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Pizzo Andolla (Portjengrat) summit via the Southeast Ridge, 2 days


Climb the fantastic peak of Pizzo Andolla via the sharp southeast ridge with Paolo, an IFMGA certified guide.

Private and Group


2 Days

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep




  • Climb in the protected areas of Ossola.
  • Reach the top via the challenging and thrilling south east ridge.
  • Witness exceptional vistas of the Alps as you climb.


I invite you to join me on this amazing climb to Pizzo Andolla in Italy. We will take the spectacular southeast ridge to get to the summit.

The fantastic peak of Pizzo Andolla (Portjengrat) is located on the border between Italy and Switzerland in the Pennine Alps. And, the southeast ridge offers the thrill of sustained climbing, making it popular among climbers.

This mountaineering expedition will take you through the protected area of Ossola.  Not only will you experience a great ascent, but also see incredible views of Michabel and the Monte Rosa massif.

It is a medium difficulty tour with long climbing sections. The trek duration is roughly 12 hours and is just ideal for mountaineers with some previous climbing experience.

On the day of the adventure, we will meet in Domodossola near the station. Of course, the meeting point can be re-arranged depending upon your preference. After a quick equipment check, we will climb on an easy path for about 2 hours to get to the Andolla refuge. You sure will see amazing views on the way.

The next day, we will start early at about 4.30 am and head towards the summit. The trail leads on a rocky ridge, where we will use ropes. After a good hike of about 6-7 hours, we will reach the top to enjoy excellent vistas. 

Later, we can choose to descend either via the normal route which is shorter but a little challenging or the one via Almagellertal that takes us through the beautiful Saas valley. 

If you will feel exhausted, we will rest for another night before descending. This is just a rough plan and we can always customize depending upon your taste and the weather conditions.

So, if this beautiful adventure in the  Pennine Alps interests you, then send a message to reserve your seat on this amazing climb.

Also, check out my trip to Punta Gnifetti and the Margherita Hut if looking for some more adventures in Italy.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

Price does not include : Accommodation and Transportation Cost.


Day 1: From Domodossola to mountain refuge.

Head from Domodossola near the station and climb along an easy path to get to the mountain refuge in about 2 hours.

Day 2: Summit Hike!

Start early at about 4:30 am and hike for about 6/7 hours to get to the summit. The trail leads on a rocky ridge with solid orcs, and many rope lengths.

We will return either via the Normale dell’andolla which will take about 4 hours to get to the refuge or take the route towards Almagellertal (Saas valley) which is a little long but way less demanding.




Rifugio Andolla

More info

Please don't forget to bring along:

30/40 lt Backpack Crampons Harness Warm and Comfortable Clothing, Glasses Hat Gloves

A special check-list will be provided upon registration.

About the guide

The desire to turn my passion for the mountains into my profession led me train as a professional mountain guide. I became a certified IFMGA guide in 2005 and have spent more than 200 days per year on the mountains ever since.

Although I usually work in the Mont Blanc area, Monterosa, the Lepontine Alps and the Dolomites, I'm always eager to explore more remote places and have truly unique experiences. I have extensive experience in the Lofoten Islands, in Norway, as well.

To me, reaching the summit is important but not as much as enjoying the journey and sharing some unforgettable moments. The ascent usually provides the chance to enjoy the views, while a night in a bivouac is always a good opportunity to look at the stars and share a good talk.

I speak English, French and Italian, of course.


Italian | French | English



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