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3-day Bianco Ridge traverse to Piz Palü in the Bernina Range

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Join Daniel, an IFMGA-certified mountain guide, for this incredible 3-day mountaineering traverse up the "Stairway to Heaven", across the Bianco Ridge and on to Piz Palü, in eastern Switzerland.

Private

Alps

3 Days

Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Fit

Intermediate


Highlights

  • Take in the stunning scenery of eastern Switzerland.
  • Enjoy a diverse and varied ascent.
  • Take the so-called "Stairway to Heaven" up the Bianco Ridge.

Description

Rising to 3.900 meters above sea level, Piz Palü in the Bernina Range is the perfect traverse for intrepid mountaineers!

Boasting very diverse ridge climbing over both rock and ice, especially up the so-called “Stairway to Heaven” on the Bianco Ridge, the 3-day climb is unique in the region and should be on every mountaineer’s to-do list.

We will begin our trip in Pontresina, from which we will take a horse-drawn carriage to the Tschirva hut in the valley.

The next day, we will start early and begin our approach to the ridge via the famous Bianco Ridge, heading past Piz Bianco and Piz Bernina, both of which are 4.000 meters high, in the process.

After eight or nine hours of climbing, we will arrive at the Rifugio Marco e Rosa hut, where we will spend the night.

The next morning, we get up early again and continue our traverse past Bellavista terrasse and Piz Spinas before finally reaching Piz Palü. From here, we will descend down to the divollezza hut and take the cable car on to the parking lot.

So what are you waiting for? Book now for a once in a lifetime mountaineering experience across the Bianco Ridge and on to Piz Palü in eastern Switzerland!

If you like the look of this trip then I think you will also enjoy my 2-day mountaineering ascent of the Matterhorn!

Details

Accommodation

We will stay in two mountain huts during the trip.

Meeting point

Pontresina, Switzerland

Equipment you will need to bring

Helmet

Ice axe

Harness

Backpack

Crampons

Sunglasses

Other gear: Mountaineering boots


About the guide

Born in the Austrian Alps, the connection to the mountains was there from early on. Started skiing as a 3 year old kid, bit later climbing and mountaineering stepped in my live. Skiing and climbing all over the Alps and abroad became a huge part of my life.

One of my favorite places in the Alps are the mountains around Chamonix and Zermatt. Since graduating as a fully-certified Mountain guide, I’ve been able to share my passion for skiing and climbing with my guests. When I’m not guiding I try to push my personal limits in climbing and mountaineering. Looking forward reaching summits together.

Languages

German | French | English

Certificates

IFMGA

Residence

Eben im Pongau, Austria


What people are saying about Daniel Toferer

Janus Francke

1.00

September, 2022

Trip cancelled in the very last minute with no attempt to find alternative solitions from the guide or explore-share

Kirt Williams

4.00

August, 2022

If you're climbing the Matterhorn you need to go with a local guide who has climbed it many times and therefore knows the correct route. On our climb we encountered a lot of people off of the main route, which takes longer, is more dangerous, results in rocks being knocked down, and even getting stuck on the mountain without shelter for the night (as four climbers had the previous night). Daniel has climbed the Matterhorn over a hundred times and did nine days in a row in 2022. He was able to tell me to go straight, right or left and where footholds were. He is a very strong climber and I felt that he would probably catch me on the short rope if I slipped. It turned out that I was not in as good shape as I needed to be, so I climbed more slowly than ideal, for which I got a verbal flogging (hence minus one star). I made it to the Solvay hut in about 2:30 before we turned around. Notes: (1) You need to book two days with Daniel earlier in the week for a test climb to see how you do rock climbing and with crampons. All of the larger guide services do this. (2) You pay for your ticket and his for the tram, as well as for the rooms in the Hornli hut. (3) You might be able to borrow an ice ax and other gear. Check when you book, then confirm a few days before. You can rent gear at Yosemite and other shops in Zermatt.

Colin Finnegan

5.00

August, 2022

Very easy, setting up the trip and talking with the guide was easy.

Ariane Saint Leger

5.00

August, 2022

Excellent trip, Daniel was a great guide and positively challenged us. He made us feel safe. Would love to book another trip with him!

