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.