This 2-day adventure with Paolo, IFMGA certified mountain guide, takes you up to the Margherita hut (4559m) and skiing some of the best slopes in the area!
Mar - May
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The Margherita hut (4559 m), in the Piedmont, in Italy, is the highest building in Europe. Climbing up to it with skis is definitely an experience that you can't miss.
From its summit, an epic descent follows. In fact, it's one of the longest in the Alps: 3300 m! Besides, the landscape is beautiful and the glaciers are great.
For this trip you need to be in good physical shape. In addition, ski mountaineering experience is a must.
We can go between early March and the first week of May, which is when the refuges are open.
Does this adventure sound interesting? Then please contact me and let's plan this trip together!
If you are looking for a 1-day trip, I also offer this one in Monte Rosa.
- Guiding fee
Secure your spot with just 25% payment
48-hour free cancellation with 30-day advance booking
We meet in Alagna at 7:30AM and check the equipment. We take the lift up to Punta Indren (3273 m), then go up the Indren glacier and P. Giordani (4045 m) with skis. We descent following the same route until 3300 m. Then we go back up to the Mantova hut (3498 m).
Early departure, and we take the summer normal route to the Lys pass (4250 m). Then a long crossing takes us to the last and steep portion before the summit (4559 m). We descend on the same route down to 3600 m. Then we continue by a chosen itinerary (Malfatta, Balma, Miniere, Canale…) down to Alagna.
I will take care of the logistics and the reservation of the mountain hut. If you don't have some of the technical equipment (harness, crampons, ice axe, snow beep) you can rent it with me.
Equipment: high mountains gear, full ski-touring gear (skis with proper ski-touring bindings, skins, rampant), poles, ski mountaineering boots, avalanche transceiver (with extra batteries), shovel, probe, harness, crampons, 1 locking carabiner, heavy gloves or mittens, hat, sunglasses, ski goggles, sun cream, head light.
Strange to say, I began my climbing career after I left behind my valley and my own mountains.
When I finished high school I moved to Turin, in order to get a mechanical engineer degree.
There I started to climb on a little indoor wall at the University Sport Centre and, very soon, I found myself dreaming on the greatest alps walls. I lived adventures made of fun, fatigue and satisfaction, I shared them with many friends who became climbing partners as well.
In Turin I got my degree and I worked for some years as a mechanical engineer consultant but, more than that, I discovered a new way to live and look at the mountains: sometimes they became playgrounds with attractions for everyone, sometimes a shelter, where to find myself again.
Meanwhile, an idea started to grow inside me and became a dream; a dream I would never give up: working in an office as big as the alps!
Making the long story short, I applied for the mountain guide training, had a huge professional development and became a UIAGM mountain guide.
Now I’m working full-time as a mountain guide, sharing my passion with a lot of different people on the Alps, since I'm based in the Monte Rosa area, but also around the world.
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Paolo was truly an excellent guide. Phenomenal knowledge of the backcountry, excellent pacing on the climbs and downhills. Paolo was able to find some good snow in a year where there has not been much snow.
Our Guide Massimo was very professional. We were heading to the Margharita hut at 4,559 meters but unfortunately one of us got mountain sickness at 4,100 at Piramide Vincent. Furthermore the weather was getting worse...lots of wind and snow starting. Our guide was very firm and 'advised' to go back to the Mantova hut. We were extremely lucky because a few hours later the storm was very bad and as people may have heart, 2 Italian ladies died at Primade Vincent from the cold . So Massimo thanks for your perseverance!
Paolo is an amazing guide, very nice and very professional. I would like to go on more trips with him, and I recommend others do too!
Honnêtement une expérience vraiment magnifique avec un guide, Paolo, très compétant et très agréable. Malgré le vent fort lors de notre ascension nous en garderons que des bons souvenirs ! Hate de la prochaine !
We really appreciate explore-share service. The team helped us to find a guide when the one we approached wasn’t available, payment was easy and conditions clear. We’ll use the service again planning the next adventure. We actually climbed with Pietro Garanzini as Paolo’s plans changed due to the weather conditions in previous days. Pietro is very experienced guide who perfectly knew the road, even though we started climbing at night and it was very foggy. I would appreciate some more stops on the way though, as it was my first time above 4km and I didn’t feel well. Next time I’ll prepare better for the altitude.
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