Tim Graves

5.00

July, 2022

Agree with prior review that pretrip communication could improve, but otherwise, superb guide and person

Marius Ciuzelis

5.00

July, 2022

All was good, Daniel was exceptional: friendly, attentive, professional. I was surprised I had to additionally pay for the hut as I bought all inclusive package and it was no where mentioned about additional costs.

Manuela Young

5.00

July, 2022

Pre-hike communication could have been clearer - we weren't exactly clear about who was bringing certain items, or what the recommended gear we needed. In the end, it worked out fine, and the climb was great! Daniel is a very knowledgeable guide.

Jens Linge

5.00

August, 2021

We did the traverse of Grand Combin from Cabane de Valsorey over Valsorey, Grafeneire and Tsessette, arriving at lac Mauvoisin via Arête de Boussine. Daniel is an excellent guide and great company. It was a long tour, and Daniel made sure that it was always safe and enjoyable finding the best way up on Arête du Meitin in the dark.

Michel de Rooij

5.00

August, 2021

Fantastic guide. Had a great time with my first real mountaineering experience, learnt a lot during the process and always felt safe.I highly recommend him and I am looking forward for the next trips.

Joshua Kippenberger

5.00

July, 2021

Daniel was a pleasure to climb with! I look forward to coming back out to the Alps and will definitely use him again. Highly recommend!

Laura Booth

5.00

August, 2020

Great trip! We enjoyed every minute - Daniel was great as a guide and quickly and safely gets you past the trickier sections so as to maximise the fun and enjoyment. We felt safe and confident with him at all times and wouldn't hesitate to book another tour!

Wout Weuring

4.00

August, 2020

We planned a trip to the grossglockner early August this year with Daniel. On arrival in Austria the weather turned bad with nearly 24/7 rain and thunder in between so we wouldn't reach the peak. The guide proposed to go sportclimbing indoors, or go a week later, communication was fast and clear. We didn't have a week so decided to cancel the trip, for which Daniel offered a partial refund. Have a look at Daniel's website for detailed information on gear, route and requirements. Once back in our home country we couldn't get in touch anymore, but Explore-Share took over communication and solved remaining issues. Hope to finish this ascent sometime in the future with better weather conditions, and good luck to Daniel!

Bart Meeus

5.00

August, 2020

Daniel was an excellent guide. Great experience!

Ricardo Kaljouw

5.00

July, 2020

This weekend i went with Daniel to the Grossglockner via the normal route and the experience was perfect. Everything was arranged and felt safe the whole trip. i would reccomend Daniel to everyone who wants to climb some mountains in the alps. In the future i will again make use of his services if i decide to climb in the alps once more.

Marcelo Simonsen

5.00

September, 2019

very good guide, wonderful experience

Tom McAuslan

5.00

August, 2019

Daniel made our two day guided ascent to the summit of Großglockner an incredible and unforgettable experience. Daniel provided us with quality gear and kept us well informed throughout the whole expedition in terms of the route, weather conditions and safety precautions. Daniel’s communication skills were fantastic and he spoke perfect English. We were very thankful that Daniel gave us a second attempt at the summit after having to turn back on our first attempt due to bad weather (Daniel’s judgement of the conditions was great and we had full confidence in his decision to turn back to ensure safety). The summit was absolutely amazing and we had a lot of fun and good laughs with Daniel. We hope we can book Daniel for another trip soon, Danke!!

Anttu Ahlberg

5.00

July, 2019

Climbed Pollux (instead of Breithorn) together with Daniel as a preparation for Matterhorn. I believe Pollux is a great preparation climb for the Horn and Daniel did excellent job during the whole climb from Klein Matterhorn guiding us through the glacier, scrambling part and fixed ropes.

Anttu Ahlberg

5.00

July, 2019

Daniel guided us safely to Matterhorn summit via Hörnli Ridge. We visited Swiss and Italian summits and then headed back to Hörnli Hut. In very good conditions this whole trip took us just approx. 8 hours. Daniel is a very strong and skilled climber – he knows the route, gives good insight on how to climb each section and is continuously aware during short roping to prevent a possible slip. Just understand that Matterhorn climb is a very intense effort - there's not awfully lot of time for taking photos, admiring the views or relaxing during the climb.


Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 1444 Each

Group of 2

EUR 877 Each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee




 

 

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