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Monte Rosa Massif

Climbing Monte Rosa: two 4000m summits.

Technical lev. : 4 / 5

Technical lev. : 4 / 5

MOUNTAINEERING INITIATION
Maximum 5 clients per guide, but this can be reduced to 3 depending on the course and mountain conditions.
You should be comfortable in mountain walking and varied terrain. Easy crampons walking on glacier.
If you have already done a glacier hike it is better but it is not mandatory: if you have good shape and good mental handling, you should have no problem.
 

Physical lev. : 4.5 / 5

Physical lev. : 4.5 / 5

Intermediate level.
Effort corresponding to approximately 1400m - 2000m of elevation.

  • 2 days
  • Participants : 3 to 5
  • from End of June to September
  • All inclusive in Mountain Hut

The second highest massif in the Alps, Monte Rosa will leave you dazzled by the beauty of its majestic glaciers and 4000m peaks.
Nevertheless, the Monte Rosa massif is perfectly suited to the discovery of the mountaineering world for well-trained beginners, with some technically accessible 4000m summits.
This mountaineering course is designed to allow you to acclimatise on the first day, to then facilitate the ascent of Punta Gnifetti the following day.

From 520

The highlights
of the Monte Rosa mountaineering course:

. Two 4000m summits in two days
. Technically accessible and progressive climbs
. Ascents in small groups, max 5 people
. Monte Rosa climbing, discovery of an exceptionally beautiful glacial environment
. View on the most beautiful 4000m summits of the Alps,
. Easily accessible refuge thanks to the cable cars
. Italian welcome in a high altitude refuge: the cuisine will not disappoint you

Dates & Prices

Arrival

End

Price *

Status

June

Du 08/06/2024 au 09/06/2024

au 09/06/2024

520

Bookings in progress

Du 15/06/2024 au 16/06/2024

au 16/06/2024

520

FULL

Du 15/06/2024 au 16/06/2024

au 16/06/2024

520

FULL

Du 15/06/2024 au 16/06/2024

au 16/06/2024

520

FULL

Du 17/06/2024 au 18/06/2024

au 18/06/2024

520

Bookings in progress

Du 20/06/2024 au 21/06/2024

au 21/06/2024

520

FULL

Du 22/06/2024 au 23/06/2024

au 23/06/2024

520

FULL

Du 29/06/2024 au 30/06/2024

au 30/06/2024

520

FULL

July

Du 04/07/2024 au 05/07/2024

au 05/07/2024

520

Confirmed with you!

Du 06/07/2024 au 07/07/2024

au 07/07/2024

520

CONFIRMED

Du 13/07/2024 au 14/07/2024

au 14/07/2024

520

FULL

Du 15/07/2024 au 16/07/2024

au 16/07/2024

520

Bookings in progress

Du 20/07/2024 au 21/07/2024

au 21/07/2024

520

Bookings in progress

Du 27/07/2024 au 28/07/2024

au 28/07/2024

520

FULL

Du 29/07/2024 au 30/07/2024

au 30/07/2024

520

Bookings in progress

August

Du 03/08/2024 au 04/08/2024

au 04/08/2024

520

Confirmed with you!

Du 04/08/2024 au 05/08/2024

au 05/08/2024

520

Confirmed with you!

Du 10/08/2024 au 11/08/2024

au 11/08/2024

520

CONFIRMED

Du 10/08/2024 au 11/08/2024

au 11/08/2024

520

FULL

Du 15/08/2024 au 16/08/2024

au 16/08/2024

520

FULL

Du 17/08/2024 au 18/08/2024

au 18/08/2024

520

CONFIRMED

Du 24/08/2024 au 25/08/2024

au 25/08/2024

520

CONFIRMED

Du 26/08/2024 au 27/08/2024

au 27/08/2024

520

Bookings in progress

September

Du 31/08/2024 au 01/09/2024

au 01/09/2024

520

Bookings in progress

Du 07/09/2024 au 08/09/2024

au 08/09/2024

520

CONFIRMED

Du 12/09/2024 au 13/09/2024

au 13/09/2024

520

Bookings in progress

Du 14/09/2024 au 15/09/2024

au 15/09/2024

520

Bookings in progress

* Price per person (without insurance)

Price for the Monte Rosa climbing - two days, two summits

The price of the climb to Capanna Margherita

  • 1 person: 1450,00 €;
  • 2 people: 800,00 € per person;
  • 3 people: 620,00 € per person;
  • 4 people: 550,00 € per person;
  • 5 people: 520,00 € per person.

