IFMGA-certified guide Tal will lead you on a week-long mountaineering adventure where you’ll be ascending some of the most famous peaks in Europe and taking in stunning panoramic views of the alps, all in a beginner-friendly environment, in Monte Rosa, Italy.
* Ascend to the peak of 7 summits in 7 days on Monte Rosa in the Alps!
* Visit the highest mountain hut in the Alps, Margherita Hut!
* Spend an awesome afternoon completing a snow and ice course
* Stunning, sweeping panoramic views across the mighty Alps!
I will guide you for 7 unforgettable days across the world famous Monte Rosa, Italy, where we will mountaineer amongst some of the most astoundingly beautiful alpine landscapes possible, including glistening glaciers and vast valleys, all in a fun, safe and not-technically demanding way – perfect for beginners!
Monte Rosa is the second highest mountain in Italy, and also sprawls in to Switzerland. It’s raw natural beauty of snow-capped peaks and sweeping valleys and vistas make it a picture-perfect postcard of what you imagine the Alps to be.
We meet on the first day at 5pm in Chamonix/Argentiere, where all the safety information and gear will be dispensed before we spend the night in a hotel.
We set off the next morning via the Grands Montets lift in order to reach the mesmerizing Grands Montets glacier, where we spend a fun afternoon completing a snow and ice course, before a nice 2.5 hour descent to the Argentiere hut, our accommodation for the night.
Over the subsequent four days we will scale some of the most impressive and exciting peaks in the Alps, including Schwarzhorn, Vincent-Pyramide and Punta Girodani, and we will consistently smash through the 4000m high barrier, enabling you to breathe in the fresh, cold and crisp mountain air high up above Europe.
We are able to replenish our energy each night in our hut accommodation located on the mountains, and we even get to stop by the world-famous Margherita Hut, the highest mountain hut in the Alps!
Our final day is spent climbing one last 4000m summit, before our finishing descent and journey back to Chamonix, weary and satisfied at a week well-spent!
Climbing 7 summits on Monte Rosa is the most thrilling way to spend a week – book now to feel the rush!
For those that want to progress quicker, I also offer a 1-week intensive course of Mountaineering in Chamonix, here!
For anyone who would like even more time, I offer an “Alpine Semester” 12-day mountaineering course in the Austrian Alps, here!
- Guiding fee
- Transportation start and back
- Transport during the trip
- Mountain guide expenses
- Accommodation included
- Luggage transfer
- Ice axe
- Belay and rappel devices
- 6 days in the mountains
- Planning and guiding by an IFMGA/UIAGM qualified guide/Aspirant
- Transportation throughout the activity
- Guides expenses
- Climbing gear (ice exes, ropes, harnesses, helmets etc.)
- Guiding in a in a min/max 1:3 guide-client ratio
- Overnights in the mountain huts during 5 nights
Price does not include:
- Flights and insurances
- hotel night at the beginning of the activity
- Cable cars (twice through the week, up to 60 € per day)
- Mountaineering boots (rental)
Meeting at 17:00 in Chamonix/Argentiere- the exact hotel’s address will be sent to you before the activity – for a briefing and a gear check.
With the Grands Montets lift we travel quick to the Grands Montets glacier (3200 m)- for a snow and ice course, after which, we descent to the Argentiere hut (2769 m) for an overnight (about 450 meters descent, max 2.5 hours walk)
Descent to the valley and drive to Gressoney (2 hrs.) with one of the afternoon lifts we ascent to the Gnifetty hut at 3625 m (about 1.5 hours walk to the hut 300 meters elevation gain)
We will climb together 4 mountains above 4,000 meters: Vincent-Pyramide, 4215 m – Schwarzhorn, 4321 m – Ludwigshöhe, 4341 m – Parrotspitze, 4432 m, before walking back to the hut. (1200 m ascent + descent 8-9 hours walking).
