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Your First 4000m Peak

Background

Sick of walking among the great mountains of the world wondering what it would be like to stand upon them? Then this is your chance to live your dream and actually climb your first 4000m peak! Hesitate no more!

Highlights

  • Climb your first 4000 meter peak
  • Learn how to use crampons and ice axes
  • Stay in the Alp's highest hut
  • Learn about the history of the Alagna region and its' climbing pedigree
  • Option to climb other 4000 meter peaks if time permits

Overview

The Monte Rosa massif contains 18 peaks of 4000 meters or more. The massif is second only to Mont Blanc. Situated between Switzerland and the Italian Piedmont and Aosta Valleys, Monte Rosa is the perfect 4000m to start your mountaineering life. High enough and technical enough to be a challenge, but simple enough for a beginner to learn about the finer points of mountaineering without risking too much.

Our expedition to Monte Rosa begins and ends in the beautiful Alagna, Italy. This small commune has a heritage of mountaineering dating back to the late 19th century and today has become both a mountaineering mecca and a freeride nirvana. 

Above the small village are amazing summits and glaciers where we will practice our ice axe and crampon techniques. Each group will be supported by an IFMGA Mountain Guide who will teach you how to correctly use crampons and ice axes.

Our highest peak will be Punta Gnifetti 4554 m which is easily accessible from the Italian side of the massif. We will also learn how to safely traverse a glacier and understand how mountaineers work out lines up to the summit of a mountain. If you have ever wanted to learn to climb (in an environment that is simply spectacular), then this trip is for you.

Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Alagna. (D)

Day 2: Tour of Alagna. (B,D)

Day 3: Glacier course on Monte Rosa glacier. (B,D)

Day 4: Summit Punta Giordani 4046m (B,D). 

Day 5: Summit Gnifetti or Mantova. (B,D)

Day 6: Summit Punta Gnifetti 4554m (B,D). 

Day 7: Descend to Alagna (B,D)

Day 8: Transfer to Malpensa airport (B)

 

Routes

"Climb mountains not so much for the world to see you, but for you to see the world"

Day 1

Transfer from Malpensa airport to Alagna and accommodation in Hotel Montagna di Luce. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 2

Tour of the village with a local guide to explain the history of Alagna. Mountain gear check with mountain guides. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 3

Cable car Alagna – Punta Indren 3275 m and glacier course on Monte Rosa glacier. Go back to Alagna with the cable car. Accommodation and dinner at the hotel.

Day 4

Cable car Alagna – Punta Indren 3275 m. Ascent to Punta Giordani 4046 m, one of the easiest 4000 peaks of the Alps. Go back to Alagna with the cable car. Accommodation at the hotel. Free time and dinner at the hotel. 

Day 5

Free morning in Alagna. In the afternoon we take the cable car to Punta Indren 3275 m. Ascent to Gnifetti 3647 m or Mantova 3498 m huts. Accommodation and dinner at the hut. 

Day 6

Ascent to Punta Gnifetti 4554 m and accommodation at ‘Capanna Margherita’, the highest hut in the Alps. Dinner at the hut. 

Day 7

Descent to Punta Indren with a possibility to climb another 4000-meter peak. We take the cable car to Alagna and accommodation at the hotel. Free time and dinner at the hotel. 

Day 8

Check out and transfer to Malpensa airport

SERVICES OF AN EXPERIENCED MOUNTAIN GUIDE

Our lead guides are fully trained, registered and licenced IFMGA members who work for us regularly. All mountain lovers, they have skied, climbed and hiked many of the routes around the area and spend their days off exploring the region. 

 

ACCOMMODATION

Our base is the beautiful Hotel Montagna di Luce. On other nights we will be using mountain huts including 'Capanna Margherita', the highest hut in the Alps. These are basic places with dorm accommodation. They are full of energy and atmosphere and are a great place to meet other climbers.

 

MEALS WHILE ON EXPEDITION

All breakfast and dinners are taken care of. All you need to do is pay for the lunches at various places along the way.

Breakfasts are usually a hearty Continental Breakfast of breads, spreads, muesli, yoghurts, juices, cereals etc

Dinners vary depending on where we stay but are usually a 3-course meal.

 

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO CLIMB MONTE ROSA?

The best time to visit and climb this area Mid June to the end of July and the start of September. The reason for this is that these times are the shoulder periods before the busy main season which starts at the end of July and throughout August when the mountain can get busy.

Inclusions

  • Led by qualified IFMGA Mountain Guides (1 Guide for every 5 climbers)
  • All accommodation in towns and on the mountain
  • Transfers Malpensa to Alagna return
  • All meals as outlined in Itinerary
  • Climbing permits
  • Cable cars from Alagna to Punta Indren
  • All activities as per itinerary

Exclusions

  • International airfares
  • Travel Insurance
  • Lunches and drinks
  • Climbing equipment rental

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