Paolo, IFMGA certified mountain guide, will take you on this beautiful 7-day hike around Monte Rosa, a fun and easy adventure from hut to hut!
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Join me in this 7-day hiking trip around the widest mountain range of the Alps. This trip includes Monte Rosa, Matterhorn and Mischabel. Indeed, we will traverse a long and panoramic trail in this hike around Monte Rosa. We will go by the most beautiful valleys of the area.
We will start at Alagna Valsesia and go through Macugnaga, Zermatt and Saas Fee, Val d'Ayas and Gressoney. In fact, we will walk on the paths traced by the Walser, the ancient people who once lived in these valleys. Besides, we will discover their traditions and customs living the essence of the mountain culture in perfect harmony with the environment.
Although you need to be in good physical condition for this trip, you don't need special technical skills.
For your convenience, your luggage will be transported by 4×4 vehicle when possible (not on day 1 and 4).
Did you find this trip interesting? Then please contact me to start making plans! The next planned departure is on August 5th, 2017.
And of course Monte Rosa is also a fantastic destination during the ski season. Check out this ski touring trip in the area!
- Guiding fee
- Transport during the trip
- Luggage transfer
Starting from Alagna Valsesia, we will cross the suggestive Otro Valley, the heart of Walser culture. Then we will continue through Foric pass and the Zube Col (2870 m). From there downhill to reach Gabiet Lake and Rifugio del Ponte (2343m). Dinner and overnight at the hut.
Walking time: 7-8 hours
Departure from the hut, walk down untill Staffal (1836m). From there, climbing on the opposite side crossing Rothorn Pass (2689m) and then we get off at Resy (2066m).
Optional litfs – Ovovia Gabiet – Staffal ; Staffal – S. Anna (with this option you’ll have 500m less to walk down and 350m less to walk up).
Walking time: 4-4:30 hours without lifts
From Resy descent through green meadows in Saint Jacques (1700m) and then uphill to the Grand Tournalin hut (2600m), going on to the Becca di Nana (2775m). Descent on the opposite side till Cheneil (2105m).
Walking time: 6-6:30 hours
From Cheneil long crossing up to Cervinia. From there walk up to the Theodulo refuge (3317m).
Optional lifts – cable car Cervinia – P. Rosà; 1300 m less uphill.
Walking time: 7-8 hours without lifts.
From Theodulo Refuge, we will start walking down passing through Trockener Steg, Furi (1864m) and at the end we get to Zermatt (1603m). In the afternoon transfer to Saas Fee and short walk up to Saas Almagell (1673m).
Optional lift: Trockener Steg – 1100 m less downhill.
Walking time: 5-6 hours without lifts.
From Saas Almagell we will climb until Lake Mattmark (2197m). Then through a comfortable trail we reach Passo di Monte Moro (2868m) on the border between Italy and Switzerland. From there a steep and long descent leads us to the village of Macugnaga (1327m).
Optional lifts Mount Moro – Macugnaga cable car; 1550 m less downhill.
Walking time: 7-8 hours without lifts.
Transfer from Macugnaga to Fairy Lake. We will start on a beautiful mule track that leads us to the Turlo Pass (2738m), in a wild and uncontaminated environment. A long descent follows the Valsesian slope beneath the south wall of Monte Rosa, up to Pastore refuge (1570m). Walk down to Alagna and end of the trek.
Walking time: 6-7 hours
In mountain huts.
Group size: 6 to 10 people.
Lunch is included. My expenses as well as those of the driver have to be covered by the participants.
At Alagna Valsesia.
Strange to say, I began my climbing career after I left behind my valley and my own mountains.
When I finished high school I moved to Turin, in order to get a mechanical engineer degree.
There I started to climb on a little indoor wall at the University Sport Centre and, very soon, I found myself dreaming on the greatest alps walls. I lived adventures made of fun, fatigue and satisfaction, I shared them with many friends who became climbing partners as well.
In Turin I got my degree and I worked for some years as a mechanical engineer consultant but, more than that, I discovered a new way to live and look at the mountains: sometimes they became playgrounds with attractions for everyone, sometimes a shelter, where to find myself again.
Meanwhile, an idea started to grow inside me and became a dream; a dream I would never give up: working in an office as big as the alps!
Making the long story short, I applied for the mountain guide training, had a huge professional development and became a UIAGM mountain guide.
Now I’m working full-time as a mountain guide, sharing my passion with a lot of different people on the Alps, since I'm based in the Monte Rosa area, but also around the world.
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Nicholas and Digby
I just wanted to thank you very much for all the help in the difficult snow conditions. The primary aim of teaching Digby and reminding me of avalanche protocols and about skinning have been fully achieved. You made it all fund, clear and precise. Too bad we had poor conditions, but we still found some reasonable snow and mashed an awesome couloir, so we did really well considering. So thank you very much and only sorry that we could not make full use of you for the full five days.
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Our Guide Massimo was very professional. We were heading to the Margharita hut at 4,559 meters but unfortunately one of us got mountain sickness at 4,100 at Piramide Vincent. Furthermore the weather was getting worse...lots of wind and snow starting. Our guide was very firm and 'advised' to go back to the Mantova hut. We were extremely lucky because a few hours later the storm was very bad and as people may have heart, 2 Italian ladies died at Primade Vincent from the cold . So Massimo thanks for your perseverance!
We had an amazing climbing experience which was primarily duw to the excellent and experienced guide (Marco and Paolo). High calibre individuals wgo really care about the group’s well being and pushing the tea. To their limits in a good way. The only comment we have is the primitive toilet facilities and lack of water to wash up at Margerita hutte.
Marco helped arrange for our group to have 2 amazing guides: Paolo and Pietro. We were a large group of 11 people with no glacier crossing experience as well as variable fitness and comfort levels. Our guides brought all the necessary equipment and made sure that safely was a priority. They helped give extra support to those in the group that needed assistance. There is a brand new route to the Monte Rosa Hutte (open since mid-June 2019). Our guides hadn't taken the new route yet and took us on the old route on the way up to the hut. After having a day to gauge the group ability, and gathering more information about the new route at the hut, we did the new route on the way back to Zermatt. Everyone in the group had a great time.
Our guide was Pietro and not marco like we initially thought. Pietro was awesome, it is all about his clients and most importantly safety. We did two runs and it was an incredible experience. Guide is a must to explore the hidden spots because Monterosa ski is massive.
PAOLO was an amazing guide. This trip was the “craziest” experience of our groups lives. We saw incredible terrain, had great snow, and challenged ourselves. Highly recommend
We had a fablupus day. We were initially booked with Marco but due to the weather we went later in the week and Marco wasn't available. We had another guide called Paolo Tombini and he was very good, very professional and good company.
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