  • Log #7627 - by Fabrizio Giordanetto on Aug 04, 2003
    I was with my brother Michele and we had real fun climbing up this majestic mountain. The sky was crystal clear and there was an incredible view from the top, ranging from Mt. Blanc to the...
  • Log #7628 - by Louis Froelicher on Sep 09, 2002
    For the second time after 20 years on top of wonderful Monviso. Felt very happy climbing the mountain with my younger brother Christian. There was still a lot of snow for this time of the season on...
  • Log #7636 - by Alain Figer on Dec 29, 2001
    I attempted Mount Viso (3841 m) in 1982, when I was aged 35. I was then a fitted hiker, yet had almost no climbing experience. My best ever reference was the Font Sancte (3387 m), reached using...
  • Log #7635 - by gps on Dec 28, 2001
    With CK and JH made attempt on Mon Viso as conditions in Chamonix were terrible. Walked up to Q. Sella hut. While preparing for summit noticed weather breaking down.
  • Log #7634 - by gps on Dec 27, 2001
    The previous entry might imply that we summited. We did not, spent a day playing in the snow around Q. Sella hut.
  • Log #7629 - by MISSAGLIA FIORENZO on Sep 11, 2001
    STARTING (4,30 A.M.) WHILE WAS SNOWING ,AFTER CLOUDY TILL 10.00 A.M. - ON THE TOP NO A GOOD VIEW - DURING THE RETURN TO Q. SELLA REFUGE TO PIAN DEL RE A VERY STRONG WIND FROM NORD AND FINALLY A...
  • Log #7630 - by Charles Catherin on Sep 03, 1999
    I was 12 years old when I summited this beautiful pyramid .The normal way is quite boring because it is not really climbing .But the sight is wonderful .
  • Log #7631 - by Andrea Girardi on Aug 26, 1999
    Very long climb with lot of rocky routes. The final 600m are max II grade, but are continuous. I was with my 69-years-old old father, and it was a beautiful day.
  • Log #7632 - by Paolo Turino on July 21, 1999
    Very beautiful, but not easy. Be careful!
  • Log #7633 - by Linard Marc on Apr 06, 1999
    Monte Viso is the highest peak in its region, so the panorama is really huge. The easier way to summit Monviso starts at Rif. Quintino Sella. The climbing is always easy, but it's long.