The 4000mt Peaks of Monte Rosa Aosta Valley

Where: Aosta Valley
Technical level: mountaineering level 2
Physical condition: mountaineering level3
Duration: 6 days
Dates: on request
Period: from mid-June to end of mid-September
Meeting point: to be agreed on

Ten 4000mt peaks in 6 days, from Polluce to Zumstein!
A superb itinerary! You will spend 6 days at high altitude: snow, ice and huge mountains form the scenery with the Matterhorn on the skyline, as on a postcard. The climax of the journey is the night in Europe’s highest refuge, the Capanna Margherita, at 4554mt. A traverse with no particular difficulties though good physical conditions are a must and crampon experience is necessary.

Programme:
Day 1
Gressoney Staffal (1825mt) –Colle della Bettaforca cable car (2672mt) – Colle Bettolina (3136mt) – higher Pian di Verra (2387mt) - Mezzalama Refuge( 3036mt)
Tot. rise 1,200mt - drop 750mt. TM: 5 h
Day 2
Mezzalama Refuge (3036mt) – Polluce (4091mt) –Ayas Guide Refuge (3425mt)
Tot. rise 1,055mt - drop 670mt. TM: 5 a 6h
Day 3
Ayas Guide refuge (3425mt) - Castore traverse (4221mt) - Sella Refuge (3585mt) 
Tot. rise 700mt - drop 700mt. TM: 5 a 6h
Day 4
Sella Refuge (3585mt) - Naso del Lyskamm (4100mt) – Pyramide Vincent (4246mt) – Gnifetti Refuge (3611mt).
Tot. rise 670mt - drop 490mt. TM: 5 a 6h
Day 5
Gnifetti Refuge (3611mt) - Col del Lys (4246mt) - Ludwigshohe (4342mt) – Parrot traverse (4335mt) – Zumstein (4500mt) – Capanna Margherita (4554mt)
Tot. rise 1,100mt - drop … mt. TM: 6 a 7h
Day 6
Capanna Margherita Refuge (4554mt) – Corno Nero (4277mt) – Balmenhorn (4194mt) – cable car Indren (3260mt) - Gressoney Stafal
Tot. rise 300mt - drop 1,600mt. TM: 6 a 7h

Requested technical level: good physical preparation and crampons experience on 40°/45° slopes.

The programme is subject to modification or interruption at the discretion of the Alpine Guide if participants’ technical abilities prove inadequate or adverse weather conditions occur.

Cost: €     each (group of 2 persons per Guide)
         €     each (group of 3/4 persons per Guide)

Fee includes: meeting point – Gressoney transfer both ways, Alpine Guide assistance and expenses, refuge half-board, packed lunch at noon (the first two days packed lunch will be bought by the organiser and transported by participants), Gressoney Stafal-Colle Bettaforca cable car, Indren Gressoney Staffal cableway, group materials.

Fee does not include: beverages, any costs incurred for rentals and any item not specified in “Fee includes”.
If itinerary changes occur which are not attributable to the organisers (e.g. bad weather, inadequate technical ability of participants, etc.) any extra costs incurred will be debited to participants.

Enrolment deadline: 30 days before the planned excursion.
Enrolments are accepted upon a non-refundable 30% down payment of total cost. The balance must be paid 10 days before the beginning of activities.

Meeting point:
a) in front of the Gressoney Stafal-Colle Bettaforca cable car at 10am
b) in front of Aosta Railway Station Bar at 9.00am
c) on request in front of Chamonix Railway Station at 7.30am
d) on request in front of Courmayeur Tourism Office in Piazzale Monte Bianco at 8am

Return scheduled:
a) in front of the Gressoney Stafal Colle Salati cableway at 2pm
b) in front of Aosta Railway Station Bar at 3pm
c) on request in front of Chamonix Railway Station at 4pm
c) on request in front of Courmayeur Tourism Office in Piazzale Monte Bianco at 3.30pm

General Information
Cartography:
Swiss map 1/50.000 Zermatt Saas Fee N° 284 e N° 294
Kompass map 1/50.000 Monte Rosa Massif
Alp map Monte Rosa, Vivalda Ed. – Ingenia 1/35.000
Val d’Ayas Gressoney 1/2500, L’ Escursionista ed., www.escursionista.it

Necessary Equipment
Bring the bare minimum, a backpack is a must!!!!

Backpack max. 40/50lt

PERSONAL TECHNICAL MATERIALS
Harness
Pick 60cm max.
Crampons with anti-balling snow plate
High mountain boots adapted to crampons (rigid or semi-rigid sole in Vibram)
A screw lock karabiner
A rope sling: 8mm diameter, 1.5m length

WHAT TO WEAR
Glacier/high altitude sun glasses
Cap
Scarf
Mountain gloves
Gaiters
Underclothes in fibre
Turtleneck fibre top
Wind-stopper or polar fleece jacket
Waterproof jacket (e.g. Gore-tex, pac-lite, conduit…)
Schoeller mountain trousers
Mountain socks

INSIDE YOUR BACKPACK
Extra T-shirt
Tights
Extra pair of mountain socks
Ski mask
Extra pair of light gloves
Head torch with new batteries
Small personal pharmacy (Compeed, aspirin, sun block)
Waterproof over-trousers (e.g. Gore-tex, pac-lite, conduit, k-way)
Camera
1lt thermos or flask
Swiss army knife
Toothpaste and toothbrush
Tissues
Sleeping bag liner

 

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