Dufourspitze – Roof of the Valais Alps

There, where all lines converge

Region: Valais, Switzerland
Fitness Kondition
Technic Technik
maximum participants: 2
Prices: 2 persons Euro 1290.-, 1 person Euro 1590.-

Tour Character

High Alpine crossing of the highest Western Alpine mountain mass. Steep and exposed glacier passages, medium difficult and exposed rock climbing on the ridge.

Required Skill and Fitness Level

Skill: Surefootedness in moderate and partly exposed rocky terrain.

Fitness: Excellent fitness!

Meeting point: Neue Monte Rosa Hütte, Zermatt, Schweiz

Tour Description

Climb the highest peak in Switzerland with the experienced mountain guides of the Firngrat team. This classic high-altitude tour begins very early in the morning at the Monte Rosa Hut: in the light of the headlamps, we master the path over the Monte Rosa Glacier to the west ridge of the Dufourspitze. The latter leads us to the summit in enjoyable climbing – a fantastic path that requires commitment and perseverance.


  • Number of participants: Max. 2 per guide.
  • Services included: Organization, bookings and guiding by a state approved mountain and ski guide.
  • Services excluded: Gornergratbahn Zermatt-Rotenboden (actual prices click here), halfboard and overnight at the Monte Rosa Hut for the clients and the guide (approx. CHF 95.- per person, actual prices click here).
  • Accomodation: Neue Monte Rosa Hütte.
  • Misc: Insurances (accident, travel cancellation) at customer’s responsibility. Please refer to general terms and conditions.

1. Tag
Independent climb to the Monte Rosa hut. A beautiful and varied trail leads you from the station Rotenboden on the Gorner Glacier to the Monte Rosa hut, 2883 m (3 hours). I'll meet you there around 6 pm. We eat and sleep in this beautiful and modern hut.

400 m

400 m

3,5 to 4 hours

2. Tag
We set off early in the morning towards Dufourspitze. Our route leads us first over glacier ground plates and scree to the Monterosa glacier. This leads us to the "saddle" (4 to 5 hours), from which the partly rocky west ridge starts (a passage in the lower 3rd degree of difficulty). We climb the latter in one to one and a half hours to the highest point, 4634 m. Our descent leads us directly from the summit back to the saddle (approx. One hour). From there we get back to the hut via the Monterosa glacier (2 to 3 hours). Since the tour is very long, a second overnight stay at the Monte Rosa hut is recommended. The way back to Rotenboden takes another 2 to 3 hours.

1800 m or 2200 m (when returning to Zermatt on the same day)

1800 m or 2200 m (when returning to Zermatt on the same day)

9 hours or 12 hours (when returning to Zermatt on the same day)

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