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Tour Capanna Margherita Hut (Group Hike)

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

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The ascent to the Capanna Margherita Italy on Signal Kuppe is an experience that can’t be compared

The climb to Capanna Margherita, the highest refuge in Europe, is one of the most coveted and exciting experiences for mountain enthusiasts. From the height of the 4,554 meters of Punta Gnifetti, the gaze sweeps from the vertiginous south face of Monte Rosa over Alagna and Val Sesia, losing itself from the Po Valley to the Maritime Alps. The trip to the Capanna Margherita is a challenge with ourselves, a test of endurance, a desire to satisfy, a sudden emotion, a journey into one’s personal history and above all an irrational and, fortunately, irrepressible adventure.
However, you cannot control a trek in the high mountains. You can only plan, desire and then rely on the moods of the wind, the snow, and in case, know when it’s necessary to give up. But it can never be a hit and run because it’s a journey that begins when you start craving it and never ends.
With the guides of Alagna you will find your personal way to the Capanna Margherita Italy side, entrusting your safety to a professional and your desires to the passion of those born in these mountains.

Anyone participating in a collective group agrees that a rope team is a non-homogeneous group of people (maximum of 5) who depend on each other. Therefore, it is necessary to adapt to the pace of the weakest member and to turn back together if one of the participants feels unwell.

Group Hike  € 430,00 / 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 mountain guide for 2 days, half board at Capanna Gnifetti, round-trip cable car to Indren, technical equipment if needed (harness, crampons.)

1st day

Meeting place in Alagna at 2pm in the offices of Equipment check and distribution of technical materials. Cable car ride up to Indren. Hike to refuge Gnifetti arriving at 5pm. We’ll tackle the short and not too demanding trail from the Indren to Gnifetti, with long breaks to lessen possible problems of altitude sickness, caused by the difference in height of over 1000mt accomplished in 30 minutes by cable car. Dinner in the room reserved for guides and overnight stay in Gnifetti.

2nd day

Ascent to Capanna Margherita with the first lights of dawn, together in a roped party, assisted by your guide who will accompany you on a memorable journey. We’ll arrive at Capanna Margherita around mid-morning and after a small snack we’ll descent towards Indren and return to Alagna or Gressoney 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
– ice axe (if are used to it)
– helmet is recommended but not compulsory
– 1lt water bottle/thermos
– harness & crampons

The climb to Margherita is for all the people who have a good level of training and know how to handle walks of 4/5h straight. You will reach the top in two steps, on the first day you’ll walk up the first part of the glacier, reaching the first hut in 1/1.5h. The difference in height between Gnifetti and Margherita, covered on the second day, is of 900m; that means that in order to reach the summit you’ll need to walk on a speed of 200/250m per hour in elevation.
The trip does not involve any particular technical difficulties but the path is entirely on high mountain, this tour is indeed a hike along the glacier where we will use a roped party, because the fall of somebody can easily be stopped by the weight of the others.
You will not find exposed points or edges to overcome; there are just two easy vie ferrate, one to reach Gnifetti hut and one to reach Cristo delle Vette peak.
Remember that acclimatization is the key to success! If you have lack of time the best choice is surely the two days trip, but we recommend to sleep in Alagna or Gressoney the day before departure.

On this mountain trip, each guide is allowed to accompany maximum 5 climbers.

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?
Certainly! Choose your experience from the group hikes page by clicking here
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 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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Tour Capanna Margherita Hut (Group Hike)