Holiday package

Stage Monterosa

Level
Challenges
Start date
11 June
End date
18 September
Partecipant
Max 3
from
2500 €

So, your dream is conquering the highest peaks of the old continent and you are thinking about reaching the top of Europe via the Mont Blanc stage? Why not consider the Monte Rosa stage! We have studied and carefully planned a route for you that will guide you to your goal in reaching the 4,633 m summit of Punta Dufour! By following our gradual acclimatization program, which progressively shows you the basic alpine climbing techniques and helps you to harmoniously approach cramponage, rock climbing and crest passages without any stress.

Program

1st day

Arrival in Alagna with time to settle in at your accommodation in Casa Smitt, our base camp in the center of Alagna, and enjoy a welcome dinner in the evening. Casa Smitt is one of the historic villas in the town center, only a few paces from the ski lifts, and has been home away from home to many mountaineers for the past 150 years.

2nd day

Your day starts with breakfast at 8:00 am. Then you meet your guide who will explain the itinerary for your week and after that, both you and your guide will check all the equipment you need and if something is missing, we will help you find or rent it. At around 11am we will take the ski lift up to Bocchetta delle Pisse to do a test climb on the Cimalegna via ferrata. Here you will learn about the safety knots, and how to move around safely in a vertical world. This will be your first steps towards your climb on Monte Rosa. Return trip to Alagna, dinner and overnight stay.

3rd day

Your day starts with breakfast at 8:00 am. Then you meet your guide who will explain the itinerary for your week and after that, both you and your guide will check all the equipment you need and if something is missing, we will help you find or rent it. At around 11am we will take the ski lift up to Bocchetta delle Pisse to do a test climb on the Cimalegna via ferrata. Here you will learn about the safety knots, and how to move around safely in a vertical world. This will be your first steps towards your climb on Monte Rosa. Return trip to Alagna, dinner and overnight stay.

4th day

A gradual ascent to refuge Gnifetti where we will practice climbing with crampons, learn to walk on the snow to practice the main safety maneuvers and we will climb the southwest ridge of Pyramid Vincent to confront ourselves with climbing at high altitude to reach the second summit over 4000m. Dinner and overnight stay in the refuge.

5th day

The day we reach the summit. We will start at the first light of dawn to climb up to Dufour peak, a path that we will tackle very carefully and with much attention, putting into practice everything learned during the previous days to reach the summit goal at 4,633 m. We will then begin the descent down to the valley passing by the Cristo delle Vette to reach Indren in time to get the cable car that will take us back to Alagna. Dinner and overnight at Casa Smitt.

6th day

The day we reach the summit. We will start at the first light of dawn to climb up to Dufour peak, a path that we will tackle very carefully and with much attention, putting into practice everything learned during the previous days to reach the summit goal at 4,633 m. We will then begin the descent down to the valley passing by the Cristo delle Vette to reach Indren in time to get the cable car that will take us back to Alagna. Dinner and overnight at Casa Smitt

7th day

After breakfast, it is time for your trip back home.

Prices

1 alpinist
2500€
2 alpinists
2500€
3 alpinists
2500€

The price includes

Four nights in Alagna in a double room in the historic Smitt house, 4 dinners in restaurants in Alagna, 4 breakfasts at the Dir un Don pub, 4 days with a UIAGM mountain guide, a personal guide for the ascent to the Dufour, half board at refuge Gnifetti, half board at refuge Margherita, crampons, harness and your via ferrata kit.

Needed equipment

- 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)
- underpants
- gaiters
- rigid, ankle height, waterproof boots.
- two pair of ski socks
- headlamp
- hat that covers your ears
- bag sheet for the hut
- sun screen & lip balm
- poles
- ice axe (if are used to it)
- helmet is recommended but not compulsory
- 1lt water bottle/thermos
- harness & crampons

Please note

Mountaineering is an inherently dangerous activity that can lead to serious injury or death. The guides of Monte Rosa are all UIAGM certified and are committed to doing everything possible to minimize the dangers, but the risk can never be eliminated and must be accepted before joining one of our groups.

The guides of Monte Rosa will always do their best to help you achieve your goals and ensure you have a very pleasant week; however, you must accept to rely on their unquestionable judgment while you are in the mountains and to respect and accept any decision they make. Being properly prepared and having a minimum standard of physical fitness is necessary to maintain an adequate safety margin in mountaineering climbs. If, due to your physical condition or for any other reason, your guide decides that you are not ready to attempt the ascent to Monte Rosa, you will be offered suitable alternatives.

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