you want to climb as many 4000m peaks as possible
during a week, whilst staying in high mountain
huts with amazing scenery, this course is
perfect for you. It is a great alternative
to our Alpine Intro course, for those with
a day or two of previous crampon skills. The
guiding ratio is 1:3 throughout.
Monte Rosa massif has the largest land area
above 4000m in the Alps. The course lets you
ascend as many of these peaks as you can during
the week, staying in remote mountain huts
with your Guides. Monte
Rosa is an elevated plateau, meaning
you could take in 6 summits above 4000m in
route is nicknamed the 'Spaghetti Tour' by
the Italians, as it wiggles its way from hut
to hut on the Val d'Aosta side of the Monte
Rosa massif. Each night on the tour you stay
in comfortable Italian mountain huts, where
there's always some pasta on the menu each
itinerary for this course is deliberately
flexible to allow for changing conditions,
your experience and how quickly you acclimatise.
We make every effort to match people of similar
experience on this course.
Maps & Guidebooks:
Zermatt, LKS1:50,000 284 Mischabel, LKS1:50,000
294 Gressony, LKS5006 Matterhorn Mischabel,
The Alpine 4000m Peaks by the Classic Routes,
by Richard Goedeke.
are listed in the column on the right, and
they show the live availability from our secure
online booking system. When you book online,
you receive immediate confirmation, your Alpine
Information Booklet, course specific kit list
to Chamonix to arrive for the 17:00 check-in followed
by and course safety and itinerary briefings. There
is time for kit checks or rental of equipment. Briefings
are over by 19:00 and the Chamonix hosts accompany
the group to
pre-dinner drinks to answer any queries.
Night in Chamonix.
to the Monte Rosa region via the Mont Blanc tunnel,
and to one of the southern valleys such as Champoluc,
Gressoney or Cervinia, to ascend to the Plateau
Rosa or Ayas hut for the night. You take the cable
car, and should have time to make an ascent of Breithorn,
before returning to the hut. Guiding
ratio 1:3 (max). Night in mountain hut.
start for ascent of peaks such as Castor or Pollux,
or even Liskaam West. Castor is the most popular
objective, and it offers a great mixed climb at
altitude. For more experienced groups, it may even
be possible to make a traverse of Castor. The night
is usually spent in the Quintino Sella refuge. Guiding
ratio 1:3 (max). Night spent in mountain hut.
start for route, such as the West summit of Liskaam
or the Naso
de Liskaam, to make the traverse of the slopes to
the Mantova or Gnifetti mountain hut for the night.
On the way you might ascend one of
these peaks; Parrotspitze, Balmenhorn, Corno Nero,
Ludwigshoehe and Vincent Pyramid. Guiding ratio
1:3 (max). Night spent in mountain hut.
very early Alpine start to traverse some of the
seven 4000m peaks on the way up to the Margherita
hut, the highest guardianned mountain hut in the
Alps, itself perched on the summit of Cima Margherita.
There is a huge choice of peaks on
the route today, and the hut itself is built on
top of a 4000m peak! Guiding ratio 1:3 (max). Night
spent in mountain hut.
last early Alpine start to reach the final summit,
normally Zumsteinspitze, then the long descent to
either Cervinia or Gressoney, to descend via the
cable cars to reach the cars, and the return drive
to Chamonix! When
you get back, the group normally opts to go out
for celebratory drinks and a meal, to toast the
weeks achievements. Guiding ratio 1:3 (max). Night
then the accommodation check out is by 10:00. Most
arrange their airport transfers to leave around
this time, to catch a flight from Geneva about midday.
Depart for home.
NOTES: Where possible we follow itineraries. Mountain
adventures are weather and conditions dependant, so occasionaly
we are forced to alter the plans. If this is the case,
suitable alternatives are offered. Please use this outline
itinerary as a guide to the types of route / activity
that you will attempt.
focus All of these peaks are
included in part of the scheduled course itinerary, and
some extra detail on each of the classic routes on each
peak is provided below.
Note that this course does not ascent Dufourspitze, as
we offer a separate course to ascend that peak, the highest
in Switzerland. The peaks below are the most poplar on
this week, so you can research them a little before your
The easiest 4000m peak in the Alps in terms of the
least height gained from the cable car to the summit.
The ascent and descent are made by the same route,
with a great snow ridge to the summit. From here
you get great views of the Matterhorn.
This is a long steady snow face to reach the summit
ridge, or after recent snowfall, it may also be
possible by the NW Arete (PD+). The descent is usually
via the WNW face.
Punta Gnifetti is also called Signalkuppe, &
it hosts the highest hut in all of the Alps on its
top. The ascent takes about 6hrs, and on descent
you take in more peaks.
This is the closest 4000m sumit to the Gnifetti
hut, and it can be combined with an ascent of Punta
Giordani, or even with Parrotspitze, Corno Nero
days guiding, 7 days holiday in total
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Course Inclusions: 1) IFMGA Mountain Guide
for five days, 2) Chamonix course hosts for logistics
& briefings, 3) B&B accommodation in Chamonix
(inc. beddings & towels), 4) Up to four nights half
board in mountain hut (inc. costs for guides), 5) Pre
course information booklet, 6) Equipment discount voucher
for UK shop, 7) Free 36 page technical Course Instruction
Booklet, 8) Road transport in Chamonix valley including
road transport to / from the Monte Rosa region, 10) Evening
technical instruction on nights in Chamonix.
1) Travel to and from Chamonix, 2) Equipment hire, 3)
Personal laundry, telephone calls, lunches, evening meals
in valley, & any purchases in mountain huts / hotels
/ restaurants, 4) Cable cars and uplift for you and your
guide (approx £80), 5) Sunday pre-dinner drinks
& Friday celebratory meal & drinks, 6) Activities
insurance, & excess baggage charges.
Many clients on this
trip consider upgrading with one or more of
the following course additions...
from shared to
single from £150 in
addition to course price,
depending on week.
day extension; 1:1
for £999, or 1:2 for £499
(booking together). Also
Matterhorn or Eiger.
from B&B to
have 3 course evening
meals in Chamonix for
5 nights for £99pp.
night spent in
Chamonix, with choice
of self-guided or guided
on Sunday. From £50.
This trip has scheduled
dates, but if there are three who
are booking together, it can be
operated on any date you wish.
If there are just 2 of you looking
for a private trip, the cost would
be £1299 per person.
in huts for so many nights was really
useful for us for acclimatisation and
to maximise our climbing time, and as
a result we summited so many amazing
classic 4000m peaks Christos
A , Monte Rosa
night in the Margherita hut was very
memorable, and an amazing experience,
even though I didn't sleep a wink at
that altitude. Thanks to all the guides
for a great week of climbing Steve
Buttons , Monte
tiring week, but so so rewarding. I
didn't think I would get up so many
four thousand meter peaks in the week Anna
Timms , Monte
data for this trip
trips meet in the Chamonix valley in the French Alps,
at the foot of Mont Blanc. It is easily accessed via a
90 minute transfer from Geneva airport.
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you are worried about acclimatisation, we recommend that
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your course. to help you get acclimatised earlier, leaving
you with more summiting weather windows for the peaks.
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