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Breithorn 2-day guided climbing traverse

Breithorn 2-day guided climbing traverse
Breithorn 2-day guided climbing traverse
Breithorn, Switzerland
Breithorn 2-day guided climbing traverse

Amazing trip crossing Breithorn through the edge of the ridge, reaching five 4000-meter peaks together with one of the IFMGA-certified guides in the Peakshunter team.



2 Days

Jun - Sep


Join me for a unique adventure in the Breithorn, reaching five peaks over 4000 meters in one of the longest ridge traverses in the Alps!

The Breithorn is a mountain of the Penine Alps, on the border between Italy and Switzerland.

Close to the iconic Matterhorn, this peak is one of the easiest 4000-meter peaks to climb in the Alps. In fact, there’s a cable car that takes climbers up to 3820 m.

There are 5 summits in the Breithorn, all of them over 4000 meters.

During this 2-day trip, we’ll be reaching them by crossing through the edge of the ridge. We’ll cross huge glaciers and also do some abseiling and rock climbing, in a very exciting itinerary that will demand some technical challenges!

Because of this, I recommend this trip as a great preparation if you aim to climb the Matterhorn.

For further details, you can find the itinerary below this description.

Please contact me if you are interested in this climbing traverse in the Alps. I will be glad to be your guide there!

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Dinner

- Harness

- Helmet

- Lifts tickets

- Crampons

- Ice axe

Price details

We take care of the hut reservations (Guide del Cervino hut) and of the ticket facilities booking.

We can offer extra services to support you for the planning of accommodations and logistics before and after the trip: these extra fees are not included and have to be paid on the spot.


- Hiring of trekking poles - to be paid directly on the spot

- Mountaineering boots (to be rented, paid and collected by customer at rental shops in the area one day before the trip)

- Extra meals, water and beverages/drinks for the clients and the Guide

- Transportation to the starting point

- Transport during the trip

- Luggage transfer and storage during the trip

- Research and rescue insurance with UVGAM coverage (recommended): €5 per person for 3 days

- Personal Insurance- Anything that is not mentioned under "Price Includes"

- Anything that is not mentioned under "Price Includes"


Day 1: Guide del Cervino hut

Meeting point: meeting at the cable car terminus in Cervinia for equipment check and a short briefing.

We take the cable car to the Guide del Cervino hut, where we have dinner and spend the night.

Day 2: Breithorn ridge crossing

Vertical drop: 700 m

Total ascent / descent: 8-10 h.

From the hut, we will head to the Breithorn Pass (3,820 m), stopping just before the Porta Nera (3,720 m) to climb the Roccia Nera – about 350 m at a gradient between 35° and 40° to reach the top (4,075 m).

From the summit, we will go along the edge of the ridge – first over snow, then over bouldery rock – to the summit of the Gendarm (4,106 m).

Two stretches fitted with climbing aids will take us down to a saddle at 4,055 m, from where we can go up to the Eastern Breithorn (4,141 m).

From there, we head down about 25 m to the base of the rocky ridge that leads to the summit of the Central Breithorn (4,160 m).

The crest is made up of three rocky prominences, with good rock and climbing up to grade IV on the first tower.

From the summit of the Central Breithorn, we will take the snowy ridge down to another saddle before the final ascent to the top of the Western Breithorn (4,165 m).

We will go back to the Breithorn Pass and from there to the cable car station in Cervinia via the normal route.



More info

-I recommend to have a research and rescue insurance with UVGAM coverage: €5 per person for 3 days. -Mountain guide’s expenses (lifts, transfers, meals and accommodation) has to be covered by participants. -Lifts: cable car from Cervinia, round trip ticket €32.50 per person -Half-board at Guide del Cervino hut: €60-70 per person, beverages not included.

Personal equipment: -Vanity bag (toothbrush and toothpaste, paper tissues, wet wipes) -Energy bars or dried fruit/nuts -Collapsible trekking poles -Water bottle (1 l min) or thermos -Climbing helmet -Sunscreen (at least SPF 30) and UV protection lip balm -Harness -Personal first aid kit -Headlamp (with new batteries plus spares as backup) -Camera -Ice-axe -Standard crampons with anti-balling plates -Sleeping bag (mandatory in mountain huts) -Mineral salts -Mountaineering boots -Backpack 30 l

Clothing: -Wool cap/beanie or fleece-lined hat -Buff -Hiking socks (2 pairs) -Sun hat -Wicking turtleneck (2nd layer) -Gaiters -Waterproof shell jacket (Gore-Tex, Paclite, Conduit, etc.) (4th layer) -Light backup gloves, 1 pair -Heavy insulated gloves 1 pair -Insulating garment made of Windstopper® or Primaloft® (3rd layer) -Mountaineering/glacier sunglasses -Shoeller climbing pants -Down jacket (optional) -Waterproof overtrousers (Gore-Tex, Paclite, Conduit, K-Way) -Breathable T-shirt (1st layer) 2x

Meeting point

Cable car terminus in Cervinia.


