Mountaineering Course – Capanna Margherita

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

My goal

Don’t underestimate the ascent to the Margherita Hut. Our expert mountain guides will equip you with the skills and confidence needed. A mountaineering introduction course to conquer the challenges of this iconic mountain journey.

Mountaineering Introduction: for all mountain enthusiasts ready to take the next step and reach the 4000 m altitude mark.

Three days to explor Monte Rosa from a conscious perspective. With our mountaineering introduction you get used to the altitude, learning to use crampons, traversing glaciers, and reaching Capanna Margherita, the highest hut in Europe, are part of the adventure

If you lack experience and your dream is to reach Capanna Margherita, this mountaineering course is the perfect training ground to gain your goal.

Tips for success

1 alpinist: € 1550,00
2 alpinists: € 950,00 / person
3 alpinists: € 720,00 / person
4 alpinists: € 600,00 / person
5 alpinists: € 540,00 / person

3 days  with IFMGA mountain guide, half-board accommodation at Rifugio Città di Mantova for 2 nights, round-trip cable car ticket, technical equipment if needed (harness, crampons), half-board for the guide.

Day 1

Meeting at Passo dei Salati at 2:30 PM, where we will rendezvous with the guide to inspect for the last time the equipment. We’ll ascend using cable cars to Punta Indren and then proceed on foot to reach the rifugio Mantova by approximately 5:00 PM. The initial ascent will be undertaken at a leisurely pace, with several stops to address potential altitude sickness concerns. Dinner and overnight stay

Day 2

A day dedicated to glacier exploration. We will have a real course to learn how to move with crampons, understand the techniques and safety measures to adopt in high mountains, and recognize the diversity of the glacier. Dinner and overnight stay at Mantova.

Day 3

Wake up at dawn to achieve the goal and reach the highest hut in Europe. We will reach the Capanna Margherita by mid-morning. After a short break to enjoy the panorama and recharge, we will return to Indren to descend by cable car.


– 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
– 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

The trip is a course that will allow you to truly understand what mountaineering entails, the essential knowledge required for climbing high mountains, and the skills you need to develop in preparation for your next ascent.

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 – Can I rent high mountain clothing and equipment?
You can rent equipment (boots, poles, ice axe) from our guides. However, it will not be possible to rent clothing.
FAQ #6 – 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 #7 – Do I need to bring a sleeping bag?
No, 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 #8 – What is the required fitness level for the excursion?
The ascent do not request a cetain level of fitness.

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Mountaineering Course – Capanna Margherita