Located deep in the Zermatt valley, the Monte Rosa is named after the Italian Valdotain dialect “roese” meaning “ice”. From its summit at 4634m, run gigantic glaciers, creating an incredible landscape. High altitude valleys lead to the foot of this giant which still bear the marks of the Walser, the nomadic ancestors of the Valaisan population.
After several days trek, punctuated by high mountain passes, we head into the ice world with the ascent of the Breithorn at 4164m, a beautiful and relatively easy summit, the defining highlight of this tour.
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OPTION TO CLIMB THE BREITHORN ON DAY 7
220€ per person
Minimum 3 persons
The lift down from the Breithorn is not included, between 55 to 65€ depending on the route chosen.
The price includes:
The price does not include:
The price is all inclusive from departure to end point.
Meet at 9:00am at the cable car parking in Stalden VS (Switzerland).
STALDEN - SAAS GRÜND
Take the cable car to Gspon, then traverse along a balcony trail towards Hannig and descend into the Saas valley. Night in a hotel.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +550m -850m
SAAS GRUND - MACUGNAGA
Bus transfer to the Mattmark dam. Climb to the historic mountain pass Monte Moro (2868m) along the east face of the Monte Rosa. Descend to Macugnaga under the huge south face of this giant and final descent to the valley via cable car. Night in a hotel.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +700m -1150m
MACUGNAGA - ALAGNA
Head towards the lush green valley of Alagna by the Walser Trail. Cross the mountain pass of Turlo (2783m) and descend to the Pastore refuge with its small botanical garden. Night in a refuge under the imposing ice giant.
7.5 hour walk / Elevation: +1500m -1100m
ALAGNA - GRESSONNEY
Short bus transfer. Cross the Ottro valley, dotted with hamlets in the local traditional architecture, then a long ascent to the Ollen pass (2881m). Descend to Lake Gabiet, take the cable car to Stafal and then a small last climb to Sitte. Night in refuge.
6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +1700m -500m
GRESSONNEY - SAINT JACQUES
Climb to the Saleroforko mountain pass (2689m) under the eye of Castor and Pollux! Descend and traverse towards Saint Jacques. Night in a refuge.
6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +500m -650m
SAINT JACQUES - THEODULLPASS
Climb to the northern pass of Cimes Blanches (2981m). Ascend by cable car to Testa Grigia then descend to the Theodullpass. Night in a refuge at 3300m (*without baggage).
7.5 hour walk / Elevation: +930m -300m
THEODUL GLACIER or BREITHORN 4164m - ZERMATT
From the Theodulpass (3349m) under the imposing Matterhorn, an easy roped up descent of the Theodul Glacier with a high mountain guide to Trockener-Steg (2939m). Beautiful route down through the traditional hamlets of Biel, Zmutt, Hubel to arrive in Zermatt.
For those who chose the Breithorn ascension, you will experience an easy roped up climb with a high mountain guide to reach the summit at 4164m. Descend to Zermatt by cable car (*not included in the price) or full descent on foot depending on the group fitness level.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +870m -1230m (or -300m)
End point Saturday around 3:00pm in Zermatt.
The itinerary is established according to the latest information available, the possibility of unknown factors affecting this itinerary is possible including situations beyond our control which may change the route, timings etc.
Elevation: +/-500 to 1700m average per day.
Walking time: 6 to 8 hours average per day.
Type of trek: Mountain route for experienced hikers with a good fitness level.
Group from 6 to 14 people supervised by a qualified mountain leader.
3 nights in mountain refuges in dormitories of 8 - 10 persons.
3 nights in hotel, in bedroom of 2 - 4 persons.
All accommodation offers hot showers.
For the night without your baggage at the accommodation (you will get it back the night after), here are the things to add to your backpack (about 2 kilos are enough!):
- small toilet bag
- sleeping bag liner sheet
- change of clothes (bare necessities!)
Breakfast and dinner are provided in each accommodation.
Picnics are included and are carefully prepared daily by your guide, comprising a variety of healthy salads and local products.
We do our best to accommodate special diets (gluten-free, vegetarian etc.). However, we encourage you to bring some additional products for your own picnics.
A good fitness level is highly important for this tour.
Ability to easily walk 20km (on flat trails) in a maximum of 3.5 hours. This trek requires a certain physical fitness level but presents no particular technical difficulty for experienced hikers. Good advance preparation is nevertheless necessary in order to appreciate the beauty of this high altitude domaine. Your physical preparation will enable you to enjoy your trek to the maximum.
Swiss maps: 1/5000: VISP 274, MISCHABEL 284, GRESSONEY 294
Italian maps: 1/25000 108 et109
Meet at 9am at the cable car parking in Stalden.
2019 timetable Inbound: depart from Paris the day before at 11:24am - arrive in Stalden VS at 7:20pm.
Return night train: depart from Zermatt at 4:00pm arrive in (Paris) Gare de Lyon at 06:20am.
Times given are indicative and should be verified at a train station or at www.oui.sncf and www.cff.ch
Take the motorway from Geneva direction Lausanne, Martigny and Sierre then follow signs for Zermatt (swiss road tax = 40€)
Meet at the cable car in Stalden next to the train station in the village centre.
You can park in the underground car park or next to the train station. Tickets available at the train station in Stalden.
End point Saturday at 3:00pm in Zermatt.
At the end of the tour, your mountain leader can organise a group transfer (20 mins) to the departure point, at the Stalden cable car, for those who wish (10€ per person).
Stalden Hôtel Hohlgassli: +41 (0)2 79 52 15 12
Hôtel Killerhof: +41 (0)2 79 52 13 38
Zermatt Tourist Office: +41 (0)2 79 66 81 00
In accordance with regulations, we are covered by Professional Liability Insurance. In no case can we be responsible for your own Personal Liability. If you chose to take out repatriation insurance with EUROP ASSISTANCE whom we propose, Altitude Mont Blanc will only serve as an intermediary between the client and the insurer. We cannot influence either party. We adhere to strict conditions of sale. You are responsible for compliance with the reporting procedures of any incident.
Our insurance can only be sold to European citizens speaking French.
Before making any decision, contact EUROP ASSISTANCE.
If you are late please contact the agency as soon as possible: +33 (0)4 50 79 09 16 or +33 (0)6 42 49 76 07
Bring a comfortable backpack of 30 to 40 litres for your personal belongings for the day (warm clothes, waterproofs, water, plate and cutlery for your picnic, sunscreen and your identity papers) and please keep a little room to carry a picnic and snacks.
Crampons, harness, helmet and ice axe for climbing the Breithorn summit are provided. An ascension at 4000m requires warm clothing in case of deterioration in the weather (thermal leggings, warm hat, gloves, waterproof jacket and extra warm layers to add if necessary). High rising walking boots with a good rigid sole are mandatory. Poles are essential.
Your baggage will be transported daily (except Day 6) between accommodation by our logistics vehicle. You are allowed 1 soft, sports type bag with all your possessions inside, no heavier than 12kg. Your bag has to be carried everyday by the driver, where access is not always easy, please think of their backs! Baggage which is too big and too heavy won't be accepted by the drivers!
If you wish to prolong your holiday, we can safely hold another bag for you which you may leave with us at the departure point and it will be deposited at the end point with your other baggage.