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Monte Rosa Spaghetti Ski Tour

Bergfreund Herbriggen

  • Duration: 1 week
  • Skiing
  • Challenging
  • Mid March, April

About this Adventure

A beautiful introduction to high Alpine Ski Touring. The trip follows the crest of the Alps on the border of Switzerland and Italy. You will be able to reach several peaks above 4000m. In general, these peaks are demanding, but not overly hard. The breathtaking scenery never lets up. On one side is the Matterhorn, and on the other are all the other main peaks, including Weisshorn and Dom. To the South you look down on the North Italian lakes

Quick Facts

INSURANCE It is necessary for you to have the appropriate insurance for this trip. Make sure it is relevant for mountain sports, and that it includes liability insurance, helicopter rescue from mountains, and repatriation. There are other factors you should also consider. Our insurance partner TAGIS will be able to advise you on all your insurance needs. FITNESS/TRAINING It is necessary to arrive appropriately conditioned to ensure the highest chance of completing the trip. Aerobic exercise such as cycling, or on a "stepper", is a good way of building up your cardiovascular system and strengthening the leg muscles. If necessary please take advice from a professional fitness instructor. GUIDES AND GROUP SIZE Your guides for the week are full UIAGM or aspirant guides. UIAGM the highest recognised guiding qualification in the world, and is a prerequisite for guiding in the Alps. All guides have a long history of personal climbing and skiing experience throughout the Alps as well as years of guiding experience. The Guiding Ratio for this trip is 3:1. Minimum group size is 3. Maximum group size is 12 with 4 guides. TRANSPORT You fly to Zürich airport, and take the train directly from there towards Zermatt. Swiss trains have the reputation for running like clockwork. The train takes 2 1/2 hours, with changes in Bern and Brig. On this last train, you can get off 2 stops before Zerrmatt at Herbriggen. The Hotel Bergfreund is a three minute walk from the train station. Please feel to contact us for advice on this issue and also timings.

Itinerary

Please note: this is a planned itinerary, which will have to be varied at the discretion of the guide if conditions such as weather, mountain conditions, and group fitness do not allow it. For this, it may be useful to consult the appropriate maps, which are:

LK Schweiz 1:50000, Mischabel 284; Gressoney 294

Day 1 Fly out to Zürich. Train towards Zermatt, via Bern and Visp. Leave train at Herbriggen. Check into Hotel

Day 2 10am: Meet the guide at Berfreund Herbriggen. Equipment check.Take the lift to Trockener Steg. Crampon and Ice axe training. Easy hike to the Gandegg Hut at 2795m.

Day 3 Funicular to the Kleines Matterhorn, at 3883m. Continue via the Breithorn pass to the steepening flank of the Breithorn, 4164m. A not too technical climb leads us via a ridge to the summit. Our route traverses the mountain, down another ridge; then after a 90-minute glacier walk with a short climb, we descend to the Rifugio Ayas hut, 3251m.

Day 4 Castor 4228m. Hut, Rifugio Quintino Sella: 3585m. Four hours of climbing climb takes us to the summit of Castor. This involves climbing a 40-degree spur and negotiating a Bergschrund and steep icy patch, which is probably the crux of the entire tour. From there, a ridge leads us down to a col and leads more gently to the Quintino Sella hut.

Day 5 Traverse of Il Naso 4100m. Hut, Rifugio Mantova 3340m. The Naso is not a peak, but a notch which has to be passed. By no means should it be underestimated, but it can be negotiated in less than perfect weather on a group tour such as this.

Day 6 Parrotspitze 4432m - Signalkuppe. Hut, Cab. Magaritha 4554m. Depending on the conditions and overall fitness of the group, several peaks are accessible from here including Parrotspitze and. The day ends at the highest Alpine hut of them all: Margarita hut at 4554m, locate don top of Signalkuppe. The hut was first built in 1893, and boasts magnificent sunset and sunrise vistas.

Day 7 Zumsteinspitze; descent to Monte Rosa Hut 2795m. Starting from the Signalkuppe, a short descent and climb leads to the last peak of the tour: Zumsteinspitze. The way down to the Monte Rosa Hut is not difficult, but we have to take care of crevasses. The Monte Rosa hut offers a well-deserved hot shower.

Day 8 A nice glacier walk and a 2 hour climb brings us back to the green meadows of the Rotenboden. This hike offers a great view of the whole route encompassed on the trip. From Rotenboden a cog train leads down to Zermatt.

Inclusions

  • All guiding and instruction
  • Use of group technical equipment
  • Twin room hotel accommodation in the valley with breakfast (single room upgrade available)
  • Dorm room, mountain hut accommodation with breakfast
  • All ground transfers (funicular / cog train)
  • Hire of personal technical equipment (crampons, harness, avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe)

Exclusions

  • Personal equipment
  • Ski boots or ski touring boots
  • Hire of touring skis, skins and harscheisen
  • Lunches/snacks/drinks
  • Personal insurance
  • Evening meals in the valley
  • Ski pass

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