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Punta Gnifetti, Margherita Hut, All-Inclusive Guided Ascent

Punta Gnifetti, Margherita Hut, All-Inclusive Guided Ascent
Punta Gnifetti, Margherita Hut, All-Inclusive Guided Ascent
Punta Gnifetti, Margherita Hut, All-Inclusive Guided Ascent
Punta Gnifetti, Margherita Hut, All-Inclusive Guided Ascent

Join one of the IFMGA-certified guides in the Peakshunter team on a 2 day climb of the Punta Gnifetti and admire the scenery from the famous Regina Margherita Hut at the summit.

Alps

2 Days

Jun - Oct

High

Beginner


Highlights

- Reach Regina Margherita Hut, Europe's highest mountain refuge

- Enjoy the climb to Punta Gnifetti’s peak

- Admire the Alps landscapes

- Take advantage of all inclusive formula: no worries, no hidden costs

Description

The Punta Gnifetti (4,554m) is a gorgeous peak in the Pennine Alps. Also known as Signalkuppe in German, this wonderful peak, standing on the border between Switzerland and Italy, is park of the Monte Rosa Massif.

On this 2 day trip you will not only get to enjoy the thrilling climb to Punta Gnifetti's summit. You will also get to enjoy an unrivalled view of the Alps from the famous Regina Margherita refuge. This amazing mountain hut, which sits at the summit of the peak, is the highest mountain hut in all of Europe. The hut, named after the Italy's Queen consort, Marghertia of Savoy, is truly incredible. Due to the altitude, the hut is also draped in sheet copper to ward off electrical fields.

On the first day of the trip, we will depart from Gressoney and spend 2 to 3 hours hiking to the Refuge Mantova (3,470m). On the second day, we will spend 8 to 9 hours making our way up and then back down the Punta Gnifetti. When we reach the summit, you can rest assured that you will have ample time to enjoy the amazing view, as well as the unique experience of seeing it from the Margherita hut.

What makes this trip even more amazing is that the climb itself is not that difficult. That means even mountaineering beginners can participate and enjoy the wonder of Punta Gnifetti and the famous Margherita hut on its summit!

If this sounds like something you want to spend 2 days doing in the Pennine Alps, send us a message, and let's make it happen.

We also offer other 2-day, easy climbs in the Pennine Alps, including this adventure to the summit of the Vincent Pyramid.

Price includes

- Accommodation included

- Guiding fee

- Breakfast

- Dinner

- Mountain guide expenses

- Rope

- Harness

- Lifts tickets

- Crampons

- Ice axe

Price details

We take care of the hut reservations (Città di Mantova or Capanna Gnifetti hut, depending on the availabilities) and of the ticket facilities booking.

We can offer extra services to support you for the planning of accommodations and logistics before and after the trip: these extra fees are not included and have to be paid on the spot.

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

- Hiring of trekking poles - to be paid directly on the spot

- Mountaineering boots (to be rented, paid and collected by customer at rental shops in the area one day before the trip)

- Extra meals, water and beverages/drinks for the clients and the Guide

- Transportation to the starting point

- Transport during the trip

- Luggage transfer and storage during the trip

- Research and rescue insurance with UVGAM coverage (recommended): €5 per person for 3 days

- Personal Insurance- Anything that is not mentioned under "Price Includes"

- Anything that is not mentioned under "Price Includes"


Itinerary

Day 1: Mantova Hut

We take the cable car up to Punta Indren (3,270 m). From there, we proceed on foot either to the Mantova Hut (3,498 m), about an hour’s walk. Dinner and overnight stay at one of the huts.

D +200

Day 2: Punta Gnifetti and Margherita Hut

We set off from Mantova hut after breakfast early in the morning. We put crampons on to climb up the glacier until we get close to the Vincent Pyramid and the Balmenhorn, then we reach the Lysjoch pass (4,250 m). A descending traverse under Parrotspitze takes us under the Signalkuppe; another traverse and a brief and steep final stretch lead us to the Margherita Hut, Europe’s highest building (4,554 m). We descend by the same route to the hut from which we set off, then take the lift down to the parking lot.

D +900

 

Details

More info

Meeting point

Staffal, Gressoney

Equipment you will need to bring

It is recommended that you bring warm clothes, a harness, walking shoes, crampons, ice axe, sunglasses, sunscreen and a camera.


FAQs

What experience and how fit do I need to be to climb this mountain? Is this program suitable for children or older people?

The Capanna Margherita Hut is considered a trip suitable for people with some previous experience on Alps glaciers, good confidence with the use of crampons and ice axe on steep slopes and hard/iced snow, in addition, of course, very good stamina, and excellent fit.

A good physical level and some previous experience in mountaineering activities are basic skills that it is better to have. In particular, it could be useful to have some confidence in progression with crampons on glaciers and some previous hiking ability, even on snow and ice, to be safe on steep and have no fear on the crampons, even on rock passages.

