Dufourspitze (4634m) is the highest peak in Switzerland and also the highest in the Monte Rosa massif. Most climbers reach its summit via the Swiss normal route although it is also possible to tackle this peak from the Italian side. From the Swiss side, it is a strenuous ascent with a long and tiring stretch from the Monte Rosa hut (2883m) to the summit at 4634m. However, the challenging climb will award you with amazing views. Take your pick from our selection of trips below and reach the summit of the famous Dufourspitze. Explore-Share.com only promotes mountain trips led by certified guides.
At 4634m, the Dufourspitze is the highest mountain in Switzerland and the second highest in the Alps, after Mont Blanc. This stunning peak with amazing glaciers is located in the Pennine Alps between the Valais region in Switzerland and the Aosta Valley in Italy. Climbing this mountain is not technically too difficult, unless there is bad weather. It does require acclimatization and proper equipment including crampons, ropes and ice-axes. From Zermatt, it is estimated that the Dufourspitze climb takes 2-3 days to complete. Going with a guide will ensure you’re safe and on the right track!
Because it is the highest point of Switzerland, the weather in the region is quite extreme. Summer temperatures range between 10°C and 16°C, and can drop lower at night and at high altitudes, and winter temperatures range from -7°C to -10.2°C.
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The normal starting point to the Dufourspitze is the village of Zermatt. You can get to Zermatt from the Geneva airport, which is 235km away, a 2.5 hours drive. You will need to drive to the village of Tosco and take the shuttle train from Täsch to Zermatt.
Climbing the Dufourspitze is usually done in the summer months of June, July and August. However, be prepared for sub-zero temperatures at higher altitudes regardless of the season.
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