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Spaghetti tour: a 6-day private trip in Switzerland and Italy

During this 6-day Spaghetti tour you will not only eat pasta but also reach the best places and the highest points of the Swiss-Italian border. You will be led by an IFMGA certified mountain guide, Francis. Join him!

Mountain RangeAlps
Duration6 days
Offer periodJul, Aug, Sep
Type of tripNot specified

Description

It’s a honor for me to invite you to a famous mountaineering trip along the Swiss-Italian border: the Spaghetti tour! 

The Spaghetti tour consists in a week of pure adventure, reaching some of the Alps’ best 4000m peaks. It is also a program which gives you the opportunity of admiring the most amazing landscapes of the Alps. A really interesting mix of Swiss and Italian cultures and specialities, like the typical Italian food: Spaghettis!

The Spaghetti tour is an experience that every mountaineer should live once. Moreover, if you come you will probably want to come back in search of more.

If I had to sum up the main reasons why I’d like to invite my clients and friends to this tour, I would list the following ones:

  • During these 6 days we’ll have time enough to acclimatize our bodies and have some practical lessons about the technical gear;
  • You will live the adrenaline of climbing a 4000m peak;
  • The training during this program will make you improve your technical skills and your next performances in the mountains.

The tour starts and finishes in Zermatt. During the night we’ll have dinner and rest in some comfortable and friendly Italian huts. For further details about the day-by-day program, please have a look to the Itinerary Section at the end of this description.

This mountaineering course is available during the months of July, August and September. You can ask for next departures and availability. All participants must have a perfect physical condition and some mountaineering and rock climbing experience. We may face some mixed snow and rock terrain.

I can take with me a maximum of 3 people. However, if you are a larger group I can ask a colleague to join us, but each group will climb with their own guide.

Please note that this is a private program. Unfortunately, for the time being, I don’t have any group departures planned.

Disclaimer

Some details and climbs may suffer some modifications depending on weather conditions or participants level.

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The price does not include: Lodging in town, Drinks and lift fees for you and the guide, Lunches, Personal equipment, Travel to or from the starting point, Rescue insurance.

Meeting point

Zermatt, Switzerland

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Itinerary

Day 0: Zermatt

Meet in Zermatt for a briefing about the trip and check gear.

Day 1: Guide d’Ayas Hut

An early tram ride to reach the Klein Matterhorn. From here we have a couple of options but we will probably decide to climb the Breithorn as a warmup, before heading down the Verra glacier and pass Pollux (which is another option to climb). Then, we will continue down to the Guide d’Ayas Hut (3420m) to spend the night.

Day 2: Sella hut

Climb the Castor (4,223m) and descend the stunning ridge line to reach the Felikjoch. From here we have a pretty straightforward descent down the glacier to reach the Sella hut (3858m) for the night.

Day 3: Vincent Pyramid - Mantova hut

Today we will enjoy a traverse below the enormous south face of Liskamm, over the steep “nez” or the Lysgletscher. Then we’ll possibly climb the Vincent Pyramid prior to reaching the Mantova hut. Overnight stay there.

It is also possible to traverse over the entire ridge line of the two summits (west and east), both of which reach well above 4500m. To do this variation it’s necessary to have solid knowledge about the use of crampons as well as an excellent fitness. Good snow and weather conditions are also mandatory. It is a long, exposed traverse that will only be done in a 1:1 ratio.

Day 4: Margherita hut

From the Mantova Hut, we will ascend again to the Lysgletscher and the Lysjoch, and then continue to the Margherita Hut (the highest hut in the Alps at 4554m). We can climb another 4000m peak, the Parrotspitze, before spending the night at the Margherita hut.

Day 5: Monte Rosa hut

We will need a final dawn we choose to traverse the Zumsteinspitze en route to Monte Rosa’s highest peak: the Dufourspitze (4618m). The climbing and the views are really dramatic. From here, we’ll use a series of steep fixed ropes to reach the Silbersattel. Then the route becomes easier down the long glacier and even longer moraine to reach the Monte Rosa hut for the last night.

Day 6: Zermatt and celebration!

After a breakfast we’ll have a simple descent back down to the Gorner glacier and an uphill path leading to Rotenboden and the Gornergrat railway which takes us back into Zermatt for a well deserved celebration!


About the guide

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IFMGA/UIAGM Mountain Guide

I am a professional mountain & ski guide. I have been guiding now since 1994. I have always been into the mountains – skiing at age 4 and secretly sneaking away for overnight bivouacs in the mountains behind my parents house. At age 13, I decided to pursue my airy scrambles for something that looked a bit more fun. I went to work as an assistant bringing out other young teenagers on exciting hiking and more importantly to me, climbing outings. One thing led to another and before I knew it my world revolved around the mountains.

At the age of 18 I moved to France to pursue my passions, later becoming actively involved with the French Alpine Club in Dijon and organizing outings and putting up climbing routes here and there in Burgundy.

In 1992, I entered the infamous ENSA or French guides school in Chamonix and became the first American to receive international certification (UIAGM/IFMGA) through this prestigious school.

Since then I have been making my living as a full time professional guide, climbing and skiing in many of the worlds great mountain ranges. I speak fluent French, some Italian and I am now learning German.

Previously I have worked as a technical consultant for Petzl, and Grivel.

If you are looking for a great adventure, skiing or climbing, please get in touch with and let's discuss about it.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 5552 each

Group of 2

EUR 2777 each

Group of 3

EUR 1851 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

• Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


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