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Climbing Tour in the Monte Rosa Massif

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Come along with the Peakshunter team for a thrilling 3-day mountaineering expedition to the summit of seven peaks, all over 4,000 meters, suttounded by the awe-inspiring landscape of Monte Rosa. Followed by experienced IFGMA-certified Guides, you'll receive expert guidance and support throughout your mountaineering expedition, ensuring your safety and maximizing your chances of reaching the summit.

Private

3 Days

Jun - Sep

High

Intermediate


Highlights

Conquer 7 Peaks in Monte Rosa

Traverse Snow-Capped Ridges and Navigate Challenging Ice Fields

Indulge in Traditional Cuisine and Warm Hospitality

Description

Let's go on an 3-day mountaineering expedition to the majestic heights of Monte Rosa, where you'll conquer 7 sky-high peaks soaring above 4,000 meters.

Embrace the thrill of the alpine world, and traverse snow-capped ridges and navigate challenging ice fields.. During this immersive journey, you'll find refuge in authentic alpine huts, where the warmth of hospitality and the aroma of traditional cuisine will provide welcome respite from the rigors of the climb.

Our expert IFGMA-certified guides will ensure your safety and provide invaluable guidance as you conquer the following peaks:

  1. Pyramide Vincent (4,215 meters)
  2. Balmenhorn (4,167 meters)
  3. Schwarzhorn (4,322 meters)
  4. Ludwigshohe (4,341 meters)
  5. Parrotspitze (4,432 meters)
  6. Capanna Margherita on Signalkuppe (4,554 meters)
  7. Zumsteinspitze (4,562 meters)

To successfully ascend the iconic peaks of Monte Rosa, previous mountaineering experience is a must-have, particularly in glacier progression and navigating rocky terrain. Due to the strenuous nature of the 3-day expedition, an excellent level of physical fitness is also essential.

Book your next great adventure with us now and challenge yourself on these legendary testing grounds.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Dinner

- Mountain guide expenses

- Harness

- Lifts tickets

- Crampons

- Ice axe

Price details

We take care of the hut reservations (Città di Mantova hut - or Capanna Gnifetti hut, depending on the availabilities - and Capanna Regina Margherita 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.

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

- 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"


Itinerary

Day 1: Gressoney Staffal - Gnifetti Hut

We will meet at the start of the lifts in Gressoney Staffal for a material check and briefing. From there, we will take the lift to Punta Indren (3,270 m), where we will begin our Monte Rosa tour. We will set off on foot to the Città di Mantova Hut (3,498 m), about a 1 hour walk, or we may go directly to Capanna Gnifetti (3,647 m), about 2.5 hours from Punta Indren. We will then have dinner and stay overnight at the hut.

Day 2: Gnifetti Hut - Regina Margherita Hut

Wake up at the Città di Mantova or Capanna Gnifetti hut and enjoy breakfast. Put on your crampons and embark on the big ride. Ascend the glacier to an elevation of 4,000 meters and from there turn left. Continue up towards the summit of the Vincent Pyramid (4,215 meters). Descend towards the Balmenhorn until you reach the large statue of the Christ of the Peaks at an elevation of 4,167 meters. Continue up the steep Schwarzhorn (4,321 meters) to its summit. Descend to Ludwigshohe (4,341 meters) and the sharp ridge of Parrotspitze (4,432 meters). Finally, reach the Regina Margherita Hut, built on Signalkuppe at an altitude of 4,554 meters. Dinner and overnight at the Regina Margherita Hut.

Day 3: Regina Margherita Hut - Gressoney Staffa

Fuel up for the day's adventure with a delicious breakfast at the Regina Margherita Hut. Once energized, put on your crampons and tackle the steep but short descent of Signalkuppe. Reaching the plateau, we will set our sights on our next challenge: the seventh 4,000-meter peak, Zumstein Peak, at an impressive altitude of 4,563 meters. Conquer Zumstein Peak and then embark on a thrilling descent via the immense Lys Glacier. This vast expanse of ice will lead us to a cable car that will transport us back to the parking lot in comfort.

