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Monte Rosa stage: Dufour goal

Level: Challenges
Start date: 1 June
End date: 15 September
Participants: Max 5

My goal

If your dream is to reach Punta Dufour (4633 m), the second-highest peak in Europe, then the Monte Rosa: Dufour Peak Summit Goal is exactly what you’ve been looking for. A week of total immersion in the alps of Monte Rosa to follow a program from a gradual approach to alpine climbing techniques, ensuring a gradual acclimatization. Crampon techniques, rock climbing, ridge crossings, and a meticulously planned itinerary to guarantee you an unparalleled experience.


1 alpinist € 3800,00
2 alpinists € 3000,00 / person
3 alpinists € 2800,00 / person
4 alpinists € 2600,00 / person

5 alpinists € 2500,00 / person

The price includes 
4 days in half board at Alagna in a Hotel or Residence touristic level, 4 days with a IFMGA mountain guide, Personal guidance for the ascent to Dufour, half board at Rifugio Gnifetti, half board at Rifugio Margherita, lift passes, crampons, harness, via ferrata kit.

Day 1: Arrival in Alagna Arrive in Alagna and settle into your accommodation. Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2: Equipment Check and Via Ferrata After breakfast, meet with the guide to go over the week’s program. Check all equipment and technical gear, assisting in finding or renting anything missing.  11 AM, ascend with the Monterosa Ski lifts to Bocchetta delle Pisse for the Cimalegna via ferrata. Learn essential skills such as tying knots, moving safely, and navigating vertical terrain. Return to Alagna, dinner, and overnight stay.

Day 3: High-Altitude Test – Punta Giordani (4046 m) Ascend with the lifts to Indren for the first high-altitude test. Start the ascent to Punta Giordani (4046 m) with a 750 m elevation gain on the glacier in approximately 3 hours. Return to Alagna around 4:30 PM to aid in acclimatization.

Day 4: Glacier Skills and Southwest Ridge of Piramide Vincent Head to Gnifetti Refuge, starting from Punta Indren reached by cable car. Learn glacier travel techniques with crampons and safety maneuvers for high mountain terrain. Ascend the southwest ridge of Piramide Vincent, reaching the second 4000 of the program. Dinner and overnight stay in the refuge.

Day 5: Capanna Margherita – Highest Refuge in Europe Early morning ascent with a 900 m elevation gain to Capanna Margherita, the highest refuge in Europe. Dinner and overnight stay in the refuge.

Day 6: Summit Day – Punta Dufour (4633 m) The day we conquer the summit. Departure at dawn to reach Punta Dufour at 4633 m. We will face the ascent, putting into practice the knowledge acquired and perfected in the previous days, with attention and care. After touching the sky, we will start our descent, passing by the Christ of the Peaks to reach Indren, where we will take the lifts to return to Alagna. Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 7: Departure After breakfast, it is time for your trip back home.

– 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
– 1lt water bottle/thermos
– harness & crampons
– 30/40-liter compact backpack that doesn’t hinder movement
– ID/passport
– 2 carabiners with screw gate
– 1 x 120 cm sling

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 an ice and mixed route like Punta Dufour is a challenge that should never be underestimated. It 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 risks. Before undertaking such a venture, it is advisable to progressively gain experience on less challenging routes and undergo advanced training courses to develop the necessary skills for tackling complex alpine terrain.

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 risks.

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Monte Rosa stage: Dufour goal