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Climb to Castore Peak (Group Hike)

Level: Enthusiasts
Start date: 1 June
End date: 15 September
Participants: Max 3

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Conquer Castore Peak: your next mountaineering challenge!
For those who have already reached the heights of Capanna Margherita, it’s time to set your sights on the next goal: the ascent of Castore Peak at 4226 meters.
Fueled by an unyielding mountaineering spirit, this journey begins at Rifugio Quintino Sella (3585 meters). As you traverse the intricate landscape of the Felik Glacier, you’ll encounter a diverse and captivating route. The final airy ridges of the Castore ascent demand skill and offer a thrilling yet manageable challenge. Reaching the summit rewards you with an unparalleled sense of accomplishment, marking another pinnacle in your mountaineering odyssey.


Group hike: 27-28 July

Group Hike  € 440,00 / person

The hike will be confirmed upon reaching the minimum number of participants, which is 3.

The price includes: IFMGA mountain guide for 2 days, half board at Quintino Sella refuge, round-trip cable car, technical equipment if needed (harness, crampons)

Day 1:

Meet the guide at the Staffal cable car ticket office in Gressoney. Verify equipment and distribute technical materials. Take the cable car to Passo Bettaforca (2700 m) and begin the ascent, taking approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to reach Rifugio Quintino Sella (3585 m), also covering a short section of an easy but partly aerial via ferrata. Enjoy dinner and stay overnight.

Day 2:

Set out at dawn for a climb of about 3 hours and 30 minutes to reach Punta Castore (4226 m). During the ascent, a variety of surprises await: initially an easy route, then steep, almost technical, and finally majestic, leading to the ridge. This thin and airy ridge, not too intimidating, will make your ascent an unforgettable experience. The photo taken at the top will be a unique thrill, with the Alps towering all around you. On the return to Rifugio Quintino Sella, follow the ascent route, with an estimated arrival in Gressoney around 4:30 PM.

– 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
– helmet
– 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

Climbing the Castore peack requires a good level of fitness and a basic understanding of alpinism. Prior mountaineering experience is essential.

Difficulty: F+ (glacier excursion with a final ridge area)
Duration of the ascent from the Q. Sella refuge: Approximately 3 hours
Uphill elevation gain from the Q. Sella refuge: Approximately 640 m

The roped climb to Castore is organized with a maximum of 3 alpinists and a guide.

Engaging in mountaineering is inherently perilous and carries the potential for severe injury or fatality. All Monte Rosa guides hold UIAGM certification and are dedicated to taking every possible measure to mitigate risks. It’s crucial to acknowledge that while efforts are made to minimize dangers, complete elimination of risk is unattainable and must be acknowledged before participating in any of our groups.

Monte Rosa guides are committed to assisting you in achieving your objectives and ensuring a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Nevertheless, it is imperative that you place trust in their unquestionable judgment while navigating the mountains and be prepared to respect and accept any decisions they make. Adequate preparation and maintaining a minimum standard of physical fitness are essential to uphold a sufficient safety margin during mountaineering ascents.

In the event that, due to your physical condition or any other reason, your guide determines that you are not prepared for the ascent to Monte Rosa, suitable alternatives will be offered.

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 <a href=””>here</a>
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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Climb to Castore Peak (Group Hike)