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Lyskamm Traverse

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

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The traverse of Lyskamm is more than a challenge; it is an epic dance between man and the mountain. The eastern and western peaks, standing at 4533 meters and 4479 meters respectively, rise as gigantic guardians of a wild alpine realm.

This endeavor goes beyond mere physical strength; it requires mastery. Facing the ridge that connects them, navigating through rocks, and overcoming rugged terrain is a challenge that transcends pure endurance. Each step is a choreography, a marvelous dance between man and mountain, demanding attention and a profound understanding of one’s capabilities.

The wild beauty of this traverse is not only a feast for the eyes; it permeates the senses and the soul. The biting cold of high-altitude air, the blinding glow of the sun on ice, the silence enveloping the peaks all contribute to creating an experience that goes beyond words. It’s a journey where emotion blends with the pure essence of the mountain.

Crossing Lyskamm via the ridge is not just the conquest of a peak; it is rather an immersion into a natural work of art, an epic performance reserved for experienced climbers. It’s a journey that promises not only technical challenges but also a fascinating fusion of man and nature in an unparalleled spectacle.

1 alpinist € 950,00

The price includes
IFMGA guide for the 2-day tour, rental of technical equipment: ice axe, harness, and crampons.
Not included
Ski lift rides, half board for the guide and clients in the refuge, drinks and any extras at the refuge, lunch on the second day

Day 1: Meeting with the guide at the Staffal ticket office in Gressoney at 2:00 PM. Thorough equipment check and distribution of technical materials. We will ascend by cable car to Colle della Bettaforca, located at an altitude of 2700 meters, to begin the ascent to Rifugio Quintino Sella at 3585 meters, with an estimated walk time of approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes. The evening will be dedicated to route evaluation, dinner, and overnight stay at the refuge.

Day 2: Departure at the first light of dawn to face the epic traverse of the giants of the Lyskamm bastion. The route will take about 7 hours and conclude at Rifugio Città di Mantova. We will then descend to Punta Indren, where we will take the lifts to return to Gressoney, with an expected arrival time of 4:30 PM. This is a high-level mountaineering experience that requires advanced skills and a commitment to safety in a mountain environment.

– 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

Traversing Lyskamm is intended for expert mountaineers. Before accepting the ascent, our guides will ask for your climbing resume and, if necessary, you will be asked to do a preliminary climb to verify your skills and preparation.

As this type of ascent requires stable weather and excellent conditions, it is only possible to fix an indicative date, which must then be fixed in the days prior to the actual ascent. For this type of climb, we cannot offer a rate that includes ski lifts and overnight shelter at the refuge, as these dates can only be fixed after assessing all conditions.

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 hike, mountaineering experience, excellent physical endurance, and adequate training are required. Traversing Lyskamm is intended for expert mountaineers. Before accepting the ascent, our guides will ask for your climbing resume and, if necessary, you will be asked to do a preliminary climb to verify your skills and preparation.

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Lyskamm Traverse