This is why we suggest having a 1-day introduction to mountaineering on a glacier if you are a beginner or have never been on a mountain over 3,500m. See the following link: https://www.explore-share.com/trip/1-day-glacier-travel-on-mont-blanc-beginner-program/

Regarding your fitness, a good workout in the months leading up to the trip is recommended in order to have great preparation for the mountain and so that you can experience the adventure to the fullest and not get too fatigued.

How far in advance should I start training and what kind of training do you suggest?

In the months leading up to the trip, we recommend consistent training to improve your endurance and your cardiovascular fitness (running, hiking, biking). When you confirm the trip, we will send you specific recommendations about the training.

Will I need to bring any technical equipment of my own? Is it possible to rent equipment, and if so, what would be the approximate cost of that?

The loan of the personal technical equipment is included in the tariff; the guide provides it on the day of departure, after the starting briefing. The gear for rental includes a mountaineering harness, straight-hand ice axe, and crampons.

In addition, the guide will bring the common safety gear, such as rope, ice screws, daisy chains, and carabiners.

All you need to check and bring is your personal mountaineering clothing, including technical mountaineering boots, waterproof, and rigid soles (please avoid bringing new ones you have never used before the ascent!). After your booking confirmation, we will send a complete and detailed list of recommended equipment and clothing and if you need anything for rent, we will recommend some shops where you can hire the necessary gear. Boots renting is around 20-22€/day, and trekking poles are 15€ per person.

Will there be porters to help to carry group and personal equipment?

Absolutely no porters are expected for this ascent. Each participant should bring a personal backpack and technical equipment, including a thermos for tea/water and energy bars/dried fruit and energy food for the trip.

How will accommodation and meals be handled on the mountain?

We will take care of the accommodation booking that includes the overnight stay at the Gnifetti Hut / Città di Mantova Hut with half-board formula, which includes breakfast and dinner, but not the beverages/drinks or the extra meals for the clients and the Guide.

Any other extra meals and all the beverages (water, beer, sparkling beverages, etc.) are NOT included and have to be covered by the customers directly on the spot for them and for the Guide too.

What happens in the event of bad weather?

A few days before the trip, the Guide will inform all participants about the weather forecasts and general conditions expected for the itinerary (temperatures, wind, snow conditions, etc.).

In case of bad weather, we will do our best to offer you an alternative program or move the date a few days later, depending on customer availability.

Are there any other special requirements such as permits/insurance/vaccines that we need to consider before the tour?

Yes, there are several special requirements that you need to consider for this trip. Here are some of them; please read them carefully before confirming the booking:

  • It is strongly recommended to have rescue and research insurance; if you need one, after your confirmation, we can recommend some solutions suitable for you.
  • There are no specific vaccine requirements for this trip, but it is always a good idea to check with your doctor or a travel clinic to make sure you are up to date on routine vaccinations. Also, there is no longer a need to provide proof of vaccination, recovery from COVID-19, or negative test results.
  • We finally invite all non-EU citizens to inform themselves about specific permits to enter Italy.

What is the guide-to-client ratio to climb this mountain?

For Margherita hut the guide-to-client ratio is 1:5. This is the maximum number in order to ensure your and the Guide's safety. If you are a group of more than 3 people, we have more Guides available to undertake the adventure.

What is the best time of the year to climb this mountain?

The best time to do this ascent is from the end of May to the end of September. If conditions are good, the ascent could be done even till the end of October, by overnight staying at the winter hut; in this case, you have to plan to bring extra food with you (the winter hut has a wood stove, blankets, and crockery for the cook).

Can I join a group?

Yes, you can choose to book a private tour or decide to join a group to reduce the costs.

We have already confirmed and planned group trips, departing in 2024. Check the best date for you in our calendar.

Before confirming a group tour, please remember that you will share the ascent with other climbers who could have a different fit and previous experience. The guide will be responsible for the entire team and in any case or reason, it could guarantee the summit if only 1 participant has physical problems or isn’t enough fit to respect the timetable for the ascent and descent. The decision to share a trip with others to reduce the total costs requires accepting to be part of a team, in which adaptation and capacity for mutual support are essential requirements for all participants.

If you evaluate your fitness level and your technical skills as too low or inadequate to the abilities and efforts that this demanding ascent requires, you probably should take the PRIVATE trip, as the best option for you.

How can I reach the meeting point?

The meeting point is in Gressoney Staffal, at the bar Wunderbar, next to the lifts ticket desk, which is reachable by car from the Pont-Saint-Martin exit (Milan-Turin highway) in about 50 minutes, or by public bus service (Arriva company).

At what time will we be back to the parking area?

The meeting with the Guide on the first day will be in the early afternoon, around 2:00 pm (please remember to check the bus timetable in case you need to reach the meeting point by public transport).

The time back to the parking area on the second day is around 3:30-4:00 pm.

Is this trip suitable for children? Which is the minimum age for participants?

