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Monte Rosa 7-day ski touring traverse, from Zermatt

Monte Rosa 7-day ski touring traverse, from Zermatt | Switzerland

Join Roger, IFMGA certified mountain guide, for this ski tour through one of the most famous massifs of the Alps! During this 7-day adventure, starting and ending in Zermatt, you will enjoy some of the best views of the Alps from your skis!

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Come with me on this 7-day ski tour of the Monte Rosa massif, and we will combine skiing with easy mountaineering sections to tour one of the most impressive massifs in the Alps!

The Monte Rosa massif is located on the border of Italy and Switzerland.  Within the massif, there are 18 peaks that rise above 4,000 m, including the second highest peak in the Alps.  During this 7-day adventure, we will enjoy impressive views of some of the most legendary mountains of Europe, such as Dufourspitze and the Matterhorn, from our skis.

For a complete alpine experience, there will be some sections of easy mountaineering.  The highest altitude we will reach is 4554 m, when we ascend Signalkuppe in order to complete one of the best ski descents in the Alps.  The complete route is outlined in the day-by-day section below.  Note that there might be slight changes in the route if we have to substitute one refuge for another due to availability and mountain conditions.

While we are on the mountain, we will sleep in the cozy mountain huts that are spread throughout the mountains.  The huts are warm and serve good food, which means that is less for us to carry in our backpacks!  For instance, you won’t need a sleeping bag in the huts – a silk or cotton liner is fine – and the huts provide slippers, so you do not need to bring extra shoes to wear indoors.  A complete packing list can be provided, and if you have any doubts we are happy to assist you in packing your backpack or with any rental equipment you may need.  To ski with comfort, it’s important to bring the lightest backpack possible, with only the gear that you will need for the trip.

Note that given the location and setting, participants should be fit.  The route requires some ascents in altitude, and participants should be comfortable with the technique of both the ascents and the ski descents.

Sign up now for this 7-day adventure and I promise you an incredible route for any enthusiast of ski touring, with some of the best ski descents in the Alps!

I also offer other ski-touring programs you should check out: 6-day Haute Route ski traverse Chamonix – Zermatt, Val d’Aran 6-day hut to hut skiing trip, Pyrenees, or 5-Day Carros de Foc Ski Tour in the Pyrenees.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Lift tickets

- Personal insurance

Price details

Price includes: guiding fee, advice before the activity, logistics and reservations management, 5 nights in mountain refuges, cable car KI Matterhorn, accident insurance, group safety equipment. Does not include: Transportation, accommodation in Zermatt, extra food or drinks in the shelters.


Day 1: Zermatt

We will meet in Zermatt, review the program, and check our equipment together.

Day 2: Guide Val d'Ayas refuge

We will take a cablecar to Klein Matterhorn (3883 m) to begin the ascent of the first 4,000 peak of the route: the Breithorn (4078 m).  This will be a short ascent to help us acclimatize. We will ski to the Guide Val d’Ayas refuge (3420 m) to spend the night.

Day 3: Refugio Quintino Sella

An early morning takes us to the summit of Castor (4228 m), which we will reach via a sharp ridge. If the conditions are favorable, we can also ascend Pollux (4091 m). From there we will ski to the Refugio Quintino Sella (3585 m) to spend the night.

Day 4: Mantova refuge

We will ascend to the Naso del Lyskamm (4272 m), where we will begin the direct descent to the Mantova refuge (3498 m).

Day 5: Monte Rosa refuge

We reach our max altitude with our ascent of Signalkuppe (4554 m).  From there, we will ski down by the impressive glacier of Grenz to the refuge of Monte Rosa (2883 m).

Day 6: Monte Rosa refuge

We ascend the Dufoursattel (4359 m). From there, we descend to sleep another night at the refuge of Monte Rosa (2883 m).

Day 7: Zermatt

We cross the Gorner Glacier to reach the summit of the Stockhorn (3532 m) for a great view of Zermatt and the valley. We then ski to the Gornergrat station to return to Zermatt for the end of our trip.


About the guide

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Mountain Guide

I love what I do and love to transmit my passion while guiding.

After touring the world fulfilling my dreams, I have put together all the knowledge gained and a strong background as a mountain guide to become one of the most versatile, dedicated and professional guides in the Pyrenees.

My resume has technical training in mountain medicine, snow studies, search and rescue complete training, meteorology and botany.

I spend the winters enjoying the unique snow conditions in the Aran Valley, as a ski touring and freeride Guide, and summers climbing the countless areas of excellent rock, either granite, limestone or conglomerate in the Pyrenees. I also spend a lot of time in Iceland during the summer guiding my friends and clients across these incredible landscapes.

While traveling the world, I make every effort to show the beauty of the landscapes, the quality of the rock and the best snow in the Pyrenees to everyone who wants to check them out.

Please get in touch with me if you want to discover the Pyrenees!


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What people are saying about Roger



Absolutely brilliant trip - would high recommend Roger and Chur they are fantastic, responsive and extremely helpful people!



It's a long slog of a climb, but doable as long as you're reasonably fit (but you don't need to be an Olympic athlete). The views are stunning. The Puente (bridge) de Mahoma is mentally tough with steep drops either side and some uncomfortable climbs. I'd strongly recommend using a local guide as they help you with the planning, kit and techniques, they share knowledge of the surrounding area that you wouldn't get otherwise and they help you over the more challenging stretches



Roger, our guide, really made the trip memorable for us. He had a challenge every day to plan the route according to the snow conditions, temperatures (it was quite warm), the skills and endurance of our kids and keeping it fun for all of us. It really showed that he put thought into planning each day and wanted to find the best route for us to enjoy the backcountry and get some good skiing!  He knows the area so well and every day he planned was awesome. The helicopter trip. It was planned by Roger and something we never would have thought of doing for our children's first backcountry experience but it was absolutely the best. "Double thumbs up" according to Willy, our son. The location that Roger picked out for the skiing and the hotel, Bahns de Tredos, was perfect for being in the backcountry all day and then returning to the hotel for a delicious late lunch, thermal hot tub soak and then a gourmet dinner all in a hut/backcountry setting.  We felt very spoiled!



Great time with Roger!



Our 5 day ski tour was an absolutely amazing trip, our guide Roger had unfortunately been unwell and so arranged another guide, Ruth, for the first 2 days. Both guides were fantastic, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and took us on terrain we would never have imagined was possible for us. We felt safe and in good hands throughout. The huts were comfortable and friendly with great food. It was the perfect introductory ski tour trip that I would recommend to anyone who is thinking of going.

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