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Hiking Traverse across the Alps

The Walser Tour - Monte Rosa Hiking Tour

Technical lev. : 3 / 5

Technical lev. : 3 / 5

Physical lev. : 4 / 5

Physical lev. : 4 / 5

  • 7 days & 6 nights
  • Participants : 4 to 10
  • From 31.07 to 6.08.22 - From 21 to 27.08.22
  • All Inclusive in Mountain Hut

The crossing of the Alps that we have imagined crosses the highest massifs of the Alps by taking different paths from the GR5, the route is much more technical with breathtaking landscapes with a wild route that allows you to disconnect.

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The Monte Rosa massif is the second highest massif in the Alps:

The highest point of the massif is Pointe Dufour, with many peaks over 4000 meters with many glaciers. The Saas and Zermatt valleys are known all over the world for their typical chalets of the Walser people and the beauty of the peaks with valleys reminiscent of the Himalayas.

Hiking trip from Switzerland through Piedmont and Aosta Valley in Italy:

The crossing that starts from the Saas Valley is a wild hiking route which is little frequented with great passes. The path crosses the border between Switzerland and Italy along the "Walser path" : when people only circulated by feet, the Swiss Valley was easier to access than the lower Italian valleys in summer, and that is why a trade connection linked the Swiss and Italian people, who became to share the same mountain culture and were known under the same name: the Walser people. Macugnaca and Alagna are part of the Piedmont region in Italy, then from Val d'Ayas it is the autonomous region of Val d'Aosta.

The different stages of crossing the Alps with Esprit Montagne:

In 2021 we offer you two stages to start crossing the Alps by leaving the classic paths, we have chosen to avoid the Mont Blanc massif which deserves another visit to focus on the Monte Rosa massif (from Switzerland to Italy) and the Gran Paradiso massif (from Italy to France).

In 2022 we will continue the path towards the Mediterranean Sea.

Program of the Monte Rosa Crossing:

DAY 1
VISP - SAAS ALMAGEL - HUT

Meeting point: At the Visp train station at 8:30 am to meet and get to know each other,

We leave by bus from Visp to Saas Almagel at 9:10 am, the bus will leave us near the Mattmark dam in the middle of the morning. We take the path that crosses the dam, to take a path on the right bank of the lake. There are many galleries, then the path leads to beautiful mountain pastures. The climb then becomes steeper towards the Monte Moro pass. The view of the Valais glaciers is magnificent, many 4000 are found around the Saas valley. Once at the top a magnificent view of the east face of Monte Rosa will open up before our eyes! We will enjoy the place and the superb view during
We will then take the cable car that goes down to Macugnaga, to reach the lodge for the night in this charming village at the foot of Monte Rosa.
Only 6 kilometers separate Macugnaga from Pointe Dufour at 4634 meters, but the face is 3300 meters high, it is the most impressive north face of the Alps, with its famous Marinelli corridor.

Transport: VISP- MATTMARK approximately 1h
Vertical drop: + 750 m and - 200 m
Walking time: 4 - 5 hours approximately

DAY 2
HUT - MACUGNAGA

After a restful night and a good breakfast, we will head to the Zamboni refuge, at the feet of the northeast face of Monte Rosa, under the Punta Gnifetti where the highest refuge in the Alps is located: the Capanna Margherita at 4554 meters of altitude. We enjoy the view of the glaciers which are part of the most imposing masses of ice in the Alps.

Then, the descent is quite fast to reach back Magunaga, this charming little ski resort with many villages made up of pretty chalets. We will be able to enjoy an Italian ice cream and the many specialties of Piedmont.

Vertical drop: + 900 meters and - 900 meters
Walking time: 5 to 6 hours approximately

DAY 3
MAGUGNAGA - ALAGNA

We leave early in the morning for the longest stage of the trek and also one of the wildest, the Colle del Turlo is the objective of the day to reach the valley of Alagna.

We go up in the forest a long valley at the edge of a superb stream and a small lakes then the path goes up in the pastures, we will take a break at the small Bivouac Lanti to enjoy the view before continuing our path which straightens to arrive at Colle del Turlo, the path is wide but there can be quite late snow in its north face during the summer. This is why we are doing this trek in August. We eat at the top to enjoy the view then off we go for a superb descent into the Alagna valley, the chalets have a Typical Walsers architecture, here the local dialect resembles German and we have the impression of not being not having left Switzerland because the culture and the buildings are so similar. We will sleep in a superb refuge which is very typical, depending on the reservations you will discover a superb chalet or other ...

