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The Spaghetti Tour in 4 days: Castor, Lyskamm Nose & Capanna Margherita

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With this peculiar name is known Monte Rosa Tour, a crossing at altitude around the Lyskam, Breithorn and Castor massifs: many consider these mountains and valleys as the finest in the whole Alpine range. It is probably the most beautiful alpine circuit in the Alps with unique landscapes and a variety of incredible views...


THE MONTE ROSA TRAVERSE - THE SPAGHETTI TOUR

Spaghetti Tour is a week that should be on every mountaineer’s bucket list. It’s a trip that never disappoints and it will probably have you coming back to sample more…

With this peculiar name is known the Monte Rosa Tour, starting from Cervinia and arriving in Gressoney: we are making it shorter to simplify the logistic, to start from and return to Gressoney.

Many consider these mountains and valleys as the finest in the whole Alpine range. It is probably the most beautiful Alpine Route in the Alps with unique landscapes and a variety of incredible views: the gorgeous Monte Rosa Tour, known as Spaghetti Tour, is a crossing at altitude around the Lyskam, Breithorn and Castore massifs, which allows you to reach different peaks above 4000 meters in just few days, comfortably sleeping in the impressive Monte Rosa huts, well known for the quality of their Italian food… Every day we will reach the summit of a 4000 peak, mostly following the itinerary of the famous "Mezzalama Trophy" sky race.

We start from Staffal in the valley of Gressoney, taking the cable car that brings us to the Bettaforca Pass and therefore reach the Rifugio Quintino Sella, where we will be sleeping the first night and from where we will leave at dawn to climb Castor (4221 mt.) the next day. On the third day we will cross the Lys’ Glacier and the Lyskamm Nose Pass (4272 mt.) and head towards the Città di Mantova Hut, where we will spend the night. The next day we will  walk along the great Monte Rosa Glaciers to finally reach the famous Capanna Margherita (4554 mt), Europe's highest Hut where, before walking back again, we will taste Italy's highest pizza!

There are many variations that can be applied to the itinerary, which will be evaluated according to physical conditions and technical level of the group.

The Spaghetti Tour in 4 days: the program

1st Day
Staffal - Colle di Bettaforca - Rifugio Quintino Sella 3585 mt.

Meeting in Staffal around 11:00 am in front of the Cable Car Ticket Station (possibility of group transport with the Guide - contact us for further information)

We park the cars in a parking lot where we will come back in 4 days at the end of our Monte Rosa Traverse (Mini Spaghetti Tour). We take the Staffal - Sant’Anna cable car and then a chairlift that takes us to the Bettaforca Pass.
At the top we will take the path that will lead us to the Quintino Sella Hut, the view on the Monte Rosa glaciers is magnificent: from there we will see the route of the Spaghetti Tour Traverse, which we are going to take the next day.
The walk to the hut begins on a good trail, to then becomes a little more technical before arriving at the Hut where the access looks like a Via Ferrata, a path with ladders and ropes to facilitate the way up. While preparing the equipment for the next day, your Guide will explain you the itinerary and the plan for the next day based on the weather forecast and the schedule choices.
The Refuge Quintino Sella has just been renovated, the refuge is very comfortable for its altitude, which facilitates acclimatisation, the view on the Monte Rosa glaciers is spectacular as of the Aosta Valley and Piedmont.

2nd day
Rifugio Quintino Sella - Castore 4228 mt. - Rifugio Quintino Sella 3585 mt.

The day is not very long so we will probably leave just before sunrise to enjoy the view and not to be cold.
The climb to Castore (4228 m) by the west wall begins on the glacier to then end by a rather tapered snow ridge: that's why the group for this Mountaineering Program can be composed of up to 2 people.
The descent will be on the same route to return to the Quintino Sella Hut (3585 mt).
After a little rest, we will have time to practice mountaineering rope techniques and the Guide will explain rescue techniques, in the event of a glacier accident in order to allow you to become more autonomous and to be more comfortable with handling a rope along this Spaghetti Tour - Monte Rosa Traverse.

Dinner and overnight at the Hut.

3rd Day
RIFUGIO QUITINO SELLA 3585 mt - LYSKAMM NOSE (4200 mt) - RIFUGIO CITTA DI MANTOVA 3498 mt

We will leave the hut in the early morning to climb up the Lyskamm Nose (4200 mt.) following the Lys Glacier. We will then reach the Rifugio Città di Mantova at 3.498 mt.
We will enjoy your afternoon having some tea on the beautiful terrace of the hut, having the whole valley of Gressoney at our feet! Dinner and overnight stay at the hut.

4th Day - 8/9 hours
RIFUGIO CITTA DI MANTOVA 3498 mt - CAPANNA MARGHERITA - PUNTA GNIFETTI 4.554 mt - GRESSONEY/STAFFAL

The climb to Margherita Hut starts at the early lights of dawn. After a good breakfast, using front lamps and after being roped up, we will begin your climb along Lys glacier, which will take us to the saddle of the homonym Pass (4248 mt).
We will reach the Capanna Margherita, climbing on the top of Punta Gnifetti (4554 mt.), around mid-morning. Once on top our eyes open on the magnificent summits of Punta Zumstein (4561 mt) and Punta Dufour (4633 mt - the highest summit of Mont Rose) and the vertiginous walls of Lyskamm. You will enjoy the satisfaction and the panorama from the hut’s terrace and resume your energies, warming yourself up with a cup of hot tea and maybe a slice of the highest Italian pizza ;)
After lunch, we will have a 30 min. walk on the last part of the glacier to reach the cable car at Punta Indren, which will take us down to Staffal, in Gressoney.

 



The price of the Spaghetti Tour in 4 days

Price:

  • 1650€ per person, if the group is composed of two people;
  • 2900€ for one person.

The price includes:

  • the assistance of an experienced mountain guide of our Team;
  • the use of equipment for the group (ropes, pitons, karabiners).
  • half board to the huts for yourself and the Guide;
  • snacks or picnics for the daily ascent;
  • cablecar tickets from Staffal to Colle Bettaforca on the 1st day;
  • cable car tickets from Punta Indren to Staffal (Gressoney) on the last day;

Not included in the price:

  • personal technical equipment: crampons, harness and ice axe rental in case of need (it can be organized upon booking);
  • lunches, snacks, drinks and personal expenses;
  • all what is not explicitly mentioned in the "price includes".

Possibility of extending or personalizing your Spaghetti Tour - Monte Rosa Traverse, price on request.

Mountaineering Technical Equipment 

  • Hiking Goretex shoes suitable to crampons
  • crampons
  • walking poles
  • iceaxe
  • helmet.

How to dress for Mountaineering

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:

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

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 for the Spaghetti Tour

Well-trained hikers or trekkers looking for new perspectives: the climb to Capanna Margherita does not require special technical skills, but it is necessary to have resistance to about 8 hours of walk and a good acclimation to altitude, given the stay to above 3500 mt. It is recommended to train yourself appropriately and climb at altitude at least once before this ascent. If you wish, we will be happy to arrange a training ascent such as Gran Paradiso, Breithorn or some other peak between 3600 and 4000 mt.

Useful information to plan your Spaghetti Tour in the Valley of Aosta

Insurance

We recommend to have your own personal travel insurance, covering accident abroad and repatriation.

How to reach the Valley of Aosta

  • 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.

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).



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