Of the 50 highest peaks in the Alps above 4000 Meters (13120 ft), 12 Peaks are located in the heavily glaciated Monte Rosa Massif, also often referred to as the "Queen of the Alps".
Thanks to a network of very high alpine huts and the moderate technical character of the peak ascents, this traverse tackles 10 of these majestic peaks in only 6 days - assuming a good amount of fitness in legs and lungs and some previous experience with crampons and ice axe. The rewards are incredible views of the Valaisan Alps with the neighboring Matterhorn and good Italian food and wines in the huts. Although the start and ending point of this traverse is the famous Swiss mountain village of Zermatt, most of the trip will be spent on the "sunny" Italian side of the range. A fascinating traverse with many highpoints that will keep you in glaciated terrain for the entire week!
Optional:With the Monte Rosa Traverse under your belt and a good acclimatization effect to your advantage, why not add an additional two days to your trip to climb the Matterhorn (4477 Meter, 14685 ft) or Europe's highest peak, the Mont Blanc (4806 Meters, 15765 ft).
On a custom trip basis, we also offer a similar traverse of the same range that includes more technical summits, including the Pointe Dufour, with 4670 Meters the second highest summit in the Alps!
Difficulty: Up to 10 hrs/day; Exposed Ridges; 40 deg. Ice/Snow; Frontpointing; Crevassed Glaciers.
Can I do it?
This is a classic high alpine mountaineering traverse with moderately difficult, glaciated peak ascents - previous experience with crampons and ice axe (or an additional training day before the beginning of this trip) as well as very good physical endurance for up to 10 hour mountaineering days with early starts every day are required. Since you will be spending 6 days between 3500 meters (11500 ft) and 4550 meters (15000 ft), you should be able to adapt well to altitude - previous experience in high altitude is advantageous!
Optional Ascent of the Matterhorn via Hornli Ridge:(two additional days):
The Matterhorn ascent is technically much more difficult than the Monte Rosa Peaks Traverse and requires a client to guide ratio of 1:1. The Hornli Ridge (Normal Route) is largely a rock scramble with a few sections of grade 5.6. In the upper section the ridge becomes steeper and fixed ropes facilitate the climb. Cost are US$ 1330 per client, which includes the guide's fee, return cable car to the Schwarzsee, and lodging with all meals in the hut. Please note that the lodging in the valley before and after the two day ascent is not included. On request, we can quote you an all-inclusive price according to your lodging preferences.
On the first day of the itinerary in Zermatt. We gladly assist in organizing any pre/post trip lodging and/or airport transfers.
Climate, Weather, Temperatures:
High season for all mountaineering in the western Alps is mid-July through August, mainly due to the stable weather that time of the year. Day time temperatures can vary between 30C (86F) in the valleys to -10C (14F) on clear mornings, when we start our day from a high level hut.
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