August 27 - September 3
Price: US$ 3600 (CAD$ 3700)
Single supplement: US$ 400 (CAD$ 450)
Group size: 3 - 7 guests
Lying in the Pennine Alps bordering Switzerland and Italy, the Monte Rosa Range is made up of seven summits over 4000 meters high, including the Dufourspitze, the second highest peak in the Alps.
Traveling on ancient paths, through pine forests, meadows and hidden valleys, we keep as close as possible to the snow capped mountains with views to the peaks of the Matterhorn, the Weisshorn and the Dom.
With a minivan delivering our extra gear, a day pack will suffice to carry our essential items for each day's hike. By getting progressively stronger each day of the trek, thanks to comfortable hotels, inns and huts, good food and plenty of exercise, you should come away with a renewed understanding of why mountains are climbed and walked simply because they are there.
Day 1: Arrival day in Zermatt - briefing and welcome dinner.
Day 2: From Zermatt to Randa, a short day to start acclimatising, and to get the leg muscles going.
Day 3: From Randa to Grachen, a charming little traditional village.
Day 4: From Grachen we traverse to Saas Grund, our last village before heading to the Italian side.
Day 5: From Saas Grund a quick transfer to Mattmark, over the Monte More pass down to the Italian side and Macugnaga.
Day 6: From Macugnaga via the Lake of Quarazza we follow an ancient, restored Roman road up to the Turlo Pass, then down to Alagna.
Day 7: From Alagna to the Gugliemina Refuge, which has been previously Italy's highest hotel!
Day 8: From the Gugliemina hut, we head down to Gressoney La-Trinité, and have a well-deserved rest in the afternoon.
Day 9: From Gressoney we head over the Rothorn Pass down to the little hamlet of Resy, which is nestled against the mountainside.
Day 10: From Resy to Cervinia, where we hopefully get the first glimpses of the Matterhorn.
Day 11: We will start in Plan Maison, and after an easy glacier crossing (well-equipped), we descend to Zermatt.
Day 12: Departure day.
Accommodations are mostly Hotels ***, 1 mountain inn, 2 charming mountain huts. Dormitory accommodation in at least one of the huts, maybe both. Meeting point is Zermatt.
Trip Leaders: All our guides are internationally certified, and have an in-depth knowledge of the area they are guiding in. Most guides working for us in the Alps live in the Chamonix valley on a permanent basis, where the mountains are both recreation and their livelihood. All of our guides are professionals, and are skilled at transmitting their tremendous knowledge of the region/country to you. All our guides speak fluently English and at least another foreign language. Wherever you go with us, your guide will be able to communicate at ease, enabling him/her to take care of any problem/special wishes that might occur.
Trip Difficulty: Level 5 (From 1-easy to 5-very strenuous). Strenuous walking on mainly marked trails with some cross-country hiking. Scree slopes, boulder-hopping, snow patches, ridge-walking and paths along the mountain side that are sometimes exposed. Hikers have to have multi-day hiking experience, and must be surefooted! 6-10 hours of daily walking, consecutively for 6-11 days. Two big days with 1700m and 1500m (4950ft) elevation gain per day. Day-pack and occasional overnight pack. Maximum altitude in the Alps: 3000m (10000ft).
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