Suspended between two dizzying walls, aerial and elegant, the Lyskamm traverse is one of the great classics mountaineering experience on Monte Rosa. A piece of history on your bucket list.
Known for being one of the most technical traverses in the Alps, it connects the two main peaks of Lyskamm: the east summit (4,533 meters) and the west summit (4,479 meters). Advanced skills in ice and rock climbing are required, along with good physical endurance.
Difficulty: AD – mountaineering difficulties on both rock and ice; snow and ice slopes between 40 and 50°, grade III climbing passes. You must be in good physical shape and able to walk with crampons on ice and rocks.
Duration of the traverse from Refuge Quintino Sella: about 7 hours
Elevation uphill for the 2 days: about 1600 m
your guide, rental of technical equipment: ice axe, harness, and crampons.
The price does NOT include ski lift rides, half board for the guide and clients in the refuge, drinks and any extras at the refuge, lunch on the second day
5 layers of clothing for the upper body (thermal shirt, light fleece, heavy fleece, down jacket, anorak.)
two set of gloves (soft and ski ones)
sunglasses (with 3 or 4 protection)
heavy trousers (windproof)
rigid, ankle height, waterproof boots.
two pair of ski socks
hat that covers your ears
bag sheet for the hut
sun screen & lip balm
1lt water bottle/thermos
harness & crampons
Attention: traversing Lyskamm is intended for expert mountaineers. Before accepting the ascent, our guides will ask for your climbing resume and, if necessary, you will be asked to do a preliminary climb to verify your skills and preparation.
As this type of ascent requires stable weather and excellent conditions, it is only possible to fix an indicative date, which must then be fixed in the days prior to the actual ascent. For this type of climb, we cannot offer a rate that includes ski lifts and overnight shelter at the refuge, as these dates can only be fixed after assessing all conditions.
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