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Monte Rosa high ski mountaineering trip from Zermatt

David, IFMGA certified mountain guide, planned an epic ski mountaineering trip in the Monte Rosa massif leaving from Zermatt, to ascend the highest peaks in the area and enjoy the most exciting descents.

Mountain RangeAlps
Duration9 days
Offer periodApr, May
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified


The mythical Monte Rosa massif is located between Valais, in Switzerland, and Aosta Valley and Piedmont, in Italy. Join me for this fantastic ski mountaineering program starting from Zermatt, the Swiss ski Mecca. 

Within the massif there are many summits that are perfect (and a good challenge!) for ski mountaineers. This includes of course Dufourspitze, the highest peak in Switzerland, rising to 4634 meters. But it is only one of the many peaks in our list during the program. We will also ascend Allalinhorn, Strahlhorn, Alphubel, Breithorn, and Castor or Pollux. So you can see that it is an extremely complete trip!

The area includes prime skiing terrain. The relief includes high glaciers and peak ascents. To get through them, you need to have some prior mountaineering skills. This trip is not for beginners! Ask me if you have doubts about the level, but I recommend intermediate to advanced experience.

Zermatt is a great starting point for this program, as the mentioned peaks are not far from the resort and from Saas Fee.

We will leave for 9 days, and ski in total 7 of them. The ideal period runs from mid-April to mid-May.

Keep in mind that the weather is very changing, and the temperature can vary a lot, even within one day. Therefore, plan your clothing equipment accordingly!

Are you interested in this epic ski mountaineering program? Then please send me a request, I would love to be your guide! And for more options in Switzerland, check my ski mountaineering trip in the Bernese Alps.



Hotel in Zermatt and huts in the mountains.

More info

Group size: up to 6 people. If you are more than 3, a second guide will join us. Not included in the price: - Personal ski touring & technical equipment - 3 Hotel nights in Zermatt including Breakfast - Lift to the Klein Matterhorn - Dinners while in Zermatt - Extra charges for single room while lodging in the Valley - Transportation and lodging costs prior to meeting - Any additional lifts, train & taxi costs related to a plan change - Trip cancellation, adventure travel & rescue insurance, medical insurance

Meeting point

In Zermatt.




Day 1: Arrival

Meeting at 4PM for trip briefing, checking the equipment and dinner. Night at a hotel in Zermatt.

Day 2: Saas Fee - Allalinhorn - Britannia Hut

Taxi to Saas Fee and then lift up above the village. Ski ascent of Allalinhon (4027m) and then we descend to Britannia Hut (3030m) where we will spend the next nights.

Day 3: Strahlhorn

Ascent of Strahlhorn (4190m), return to Britannia Hut.

Day 4: Alphubel - Saas Fee - Zermatt

Ascent of Alphubel (4206m), then descent to Saas Fee. Taxi to Zermatt.

Day 5: Klein Matterhorn - Breithorn - Guide d'Ayas Hut

Cable car up to Klein Matterhorn (3800m), then ascent of Breithorn (4164m) and descent to the Guide d’Ayas Hut (3425m) in Italy.

Day 6: Castor or Pollux - Schwaxtor glacier - Monte Rosa Hut

Ascent of Castor (4226m) or Pollux (4069m). Then ski back to the Swiss side via the Schwaxtor glacier. Overnight in the Monte Rosa Hut (2795m).

Day 7: Dufourspitze

We attempt the ascent of Dufourspitze (4634m), the highest summit in Switzerland. Back to the Monte Rosa Hut to spend the night.

Day 8: Zumsteinspitze - Zermatt

Ascent to Zumsteinspitze (4563m), then long descent to Zermatt.

Day 9: Departure

We say goodbye after breakfast.

About the guide

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I am an IFMGA and ACMG-certified mountain guide based in Nelson, British Columbia. I'm the lead guide at Summit Mountain Guides, a guiding agency I co-founded back in 2007 and which offers year-round guiding services and courses in Canada and Europe.

The mountains of western Canada have been my playground since 1992. I'll be happy to take you mountaineering, backcountry skiing, rock climbing, hiking or ice climbing in this area I know so well. From day trips to multi-day adventures, I can guarantee an unforgettable and safe experience.

The SMG team of guides will help you with your trip's logistics, safety and contingency plans so that you get the most out of your backcountry experience and can just focus on having an amazing time on the mountain!

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Prices per person

Group of 1

CAD 6794 each

Group of 2

CAD 3397 each

Group of 3

CAD 2470 each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation

- Transport during the trip

- Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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