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Margherita Hut (4,554m) on Punta Gnifetti, 2-day ascent to the highest hut in Europe

Margherita Hut
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Renzo, IFMGA-certified mountain guide, takes you to the Margherita hut, at the the top of Punta Gnifetti. Join him for an awesome 2-day trip to Monte Rosa, and discover the highest mountain hut of the Alps!



2 Days

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep




  • Reach the highest mountain hut of the Alps.
  • Try out crampons and ice axes for the first time.
  • Enjoy panoramic views of a unique alpine landscape.


Would you like to take part of a stunning high-altitude experience ni the Monte Rosa massif? Then join me for an amazing 2-ascent on Punta Gnifetti: let’s climb to the highest mountain hut in the Alps: Margherita!

Also known by its german name, Signalkuppe, Punta Gnifetti (in Italian) is a 4,554-meter peak that belongs to the Monte Rosa massif. Located in the Pennine Alps, on the border between Italy and Switzerland, this impressive mountain was first climbed in 1842.

On this 2-day mountaineering trip, we will reach the summit of Punta Gnifetti, where we will find the highest mountain hut of Europe: Capanna Regina Margherita (4,554m). Opened by Queen Margherita in 1893, it was completely restored in 1977.

The hut can only be accessed by foot. We will meet at Alagna Valsesia, the famous town of the Piedmont, in northern Italy. From the top of Punta Gnifetti we will enjoy breathtaking views of the south face of Monte Rosa, the beautiful valleys of Sesia and Po, and the impressive Matterhorn, with is awesome glacial scenery.

Climbing to the Margherita hut, one of the most coveted and exciting experiences for mountaineering lovers, requires a good fitness level. However, you do not need to be an expert high-altitude climber: this is a perfect chance to start using crampons and ice axes!

For more information about the route, you can check out the itinerary below.

So, if you are up for this amazing ascent to the Margherita Mountain Hut, please contact me. Let’s reach the summit of Punta Gnifetti, a sub-peak of the world-famous Monte Rosa!

I also offer mountaineering tours to Piz Bernina and Adamello. Take a look at my programs!

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Mountain guide expenses

- Tips


Day 1: Alagna - Gnifetti Hut

  • Meeting at the Alagna Cable Car Park at 10 am to set up the equipment.

  • Ascent by cable car to Indren and hike up to the Gnifetti Hut (3,647m).

  • Dinner and overnight at the mountain hut.



Day 2: Gnifetti Hut - Margherita Hut

  • At 4 am we start the final ascent using headlamps and a rope.

  • We will arrive at the summit of Gnifetti (Margherita Hut – 4,556m) at mid-morning.

  • After a brief snack we descend and take the car lift back to Alagna.




Gnifetti mountain hut.

Meeting point

Caffe delle Guide - Alagna Valsesia

Equipment you will need to bring


Ice axe




Other gear: High mountain clothing, glacier glasses, sunscreen, boots.

About the guide

I am Guide for over 20 years. I was born and raised in the mountains. I love all the activities from freeride skiing to ski mountaineering, climbing on ice and rock, mountains are a place that continue to give me great emotions that I like to share with the people I accompany. I love contact with nature


Italian | French | English

What people are saying about Renzo Zampatti

Tom Grover


April, 2023

Snow and weather conditions were poor to say the least, but Renzo was a top guide and the tour we did was a good adventure!

Jesper Svahn


March, 2023

Renzo was a lovely guide. We had a good day out and he was experienced. We would have liked a more calm pace though, some time to sit down, have a snack or a lunch in the fantastic environment. The pace was a bit fast for that.

Tom Fielder


August, 2022

Really good experience definitely would Recommend doing this, Renzo is an amazing instructor would give six stars if I could

Rajesh Mehmi


July, 2022

Renzo provided us with a fantastic and memorable trip up Monte Rosa and Gran Paradiso. He looked after us the whole time and we felt comfortable with his guidance and experience. The trip was challenging in parts, not helped by the heatwave that was melting the glacier as we descended, though he navigated us all down safely. The trip was challenging for our group and it could have been adjusted for a slower pace, but the melting glacier made us push faster and we were glad Renzo was there to ensure our safety. Explore Share did a good job arranging the trip. There was a hiccup with the payment which took a long time to go through the payment portal and a lot of back and forth though was rectified eventually in the end. No issues with Renzo our guide or Explore Share and really fantastic service from both. I gave the trip itself 4 stars rather than 5 as was a bit challenging for us though we managed it and have some amazing memories to take away with us. Thank you to Renzo and Explore Share for a trip we will all remember for a long time!

Kevin Alvarez


September, 2021

An amazing experience doing the Senterio dei Fiori with our guide Renzo. A true ambassador of the Via Ferrata fraternity.

Robert Gower


September, 2020

Our guide Renzo went above and beyond! He adapted perfectly to our level of experince and fitness, took us on an amazing scramble around thr mountains, and even took lots of photos and made coffee for us!

Philip Gilbert


August, 2020

Renzo is a considerate, skilful guide and a good companion. Highly recommended. Under the conditions we climbed in (i.e. warm and cloudy) the route is less highly rated. The track through the "Eck" was much more demanding than Goedecke suggests in his book "4000er" and I would only attempt it again earlier in the year. Renzo took loads of photos so that was good. Grazie Mille!

Motohashi Kazuko


September, 2019

Guide is very safety kind. but we very tired so can't Refugio. very enjoyed Piz Bernina vadnet Pers Thank you nice guiding !

Tim OBrien


April, 2019

The tour to the Pisgana glacier was great, even though the snow conditions were icy & challenging. We’d definitely recommend Renzo, the guide, and the Explore Share website. The costs were v.competitive and an incentive to book. The only drawback was the website made it difficult to swop some details like email addresses (e.g. for sending photos). Anyway, we intend using the service & guide again next time we’re in Passo Tonale!

Thomas Söderlund


February, 2019

Great guide with great knowledge of the area. Freeride in Passo Tonale is not really good for snowboarders as the "way out" fro many runs are long and flat

Patrick & Michael


April, 2018

We booked the "Freeride skiing day trips in Passo Tonale, Adamello Range" through Explore-Share.com The booking procedure was very easy and our mountain guide Renzo took us on 2 perfect freeriding days, finding untouched powder even after 1 week of last snowfall. If we go back to Passo Tonale for freeride skiing we would definetly go with Renzo again.



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