How far in advance should I start training and what kind of training do you suggest?

In the months leading up to the trip, we recommend consistent training to improve your endurance and your cardiovascular fitness (running, hiking, biking). When you confirm the trip, we will send you specific recommendations about the training.

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?

The loan of the personal technical equipment is included in the tariff; the guide provides it on the day of departure. The gear for rental includes a mountaineering harness, straight-hand ice axe, helmet, and crampons.

In addition, the guide will bring the common safety gear, such as rope, ice screws, daisy chains, and carabiners.

All you need to check and bring is your personal mountaineering clothing, including technical mountaineering boots, waterproof, and rigid soles (please avoid bringing new ones you have never used before the ascent!).

After your booking confirmation, we will send a complete and detailed list of recommended equipment and clothing. If you need anything for rent, we will recommend some shops where you can hire the necessary gear.

Boots renting is around 20-22€/day, and trekking poles are 15€ per person.

Will there be porters to help to carry group and personal equipment?

Absolutely no porters are expected for this ascent. Each participant should bring a personal backpack and technical equipment, including a thermos for tea/water and energy bars/dried fruit and energy food for the trip.

How will accommodation and meals be handled on the mountain?

We will take care of the accommodation booking that includes the overnight stay at the Guide del Cervino hut with half-board formula, which includes breakfast and dinner, but not the beverages/drinks or the extra meals for the clients and for the guide.

Any other extra meals and all the beverages for clients and the guide are NOT included and have to be covered by the customers directly on the spot.

What happens in the event of bad weather?

A few days before the trip, the Guide will inform all participants about the weather forecasts and general conditions expected for the itinerary (temperatures, wind, snow conditions, etc.).

In case of bad weather, we will do our best to offer you an alternative program or move the date a few days later, depending on customer availability.

Are there any other special requirements such as permits/insurance/vaccines that we need to consider before the tour?

Yes, there are several special requirements that you need to consider for this trip. Here are some of them; please read them carefully before confirming the booking.

  • It is strongly recommended to have rescue and research insurance; if you need one, after your confirmation, we can recommend some solutions suitable for you.
  • There are no specific vaccine requirements for this trip, but it is always a good idea to check with your doctor or a travel clinic to make sure you are up to date on routine vaccinations. Also, there is no longer a need to provide proof of vaccination, recovery from COVID-19, or negative test results.
  • We finally invite all non-EU citizens to inform themselves about specific permits to enter Italy.

What is the guide-to-client ratio to climb this mountain?

For Breithorn travers the guide-to-client ratio is 1:2. This is the maximum number in order to ensure your and the guide's safety. If you are a group of more than 2 people, we have more guides available to undertake the adventure.

What is the best time of the year to climb this mountain?

The best time to do this ascent is from the beginning from June to middle of September.

How can I reach the meeting point?

The meeting point is in Breuil-Cervinia, at the Ski Lift Ticket Office, which can be reached by car from the Chatillon - Saint-Vincent exit (Milan/Turin-Aosta motorway) in about 40 minutes, or by public bus service (Arriva company)

At what time will we be back to the parking area?

The meeting with the guide on the first day will be in the early afternoon, around 7:00/7:30 am (please remember to check the bus timetable in case you need to reach the meeting point by public transport, or - STRONGLY RECOMMENDED - to plan the overnight stay in the area in order to be already nearby the meeting point).

The time back to the parking area on the second day is expected around 3:00/3:30 pm.

Is this trip suitable for children? Which is the minimum age for participants?

Yes, the ascent could be done even by young people (the minimum age is 14 years, depending on the fitness level and skills). They must be accompanied by at least 1 parent. We ask both parents to fill out and sign a release form for their children, with privacy consent and self-declaration of responsibility.

What additional costs should I consider?

The hiring of the trek poles and the renting of the boots are NOT included.

If needed, the renting of the boots has to be done by the customers before the trip in one of the shops in Gressoney. We will send you more details in case of need.

