Dufour peak – Dufourspitze

Level: Challenges
Start date: 1 June
End date: 15 September
Participants: Max 2

My goal

Climbing the Dufour Peak

If mountaineering flows in your veins and your new goal is to conquer the highest peak of Monte Rosa, with this program, our mountain guides will accompany you to Punta Dufour or Dufour Spitze at 4634 m.

Punta Dufour, known as Dufourspitze in German and Pointe Dufour in French, is named after Guillaume-Henri Dufour. This alpine climb is reserved for those with a solid knowledge of high-altitude mountaineering and experience in rock and mixed routes. It is a fascinating ascent that offers unforgettable emotions.

Given the difficulty level of the excursion, we will ask you to submit your “mountaineering curriculum”.
Experience in ridges, high-altitude climbing, proficiency in the use of crampons, and a good level of fitness are required. Before booking the ascent to Punta Dufour, we recommend a preliminary test, such as the Cresta del Soldato. Our guides will assess your level of preparation.

Climbing the Dufour peak is highly recommended for mountaineers aspiring to conquer the summit of Mont Blanc.

Punta Dufour with the mounain guides of Alagna and Gressoney 

3 days program – 1 alpinist: € 2200,00
3 days program – 2 alpinists: € 1850,00 / person
Customized 2 days climb – 1 alpinist: € 1000,00


The price includes
3 days program: one IFMGA Mountain Guide for the Cresta del Soldato ascent, one IFMGA Mountain Guide for each climber for the Punta Dufour ascent, half-board accommodations in mountain huts, guide’s half-board accommodations, round-trip cable car ticket to Indren, use of common equipment, provision of any missing personal technical gear.

Customized 2 days climb : IFMGA mountain guide – To book  a customized Climb please contact us. Your guide needs to speak with you to evaluate your experience.


3 days program

Day 1
The best way to approach this ascent is to gradually reach the altitude. Meeting with the guide at 2:30 PM at Passo dei Salati, equipment check, and ascent to Indren with the lifts. From Indren, we will proceed on foot to Rifugio Città di Mantova or Capanna Gnifetti, which we will reach by 5:00 PM. Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2
Departure at dawn to reach Rifugio Capanna Margherita (4554 m), passing through the Cresta del Soldato. Dinner and overnight stay. Note: In case of altitude sickness problems, we recommend sleeping a second night at a lower altitude to be more rested for reaching the summit the next day.

Day 3
At the first light of dawn, we will leave the refuge to reach Punta Dufour, passing through Punta Zumstein on the normal route. The ascent will take about 3 hours and 30 minutes from Capanna Margherita, or 6 hours and 30 minutes from Capanna Gnifetti or Rifugio Città di Mantova. After conquering the summit, we will begin the descent for the return.



;p&gt;<strong>Customized climb

If your mountaineering background and experience level are suitable, we propose the Punta Dufour Ascent with one of our IFMGA-certified mountain guides, featuring a customized program. Together with the guide, we will define the meeting point and time. The departure will always depend on weather and glacier conditions.

– 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
– climbing harness & crampons
– 30/40 litre backpack, a compact size to not impede movement ,
– ID document/passport
– 2 carabiners with ferrule
– 1 x climbing sling loop 120 cm

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

This ascent requires an excellent level of training

Difficulty: AD – mountaineering difficulty both on the rock and ice; 40° slopes of snow and ice, and grade III climbing passes. Good physical fitness and ability to move with crampons on ice and rock are a necessity.
Uphill difference in height: 1000m from Capanna Gnifetti
Downhill difference: 1400m

Mountaineering is an inherently dangerous activity that can lead to serious injury or death. The guides of Monte Rosa are all UIAGM certified and are committed to doing everything possible to minimize the dangers, but the risk can never be eliminated and must be accepted before joining one of our groups. The guides of Monte Rosa will always do their best to help you achieve your goals and ensure you have a very pleasant experience; however, you must accept to rely on their unquestionable judgment while you are in the mountains and to respect and accept any decision they make. Being properly prepared and having a minimum standard of physical fitness is necessary to maintain an adequate safety margin in mountaineering climbs. If, due to your physical condition or for any other reason, your guide decides that you are not ready to attempt the ascent to Monte Rosa, you will be offered suitable alternatives.


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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
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 great physical endurance and training. This hike requires advanced technical skills, familiarity with ice and mixed climbing techniques, as well as constant and high-level training. Safety in the mountains is paramount, and proper preparation includes understanding the terrain conditions, using mountaineering equipment correctly, and accurately assessing risk.

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Dufour peak – Dufourspitze