Yes, the ascent could be done even by young people (the minimum age is 14 years, depending on the fitness level and skills). They must be accompanied by at least 1 parent. We ask both parents to fill out and sign a release form for their children, with privacy consent and self-declaration of responsibility.

What additional costs should I consider?

The hiring of the trek poles and the renting of the boots are NOT included. If needed, the renting of the boots has to be done by the customers before the trip to one of the shops in Gressoney. We will send you more details in case of need.

The costs for beverages and extra meals for the clients and the Guide are NOT included and have to be covered on the spots, sharing the guide’s fee between all the participants.

The transfer to the meeting point is NOT included.

What are some recommended accommodations near our adventure location?

We understand that finding the perfect place to stay is an essential part of your adventure experience. To help you with this, we’ve curated a list of three highly recommended hotels that offer comfort, convenience, and a touch of local charm. These accommodations are well-suited for adventurers looking to relax and rejuvenate after an exciting day of exploration
Hotel de Champoluc Champoluc Italy
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Villa Novecento Romantic Hotel Champoluc Italy
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Hotel Relais Des Glaciers Champoluc Italy
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About the guide

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-PeaksHunter

4.70

(369)

Mountain Guide

Giving and receiving smiles, seeing the satisfaction on the faces of our customers, seeking opportunities for growth, stimulating authenticity in personal and group relationships, in sharing mountaineering disciplines, fears, efforts, and moments of difficulty, which are part of the integrated with experiences, essential ingredients of every summit climb: these are our focus, our beliefs, and our most important results, as outdoor Professionals and as people who love the mountains and their work as Alpine Guides!

Founded in 2013 by Elis and Silvia, PEAKSHUNTER Mountain Guides is a team of IFMGA-certified Mountain Professionals and outdoor activities experts, based in the town of Aosta, not far from Courmayeur-Chamonix, on the Italian side of the Mont Blanc massif.

We live and work in the beautiful Aosta Valley region, very close to French and Swiss borders near to Geneva, Milan, and Turin international airports.

Mont Blanc, Matterhorn, Dufourspitze, Pyramide Vincent and Regina Margherita Hut, Gran Paradiso, Breithorn, Lyskamm, Castor and Pollux are only a few of several 4000 Alps summits you can climb with us: most of our team of Guides were born and grew up close to these mountains and they have explored the ascent routes several times during different seasons, with skis or crampons!

- We love our work: we plan all our trips with great commitment and deep respect for the Alpine environment, for its inhabitants, and its territories. Including local traditions in different valleys and Alpine areas.

- We love Mountain, Nature, and Outdoor activities, that we like to share with people from all around the world. We are enthusiastic to meet like-minded adventurers and share new experiences and memorable emotions with the support of our Mountain Guides.

- Safety and Risk Management are essential for us, as elements of fundamental importance during every single trip we plan and carry out with our customers: for this reason, we offer introductory courses to the different alpine disciplines (Mountaineering, Rock climbing, Ice climbing, Ski mountaineering, Freeride, Rescue Crevasse, and Avalanche) to convey awareness and responsibility to our customers.

- We offer solid Experience, with several years organizing outdoor disciplines around mountain and wild areas, in many different countries of Italy and Europe, for individuals or groups, including 7-day customer support for booking, logistics, and personal assistance for planning and reservations.

- As certified Mountain Guides, we offer training courses, to improve technical skills and to learn basic knowledge about mountaineering in the Alps, which is essential to explore and climb the Mountains safely in any situation or conditions.

- We are happy to provide customized programs for every customer's demand: our Experience is synonymous with Professionalism and Customer Care to guarantee unforgettable emotions and beautiful smiles!

Fulfill your dreams, discover breathtaking views or simply enjoy an extraordinary day: you just need to use your imagination and we will carry out your trip as you desire to live it!

Let’s plan your next mountain project together!

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What people are saying about this trip

Andrew

5.00

Great adventures again with Peakshunter Mountain Guides, superb service and excellent guides. Variable weather this year in the Alps, but Peakshunter went the extra mile to make the adventures happen - if it is possible these guys will make it happen safely. Will be back next year, have a great season.

Peter

5.00

I used explore-share based on relatively good reviews. Sadly, my experience with them is very inpersonal and not good. Trip advertised initially as available, followed by direct email from company providing it, trip is not guaranteed as sleep in a hut is not confirmed. Few days before the flight, trip was adjusted (cancelled/ rescheduled/ changed 5 times). I understand and fully appreciate that these trips are hard to arrange and you are not providing them directly. But as a company advertising (for extra fee) them for others, should take a bit of responsibility. I found upsetting to receive generic emails, asking for review on trip which did not happened. No response to my emais, what do they actually means by those emails. Equally refund took approximately 5 days. I was not planning to write any review, but I am very disappointed by their poor communication. I would not use them again!

Yoichi

5.00

Nice and kind guide and a beautiful weather made our climb a wonderful experience . Thank you very much .


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