Skill: difficult (AD-AD+)
When: from June to September

Note: ropes for Punta Dufour are allowed only with a mountaineer or two close-knit mountaineers besides the guide

Reserved for those who already have good confidence with the high mountains, this trip offers unforgettable emotions!

This is a rather demanding climb because of the existing rocky pathways and numerous exposed sections of rock and snow.
It boasts a magnificent environment with views from Mont Blanc to Cervinia, the whole Swiss Alpine mountain range and all the main peaks of Mont Rosa until Macugnaga in the valley below.
The ascent to Punta Dofour is very popular being the second highest peak in the Alps
Bear in mind that climbing Dufour Peak requires a good level of fitness and definitely no fear of heights for both routes starting from either nearby Capanna Margherita (recommended) or Refuge Gnifetti.
The advantage of sleeping over at Capanna Margherita is a downhill start, but do not underestimate an evening at 4554 mt above sea level!

Program:

1st day
Meet in Alagna at 15:00 am at Alagna.it office, briefing, gear check and ascent to Indren with the cable way, climb to Capanna Margherita (height 4554 mt), dinner and overnight stay – 5/6 h

2nd day
wake up with first light of the morning, breakfast and climb to the Dufour Peak in an exciting high mountain environment, cable way return to Alagna.
The path: from Colle Gnifetti 4554 mt we reach first the top of Zumstein peak at 4563 mt following the ridge. From here we descend towards Colle del Papa on mixed terrain which do not have a clear route to follow and entails many exposed movements.
We continue on the crest, at first horizontal then you climb up and down snow domes until arriving at the base of a reddish rock plaque (route with two pitons) a 4° route, very easy to grip and once over we have to climb up the snow dome until the base of a very broken, vast, rock wall and from here you will reach the peak. (2° and 3° routes)

Prices

Nr. Alpinists Price per alpinist
The price includes: Alpine Guide UIAGM escorting, 1 night half-board accommodation at Capanna Margherita, cable way return ticket for Indren, usage of shared materials and any missing technical gear.
1 Alpinist 1.100 €
2 Alpinists 750 €

Needed equipment:

ankle-high boots made of plastic, leather or waterproof material;
gloves, heavy hat, goggles with good protection, 35 l backpack, headlamp, sunscreen;
breathable undershirt, wool or light fleece shirt, heavy fleece, anorak, heavy socks and warm pants, gaiters;
harness, crampons, ice ax and telescopic poles;
sheet bag, water bottle.