Monte Rosa Classic

Along the crest of the Valais Alps, 9 Four-Thousanders and Pasta for lunch


Region: Wallis, Switzerland
Fitness Kondition
Technic Technik
maximum participants: 3
Prices: 3 persons Euro 1390.-, 2 persons Euro 1990.-
Included: 5 days guiding, expenses of the guide

Tour Character

High alpine crossing of one of the highest western alpine massifs. The daily stages increase continuously until the 4th day. Intensive altitude exposure from at least 3400 to a maximum of 4500 m.

Required Skill and Fitness Level

Skill: You should be safe and comfortable on crampons. A few short sections will be as steep as 40 degrees.

Fitness: Up to 4-8 hour climbs per day (see tour itinerary).


Meeting point: Bahnhofpl. 5, 3920 Zermatt, Schweiz

Tour Description

The Monte Rosa Classic, also known colloquially as the “Spaghetti Tour” or “Spaghetti Round” (the name comes from the evening primi in the huts), crosses the Monte Rosa group from the Klein Matterhorn to the Monte Rosa Hut. Your mountain guide will lead you through a fantastic world of glaciers and offer you the opportunity to climb some of the most beautiful Alpine peaks. A special highlight is spending the night on the Capanna Regina Margherita, at 4554 m the highest refuge in the Alps.
Far from everyday life, enjoy the view from the Bernina over the Apennines to Mont Blanc…

Details

25. June 2024 – 29. June 2024

1. July 2024 – 5. July 2024
3 available

29. July 2024 – 2. August 2024
3 available

19. August 2024 – 23. August 2024
3 available

2. September 2024 – 6. September 2024
3 available

Day 1
Meeting point at 8 a.m. at Bahnhofsplatz in Zermatt. Equipment check, short tour discussion, cable car to the Klein Matterhorn, 3883m. Climb the Breithorn, 4164m, in about 2 hours. Descent to the Rifugio Guide della Val d’Ayas, 3394m, in about 2-3 hours.

400 m

900 m

5 hrs

Day 2
We cross the Castor, 4228m, via its western flank and its beautiful firn ridge. We reach its summit in 3-4 hours. It takes us about 2 hours to descend to the Sella hut, 3585m.

800 m

800 m

6 hrs

Day 3
Today the rest of the route takes us over the snow shoulder of the Passo del Naso, 4100m (summit option Punta del Naso, approx. 4200m). Descent to the Lys Glacier. Other summit options: Balmhorn, 4215m, and/or Vincentpyramide, 4215m (5-6 hours). Descent to the Mantova hut, 3440m or Gnifetti hut, 3611m in another 1-2 hours.

700-1000 m

700-900 m

8 hrs

Day 4
The queen stage of the tour: Our first summit is the striking rock horn Corno Nero, 4321m. We then cross the easy Ludwigshöhe, 4341m, and traverse the impressive “roof ridge” of the Parrotspitze, 4432m. After a rest, we tackle the highest peak, the Zumsteinspitze, 4565m. Optionally, we can also postpone this ascent until the following day. Our last climb takes us to the Signalkuppe (Punta Gnifetti), 4554m. We can take our time on the tour because there is no further descent ahead of us. We plan a total of 6-7 hours to reach our destination, the Margherita Hut, which is right at the top of the summit.

1400 m

100 m

7-8 hrs

Day 5
The last day of our tour will take us back to Zermatt. If we're lucky, we'll see a beautiful sunrise when we leave the Margherita Hut. The further descent takes us in 3-4 hours over the mighty Grenzgletscher to the Monte Rosa hut SAC, 2798m. A good snack is a successful conclusion (…or the start of the Dufourspitze). This is where our tour officially ends. Of course, your mountain guide will accompany you on the further descent to Rotenboden, 2815m (glacier and marked path, approx. 3 hours). From there we reach Zermatt with the Gonergratbahn.

400 m

1100 m

6 hrs


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