Skill: medium
When: from February to May

Note: The guides of Alagna accompany up to 5 skiers per guide on the glacier

Capanna Margherita in winter is wonderful

The ascent up to Capanna Margherita, the highest refuge in Europe, is one of the most coveted and exciting experiences for mountain enthusiasts. From the top of Punta Gnifetti at 4554 m, your gaze sweeps down from the dizzying south face of Monte Rosa over Alagna and Val Sesia, losing itself in the Po valley right up to the Maritime Alps. In winter, even if only the refuge’s winter rooms are open, reaching the refuge is possible on skis, relying on the safe guidance of the Alagna guides.
The guides from Alagna are the ones who will help you find the best route to reach Refuge Margherita, so go ahead and entrust your safety to a professional and your desires to the passion of those born in these mountains.


1st day

Rendezvous in Alagna at 8 am at the offices of for an equipment check and distribution of technical materials. Then, off-piste skiing with an introduction to ski touring and skinning uphill in the early afternoon to Capanna Gnifetti where we should arrive around 4 pm. We will do the short and not too demanding route from Indren to Gnifetti, with calm, long breaks so you can enjoy the view and gradually acclimatize. Dinner is served in the room reserved for guides and you spend the night in a comfortable bedroom.

2nd day

Your excursion continues with the ascent to Capanna Margherita in the early morning, in a roped party, and assisted by the guide who will accompany you on this memorable journey. We will arrive at Capanna Margherita around mid-morning and after the routine photo shoot, return to Alagna with a descent of 3200 m.

The program could undergo daily changes made by the guide, with the agreement of the participants, taking into account snow and weather conditions.


Alpinists Price per alpinist
The price includes: The company of a UIAGM guide for both days of the tour, half board at Capanna Gnifetti, 1 Monterosaski day pass, technical equipment (harness, crampons)
With 1 Alpinist 870 €
With 2 Alpinists 510 €
With 3 Alpinists 390 €
With 4 Alpinists 320 €
With 5 Alpinists 300 €

Equipment needed:

Ski mountaineering boots (those with dual walk and ski modes), skis with ski touring bindings, skins, rampants (climbing crampons), poles, backpack with ski holder.
Layered ski clothing, with practical and light garments to take off or put on according to the environmental conditions that will be found.
The items that should not be missing are: light waterproof and breathable outer shell, compressible inner jacket, trousers with integrated gaiter and protective reinforcements on the bottom of the leg, fleece, gloves, underwear with long or short sleeves depending on the temperature.

Artva, shovel and probe.