If mountaineering is in your DNA and your new goal is to reach the highest peak of Monte Rosa, our mountain guides are ready to take you to Punta Dufour at 4634 meters.
Punta Dufour, known as Dufourspitze in German and Pointe Dufour in French, is named after Guillaume-Henri Dufour, the coordinator of the first Swiss cartography project.
This alpine ascent is reserved for those with a good understanding and experience of high-altitude mountaineering. It is a challenging summit with rock and mixed routes, offering a captivating experience that provides unforgettable emotions.
Due to the difficulty of the excursion, we will require mountaineers to submit a curriculum vitae detailing their ridge experiences, high mountain climbing, proficiency with crampons, and physical fitness. Therefore, before booking the ascent to Punta Dufour, we recommend a trial climb such as Cresta del Soldato, during which our guides will assess your level of preparation.
Punta Dufour is also a recommended excursion for all mountaineers aiming to climb Mont Blanc.
Daily hike: UIAGM Alpine guide
3 days program: one IFMGA Mountain Guide for the Cresta del Soldato ascent, one IFMGA Mountain Guide for each climber for the Punta Dufour ascent, half-board accommodations in mountain huts, guide's half-board accommodations, round-trip cable car ticket to Indren, use of common equipment, provision of any missing personal technical gear.
- 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
- ice axe
- 1lt water bottle/thermos
- climbing harness & crampons
- 30/40 litre backpack, a compact size to not impede movement ,
- ID document/passport
- 2 carabiners with ferrule
- 1 x climbing sling loop 120 cm
Please note, a sleeping bag liner is mandatory in all mountain huts.
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This accent can only be done with an alpine guide
This ascent requires an excellent level of training
Difficulty: AD – mountaineering difficulty both on the rock and ice; 40° slopes of snow and ice, and grade III climbing passes. Good physical fitness and ability to move with crampons on ice and rock are a necessity.
Uphill difference in height: 1000m from Capanna Gnifetti
Downhill difference 1400m
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 experience; 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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