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 990.-, 1 person Euro 1650.-

Tour Character

Classic, combined Western Alpine tour. Long glacier climb, moderately difficult ridge climbing.

Required Skill and Fitness Level

Skill: Sure-footedness in easy, partly exposed rocky terrain (quick climbing in the I. and II. UIAA difficulty levels on the ascent and descent; isolated III places occur).

Fitness: Excellent fitness (500 meters of altitude per hour are possible on the hiking trail without reaching your own limits)!

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 our headlamps we make our way over the Monte Rosa glacier to the west ridge of the Dufourspitze. The latter leads us to the summit in an enjoyable climb – a fantastic path that requires commitment and endurance.


  • 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 86.- 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.

13. July 2024 – 14. July 2024

26. July 2024 – 27. July 2024
2 available

27. July 2024 – 28. July 2024
2 available

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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