Signal Ridge Expedition

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

My goal

Nestled on the border between the east and south faces of Monte Rosa, the Cresta Signal at Punta Gnifetti or Signalkuppe stands as a daunting challenge and an aerial spectacle, enticing skilled mountaineers seeking ambitious ascents. This iconic ridge promises a thrilling journey through mixed terrains of rock and ice, presenting a test of both technical prowess and endurance.

Why Cresta Signal? The Cresta Signal ascent is more than a climb; it’s a remarkable journey that should find its place as a highlight in the résumé of any skilled mountaineer. The unique combination of technical challenges, breathtaking scenery, and the strategic location on the border of two prominent faces of Monte Rosa makes this ascent a must for those seeking a true test of their abilities.

The Signal Ridge at Punta Gnifetti  or Signalkuppe is gorgeous!

Webcam in Punta Gnifetti 

1 alpinist € 1400,00

The price includes
IFMGA mountain guide for 2 days, technical equipment if needed (harness, crampons, ice axe)

Day 1

Meet your guide at our offices in Alagna for equipment check. Transfer by car to the Acqua Bianca parking lot and ascent to the Resegotti bivouac (3624 m). Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2

Start early in the morning to reach the Cresta Signal and reach Punta Gnifetti at 4554 m. Stop at Capanna Margherita before beginning the descent towards Rifugio Città di Mantova. After a short break in the refuge, we will arrive at Punta Indren, where we will take the lifts back to Alagna.

– 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

The price does NOT include: 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

Difficulty: D, mixed high-altitude ascent with rock passages up to IV°. Requires good physical fitness and the ability to move with crampons on ice and rock.
Elevation gain to Resegotti bivouac: 2150 m
Elevation gain of the ridge: 950 m


  1. Skill Level: Recommended for experienced mountaineers with proficiency in mixed terrain climbing.
  2. Weather Awareness: Due to the challenging nature of the ascent, careful attention to stable weather conditions is crucial for a safe and successful climb.
  3. Safety First: Given the mixed terrain and potential weather challenges, safety is paramount. Adequate preparation, proper gear, and a thorough understanding of the route are essential prerequisites for embarking on the Cresta Signal ascent.

The Cresta Signal offers not just a climb but an immersive experience, rewarding those who conquer its challenges with unparalleled views and a sense of accomplishment. For mountaineers seeking a memorable adventure that pushes their limits, this ridge on Monte Rosa stands as an aerial and ambitious ascent worthy of any résumé.

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?
FAQ #7  To successfully complete this hike, mountaineering experience with proficiency in mixed terrain climbing, excellent physical endurance, and adequate training are required. Difficulty: D, mixed high-altitude ascent with rock passages up to IV°. Requires good physical fitness and the ability to move with crampons on ice and rock. Elevation gain to Resegotti bivouac: 2150 m Elevation gain of the ridge: 950 m.

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Signal Ridge Expedition