Climb to Polluce

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

My goal

Nestled amidst the heart of the Verra Glacier, Polluce, a majestic cone of ice adorned with rugged ridges, stands proudly between Roccia Nera and Castore. Embarking on the climb to Polluce peak via the standard route is an exhilarating adventure that seamlessly blends glacier techniques, the gripping hold of ice axe and crampons, and fundamental rock climbing skills. As you ascend, the rocky pinnacle crowning the summit beckons, its challenging allure softened by the presence of fixed ropes strategically placed to assist your ascent. Upon reaching the snow-draped peak, a breathtaking panorama unfolds, treating you to a spectacular balcony view of the iconic Matterhorn and the entire Monte Rosa range. It’s a journey that weaves together technical prowess, awe-inspiring landscapes, and the thrill of conquering Polluce’s frozen heights.

Climb to Polluce peak is an adventure that rewards with stunning panoramic views and a sense of accomplishment.

The overnight stay at Rifugio Guide di Ayas offers a cozy refuge amidst the stunning alpine scenery, perfect for adventurers seeking a peaceful mountain retreat.

1 alpinist € 1150,00
2 alpinists € 570,00 / person
3 alpinists € 390,00 / person

The price includes
IFMGA guide for 2 days, half board at the refuge, off-road taxi, technical equipment if needed (harness, crampons.)

Day 1

Embarking on an exhilarating journey, we rendezvous with our guide in the charming town of St Jacques in the morning. Our adventure kicks off with a scenic transfer to Pian di Verra Superiore, the starting point for our ascent to the Ayas Guides Refuge (3420 m). A delicious dinner awaits, setting the stage for a restful overnight stay.

Day 2

As the sun paints the sky with dawn hues, we set forth on a quest to embrace the Verra Glacier valley. Our path unfolds to the east, tracing the contours of the southern slope of Castore. Here, we encounter the first rocks, their gentle incline often cloaked in a pristine blanket of snow. These rocks guide us to a striking prominence, where a fixed rope awaits to assist us in conquering smooth slabs.

At an elevation of 3991 m, a snowy ridge unveils itself, guiding our ascent to the majestic summit of Polluce. Amidst the awe-inspiring heights, we pause for ritual photos, capturing the triumphant spirit of our journey. With memories etched and hearts fulfilled, we begin our descent, returning to St Jacques in the afternoon.

– 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

Difficulty: PD+ (I°/II° sections and a III°/III°+ section)
Ascent Duration: approach 3 hours – Summit ascent 3 hours
Elevation Gain: 2405 m (Approach: 1734 m – Polluce: 700 m)”

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?
No, we do not organize group excursions for this type of climb. The team must have good preparation and confidence. Difficulty: PD+ (I°/II° sections and a III°/III°+ section)
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 Polluce