Vertical drop: + 1550 meters and - 1200 meters
Walking time: 7 to 8 hours approximately

DAY 4
ALAGNA - GRESSONEY

We leave in the morning to go up to the Gemschhore, several routes to be carried out depending on the weather, your form and your desires, the Guide will explain to you on the map at the refuge the day before to choose the route for the next day. We can therefore either descend to Alagna to take a superb forest path and discover the Otro valley or choose to climb directly into a superb valley and enjoy the view of the glaciers on the east face of Punta Gnifetti (4554 meters) . We can then shorten the day by taking the ski lifts if the weather is not good or if you are tired. Depending on the reservations we will sleep above Gessoney or in the center of the village.

Vertical drop: at most + 1500 meters and - 800 meters, the route can be very short with the ski lifts.
Walking time: approximately 6-8 hours depending on the route

DAY 5
GRESSONEY - VAL D'AYAS

We leave Gressoney to reach the Val d'Ayas depending on the weather your Guide can choose three routes, the one we prefer goes through a pass at 3000 meters above sea level which is on the crest line that leads to the Quintino Sella refuge , this refuge is the starting point for many mountaineering races. On the way, we will meet Mountaineers who set off with ropes, crampons, ice axes and helmets to reach the summit of Castor and Pollux or who are returning from the famous Spaghetti Tour. We will walk under the glaciers of Monte Rosa with a breathtaking view, the path is wide enough to the pass then a small path will descend into a superb valley which allows to reach the Ayas valley under the Mezzalama refuge at the foot of the chain of Breithorns. If the weather is not optimal or if you are tired we can reduce the stage by taking ski lifts such as the cable car and the gondola that leads to the Bettaforca pass.

Vertical drop: + 1200 meters and - 1000 meters maximum
Walking time: approximately 7 to 8 hours 

DAY 6
VAL D'AYAS - CERVINIA - TEODULO HUT

We leave quite early for the last big day of walking. The path climbs to the bottom of a valley at the foot of numerous cliffs and glaciers and leads to the northern pass of the Cimes Blanches. We will then continue with a path to the Refuge Théodule if you are in good shape, otherwise we will take a cable car up to the Plateau Rosa and take a short descent on the ski slopes to reach the hut. The Dent d'Hérens and the Matterhorn will be close by, with an exceptional view of the Breithorn and Mont Rose. 

Vertical drop: + 1100 meters and - 500 meters
Walking time: 6 to 7 hours approximately

DAY 7
TEODULO HUT - ZERMATT

We enjoy a breathtaking view at sunrise, then we take the ski slopes to traverse to the Klein Matterhorn or via the new Testa Grigia cable car.

If you wish it is possible to climb the Breithorn as an option, you can see the programme here.

We will then take the cable car from the Klein Matterhorn to a medium station on the Swiss side and we will then hike down to Zermatt for a final meal together.

The trek ends in Zermatt, so that those who want to take the chance to enjoy an additional day in the Swiss mountaineering capital can organise their end of stay as they wish.

At the end of the trip: the town of Visp (the departure point where you left your car) can be easily reached by train.

See you soon for new adventures!

Vertical drop: + 200 meters and - 1300 meters
Walking time: 5 to 6 hours approximately

Arrival

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Price *

Status

Du 24/07/2022 au 30/07/2022

au 30/07/2022

1130

FULL

Du 01/08/2022 au 07/08/2022

au 07/08/2022

1130

Bookings in progress

Du 14/08/2022 au 20/08/2022

au 20/08/2022

1130

FULL

Du 21/08/2022 au 27/08/2022

au 27/08/2022

1130

Bookings in progress

* Price per person (without insurance)

The price of the Crossing of the Alps - Monte Rosa stage:

The price includes

  • The guiding of a qualified Trekking Guide of our team
  • Half-board accommodation as described in the program (6 days of supervision and 6 nights)
  • Picnics from Monday to Friday (remember to take a picnic for the first trekking day)
  • Mandatory transport on the program

Last night after the end of the trek

We have chosen to include in the stay one night after the end of the trek in order to allow you to better organize your transport and to rest properly, while facilitating your trip without having to take care of additional nights.

