Monte Rosa in three days
The Monte Rosa is the second highest massif in the Alps.
Day 1 Gressoney-La-Trinité, Giordanni Peak
We meet early in the morning in Staffal, located 4km away from Gressoney-la-Trinité in Italy, at 1850m. Quick material check up (you have to arrive equipped) and picnic distribution before a cable car ride to the Punta Indren. From there, we climb back up the glacier from the same name, first towards the west side, then towards the North side, bordering its shore and leading us to the Giordani Peak at 4046m by its ridge, depending on the weather conditions.
The Vincent pyramid still overhangs us from 170m. We then join the Mantova refuge to spend the night.
Positive difference in altitude : around 780 | Negative difference in altitude : around 550 | Altitude Max : 4046m | Accommodation : Mantova Refuge
Day 2 Gnifetti Peak Ascent at 4554m
From the Mantova refuge, we start the day climbing on the Garstelet glacier towards Northeast, in direction of the Vincent pyramid, then towards the small glacier of Lys along the West side of the Vincent pyramid. After the rocky island of Balmerhorn, we reach the Lys pass at 4248m. We continue alongside the seracs facing the Northside of the ParrotSpitze.
After the Sesia pass, we climb up to the North, crossing the top of the Grenzglacier. Not long before reaching the Gnifetti pass at 4454m, we turn right and climb up the last stiff section to join the Gnifetti or Signalkruppe peak at 4554m. The effort is very intense, but the reward that the magnificent view of the surrounding summits is worth it !
Positive difference in altitude : around 1000m | Altitude Max : 4554m | Accommodation : Refuge Margherita
Day 3 Zumsteinspitze Ascent (4563m)
Easy ascent of the last summit of our raid : Zumsteinspitze at 4563m. Ahead of us looms the Dufour Peak (4634m), the highest summit of this massif and the second highest of the Alps.
Return to the Mantova hut before regaining Punta Indren's cable cars.
Positive difference in altitude : Around 200m | Negative difference in altitude : Around 1300m | Altitude Max : 4563m
Dates & prices
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Trip code: AMR3
- The technical organisation of the trip
- A high mountain guide's supervision
- Full-board accommodation at the cabin
- Picnics for lunch
- Cable cars necessary to the trip's program
- Collective equipment necessary for your safety
- Individual transportation assured by your personal vehicle
- Individual technical equipment
- Drinks & personal expenses
- Snacks (cereal bars, dried fruits, chocolate bars, etc.) according to your own convenience
- Insurance & assistance: cancellation, research and rescue by helicopter in high mountain (in France, Italy and Switzerland) hospitalization and repatriation
- Everything that isn't mentioned in the "included" section
Terms and conditions
- More than 30 days before departure, you will be charged for the amount of 50€
- From 30 to 21 days before departure, you will be charged for the amount of the deposit (30% of the trip’s price)
- From 20 to 14 days before departure, you will be charged for 50% of the trip’s price
- From 13 to 7 days before departure, you will be charged for 75% of the trip’s priceLess than 7 days before departure, you will be charged for the whole trip’s price
- Airline fixed costs: plane tickets are bought in advance to avoid too high airline prices, however they are non refundable in case of cancellation or plan changes. In that case, the charges above apply to the price of your trip without the plane ticket’s price
- Ground fixed costs: you will be charged for the fees that were paid early
- Insurance fees: Insurance fees will not be refunded if you have subscribed to a multi-risk or cancellation insurance. The specific conditions will be written on your subscription confirmationIf you have no choice but to cancel your trip before departure, you must inform Montagne Expeditions and your insurance provider with a written statement as soon as possible, you will get a receipt.
Changes to travel contract
- Lunch picnics
- Diners : meals prepared by shelter keepers
- Take some race food according to your own tastes (cereals bars, chocolate bars, dry fruits,…).
- Water is not for free in refuges (from 5 to 8 euros one bottle). We advise you to bring some water purification tablets (Aquatabs or Micropur) in order to drink tap water.
- Personal drinks are not included in the trip's price
- Bring some Swiss francs for coffees, fruit juices, coke or beers during breaks… Shelters usually don’t accept bank card payments and Euros.
- Every refuges of this itinerary are comfortable and warm. Dormitories are equipped with blankets for the night (plan to bring your personal bed sheet for hygiene reasons).
- Slippers are at your disposal : no need to bring trainers.
- We advise you to bring protection against noise (ear plugs).
- A few electrical plugs are available in refuges, but plan to bring an external battery to charge your camera and switch off your phone during the day.
Budget & exchange
- Collective equipment (ropes, carabiners, ...)
- Slippers while in huts
- Mountaineering boots that you can fit crampons onto (with rigid soles)
- A comfortable mountaineering backpack (40/50L)
- Ice axe, crampons, harness with locking carabiner, helmet
- One or two collapsible walking poles (depending on what you are used to)
- A thermos water bottle (1.5L)
- A pair of gaiters
- A sheet-type for sleeping bag (there are blankets in the shelters)
- A small toiletry bag and a small towel fast drying (from specialized stores)
- A sunscreen (face and lips)
- A headlamp (LED type)
- A pocketknife
- Toilet paper (biodegradable if possible)
- Two plastic bags (100 liters) to protect the backpack from rain
- Cap or Hat for the sun
- Snow Goggles (category 4)
- 1 pair of very warm mountain gloves
- 1 pair of gloves in fleece or wool
- 1 extra safety pair of gloves (optional)
- Breathable technical underwear
- Breathable Technical Sub-pull (carline, light fleece ...)
- Fleece jacket
- 1 windbreaker jacket and waterproof Gore-Tex
- 1 breathable technical sticky
- 1 cozy mountain pants
- 1 wind pants and waterproof Gore-Tex
- 2 pairs of socks, a thin pair and thick pair of socks
- A pair of gaiters
- A sheet (there are blankets refuge)
- 1 waterproof pouch for your money, your documents like identity card or passport, yours insurance contracts / assistance and emergency phone numbers
- An analgesic (avoid aspirin)
- Anti-inflammatory pills (tablets and gel)
- A broad-spectrum antibiotic
- An antispasmodic, antidiarrheal, antiseptic intestinal, an anti-vomiting
- Double skin dressings, compresses, tapes adhesive
- An antiseptic
- Sunscreen and Biafine
- Coated tablets to purify water (type Aquatabs)
- Bottle of water is very expensive in heights and on the mountains (up to 8 euros a bottle!)
- In addition: eye drops, tweezers, light tranquilizers and sleeping pills and / or earplugs, tonic for veins (against heavy legs)
- Personal medication.
- Up to 90 days visit in Switzerland : citizens from most countries do not need a visa to visit Switzerland.
- Over 90 days visit in Switzerland : non-EU or non-EFTA citizens must have a visa to visit Switzerland over 90 days.
Health information & recommendations
- Most of our accommodations are run by locals, thus ensuring that the largest part of the revenue generated through your trip will stay within the region.
- France is known for its exquisite cuisine. The art of cooking and the joy of eating are part of everyday life. Each region has its particular foods and flavors which we would like you to explore and appreciate.
- Water is a precious and rare good. Our team and those travelling with us are thus advised to use it with consideration and avoid excessive water use where possible.
- Please try to recycle your waste whenever possible, even though recycling may not be a well-known concept in all areas.
- Be cautious and respectful when hiking. Make sure to wear suitable footwear and avoid picking flowers, moving stones or lighting fires.