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Vincent Pyramid and Balmenhorn

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

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Crossing the Lys Glacier leads you to the awe-inspiring Vincent Pyramid. This majestic 4000-meter peak reigns over the three picturesque Italian valleys of Monte Rosa: Valsesia, Valle del Lys, and Val d’Ayas.
From its summit, a panoramic spectacle unfolds, stretching from the iconic Mont Blanc to the majestic Maritime Alps. As we journey back, we’ll pass by the Balmenhorn (4161 m), where the iconic Christ of the Peaks sculpture stands tall. Crafted by the talented Turin artist Alfredo Bai, this monumental artwork reflects Bai’s dedication as a World War II partisan. His creation, the Christ the Redeemer, symbolizes gratitude for survival and the return to life post-war. Experiencing the Vincent Pyramid in a single day is an awe-inspiring adventure that encompasses both natural beauty and historical richness.


If you’re a solo climber seeking companions for the ascent, click here!


1 alpinist € 540,00
2 alpinists € 300,00 / person
3 alpinists € 220,00 / person
4 alpinists € 180,00 / person
5 alpinists € 160,00 / person
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: 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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Vincent Pyramid and Balmenhorn