The Vincent Pyramid 4215 m (Group Hike)

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

My goal

Embark on the Pyramid Vincent one-day ascent ascent crossing the Lys Glacier, following in the footsteps of the pioneering mining engineer Jean-Nicolas Vincent, who conquered the peak in 1819. This majestic 4000-meter peak overlooks three stunning Italian valleys of Monte Rosa: Valsesia, Valle del Lys, and Val d’Ayas. From its summit, enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view that spans from Mont Blanc to the Maritime Alps.

Despite the relative ease of the ascent, it is crucial not to underestimate it. It reaches the impressive altitude of 4215 meters. This achievement commands respect and requires thorough preparation to successfully tackle the challenges that will arise along the way.

The ascent to the Vincent Pyramid is the right choice for those who want to get into mountaineering and test their skills with the coaching of the Monte Rosa guides. The moderately short high-altitude route is perfect for experiencing mountain conditions. But also trying out the use of crampons and harnesses to progress in roped climbing.

During your ascent, you’ll encounter the Balmenhorn (4161 m), marked by the iconic Christ of the Peaks, a monumental sculpture created by Turin artist Alfredo Bai.
Bai, a dedicated World War II partisan, sculpted the Christ as a heartfelt expression of gratitude for surviving the war and returning to life.

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Group Hike € 190,00 / person

The hike will be confirmed upon reaching the minimum number of participants, which is 4.
The maximum number of participants is 5.

The price includes: IFMGA alpine guide, skipass, equipment required (harness, crampons)

Gathering with the guide at Passo dei Salati marks the starting point, accessible via the morning cable car from either Alagna or Gressoney. Here, we’ll conduct a thorough equipment check and ensure the proper distribution of technical gear. Subsequently, we’ll ascend to Punta Indren via cable car, initiating our journey across the mesmerizing Lys Glacier in a roped party. Our route will lead us to the distinguished Vincent Pyramid (4215 m) before descending to Balmenhorn and the iconic Christ of the Peaks (4161 m).

– layers of clothing for the upper body (thermal shirt, heavy fleece, windproof jacket.)
– gloves (soft and ski ones)
– sunglasses (with 3 or 4 protection)
– heavy trousers (windproof)
– rigid, waterproof boots.
– ski socks
– hat that covers your ears
– sun screen & lip balm
– telescopic poles
– 1lt water bottle/thermos
– harness & crampons

Difficulty: one-day alpine ascent F+ (easy) – This entails a straightforward glacier hike, with a brief section of a bolted rock wall to access the Cristo delle Vette statue.
Climbing Time: 3.5 to 4 hours – The estimated duration for the ascent.
Elevation Gain: 950 meters – The total vertical distance climbed during the hike

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?
Of course! Select the experience you would like to join, you will find all available dates on the group outings page here
FAQ #5 -What altitude is reached on this excursion?
The Piramide Vincent reaches an elevation of 4165 meters, while Cristo delle Vette 4161 m
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 good physical endurance and training that allows you to sustain at least 4/5 hours of uphill walking plus the same amount in descent.


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The Vincent Pyramid 4215 m (Group Hike)