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Climb Castor (4,228m) via the Felik Glacier from Gressoney, 2 days

Join this 2-day trip in the Monte Rosa massif and reach the summit of Castor (4228m), starting from Gressoney, Italy, along IFMGA aspirant guide Piergiorgio.

Mountain RangeAlps
Duration2 days
Offer periodJun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripPrivate

Highlights

  • Reach the summit of Castor via the normal route

  • Spend the night at the Quintino Sella hut

  • Discover spectacular views from the top of Castor

Description

Located on the border between the Aosta Valley in Italy and Valais, in Switzerland, Castor (4,228m) is a magnificent peak to climb in the Monte Rosa massif. This 2-day ascent in the Pennine Alps takes you to the Castor summit via the Felix Glacier.

The normal route to the top of Castor starts from the Quintino Sella hut, goes through the Felik glacier to the homonymous hill and then follows the thin south-east ridge to then reach the summit. This is a climb with no great technical difficulties, although the ridges to traverse to get to teh summit are quite airy.

We will meet in Gressoney, Italy, on the first day, for equipment check and a short briefing. The lifts will take us to the Bettaforca Pass (2,680m). We will then follow the path to the Colle della Bettolina, continuing to a ridge equipped with fixed ropes until we reach the Quintino Sella hut (3,586m).

On the second day, from the refuge we will go up the Felix Glacier, towards the Punta Perazzi base, following yp to the steep snowy slope under the Col del Felix.  From that point we will follow the ridge until we get to the Castor summit (4,228m).

If you want to join me on this ascent, just contact me and book your place. Come enjoy a great 2-day mountaineering experience in the Pennine Alps.

I also guide a 2-day ascent to Punta Gnifetti. Check it out!

Accommodation

Quintino Sella hut

Disclaimer

The guide may change the itinerary beacause of weather conditions, accessibility and/or physical preparation of the participants. Participants must follow the decisions and instructions of the guide until the end of the activities. Any change of program is done to ensure safety. The quotas indicated in the "Rate does not include" section are indicative. The Alpine Guide can change the itinerary for: weather conditions, accessibility, physical preparation of the participants.

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Personal Equipment: mountaineering boots- backpack 30 l- harness- ax- classic crampons with antizoccolo- trekking poles -sleeping bag (mandatory in the refuge)- mineral salts -bottle of 1l min or thermos- energy bars or dried fruit -high protection sunscreen and lip stick with sun protection - first aid kit - thermal blanket-headlamp (with new and spare batteries)-personal kit (toothbrush and toothpaste, handkerchiefs, wipes,)-a change of clothes. Clothing: wool cap or hat with inner fleece - buff (neck cover) -mountain stockings (2 pairs) -sun hat-undershirt (second layer) - leggings - shell type waterproof jacket (Gore-tex) - reserve pair gloves n.1 pair -heavy gloves n.1 pair -technical mountain sweatshirt -sunglasses for glacier / high mountain -mountain trousers - down jacket - waterproof over-trousers -Breathable T-shirt Nro 2 (first layer)

Meeting point

Gressoney, Italy

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Itinerary

Day 1: Gressoney - Quintino Sella hut

We will meet in Gressoney for equipment check and a short briefing. From the Bettaforca pass (2,680 m), reachable with the lifts, we will follow the path up to Colle della Bettolina and then continue to a ridge equipped with fixed ropes leading to the plateau where the Quintino Sella hut (3,586m) is.

Altitude difference: 900 m
Ascent time:  3-4 h

Day 2: Quintino Sella hut - Castor summit (4228m)

From the refuge, we go up the Felik Glacier towards the Punta Perazzi base up to the steep snowy slope under the Colle del Felik. From there we follow the ridge, sometimes thin, up to the summit of Castor (4.228 m)! We return to the hut along the ascent route.

Altitude difference: 650 m
Time for ascent / descent:  6-7 h


About the guide

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My name is Piergiorgio. I was born in the warm south of Italy and grew up in Florence where I first started climbing.

At the age of 21 I graduated with a degree in Forestry and Environmental Sciences, yet rock climbing had energized my life in such a positive way that I realized that I had to live fully in the vertical world.

It was then that radically transformed my life to pursue my dream of becoming a Mountain Guide and so I moved to Torino to gain the experience and skills required to pass the rigors of my trade.

Since 2017 I have been an IFMGA Aspirant Mountain Guide.

Join me! I can’t wait to share my greatest passion with enthusiasm and awareness in my favorite environments.
After gaining experience and increasing my ability in each discipline, I participated in the IFMGA Aspirant Mountain Guides course and graduated in 2017. Nowadays, my greatest passion is to share with enthusiasm and awareness the most incredible environment: our Alps.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 681 each

Group of 2

EUR 341 each

Group of 3

EUR 227 each

Group of 4

EUR 207 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

Price details

• The price includes guiding fee, civil liability insturance and loan of group safety material. The rate does not include ski lifts, mountain guide's expenses (transfers, equipment, board and overnight stay) to be shared among all participants, transfers, meals and overnight stay at the hut, and everything that is not specified in the "price includes" section.


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