Monte Rosa: the 2nd highest mountain in the Alps
Monte Rosa: the 2nd highest mountain in the Alps Zermatt Reviews
Monte Rosa: the 2nd highest mountain in the Alps Jun 19, 2012
As Leonardo da Vinci once said about a mountain massif that rise with great height from the plains of lombardy: "no mountain has its base at so great a height as this, which lifts itself above almost all the clouds".
at 4,634 m or 15,203 ft, Monte Rosa stands tall between switzerland and italy. the mountain massif is second only to mont blanc in height but its chain of sub mountain peaks, ice and glaciers forms a formidable barrier that created the border between these two countries.
the monte rosa massif has two different faces, it rises dramatically with great height from the plains of lombardy in italy and hidden by tall peaks surrounded by glaciers and ice in valais, switzerland.
Monte Rosa contains sub peaks more than 4000 meters high of which dufourspitze is the highest 4,634 m or 15,203 ft - located inside switzerland.
the main peaks of the monte rosa massif are:
Dufourspitze 4,634 metres (15,203 ft)
Ostspitze 4,632 metres (15,197 ft)
Grenzgipfel 4,618 metres (15,151 ft)
Nordend 4,618 metres (15,151 ft)
Zumsteinspitze 4,563 metres (14,970 ft)
Signalkuppe / Punta Gniffeti 4,554 metres (14,941 ft) (margherita hut location)
Lyskamm 4,527 metres (14,852 ft) the 4th highest mountain in the alps.
the main huts used to ascend into the summit are the margherita hut (cappana regina margherita)in the italian side - the highest mountain hut in europe at the peak of signalkuppe and the the monte rosa hut (monte rosa hütte) - 2795m in the swiss side.
furthermore, on the swiss side, 2 glacial lakes are formed by the melting of the glaciers that surrounds the massif. between the mountains of monte rosa, lyskamm and breithorn is the birthplace of the görner glacier - the 2nd longest glacier in the alps.
the beauty of the monte rosa had inspired leonardo da vinci to portray the mountain into his artworks like the madonna of the rocks. as he is inspired by the pink glow of the mountain massif (probably the alpenglühen phenomena).
for exploring the monte rosa massif - it can be reached through the village of macugnaga in italy and zermatt in switzerland - although in zermatt, it is not visible because of the high mountain peaks surrounding the valley, you need to go up at least 3200 meters or 10,000 ft. to see it.
the tour de monte rosa (synonymous to the tour du mont blanc) circles the mountain massif.
*i took the pics in the swiss side of the monte rosa massif and the weather was not good, so i could not take more pics of the sub and satellite peaks of the massif*
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