Dates

Above are some dates we propose, but do not hesitate to contact us at info@espritmontagne.com if you wish to organise the Ascent on a different date.

The Ascent for the dates above is guaranteed with 3 participants.
You will receive an email confirmation of the programme as soon as the 3 participants are reached.

If the number of participants is not reached 21 days before departure, Esprit des Guides SA will cancel the reservation and refund the payment received (3% will be kept for bank fees).
If you wish and if you agree, Esprit des Guides SA can still offer you to pay the remaining balance based on the number of participants reached (see prices above) and therefore guarantee the departure.

The trip

2 days mountaineering course - Monte Rosa Climbing - Punta Giordani and Punta Gnifetti (4554 mt.)

With its 4000 accessible peaks, the Monte Rosa offers the possibility to climb some beautiful summits without the need to be expert mountaineers!
At the heart of an exceptional glacial environment, the Monte Rosa massif never ceases to fascinate, with its imposing faces and prestigious peaks.
The ascent of Monte Rosa, through fabulous landscapes, is a must for mountaineers in search of new landscapes at high altitude.

We propose a two day itinerary, to allow you to acclimatise and do the Monte Rosa climb gradually.

Program

Mountaineering Course Programme - The 4000s of Monte Rosa

DAY 1
Gressoney - Ascent of Punta Giordani 4046m - Refuge Città di Mantova 3498m

Vertical drop + 770 / - 550m

Meeting with the guide in the morning directly at Staffal, the last hamlet at the foot of Monte Rosa, opposite the start of the Punta Indren cable car, at 7:30 am.

 

After a quick check of the equipment, you will take the first skip which leaves at 7:30 am to climb to 3275 meters of altitude. Once there, you will start your ascent on the Indren Glacier, which will take you to the summit of Punta Giordani. The climb to Punta Giordani, the lowest 4000m of Monte Rosa, is an easy route, particularly suitable for beginners who want to discover the world of mountaineering!
Once at the top, you will be rewarded with a magnificent view of the 4000s of Monte Rosa that go around you.
Depending on the group's fitness and ability, the guide will choose the descent route to the Citta di Mantova hut: either by the same route as the ascent, or by a rocky ridge that leads directly to the hut.
Dinner and overnight stay at the Citta di Mantova refuge.

DAY 2
Refuge Città di Mantova 3498m - Climbing Punta Gnifetti 4554m - Punta Indren 3275m - Gressoney

Vertical drop + 1050m / - 1280m

Departure early in the morning, at sunrise.
At the beginning you will walk along the Lys glacier, which will take you to the Col du Lys at 4248 metres. You will take a short break to admire the magnificent summits of the Pointe Zumstein (4561 m), the Pointe Dufour (4633 m - the highest summit of Mont Rose) and the vertiginous north face of the Lyskamm: you are at the heart of a majestic glacial atmosphere!
You will reach the summit of Pointe Gnifetti in 4/5 hours of walking.
At the summit, standing at 4554 metres above sea level, you will be welcomed inside Europe's highest hut, the Margherita hut.
After recovering your energy and admiring the panorama of the most beautiful peaks of the Monte Rosa, you will descend on the same path of the ascent to reach the refuge.
A nice spaghetti bowl will be waiting for you (not included in the price) !
After resting for a while, a little more effort is required to descend to the Punta Indren and join the cable car that will take you back to Staffal.

Equipement

MOUNTAINEERING TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT

  • Hiking Goretex shoes suitable to crampons
  • crampons, ice axe and harness (material rental at Ermanno Sport in Gressoney in at Gal Sport àinAoste)
  • helmet
  • walking poles

HOW TO DRESS 

First layer on the skin:

  • (merino wool) thermal/breathable long sleeve
  • (merino wool) long thermal/breathable underwear
  • woolen warm socks

Second layer:

  • warm technical sweater
  • waterproof & windproof hiking pants

Third layer:

  • thin but warm duvet (to wear just in case of cold temperatures)

Last layer:

  • waterproof & windproof Goretex jacket

Important Additionals:

  • sleeping sheet for the hut
  • warm winter hat
  • buff/head-neckband
  • warm winter gloves
  • headlamp
  • suncream (protection factor 50+)
  • sunglasses
  • camera

If you have any doubts or simply need clarification on what gear to take for your climb, you can take a look at our Blog page "What gear for mountaineering?"

N.B. Consider a change for when you are back to the hut (you can leave some stuff at the hut).

IMPORTANT: if a person is not properly equipped and dressed, the mountain guide may decide not to allow him/her to take part in the climb. We ask you to read carefully the equipment list provided in the programme PDF and to call us if you have any doubts.

