From 0 to 4000 - approach to mountaineering. Training course to prepare the Capanna Margherita ascent
Mountain climbing is your passion, and you want to take that next step, but you're not sure where to begin?
Our approach to mountaineering course is perfect for you: three days to start acclimatizing to altitude, learn to take your first steps on a glacier, and reach your first 4,000-meter peak!
You don't need prior experience; all you require is good physical fitness and a bit of training, Monte Rosa guides will take care of the rest.
The course will provide you with the fundamentals to define your future goals, such as reaching Capanna Margherita, the highest hut in Europe.
Pyramid Vincent (4000m) was climbed by the mining engineer Jean-Nicolas Vincent for the first time back in 1819, and from whom the peak takes its name, can be reached with an easy hike on the Lys glacier.
The Pyramid Vincent dominates the three Italian valleys of Monte Rosa: Val Sesia, Valle del Lys and Val d’Ayas and the view extends from Mont Blanc to the Maritime Alps.
The statue Cristo delle Vette in Balmenhorn (4161 m) is an imposing piece of artwork by the Turin sculptor Alfredo Bai, a partisan during the Second World War, who wanted the statue of Christ the Redeemer as a votive offering for having returned alive from the war.
Breithorn is the westernmost peak above 4,000m in the Monte Rosa chain seen from Italy and is undoubtedly one of the most suitable peaks for those who are starting out with mountaineering. Thanks to the Cervinia ski lifts, the height difference to reach the summit is limited and the ascent can easily be done in a day making your ascent a total immersion in the Matterhorn environment giving you an absolute first-class view.