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Duration: 5 days
Price: € 1000
Nearly highest up on the Monte Rosa, Europe's highest mountain after Mont Blanc.
Nearly highest up on the Monte Rosa, Europe's other highest mountain after the Mont Blanc. It is a Rifugio, with sleeping rooms and a restaurant, and it is used by alpinists during their expeditions. It lies at the amazing height of 4554 m above the sea.
This a technically easy climbing to go there, but you need good physical conditions because of the length and the height. And you must not be afraid of the exposure of the trail. The view from here is astounding, with the entire Alps around you and a sea of clouds down under your feet. The stars in the night are brighter then we are used to see in our overlighted cities. This is wilderness on a high level, but with the Italian food and wines culture as a bonus!
Wednesday we go with the transfer to Alagna Valsesia where we will lodge at a very nice hotel, Hotel Montagna di Luce. We find all the comfort that we will need for the climbing and for the restoration of our body after the ascent.
Thursday we are going to spend hiking at the height of around 3000 m to allow us to acclimatize a little bit. In the evening we sleep at the Rifugio Vigevano, a beautiful place at 2890 m above the sea, with very nice owners who can tell all about kings and mountain people, and at the same time serve a delicious dinner. We have also packed a backpack with clothes and other important things for our top tour (details come later).
Friday we will meet our guide and wear all the necessary equipment for the tour. We take the Gondola of Punta Indren or climb up the mines of the Stolemberg and on glaciers and rocks to Rifugio Mantova (3500 m) or Capanna Gnifetti (3600 M) where we will stay for the night. It is a technically easy tour, but on partially exposed trails and we go with a mountain guide.
We sleep here if we can sleep (it can be difficult to sleep at this height) and wake up early for a good breakfast. In the refuge we are going to meet alll kind of alpinists from all over the world.
Saturday morning we will start our tour very early, before down, and we will climb up the 1000 m left to Capanna Margherita. The trip is long and it is very heavy to go at this height, but the view over the mountain, becoming red for the strikes of the first rays of light, is magical. It is nearly a spiritual experience!
After a while at this magnificent rifugio, really hanging over a thousend meter cliff, it is time for us to go back to civilisation again. We go to Punta Indren around 3200 m and from here we take the cable car in the afternoon to Alagna and to our Hotel Montagna di Luce to restore our tired bodies.
Sunday we go around for shopping and touristing in Alagna and prepare us for our way back home.
When: mid June-mid September
Price: € 1000 per person
Max/min persons: 2-4 persons for each mountain guide
Included: Transfer, 4 nights in hotel/refuge, 4 dinners, 4 breakfasts, guide, technical equipment, lifts
Extras: Lunches and all that is not mentioned in the included section
Required: Good physical condition, backpack and high mountain trekking shoes
Special programs: We can tailor your tour to Capanna Margherita as you wish.
Other information: We arrange also the summit to Polluce and Castor for not experienced persons, and will be happy to help with summit preparation and program for experienced mountaineers for the other peaks of Monte Rosa, as well as for Mont Blanc and Gran Paradiso. Contact us for more details.
Read "Marta's Monterosa Blog" where she shares her personal experience about the trips, the people and the environment of the Alps.
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Hotel Villa Annamaria has still some double rooms for the 22/2-1/3. Price 90 euro per person in half board (HB). Charming alpine hotel, owned by a family and managed with warmth and feeling. In the middle of the village but off the main road. Mail email@example.com for booking.
Villa Nicoletti is a 400 mq exclusive villa in the middle of the village, private owned by a Milanese family and ski-in ski-out. 6 bedrooms with ensuite bathroom, and large common spaces for dining and living. Billiard, fireplaces and a big garden complete the convivial atmosphere of this unique home. Mail firstname.lastname@example.org for booking and price information.
Fully booked from year to year, Hotel Charmant Petit, still has some available rooms between the 15-22 March. Best restaurant in the village, perfectly located between the two main lifts on the road, reachable by feet or with the free ski shuttle, everyone who has stayed here once get enchanted by the kindness and good feeling of this small hotel. Fantastic prices: 75-85 euro per person and night in halfboard (HB). Mail email@example.com for booking.
Preparation day yesterday for the Downhill Competition on National level in Champoluc - Frachey. The track is challenging and fast. The lift-train brings bikes and occasional visitors up to Mandria. Many of the 250 partecipants were already training hard. One fell in the woods and was rescued by the Aosta Valley Rescue Team by helicopter. See the video.
Bike on the Italian side of Monterosa is already popular in Cervinia, where you can bring your bike with the highest cable car to 3600 m and slide down to the town at 2000 m. Since last summer it is also possible to have bike fun in the valleys of Champoluc and Gressoney, where they have opened a few downhill tracks (see next news about Italian Championship). Download the best Bike Map here.
See some of the most important passages of the race
See the map for this beautiful ski marathon on the glaciers of Monte Rosa.
The organization of the classic race has decided to ostpone the start because of the very bad weather forecasts for this week-end. At the moment it is not yet decided when it will be possible to start. Hopefully the participants have to wait only for a couple of days. News on www.trofeomezzalama.org
See Carlos blog with very intersting pictures and information during his top tours and trekkings in the Spanish mountains and on Monte Rosa's Dufour Spitze 4643 meters peak.