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Breithorn, Pennine Alps, Guided Ascent

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One of the IFMGA-certified guides in the Peakshunter team wants to guide you on a 1 day climb of the beautiful Breithorn mountain in the Pennine Alps of Switzerland.

Alps

1 Day

Jun - Oct

High

Beginner


Highlights

- Climb the easiest 4000-meter in the Alps

- Enjoy the landscapes of Monte Rosa Massif

- Take advantage of all inclusive formula: no worries, no hidden costs

Description

Of all of the 4000 metre peaks in the Pennine Alps, Breithorn (4,164m) is the easiest to climb. That is why on this trip, you will be able to reach the summit and descent back down in a single day!

Climbing Breithorn is one of those rare instances where you actually get more than you give. The views you will receive from the summit are remarkable. There is so much to see, including, the Matterhorn (4,478m), Monte Rosa (4,634m), the Gendarm (4,106m), the Roccia Nera (4,075m), among several more peaks and glaciers. You will also be able to see Zermatt in Valais, Swizerland and St-Jacques in the Aosta Valley of Italy.

We will meet in Cervinia to start the trip. From there we will take the lift to the Plateau Rosa (3,480m). After that, we will climb Breithorn to its summit, where you will get to enjoy the breathtaking views, before we descend along the same route we ascended.

While the climb is easy, that does not mean caution should not still be taken, as there can be some difficult spots near cornices, or as a result of possible bad weather. And because of that, I will see to it that you are properly guided so you can reach the magnificent summit safely.

Breithorn is the kind of peak that makes you want to climb other, larger, more difficult peaks. Thus making it the kind of peak that can start a climbing journey that could last a lifetime. And it would be my pleasure to help you start that journey. Send me a message if you are interested.

I also offer additional single day climbs in the Alps. You can join me on this climb of Le Petit Mont Blanc, or this climb of the Aiguille de Toula.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Lift tickets

- Rope

- Harness

- Crampons

- Ice axe

Price details

The lift tickets and loan of personal equipment (harness, crampons, ice axe) are included ONLY if you start from Cervinia.

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

- 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

- 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"


FAQs

What experience and how fit do I need to be to climb this mountain? Is this program suitable for children or older people?

The Breithorn ascent doesn’t require any particular previous mountaineering experience; on the contrary, this is the perfect choice for those seeking a first 4,000-meter experience. Of course, some previous knowledge of the mountains is a plus.

About your fitness, you should consider an effort of 5/6 hours in a day. Therefore, a good workout in the months leading up to the trip is recommended so that you can experience the adventure to the fullest and not get too fatigued.

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 some training to improve your endurance and your cardiovascular fitness. When you confirm the trip, we will send you specific recommendations about the training routine you should follow.

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 technical equipment is included in this trip. We will provide it to you on the day of departure during the initial briefing. The equipment consists of the helmet, harness, ice axes and crampons crampons. In addition, the guide will bring the common safety material, such as rope and carabiners.

All you need to bring is your personal clothing, which has to be suitable for glacier and high mountain environments, including technical mountaineering boots and trekking poles. After your booking confirmation, we will provide you with a list of recommended clothing. If you need anything, we will refer you to some rentals where you can hire the necessary equipment, such as mountaineering boots and trekking poles.

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

No porters will come on 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.

What happens in the event of bad weather?

Please consider that weather and conditions can change unexpectedly and, especially in recent years due to climate change, the conditions are not always the best for a safe ascent. In such cases, because safety is our priority, we will propose an alternative trip to nearby mountains with better conditions. Note that you are booking our availability for the duration of the tour; this means that it will not be possible to cancel due to poor conditions. We will be careful to arrange an experience that lives up to your expectations. We understand that this may be a frustrating outcome, however, safety is a top priority, and every mountain has a lesson to teach.

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:

  • It is strongly recommended to have travel insurance that covers mountain activities, such as specific insurance for rescue and research; 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?

The maximum number of clients per single guide is five, thus giving a ratio of 1:5. This is the maximum number in order to ensure your safety and that of the guide. If you are in a group of more than five 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 adventure is between June and October.

Can I join a group?

Yes, you can choose to book a private tour or decide to join a group, to reduce the costs.

