Nice pyramid made of red gneiss. The french name "evèque", in english means "bishop". This because till the 1875 all the Arolla valley belonged to the bishop of Sion village.
The shape of this mountain is basically a square pyramid. The north flank, very nice and totally covered by a glacier which is part of the bigger
Collon glacier; it's the side where the normal route goes across.
The rest of the mountain is composed by three steepy and rocky flanks, that stand out directly from the galciers Collon and Arolla.
The pinnacle called "Mitre de l'Evèque"(3654m), is also part of this mountain.
It is composed by two summits and placed between Mont Collon and the higher Evèque. It's not commonly climbed due to the bad rock quality and the closeness of more famous mountains.
The Evèque is an important mountain situated along the hauteroute "Camonix-Zermatt", this is why it's often climbed on ski in springtime.
Route from ITALY:via Valpelline-Comba d'Oren-rif Nacamuli.
From Turin, Milan. Leave motorway A5 in Aosta Est, then follow Grand Sant Bernard tunnel direction. Once passed Valpelline village,take the direction to lake of Place Moulin.
Route from SWIZZERLAND:via Arolla.
From Geneva,Sion. Arolla is the topmost village of the uppermost valley of the Val d'Hérens.
In former times, you could reach it only on foot. Now, there exists a road. You reach Arolla by car from Sion via Evolène and Les Haudères.
NORTH FLANK (B)Normal route,from glacier Collon 1,30/2 hours (PD/BSA)
EAST FLANK AND NORT-EAST RIDGE (C)From Col collon 4/5 hours.Bad rock quality and not recomended.
EAST RIDGE From Col Collon,550 meters.(V/V+)
SOUTH-WEST RIDGE (A)From Col de l'Evèque.Very nice and good rock.(III/IV)
Italian sideRefuge Nacamuli-Col Collon60 places.2828m at the head of Comba d'Oren,3-4 hours from the dike of Place Moulin.Open summer and spring for ski-mauntaineering.Difficulty EERifugio Nacamuli
Swiss sideRefuge des Bouquetines25 places.2980m at the head of Glacier d'Arolla.3-4 hours from Arolla.Open summer.Tel0041 21 845 63 21.Difficulty FRefuge des Bouquetines
Cabane des Vignettes125 places.3160m,situated near the "Col des Vignettes".3-4 hours from Arolla.Tel.0041 27 283 13 22.Open summer and spring.Difficulty FCabane des Vignettes