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Capanna Margherita Overnight

Level: Enthusiasts
Start date: 21 June
End date: 9 September
Participants: Max 5

My goal

Do you consider an overnight stay in Capanna Margherita at 4554 metres?

Are you fond of touching the sky? his is the right tour for you.
A three-day tour to reach the highest hut in Europe and be enchanted by the sunset spectacle. Are stars and dawn from the balcony of Capanna Margherita at 4554 m your dream?
An excursion across the glaciers of Monte Rosa and the overnight stay at Capanna Margherita provide you the chance to test your endurance and mountaineering skills.
Ascent to Capanna Margherita is a challenge with oneself for a journey rich in emotions.

Dividing the ascent over several days, ensures the possibility of maintaining a slower pace and balanced physical exertion, even though falling asleep at 4554 meters won’t be so simple.

Tips for succes

1 alpinist € 1750,00
2 alpinists € 1050,00 / person
3 alpinists € 800,00 / person
4 alpinists € 680,00 / person
5 alpinists € 610,00 / person
The price includes
IFMGA mountain guide for three days, half-board at Capanna Gnifetti or Mantova, half board at Capanna Margherita, round-trip cable car to Indren. Technical equipment if needed (harness, crampons).

Day 1

Meeting at Passo dei Salati at 2:30 PM, where we will meet with the guide, equipment check and distribution. Ascent with cable cars to Punta Indren and then starting on foot to reach the refuge (Capanna Gnifetti or Rifugio Città di Mantova), where we will arrive around 5:00 PM. This initial ascent will be undertaken at a leisurely pace with several stops to mitigate potential altitude sickness issues. Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2

With the first light of dawn, we will set out for Capanna Margherita. The group will reach the top by mid-morning. A light lunch and well-deserved rest await, anticipating the magic of the sunset above the peaks. Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 3

After breakfast, we will begin the descent, passing by the Cristo delle Vette and Piramide Vincent, two prestigious 4000-meter peaks of the Monte Rosa massif. We will reach Indren, where we will take the lifts to return first to Passo dei Salati and then to Alagna or Gressoney.

– 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, a sleeping bag liner is mandatory in all mountain huts.
We suggest a lightweight, reusable sleeping bag liner. Let’s protect the mountains from waste
Our favorite sleeping bag liner

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, Gressoney or Champoluc 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.

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Capanna Margherita Overnight