The price does not include

  • Cancellation / interruption of stay / loss of luggage insurance and emergency assistance
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Additional nights outside the program
  • Anything not indicated in the "The price included" section
  • Your expenses on site
  • The drinks
  • Non-program visits and transfers
  • Tips

From August 8 to 14: 5-day trek program + 2 days of mountaineering with ascent of Castor (4228 mt) and Pointe Gnifetti / Signalkuppe (4554 mt)

Equipment for the Trek - Crossing the Alps - Monte Rosa

The Trekking Backpack

If possible take a light backpack with good carrying, the backpack itself should not exceed 1,5 kilos.

Backpack for 6 days:

Small size: 45 liters
Large size: 50 liters
Your backpack must have 10 to 15 liters of space for the food that you will carry for lunch and sometimes for the day after.

Kilos to carry - it is better to wash than to carry:

Small size: 6/7 kilos max, without water and food
Large size: 8/9 kilos max, without water and food
Count 2 liters of water and 1 kilo of food for the day.

Covid 19 Special:

  • a pair of light shoes or sleepers to walk inside the hut
  • a light sleeping sheet for the refuge 
  • a pillowcase or light inflatable cushion for the refuge
  • hydroalcollic gel and two washable masks

Head to toe material for your hiking trip:

  • one cap or hat for the sun
  • one hat for the cold
  • one buff or neck warmer, optional but very pleasant in bad weather
  • one type Goretex jacket or equivalent for bad weather
  • one pair of gloves, waterproof if possible
  • waterproof extra pair of ski gloves for altitude treks
  • one warm fleece or thick down to withstand freezing temperatures
  • two sweaters: one light and one warmer, if it's cold we will put all layers on
  • three technical t-shirts 
  • three underwear and 3 or 4 warm socks, you can wash them in the streams near the hut (take a solid soap to the washing)
  • one warm pant
  • a pair of tights
  • one lighter pant, some come off to make shorts
  • one short pant
  • one over-pants in waterproof fabric or Gore tex type for Treks with altitude passes around 3000 meters
  • a light rain cape or waterproof bag protector
  • a waterproof bag to keep your spare clothes dry
  • a plastic or waterproof bag for dirty items
  • a change of clothes for the refuge
  • a pair of good quality mountain shoes with Vibram type sole or equivalent, if possible try them on before starting your hiking trip, beware of old shoes which can deteriorate very quickly in the middle of the mountains.

Do not forget  :

  • sunscreen index 30 to 50
  • a pair of category 3 sunglasses
  • one light headlamp
  • cash and your identity papers

Toiletries  :

  • a light, quick-drying hand towel, hiking type
  • one body soap
  • one toothbrush with small toothpaste or a tube already started
  • one small shampoo (small size - specialty stores sell small bottles that you will keep your whole life as a hiker)
  • a pair of aarplugs to better sleep at night 

Pharmacy & others:

  • your usual or personal treatments
  • a light survival blanket
  • a nail clipper
  • what to make small dressings
  • a few compresses and sticking plaster or better Strappal

Your guide will have a more complete pharmacy in the event of a more serious accident.

A small book or card game (less than 150 grams) ... if you want !

Necessary for meals:

  • a light Opinel type knife
  • a fork and a spoon
  • a nice specialty to share with the rest of the team, liquid or solid

The hiker's enemy is weight, but a frozen or wet hiker is a hiker without pleasure! So take the time to properly prepare your backpack.

Useful information for the trek:

Insurance

Cancellation and repatriation insurance is recommended as well as another insurance guaranteeing search and rescue in the mountains (approximately 10,000 Euros guarantee), the trek takes place in Switzerland and in Italy in case of rescue, they are paid with costs which can be very important if a helicopter is needed.

Access

You can reach Visp by Train for this Trek, we recommend it, to limit parking costs and facilitate the return if your return from Aosta is easier via Chamonix.

Otherwise, you can park near Visp train station, find out about the parking price which is quite expensive.

Meeting on the first day:

Sunday at the Visp Bus station at 8:00 am to get to know each other, quickly check the equipment then we leave by bus for the start of the Trek.

Last night after the end of the trek
We have chosen to include in the stay one night after the end of the trek in order to allow you to better organize your transport and to rest properly, while facilitating your trip without having to take care of additional nights.

Dismissal of the Group:

In Zermatt around 3:00 pm.
The return by train from Zermatt to Visp is not included, so that those who wish can enjoy a visit of Zermatt.

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