Trekking Capanna Margherita

acclimatization.. Take it easy!

Great things happen when man and mountain meet” – W. Blake

Are you preparing for a high altitude hike and are you already enjoying the satisfaction of your success? The sense of freedom you feel when looking at the world from above is a sensation not easily comparable.

Naturally, training is extremely important in these cases, and if you are going to subject your body to such considerable effort, there is a further and not secondary factor that you will have to take into consideration: acclimatization. With regards to timing, this important transition begins about a day after your ascent to high altitude and can be said to be completed just under a month from the same.

The good news is that our body is most efficient, and was designed specifically to adapt to variable conditions with the least possible energy expenditure.
And this is what acclimatization means: the higher you go, the more fatigued you feel, this happens because there is a significant and proportional decrease in oxygen pressure, which leads to the well-known “altitude sickness”, malaise, headache, loss of appetite, nausea, lightheadedness, exhaustion. The way our body deals with this deficiency is via a process in our blood that involves a series of reflexes that activate spontaneously: breathing becomes deeper and more frequent, more oxygen is introduced in less time and this leads to an increase in our heart rate. Consider that, for an expert athlete it means perceiving a decrease in his own performance of over 25% around 3000 meters above sea level. For the less trained climber, there is a 30% decrease.

How can you acclimatize optimally during an excursion?

  • The acclimatization process is triggered when the body reaches between 1000 and 2000 meters above sea level. Getting you to this height is, therefore, the first step to activate it.
    • If you want to reach an altitude of up to 3000 meters, staying overnight around 2000 is almost essential.
    • Is your aim even higher? Step by step! If your goal is 4000 meters, it is essential that you stay overnight at around 3000 meters a.s.l.

Last piece of advice: adequate and constant hydration, the reintegration of liquids along with the intake of food such as broth and quick release energy foods help to avoid possible unpleasant situations.

The Queen of Monte Rosa4554 meters above sea level: today she is still the undisputed queen of Europe: Capanna Margherita. A dream of many, and a goal of all climbers. Reaching it certainly requires a fair bit of preparation for your heart, but it is not a feat reserved only for the most trained and prepared athletes. With the help of a qualified UIAGM guide, it is possible to organize itineraries also for beginners, which includes a refreshment stop, an overnight stay at Refuge Gnifetti, and leaving the next morning after a good night’s rest to conquer the summit.

Acclimatise … it makes you beautiful!

Precisely for the fact that we are aware of the fundamental role of acclimatization, we thought of you and that maybe before leaving for this high altitude adventure you would like to give yourself an extra treat and maybe stopover in Alagna, so here’s a special rate…

One night with Bed and Breakfast at the rate of € 49.00 per person. But that’s not all: on returning from your excursion you will have free access to the relaxation area of your hotel for a shower and rest so that you can reminisce in complete relaxation about your great accomplished feat.

For information, availability and booking contact:  or call the number: +0163 922993