Skill: medium
When: from 20th February to beginning of May

Note: The ski guides of Monte Rosa accompany up to 5 skiers per guide on the glacier

Zermatt tour: ski mountaineering to meet the Monte Rosa massif soul

If your philosophy of life is to go off the beaten track, ski touring on Monte Rosa is an inevitable choice: the base is Refuge Gnifetti, perched on the Garstelet glacier that has been challenging weather and climate change for over 100 years, the environment is Monterosa with 18 peaks above 4000 m. and your challenge will be its generous slopes.


1st day
Rendezvous in our office in Alagna  at 9 am 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
An early morning roped ascent to Punta Vincent at 4215 m,
with the purpose of refining climbing techniques with skins on the steeper sections. You will be on a track that is not too demanding but has spectacular views which will allow us to gradually acclimatize to the altitude and prepare you for the 4200 m of Colle del Lys on the 4th day of your tour. You will return to the Refuge Gnifetti for dinner and overnight stay.

3rd day
Ascent to the Lys pass at 4200 m
(approximately 3 hours) to tackle one of the most exciting descents in the Alps which runs along the Grenz glacier to Zermatt where we will stopover for dinner and overnight stay.

4th day
Return to Alagna
via the Cime Bianche pass by skiing the entire Monterosaski from Champoluc to Alagna.

The programme could undergo daily changes made by the guide, with the agreement of the participants, taking into account snow and weather conditions and tachnical level of the group


Alpinists Price per alpinist
The price includes: A UIAGM ski guide of  Monte Rosa to accompany you on the 4 day tour, 2 half board overnight stays at Refuge Gnifetti, 1 half board overnight stay tourist class in Zermatt, 2 day Monterosaski ski pass, 1 day ski pass in Zermatt , technical equipment (harness, crampons) and saety kit (avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe).

You don’t need ski pass and safety kit? – 150 €

With 1 skier 2.300 €
With 2 skiers 1.350 €
With 3 skiers 1.100 €
With 4 skiers 950 €
With 5 skiers 850 €

Equipment needed:

Ski mountaineering boots (those with dual walk and ski modes), skis with ski touring bindings, skins, 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.

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.

Must-have items in your backpack: light waterproof and breathable outer shell, packable inner jacket, trousers with gaiters and protective reinforcements on the lower leg, fleece pullover, gloves, underwear with long or short sleeves depending on the temperature.
Artva, shovel and probe.

Ski mountaineering on Monte Rosa: advices and tips of the guides advices