Capanna Margherita Without Lift

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

My goal

Trekking to the Margherita Hut by foot in 5 days, from the valley floor to the 4554 meters of Punta Gnifetti, is a life goal

A true journey towards the goal, a combination of legs and heart to climb Monte Rosa and reach without lift Capanna Margherita, the highest hut in Europe.
Reaching Capanna Margherita by foot from Alagna is a timeless experience, allowing you to maintain a balanced pace, follow your rhythm, gain altitude gradually, and discover every corner of the mountain.

Nights in the refuges, the green meadows of Otro, Lake Gabiet, and the moraine of Stolemberg will teach you to fully enjoy your experience beyond 4000 meters and to reach Capanna Margherita without lift, without shortcuts .
Indelible moments that will show you that the adventure is never in the destination but in the journey you take to reach it.

Tips for success

1 alpinist: € 2280,00
2 alpinists: € 1360,00 / person
3 alpinists: € 1000,00 / person
4 alpinists: € 900,00 / person
5 alpinists: € 810,00 / person

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

Day 1 From 1100 m to 1800 m

Meet in Alagna by 2 PM at the Alagna.it MonterosaBooking Centre offices for an equipment check and final packing arrangements. We will commence the trek with only a backpack containing essentials for the initial days. Your high-altitude mountaineering equipment will be available with your luggage on Day 3 at Passo dei Salati Ascend independently to Rifugio Zar Senni for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2 From 1800 m to 2800 m and descent 2500 m

Meeting with the guide after breakfast and ascent towards the high passes of Val d’Otro and Colle Zube, where grass turns into moss and lichens give way to rocks. We will then reach the Valle del Lys down to Rifugio Gabiet. Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 3 From 2800 m to 3650 m

Goal of the day: Capanna Gnifetti, following the paths beaten by mountaineers over the centuries on the south side of Monte Rosa. At Passo dei Salati, we will pick up the high mountain equipment and leave behind the trekking gear, to set off towards the highest peaks unburdened and well-prepared

Day 5

After breakfast, descent to the valley passing through Rifugio Mantova and descent to Alagna or Gressoney. For those who wish, it will be possible to use the cable car to return to Alagna using the Monterosaski facilities.

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

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 trekking to Capanna Margherita is suitable for individuals with good mountain training and the ability to handle consecutive climbs of 4/5 hours.

The trip doesn’t involve particular technical difficulties but takes place entirely on glaciers or high mountain terrain. There are no exposed points or airy ridges to cross. There are short sections of easy via ferrata to reach Capanna Gnifetti and the Christ of the Summits. It’s a long trek with occasionally steep slopes, to be tackled in a roped party so that, in case of an individual’s fall, it can be arrested by the weight/momentum of the other hikers.

Note: Rope teams for the ascent to Capanna Margherita are allowed with a maximum of 5 climbers per UIAGM mountain guide.

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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Capanna Margherita Without Lift