Level

Level required for the Monte Rosa mountaineering course

Normally trained mountaineers or excursionists looking for new adventures.

The ascent of Monte Rosa does not present any particular technical difficulties. However, so that you can make the most of your experience and maximize the chances of success, it is advisable to have previous experience at altitude or to spend several days in the mountains (hiking around 2500 / 3000 m) before your ascent to arrive on D-Day well trained and acclimatized.

Good physical training is necessary to be able to withstand days of 8 to 10 hours of walking. Be aware that the weight of your bag and the permanence at high altitude reduce your usual capacities !

The difficulty of Monte Rosa is really physical due to the high altitude of the peaks (Punta Gnifetti / Signlakuppe 4554 mt), the fact that you will spend the night at 3400 mt (already high for sleeping) and the fact that you will chain two summits of 4000 m in two days.
It should be noted that due to the altitude, you should not count on the night in a refuge to recharge your batteries for the second summit the next day: in general, if you are not used to sleeping at altitude, the night is not restorative...

Your guide will adapt the pace to maximize the chances of reaching the top !

 

Useful infos

Useful information to prepare your mountain trip:

Meeting on the first day

Meeting with the mountain guide in Staffal (Gressoney) at the departure of the Gabiet cable car at 7:30 a.m. 


End of the trip

The programme ends on the second day between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm in Staffal (Gressoney).
 

Organisation:

The week before your departure, you will receive a reminder by email with all the information concerning the meeting and the guide in charge of your group.

Esprit Montagne / Esprit des Guides SA takes care of the hut reservation, you do not need to think about it.


Guiding

French and English speaking local UIAGM mountain guide from our team.


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
  • Or via Bourg Saint Maurice (73700, France) - Col du Petit Saint Bernard - you can reach Bourg Saint Maurice by train from the main French airports. Once in Bourg Saint Maurice you will need to rent a car to reach the Aosta Valley via the Col du Petit Saint Bernard (2 hours drive). It's a slightly longer trip but you can save the toll at the Mont Blanc Tunnel.

Public transports Aosta Valley

Bus to the Gressoney Valley

The departure point of the bus for the Gressoney Valley is at the train station in the village of Pont Saint Martin.
For the bus timetable: https://www.vitagroup.it/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/estivo-gressoney-2022.pdf

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).


Accommodation in Staffal:

For those who wish to sleep in Staffal in the evening before returning to the Guide we recommend the Walsertal Residence, a very nice and cozy hotel, two minutes from the cable car departure.


Food

  • Half board at the refuge included 
  • Lunch and drinks are at your own charge
  • Before departure, remember to bring food / snacks for the ascent according to your own tastes (cereal bars, dried fruit, chocolate, etc.) 


Sports shops for specific equipment rental:

You can rent equipment at Ermanno Sport in Staffal, directly at the departure of the cable car: remember to contact the shop in advance to book your equipment.
 

Advice for hiring mountaineering boots:

Regarding mountaineering boots, here is the type of boots you should have: Scarpa Triolet GTX
You can rent them at Gal Sport in Aosta, at the Pilier du Sport in Morgex (AO) or at Ravanel or Snell in Chamonix.


Insurance

Cancellation and repatriation insurance is mandatory, as is mountain search and rescue insurance (minimum cover of 10,000 Euros).

Esprit Montagne offers the following insurance: https://www.assurance-multi-sports.com.


Budget and currency

Italy is in the Eurozone, so the currency is the Euro (€).
The shelter has a credit card terminal, however, we strongly advise you to bring cash!
Be aware of the usual bank charges when purchasing goods or services with your credit card.


CAR SHARING

When you register online, you can choose whether or not you wish to take part in the car-sharing scheme to get to the starting point of your course. Once you have made your booking, you can log back into your Esprit Montagne account to access a section dedicated to carpooling. Here you will find the contacts of the other participants who are interested in car-sharing, so that you can contact them directly.

Review

The budget for the Monte Rosa climb

THE PRICE INCLUDES

. The guiding of a UIAGM Mountain Guide of our team, plus his/her accommodation and meal expenses;

. Half board at the mountain hut; 

. Cable car tickets from Staffal to Punta Indren;

. Use of equipment for the group (ropes, pitons, karabiners).

 

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

. The personal technical equipment: ice axe, harness and crampons (rental can be organized upon booking);

. Transfer to Gressoney;

. Drinks and personal expenses;

. Lunches;

. Your personal travel insurance ;

. All what's not included in "the prices includes".

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