Margherita hut in 5 days (Group Hike)

Level: Enthusiast
Start date: 1 June
End date: 18 September
Participants: Max 5

My goal

By taking time to enjoy the journey, reaching the goal of Capanna Margherita on Monte Rosa becomes fulfilling rather than disappointing.

Reaching the capanna Margherita on Monte Rosa is a timeless experience. Climbing on foot from Alagna, following your own rhythm and te one of the mountain, guarantees the right acclimatization and a balanced ascension, which will lead you to the summit with love for yourself. The nights in the refuge, the green meadows of Otro, the Gabiet lake and the Stolemberg moraine will teach you how to fully enjoy your experience over 4000. Indelible moments that will show you that adventure is never in the destination but in the path that you will do to reach it. Take the time to get to your destination, enjoying the journey.


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Group Hike € 930,00 / person

The hike will be confirmed upon reaching the minimum number of participants, which is 4. The maximum number of participants is 5.

The price includes: IFMGA mountain guide 4 days, half board for trekking from dinner on the first, transfer of high mountain equipment to Indren, technical equipment (harness and crampons)

1st day

Meeting in Alagna at 2.00 pm at Monterosabooking – Alagna.it offices. Equipment check and distribution of technical materials. Climb independently in the splendid Val D’Otro to Zar Senni refuge. A day of almost relaxation, to begin to climb without trauma to the body, and an evening in a hut, with an atmosphere of the past, where words are a pleasure and silence too (from 1200 to 1800 m).

2nd day

Ascent to Refuge Vigevano via the Zube pass, where the grass becomes moss and lichens give way to rocks, slowly acclimatizing to the altitude. Descent on the Lys valley and overnight in Gabiet. (From 1800 to 2800 m)

3rd day

Ascent to Capanna Gnifetti, the historical point of contact of all the climbs on the south side of Monte Rosa, through the Stolemberg pass along beaten trails by climbers from past centuries. (From 2800 to 3600 m). At the pass Passo Salati we’ll meet someone from the agency who will provide the necessary alpine climbing equipment and take the trekking equipment back down to the valley, to allow the ascent to the highest peaks to be lightweight and organized

4th day

Ascent to Capanna Margherita where daylight hours are unreal and the evenings magical. We will take the time to enjoy our surroundings during the ascent, to discover the peaks in view and dine in the highest refuge in Europe while watching the shadows rise from the valley. (From 3600 to 4500 m)

5th day

Return to the valley via refuge Mantova for lunch and a final drink on arrival in Indren, where it’ll be possible to use the ski lift back to Alagna.

For the first part of this hike you’ll need standard trekking equppement, comfortable boots/trainers are suggested, we’ll meet you is Salati’s pass on the third day to change the backpack into high-mountaineering one.

In the second backpack you should have
– 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

The climb to Margherita is for all the people who have a good level of training and know how to handle walks of 4/5h straight. You will reach the top in two steps, on the first day you’ll walk up the first part of the glacier, reaching the first hut in 1/1.5h. The difference in height between Gnifetti and Margherita, covered on the second day, is of 900m; that means that in order to reach the summit you’ll need to walk on a speed of 200/250m per hour in elevation.
The trip does not involve any particular technical difficulties but the path is entirely on high mountain, this tour is indeed a hike along the glacier where we will use a roped party, because the way crosses lareas with crevasses and the fall of somebody can easily be stopped by the weight of the others.
You will not find exposed points or edges to overcome; there are just two easy vie ferrate, one to reach Gnifetti hut and one to reach Cristo delle Vette peak.
Remember that acclimatization is the key to success! If you have lack of time the best choice is surely the two days trip, but we recommend you to sleep in Alagna or Gressoney the day before departure.

On this mountain trip, each guide is allowed to accompany maximum 5 climbers.

FAQ #1 – Will I suffer from altitude sickness?
High altitude can cause altitude sickness, with symptoms such as headaches, nausea, fatigue, and difficulty concentrating. These symptoms can vary from person to person. Some people adapt more easily to altitude than others. If possible, gradual acclimatization by spending time at higher altitudes before reaching 4000 meters can help reduce altitude sickness symptoms. Good physical fitness can also aid adaptation to altitude.
FAQ #2 – Are there any medications that can help with altitude sickness?
Altitude sickness is highly subjective, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. It is advisable to bring only the headache and nausea medications that you are already familiar with and have used before. Nevertheless, we recommend consulting your primary healthcare provider for personalized advice
FAQ #3 – What happens if I feel unwell during the ascent?
If you feel unwell in the refuge, we will organize an early descent. If you feel unwell along the route, we will turn back. In the case of severe discomfort, the accompanying guide will alert rescue services, and you will be evacuated by helicopter.
FAQ #4 – Can I join a group if I’m alone?
Certainly! Choose your experience from the group hikes page by clicking here
FAQ #5 – Do I need to bring a sleeping bag?
No, Monterosa’s refuges provide pillows, duvets, or blankets! However, the use of a sleeping bag liner is mandatory, and you can purchase it for a minimal cost at specialized stores. Click here for more information (affiliate link)
FAQ #6 – Can I rent high mountain clothing and equipment?
You can rent equipment (boots, poles, ice axe) in Alagna, Gressoney and Champoluc. However, it will not be possible to rent clothing.
FAQ #7 – If I do not reach the summit, will I be refunded?
No, there will be no refunds as you will have already used the refuge, guide, and lifts.
FAQ #8 – What is the required fitness level for the excursion?
To successfully complete this experience, you need good physical endurance and training that allows you to sustain at least 4/5 hours of uphill walking plus the same amount in descent.
FAQ #9 – Do I need to pack all the gear for all 5 days in one backpack?
No, you will need two backpacks: the first one with trekking equipment for the initial days (we recommend comfortable hiking boots or sneakers). Before departure, you will leave a second backpack or bag with mountaineering equipment and clothing at our office. On the third day, you will find the mountaineering gear at Passo dei Salati, where you can switch backpacks and leave unnecessary items with one of our staff members. Everything will be available at our offices upon your return.

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Margherita hut in 5 days (Group Hike)