 

Details

Accommodation

We'll be staying in typical alpine huts.


FAQs

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

As you certainly know, due to its technical difficulty, the mountaineering tour of Monte Rosa requires excellent physical preparation and a good resistance to intense physical efforts and many hours of hiking at high altitudes. A solid previous experience on the glaciers of the Alps is certainly essential because it brings good confidence in the use of crampons and progression on the glacier, with minimal rock climbing ability.

The Alps environment (with low temperatures, frequent strong wind, and glacier exposition for more than 6-7 hours) requires to be necessarily very well fit and it is essential to be equipped with glacier technical gear and mountaineering clothes suitable to guarantee comfort even when staying on the glacier for more than 8/9 consecutive hours.

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

When choosing to do a high-altitude program, the training starts from there. The first thing to do is an honest self-assessment of one's own level, taking as a reference the technical difficulties of mountaineering, the physical levels, and seeing if you are within the required parameters. To facilitate this, the best approach is to do some long hikes in the mountains or in a natural environment to check your physical condition.

After you have defined your situation, you can define a training plan for the months leading up to the ascent. The best preparation for mountain sports always involves a good amount of cardiovascular exercise (running, biking, mountain biking, etc.), along with long walks in the mountains even on challenging trails. Working out only at home or at the gym is not enough compared to an outdoor training routine. If it becomes really difficult for you to go regularly in the mountains, the advice is still to try to walk uphill with a positive elevation gain of at least 1,000 meters. Also, training at altitude (at least above 3,000m) becomes essential, especially if overnight stays in refuges, huts, or tents are also planned.

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 (mountaineering harness, straight-hand ice axe, and crampons) is included in the tariff: the Guide provides it on the day of departure, after the starting briefing.

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 and 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, energy bars/dried fruit, and energy food for the trip.

How will accommodation and meals be handled on the mountain?

We will personally take care of the hut reservations. The overnight stay at the Capanna Gnifetti hut (or Città di Mantova hut) and Capanna Regina Margherita hut, with half-board formula, 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 (water, beer, sparkling beverages, etc.) are NOT included and have to be covered by the customers directly on the spot for them and for the guide too.

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?

The maximum ratio for this tour is 1:2 (1 Mountain Guide for 2 clients, as maximum). If you are a group of more than 3 people, we have more Guides available to undertake the adventure.

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

The Monte Rosa mountaineering tour can be scheduled during the summer season, from the beginning of July to the end of August.

In general, we advise all customers to always keep a minimum of flexibility on dates, in order to have a better chance of finding availability in the huts.

How can I reach the meeting point?

The meeting point is in Gressoney Staffal, at the lifts ticket desk, reachable by car from the Pont-Saint-Martin exit (Milan-Turin highway) in about 50 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 2:00 pm (please remember to check the bus timetable in case you need to reach the meeting point by public transport).

The time back to the Staffal on the third day will be around 12.00 am.

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 to 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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-PeaksHunter

4.70

(376)

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

Priscilla

5.00

Daniel was fantastic as a guide. He was very knowledgeable of the mountain and the route. I highly recommend him for any climbs and will use him when I come back to climb any other peak!

Cesar

4.00

It was greatfull Matteo is a great guide We hope climb with him next year

Giorgio

5.00

The guides were both very professional and enthusiastic, able to motivate the group and answer all technical questions. Explore-Share staff was also very quick in responding to payment-related issues and the whole experience was very user friendly. Everything was paid in advance as described under "what's included". Highly recommended!!!

5.00

Great adventures again with Peakshunter Mountain Guides, superb service and excellent guides. Variable weather this year in the Alps, but Peakshunter went the extra mile to make the adventures happen - if it is possible these guys will make it happen safely. Will be back next year, have a great season.

Raoul

5.00

The trip was planned and organized as it was discussed by the agency peaks hunter. The service was smooth and explanation/informations were given quite fast. Regarding the trip, the accommodation were as we would expect and the guide was nice and giving us the right information and confidence required for this trip !


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