The Monte Rosa massif includes a dozen peaks over 4000m high. This offers an outstanding playground for skiers, with some of the most spectacular descents in the Alps. Join us on the traverse from the Gressoney valley to Zermatt and an exploration of this extraordinary area. Straddling Italy and Switzerland, the range provides a stunning glaciated landscape and the opportunity to climb several 4000-metre peaks.
Day 1: Transfer from Chamonix to Italy’s Gressoney valley via the Mont Blanc tunnel. We take the Gressoney-Alagna resort ski lifts from the village of Stafal. We stop at the comfortable Gabiet hut (2370m), located within the resort’s ski fields, to lighten our packs. Next we start the climb up on skins to the Col de Zube (2874m). We descend via the same route to the hut, where we spend the night.
Vertical ascent: 500m / Vertical descent: 500m
Day 2: We take the ski lifts to Indren (3275m), from where we head to the Montova hut (3500m). Once again we can lighten our packs here before heading for our first 4000er: the Vincent Pyramid (4215m). The gentle gradient of the slopes here is made for skiing. We descend via the same route to the hut, where we spend the night.
Vertical ascent: 940m / Vertical descent: 715m
Day 3: Destination Col de Lys (4256m), followed by the Signalkuppe also known as the Punta Gnifetti (4554m). Once again, the gentle slopes here provide optimal skiing conditions. There is a markedly glaciated feel to the terrain all along the ascent and there are some spectacular views. On the summit of the Signalkuppe we take a well-earned rest in the remarkable Margherita hut, the highest guardianed hut in the Alps. We descend via the Grenz glacier, which takes us to the Monte Rosa hut (2883m), where we spend the night.
Vertical ascent: 1054m / Vertical descent: 1670m
Day 4: We leave along the Monte Rosa glacier in the direction of the Dufourspitze (4634m). We take a break on the shoulder (4150m), which has magnificent views over the previous day’s descent route and the impressive north face of Liskamm. Now begins the long descent to Zermatt passing the lower slopes of the Breithorn (4164m). This is without doubt one of the most spectacular descents in the Alps. Depending on the conditions, the exit from the Gorner glacier may require a short walk. We arrive in Zermatt in the early afternoon and transfer back to Chamonix.
Vertical ascent: 1270m / Vertical descent: 2530m
This programme is meant as a guide only. Depending on the abilities of the group and the conditions in the mountains, your mountain guide may alter the route.
Fitness & Technical level
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Ability level: For people who regularly exercise/take part in sports and are experienced ski tourers.
Accommodation: Half-board in huts. Showers available on day 1.
Preparing for the trip: One week before the trip, the head-guide will be in contact to answer any questions you may have.
Group: 4 to 6 people. The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix's guiding policy is one of the strictest in the mountain guiding business. It guarantees the most balanced groups as possible as well as high-quality personalised advice.
Equipment: File can be downloaded.
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Documentation: Participants must have mountain sports insurance with repatriation cover. We strongly recommend that this also includes cancellation cover. You can take out insurance offering both of these types of cover when you sign up. Participants must also take valid ID with them.
Dates for 2018: March 29th to April 1st – April 12th to 15th – April 28th to May 1st
Meeting and transport: Meet at 08:30 at the Compagnie des Guides office in Chamonix. Transfer by minibus to the departure point. (Participants may leave personal belongings in our office until the group returns). Return to Chamonix from Zermatt by minibus.
Prices 2018: 905€ per person based on minimum of 4 participants.
Included in the package:
- IFMGA English speaking mountain guiding service,
- Half-board in mountain huts (dinner, breakfast and night),
- Take out lunches and daily snacks,
- Ski lift access as per programme,
- Transfers as per programme,
- Rental of full safety kit (avalanche transceiver/DVA, shovel, probe).
- Personal drinks in huts and other personal expenses (we recommend you bring Euros and Swiss Francs),
- Cost of getting to meeting point (Chamonix),
- Personal technical equipment.
Do you already have a group ? We can offer this tour on a bespoke basis depending on hut bookings.
Number of people
Price per person
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1 320,00 €
1 075,00 €
Phone: 0033 4 50 53 00 88