Monte Viso

Monte Viso
Monte Viso

Monte Viso seen from the Col de Chamoussiere, in French territory.
Elevation 3,841 m (12,602 ft)
Prominence 2,062 m (6,765 ft) 
ranked 10th in the Alps
Listing Ultra
Location Italy
Range Cottian Alps
Coordinates 44°40′03″N 7°05′30″E / 44.6675°N 7.09167°E / 44.6675; 7.09167
First ascent August 30, 1861 by William Mathews and Frederic Jacomb with guide Michel Croz
Easiest route South Face scramble

Monte Viso or Monviso (Occitan: Vísol; Piedmontese: Brich Monviso or Viso), is a mountain in the Cottian Alps in Italy close to the French border. Monte Viso is well known for its pyramid-like shape, and because it is higher than all its neighbouring peaks by about 500 m it can be seen from some distance, from the Piedmontese plateau and the Langhe. On a very clear day it can be seen from the spirals of the Milan Cathedral.

On the northern slopes of Monte Viso are the headwaters of the Po, the so-called Pian del Re (2,020 m). The Monviso group is surrounded by the Valle Po, Valle Varaita and, on the French side, the Valle del Guil. The northern sector of the group, from the Punta Gastaldi to the Colle delle Traversette, is located on the French border.

Monte Viso was climbed for the first time on August 30, 1861 by William Mathews, Frederick Jacomb, Jean-Baptiste Croz and Michel Croz.

Monte Viso is the location of a neolithic jadeite quarry, at an elevation of 2000 to 2400 metres. Its productivity peaked around 5000 BC. The jadeite was used to make cult axes, which are found all over western Europe.

See also


  • McLewin, Will (1991). In Monte Viso’s Horizon: Climbing All the Alpine 4000m Peaks. Ernest Press. ISBN 0-948153-09-1. 

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  • Monte Viso Tunnel — The Monte Viso Tunnel (Italian: Buco di Viso) is an Alpine tunnel built during the Renaissance and located eight kilometres north of Monviso (Cottian Alps), northern Italy. It is 75 m long, 3 m wide, and located at 2,882 metres linking… …   Wikipedia

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