We have already confirmed and planned group trips, departing in 2024, on the following dates:

May: 5-19-26

June: 9-23

July: 7-21

August: 4-15-18

September: 1-8

Before confirming a group tour, please remember that you will share the ascent with other climbers, that could have a different fitness level and previous experience than you. The guide will be responsible for the entire team and may decide not to attempt the summit if only 1 participant has physical problems or isn’t fit enough to respect the timetable for ascent and descent. The decision to share a trip with others to reduce the total costs requires accepting being part of a team, in which adaptation and capacity for mutual support are essential requirements for all participants.

If you evaluate that your fitness level and your technical skills are too low or inadequate for the abilities and efforts that this ascent requires, you probably should choose a PRIVATE trip, as this will be the best option for you.

How can I reach the meeting point? Where is the nearest airport?

The meeting point is Breuil-Cervinia, in the Aosta Valley (Italy). If you are not familiar with this area let us give you some more information: Aosta Valley is the smallest but highest region in Italy.

You can reach Aosta Valley from three countries:

  • Italy: the nearest airports are Caselle in Turin, Malpensa in Milan, and Orio al Serio in Bergamo. Once you land you can reach Aosta Valley by train (Trenitalia national services), bus (Flixbus and Arriva operate coach run every day), private transfer, or by renting a car.
  • France: by car, bus, or private transfer from Chamonix, passing through the Mont Blanc tunnel.
  • Switzerland: by car or private transfer, passing through the Great St. Bernard Tunnel.

To get around the Aosta Valley, if you don't have a car and don't want to use private transfers, you can rely on the regional bus service, with daily runs to all municipalities of the Aosta Valley. For instance, you can reach Breuil-Cervinia by bus from Aosta or Saint Vincent.

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

The meeting with the guide on the first day will be at around 7.00-7.30 am at the ticket office of the cable car. The trip will take 6-7 hours in total. We will be back at the parking area at around 3.00-3.30 pm.

What additional costs should I consider?

Renting of the boots (around 20-22€/day). If needed, the renting has to be done by the customers the day before the trip in one of the shops in Cervinia. We will send you more details if necessary.

After the ascent, we generally have a break (light lunch) at del Cervino hut, to have something to eat together and celebrate the day with a beer with the guide. The costs for the lunch and beverages are NOT included and have to be covered on the spot, sharing the guide’s fee between all the participants.

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 12-14 years, depending on fit and skills). They must be accompanied by at least 1 parent. We ask both parents to fill and sign a release form for their children, with the privacy consent and self-declaration of responsibility.

Are there any transfers not included in the trip? How much do they cost?

The transfer to the starting point (Cervinia) is NOT included. The lift ticket to reach Plateau Rosa is included in the price.

Is there public transport to take me to the meeting point?

Yes, you can reach Breuil-Cervinia by bus from Aosta or Saint Vincent.

What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
Hotel Reber Cannobio Italy
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Hotel Leon D'Oro Cannobio Italy
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Hotel Villa Palmira Cannobio Italy
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About the guide

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-PeaksHunter

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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 this trip

Zuzanna

5.00

We did our first 4000m peak with Gigio from Peak Hunters and it was a (literally) breathtaking experience! To everyone who wants to start their adventure with high altitude- this is a great place to start. Keep in mind that is still challenging to your body due to the altitude. I wish we did more acclimatisation. Overall it was perfectly organised and adjusted to us. They kept us safe, informed and well prepared. Thank you so much and look forward to more adventures! ps. Explore share gives good overview of what is possible but at points it was a bit confusing weather I already booked and who am I talking to. I guess just point to improve I the interface on the platform.

Hannelore

5.00

Nicola was the perfect guide! We had a wonderfull day, he guided us like the best.

Boris

5.00

What a great experience this was! Thank you guide Angelo for being so patient, I am really happy to have done this trip!

Robin

5.00

Elis was very concerned about our safety and he did it very good. He explained how crevasses are formed and how to discover them. He had a really strong pace going up but we keep up with him the whole time. His English was good and we had a lot of fun! With him you feel confident to climb any mountain.

Will

5.00

Absolutely unreal day! Weather not perfect, but the guide, Andrea, had other options lined up if the weather didn't allow us to summit. Class


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