Stage Monte Rosa – Group Hike

Level: Challenges
Start date: 1 June
End date: 15 September
Participants: Max 3

My goal

Embark on a challenging adventure that combines the conquest of peaks towering over 4000 meters with the refinement of crampon techniques, mastery of self-rescue maneuvers, and the acquisition of the skills needed to safely lead a group tied on glaciers. Mountaineering is a silent emotion that requires attention and expertise. If mountaineering has captured your heart and you aspire to extraordinary climbs, don’t leave your preparation to chance; this program is designed to put your mountaineering skills to the test at the highest level.

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Group Hike € 1100,00 / person

The hike will be confirmed upon reaching the minimum number of participants, which is 3.

The price includes
IFMGA guide for the 4-day tour, technical equipment (harness, crampons), ski lift rides, half board for the guide and clients in the refuge

Day 1: Our journey begins with a meeting at the Staffal ticket office in Gressoney at 2:30 PM. Here, we’ll undergo an essential equipment check and receive the necessary technical gear. The adventure kicks off with a scenic ascent via cable car to Colle della Bettaforca, standing proudly at 2700 meters. From this point, we immerse ourselves in the breathtaking alpine landscape during a 3 to 3.5-hour trek, finally reaching the Quintino Sella Refuge at 3585 meters. As the day concludes, we share a hearty dinner and settle in for the night, surrounded by the calmness of the high-altitude refuge.

Day 2: With the first light of dawn, we set out for the summit of Punta Castore at 4226 meters, a journey of approximately 3.5 hours. After capturing the ritual photos to immortalize the moment, we return to Quintino Sella Refuge for a well-deserved lunch. The afternoon is dedicated to a comprehensive course, delving into rescue maneuvers, setting up a hoist for crevasse rescues, mastering roped team tying methods, and perfecting the art of progression on snowy ridges and glaciers. The day concludes with a satisfying dinner and another night at the Quintino Sella Refuge.

Day 3: Our adventure continues with the traverse of the Naso del Lyskamm at 4100 meters, tracing the tracks of the renowned Trofeo Mezzalama. We pass the base of the imposing south face of Lyskamm, reaching the summit of Balmenhorn at 4167 meters, crowned by the Christ of the Peaks. A light packed lunch provides sustenance for our journey towards Capanna Margherita, the highest refuge in Europe, where we spend the night surrounded by the majesty of the mountains.

Day 4: We awaken to witness the sunrise casting its golden glow on the peaks before ascending Punta Zumstein at 4561 meters. The descent begins, taking us across the Colle del Lys, reaching the Vincent Pyramid at 4215 meters, and eventually arriving at Rifugio Città di Mantova for a leisurely lunch. Our descent continues to Punta Indren, where lifts await to carry us back to Staffal. With memories etched in our minds and the accomplishment of this alpine odyssey, we estimate our return around 4:30 PM.

– 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
– helmet
– 1lt water bottle/thermos
– climbing harness & crampons
– 30/40 litre backpack, a compact size to not impede movement ,
– ID document/passport
– 2 carabiners with ferrule
– 1 x climbing sling loop 120 cm

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

Challenge Level: F to PD – Involves ice hiking with segments traversing the ridge.

Physical fitness is essential.
This four-day program has been designed as a rigorous challenge, aiming to thoroughly test and enhance your mountaineering skills. Throughout the expedition, participants will face a series of demanding scenarios that require a high level of proficiency in various mountaineering techniques. From conquering peaks exceeding 4000 meters to refining crampon techniques, mastering self-rescue maneuvers, and safely leading a roped party on glaciers, each day presents unique challenges that will push participants to their limits. This program is tailored for those who have a deep passion for mountaineering and aspire to tackle beautiful and formidable ascents. It is not just an adventure; it’s an opportunity to elevate and refine your mountaineering expertise under challenging 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 – 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 #5 – 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 #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 – What is the required fitness level for the excursion?
To successfully complete this experience, you need great physical endurance and training. This hike requires a high level of proficiency in various mountaineering techniques such as crampon techniques, mastering self-rescue maneuvers, and safely leading a roped party on glaciers. Each day presents unique challenges that will push you to your limits

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Stage Monte Rosa – Group Hike