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6-day hut-to-hut hike along the classic Monte Rosa route

Join Anders, an IFMGA certified guide, on a fantastic hike through the second highest massif in the Alps, sleeping in cozy mountain huts.

Mountain RangeAlps
Duration6 days
Offer periodJul, Aug, Sep
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate

Highlights

  • Spend 6 days hiking in the classic route in the Monte Rosa Massif.

  • Contemplate dazzling views of the Matterhorn and Breithorn mountains.

  • Taste deslicious local meals and share the experience with other hikers.

Description

With 4,634 meters high, the Monte Rosa is the second highest mountain in the Alps and western Europe, only surpassed by the Mont Blanc. I will guide you on a fantastic 6-day hike through the classic route in the Monte Rosa Massif. Well over 3,000 meters high, we will enjoy the views of the magnificent Matterhorn and Breithorn mountains, and we will hike on both the Swiss and the Italian sides of the Alps.

The tour is demanding: everyday we will walk about 8 hours, but we will take many breaks. The longest day we will walk about 30 kilometers in 7 to 9 hours, carrying an 8 to 10 kg backpack. Nevertheless, the program is suitable for anyone who likes to hike in the mountains with good accommodation and services.

I strongly recommend that you go down to the area a few days before the tour starts so you acclimatize to the altitude.

Overall, we will spend three nights in Swiss territory and four in Italy. Also, we will sleep at four mountain cabins and three hotels, in double rooms.

We will start our trip at Zermatt, a pleasant mountain village, where we will sleep at the Bahnhof Hotel. Over the next four days, we will go south and experience the best stages of the legendary Monte Rosa route. The end of each day will find us enjoying a good local dinner and maybe a glass of red wine too, while we gather around the table with several other hikers from various countries.

So please send me a request to make this 6-day  Monte Rosa Massif hiking tour happen. I would love to guide you up through these amazing landscapes.

If you are thinking of coming to this area and would like to enjoy other great hiking tours, please check out my 8-day Monte Rosa Massif 4-thousanders’ tour and my Classic Haute Route hike from Chamonix to Zermatt.

Accommodation

Hotels (double room), huts.

Meeting point

Zermatt, Switzerland

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Itinerary

Day 1: Meeting point: Zermatt

You must take a flight to Zurich and land before 18.30. From the airport, take the train to Zermatt. We will meet at the station and take you to the hotel.

Day 2: Along the foot of the Matterhorn

We will send a bag of travel clothing to where the tour ends.
At Zermatt, we will take an elevator up to 3,000 meters. We start through green pastoral landscapes and walk higher and higher. Lunch always be consumed in the open -it’s going to be our routine ahead! In the afternoon we arrive at our cabin -from there you can look out over nearly 30 peaks above 4,000 meters high, with Matterhorn and Breithorn in front.

Day 3: From Switzerland to Italy via Theodul Pass

From the foot of the Theodul Glacier, we will walk two hours in snow, only with walking sticks. Already in the Italian side, we will go down towards the Col Cime Bianche pass, then start a long descent towards the Ayas Valley and eat lunch along the way. From the valley we have a clear-hour ascent to the lodge.

Day 4: Over Bettaforca crosses for Refugio Gabiet

From Bettaforca pass, we will go down towards Gressoney valley -stopping for lunch in the small town of Stafal. The afternoon stage starts in the forest, while the vegetation disappears the higher we go.

Day 5: Over Passo Foric to Refugio Pastore

First we ascend, and then we carry it down to Alagna, where we eat lunch. We walk by a landscape of mountain pastures, goats and sheep. The end of the day finds us going up the valley with Monte Rosa in the background. We stay overnight in a small cabin.

Day 6: Over Colle del Turlo to Macugnaga Walser village

The sight of Punta Gnifeltti (4,559 meters high) is striking. We take a long ascent towards Colle del Turlo. If we are lucky, we will spot the stone goats. After the passing, we go on a long but enjoyable descent, partly stone coated, to the village of Macugnaga. We sleep in a nice little hotel.

Day 7: From Macugnaga to Saas Grund, Switzerland

The last trek starts going up Monte Moro Pass, with the Golden Madonna statue on top, and having lunch at Refugio Oberto. Then we go down a few hours to Matt Mark, and then we have a clear-hour left to the dam, our final spot. We take the bus down to Saas Grund. At the small inn, we will have a nice farewell dinner.

Day 8: Departure

We go by bus from Saas Grund to Zurich, a 3,5-hour journey. Buses run every hour, so you can book flights departing form Zurich after 12.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 3351 each

Group of 2

EUR 2165 each

Group of 3

EUR 1856 each

Group of 4

EUR 1444 each

Group of 5

EUR 1238 each

Group of 6

EUR 1031 each

Group of 7

EUR 928 each

Group of 8

EUR 825 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

Price details

• Extra Expenses: half-board in mountain huts: €80 per person per night, beverages in mountain huts €20 per day and lifts 2 x €100. Approx €800.


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