Breithorn traverseThe Western Breithorn is part of the alpine ridge of the Monte Rosa chain. It is generally considered to be one of the easiest 4000 peaks in the Alps, but by no means does that imply it is in any way less beautiful!The Breithorn is one of the border mountains separating the Aosta Valley from Switzerland, between the Matterhorn and the Monte Rosa chain. The western peak is the highest and most frequented one, while the central and eastern Breithorn, both also above 4000 mt., are more challenging.From its summit you will enjoy a fantastic view on the whole ridge, looking at all the 4000 peaks leading to Monte Rosa.The crossing of Verra glacier and the climb to Western Breithorn do not present any special technical difficulties and is perfectly suitable for those who want to gain first experiences in the world of mountaineering. But this ascent can also be recommended to trained hikers, who want to discover Monte Rosas fantastic environment. With an experienced mountain guide at your side, your safety is in good hands.
However, keep in mind that you will move above 4000 meters, hence you might feel the effects of altitude. We therefore strongly recommend an appropriate training.The crossing can be done upon one day, starting early in the morning from Breuil Cervinia and reaching Plateau Rosa (3870 mt) with the cablecar. The classical route (S-SW flank) sets out on a nearly flat glacier, called the ‘Great Verra Glacier‘ and then leads to the summit via a slightly more pronounced slope (no more than 35 °).
Duration of crossing: about 3 hours depending on the fitness level of the group.
Program - Itinerary
The climb can be done upon one day.
Meeting in Aosta (or nearby) early in the morning in order to drive to Cervinia together with your guide. In Cervinia you will take the cable car up to the Plateau Rosa. From there you may start your traverse on the glacier, ascent the summit, descent and re-crosse the glacier.
At the end of your day on the glacier you will take the cable car again down to Cervinia.
Prices available on demand
The price includes
• the assistance of an experienced mountain guide of our Team;
• use of equipment for the group (ropes, pitons, karabiners).
Not included in the cost
• technical equipment rental;
• cable car tickets to Plateau Rosa (Cervinia);
• transfer cost for driving to Cervinia;
• everything that is not included in "the price includes".
• hiking Goretex shoes suitable to crampons
• walking poles
Clothes and more
First layer on the skin:
• (merino wool) thermal/breathable long sleeve
• (merino wool) long thermal/breathable underwear
• woolen warm socks
• warm technical sweater
• waterproof & windproof hiking pants
• thin but warm duvet (to wear just in case of cold temperatures)
• waterproof & windproof Goretex jacket
• warm winter hat
• warm winter gloves
• suncream (protection factor 50+)
N.B. Consider a change for when you are back to the hut (you can leave some stuff at the hut).
• Difficulty and level required
Easy ascent.Difficulties could only show up because of inadequate acclimatization, leading to high altitude sickness. Furthermore, there are some crevasses on your climb, for which reason your guide will tie you on the rope.
• Group size
Maximum 4 people per Mountain Guide
• From November to May: ski-touring.
• June, July, August, September - summer mountaineering;
We recommend to have your own personal travel insurance, covering accident abroad and repatriation.
• How to reach Aosta Valley
- Via Chamonix.Mont Blanc – you can reach Chamonix by train from the main French airports or from Geneva airport – then you can reach Courmayeur – Aosta Valley through the Mont Blanc Tunnel (there are buses connections from Chamonix to Aosta Valley, but if you would like to be free to move it is advisable to rent a car).
- Via Geneva or Martigny – you can easily reach Martigny by train from Geneva airport - then you reach Aosta city center via the tunnel of Grand Saint Bernard (there are buses connections from Martigny to Aosta Valley, but if you would like to be free to move it is advisable to rent a car).
- Via Milan/Turin airport – rent a car directly to reach Aosta via the highway.
If you are coming only for the climb, we can organize you a taxi to pick you up or the mountain guide can come to pick you up on the road nearby Aosta (organization upon booking).