Two major summits: Signallkuppe at 4554 m, on its summit, capana Regina Margherita the highest mountain hut in the Alps will host us for a short break. The Zumsteispitze is our second summit for the day- after which we return to the Gnifetty hut. (1050 m, 7 hours walk)
Via our last 4,000 meter summit- the Punta Giordani 4046 m- we decend back to Gressoney and drive together to Chamonix.
The mentioned timetable is exemplary and may vary due to conditions, ability of the participants, safety & weather limitations.
The activity includes:
What experience and how fit do I need to be to climb this mountain? Is this program suitable for children or older people?
No previous experience in snow/ice or rock is required.
This is a very physically demanding activity! A very good level of physical fitness is required.
Previous experience in trekking or hill walking and scrambling is required. Sure footedness and adaptation to exposure are essential.
How far in advance should I start training and what kind of training do you suggest?
It is advisable to train as early as you can to maintain a constant basic fitness level. Walk! The best training for mountaineering is not at the fitness studio but outside, walking in nature (trekking) with light to medium weight. Mountaineering days are long, reaching a level of 6 hours of constant physical activity.
Will I need to bring any technical equipment of my own? Is it possible to rent equipment, and if so, what would be the approximate cost of that?
No, the technical gear (excluding mountaineering boots) is provided by us.
Will there be porters to help to carry group and personal equipment?
No, in the Alps we use fare, which means you pack it in and you pack it out. In addition, the food and beverages in the huts are a huge help to maximize your chances of success
How will accommodation and meals be handled on the mountain?
Based on hotels (in the valley) and huts (in the mountains) both times with half board.
What happens in the event of bad weather?
We will come as fast as we possibly can with suitable alternatives.
Are there any other special requirements such as permits/insurance/vaccines that we need to consider before the tour?
What is the guide-to-client ratio to climb this mountain?
Max ratio 1:4
What is the best time of the year to climb this mountain?
Summer months: From July to September.
Can I join a group?
Yes, you can and should!
I am in the mountains all year-round, either guiding a trip or exploring on my own. Mountain guiding is not only my profession and passion but also my inner calling. I am a qualified IFMGA mountain and ski guide.
In 2012, I established my mountaineering school "Mountains" with the motto: Quality guiding on snow, rock and ice. You can count on a low client to guide ratio, reliable gear and high quality programs led by our talented team of guides. We are not adrenaline junkies - we put safety first and strive to meet and exceed all of our clients' needs.
We take great pride in having more than 30% returning clients and would be thrilled to welcome you to our "Mountains" family during your next rock, snow or ice adventure!
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Great trip that I'll remember forever, Tal did a great job of managing the logistics of a puzzle with many moving pieces! Both leading guides Jeff and Andi were first class and made the trip. Overall, top notch I would be happy to recommend!
There were several hiccoughs with Explore-share dates in the beginning. But, they got resolved quickly with responsive staff. It was a bit confusing at first because different guides would accept the offer and then fall away. So the early process through ES was a bit confusing. With multiple different emails and multiple different proposed guides that seemed to disappear as quickly as they popped up. This is why ES is rated 4 stars. ES is a good idea but just needs to fine tuned. ES offers a great way to get access to guides when you have few contacts. I think it is a good idea and has a future. The staff were fabulous though at reassuring and updating me. Once the booking was confirmed with Tal Niv we had very good communication over a period of a few months. Tal was organised and in touch frequently. There was a mis-communication in the trip dates (human error) but Tal quickly resolved it and managed to secure us Julian Resch who did an excellent job guiding us on an acclimatisation hike up the east ridge of Weissmies. Julian was easy comfortable company and was very professional. He was patient, encouraging and kind. I would recommend Tal and Julian for anyone seeking an adventure. Good luck ES - we will use you again in the future.
An awesome adventure provided by Tal's company. All requirements were met and schedule was adjusted for the changing weather conditions. It was one of the best guided tours I've experienced so far!
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