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Climb to the Margherita Hut, the highest mountain hut in Europe on Punta Gnifetti (2 days)

Climb to the Margherita Hut, the highest mountain hut in Europe on Punta Gnifetti (2 days) | Italy

Reach the Margherita Hut, the highest refuge in Europe, with this 2-day climb to the summit of Punta Gnifetti, in the Monte Rosa massif, along IFMGA-aspirant guide Piergiorgio.

Private

Alps

2 Days

Jan, May, Jul - Sep

Fit

Intermediate


Highlights

* Climb to the highest mountain refuge in Europe

* Reach the summit of the Punta Gnifetti peak in the Monte Rosa massif

* Stay overnight at the Gnifetti Hut before climbing to the summit

Description

Join me on this 2-day climb to the summit of Punta Gnifetti (4554m)-or Signalkuppe– the classic destination par excellence in the Monte Rosa massif, reaching the Margherita Hut, the highest refuge in Europe, situated at the summitt of Punta Gnifetti

This mountaineering tour takes you to conquer the highest mountain hut in the continent by crossing the Lys glacier and the main peaks of Monte Rosa. On the first day, we will meet in Gressoney for an equipment check and a short briefing. Then we will ascend to Punta Indren (3,270m) until we reach the Gnifetti Hut (3,647 m), after 2 hours, where we will stay overnight.

Next day, we will wake up early and after a good breakfast we start climbing from Gnifetti refuge. With crampons on our feet, we will go up the glacier past Piramide Vincent, the Cristo delle Vette (Balmenhorn), Corno Nero, Ludwigshoe until we reach Colle del Lys (4,250 m).

From there, we will reach the last stretch for i Punta Gnifettand get to the Margherita Hut (4554 m). After a refreshment at the highest refuge in Europe, you retrace your steps to reach the Punta Indren lifts.

If you want to join this 2-day ascent, just contact me and book your place! Come enjoy a great mountaineering experience in the spectacular Monte Rosa massif.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

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


Itinerary

Day 1: Gressoney - Punta Indren- Gnifetti Hut

We will meet in Staffal (Gressoney), for equipment check and a short briefing. The cable car takes us to  Punta Indren (3.270m). From there we continue climbing for about 2 hours until we reach the Gnifetti Hut  (3,647 m). Dinner and overnight stay.

Altitude difference:  400 m
Ascent time:  2 h

Day 2: Gnifetti Hut - Punta Gnifetti - Margherita Hut

We wake up early and after a good breakfast we start climbing from the Gnifetti Hut. With crampons on, we go up the glacier past Piramide Vincent, the Cristo delle Vette (Balmenhorn), Corno Nero, Ludwigshoe, until we reach the Colle del Lys (4,250 m).

From here, we continue slightly downhill, past Punta Parrot, reaching the last stretch until we reach the summit of Punta Gnifetti and the Margherita Hut (4554 m). After a refreshment at the highest refuge in Europe, we retrace our steps to reach the Punta Indren lifts.

Altitude difference:  900 m
Time for ascent / descent:  7-9 h

 

Details

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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

Staffal, Gressoney

FAQs

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About the guide

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Piergiorgio

Mountain Guide

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.

I'm an IFMGA 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.

Languages

Italian | English

Certificates

GAI | UIAGM | IFMGA


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