The costs for beverages and extra meals for the clients and the Guide are NOT included and have to be covered on the spots, sharing the guide’s fee between all the participants.

The transfer to the meeting point is NOT included.

About the guide

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Mountain Guide

Giving and receiving smiles, seeing the satisfaction on the faces of our customers, seeking opportunities for growth, stimulating authenticity in personal and group relationships, in sharing mountaineering disciplines, fears, efforts, and moments of difficulty, which are part of the integrated with experiences, essential ingredients of every summit climb: these are our focus, our beliefs, and our most important results, as outdoor Professionals and as people who love the mountains and their work as Alpine Guides!

Founded in 2013 by Elis and Silvia, PEAKSHUNTER Mountain Guides is a team of IFMGA-certified Mountain Professionals and outdoor activities experts, based in the town of Aosta, not far from Courmayeur-Chamonix, on the Italian side of the Mont Blanc massif.

We live and work in the beautiful Aosta Valley region, very close to French and Swiss borders near to Geneva, Milan, and Turin international airports.

Mont Blanc, Matterhorn, Dufourspitze, Pyramide Vincent and Regina Margherita Hut, Gran Paradiso, Breithorn, Lyskamm, Castor and Pollux are only a few of several 4000 Alps summits you can climb with us: most of our team of Guides were born and grew up close to these mountains and they have explored the ascent routes several times during different seasons, with skis or crampons!

- We love our work: we plan all our trips with great commitment and deep respect for the Alpine environment, for its inhabitants, and its territories. Including local traditions in different valleys and Alpine areas.

- We love Mountain, Nature, and Outdoor activities, that we like to share with people from all around the world. We are enthusiastic to meet like-minded adventurers and share new experiences and memorable emotions with the support of our Mountain Guides.

- Safety and Risk Management are essential for us, as elements of fundamental importance during every single trip we plan and carry out with our customers: for this reason, we offer introductory courses to the different alpine disciplines (Mountaineering, Rock climbing, Ice climbing, Ski mountaineering, Freeride, Rescue Crevasse, and Avalanche) to convey awareness and responsibility to our customers.

- We offer solid Experience, with several years organizing outdoor disciplines around mountain and wild areas, in many different countries of Italy and Europe, for individuals or groups, including 7-day customer support for booking, logistics, and personal assistance for planning and reservations.

- As certified Mountain Guides, we offer training courses, to improve technical skills and to learn basic knowledge about mountaineering in the Alps, which is essential to explore and climb the Mountains safely in any situation or conditions.

- We are happy to provide customized programs for every customer's demand: our Experience is synonymous with Professionalism and Customer Care to guarantee unforgettable emotions and beautiful smiles!

Fulfill your dreams, discover breathtaking views or simply enjoy an extraordinary day: you just need to use your imagination and we will carry out your trip as you desire to live it!

Let’s plan your next mountain project together!



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What people are saying about -PeaksHunter



Really nice tour



Fabrizzio is a very good guide, however, I felt like there was not enough time planned for the trip - one person was too tired and walked too slowly with very frequent stops, thus we could not explore the summit as much as most of us expected. So, I would definitely recommend to review the timing for the trip to deal with the situation where some of the group members are underperforming



Bonjour, Très bonne appréciation de notre Guide Maurice . Sinon,........ une réserve majeure concernant le programme et parcours effectué . J'avais choisi la traversée guidée du glacier du géant référence S8QNT3, parcours qui précisait dans sa description , je cite : " Nous commencerons à marcher à travers le glacier , à une altitude de 3452 mètres, à partir de l'hotel Punto Helbronner . Nous atteindrons ensuite 3848 metres d'altitude ou la Aiguille du midi est située". Or ce n'est pas du tout le parcours qui a été effectué !! A savoir, à partir de punto Heilbronner petite incursion d'une demie heure dans la direction de l'aiguille du midi ( il en aurait fallu plutot 4H pour atteindre l'aguille du midi ) puis demi tour en sens contraire côté dent du geant. l4Aiguille du midi n'a as été atteinte mais vue de loin. Strictement aucune explication donnée à ce changement de programme majeur et .... la météo ne peut pas être ce jour là un alibi ! Peut-être pour des raisons d'optimisation commerciale et financière ... avez vous fusionné deux programmes en un ,? Bref, toujours est-il que je ne recommanderai pas votre organisme à mes clubs adhérents Benoit Maisonneuve.



All experiences were outstanding! As an Australian my partner and I were skeptical of using Explore Share but were extremely happy with the service and the tours!! We will use Explore Share again!




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