Monte Rosa, 4634m

Gressoney La Trinité

Monte Rosa

Macugnaga

A huge journey for the very ambitious and very well acclimatised mountain athlete.

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Alpine Climbing Moderate

Distance
18 km
Ascent
2.1 km
Descent
2.1 km
Low Point
3.6 km
High Point
4.6 km
Gradient
21˚
Monte Rosa, 4634m Map

Begin with one of the highest and most exposed 4000m traverses in the Alps, and if you still have energy try and do the rest! Lyskamm has a reputation for cornices so stay well away from the ridge crest unless you are certain it is safe. You can stock up with food and water in the Margherita Hut on Signalkuppe

Description

Detailed directions not included as anyone with the skills and fitness to undertake this will predominantly use their own judgement for each section. The peak order is Lyskamm W, Lyskamm E, Signalkuppe, Zumsteinspitze, Parrotspitze, Ludwigshohe, Corno Nero, Pyramid Vincent and down to the Gnifetti Hut. This exact outing was done by Liv Sansoz and Colin Haley as part of her 4000m peak challenge in March 2017. https://livsansoz.net/

Difficulty

Moderate

May involve slightly more complex glacier hikes, easy but possibly long rock ridges and steep snow up to 45 degrees. Equivalent to PD, PD+

High Exposure

3 out of 4

Much of the route is difficult to protect and a fall could be disastrous at certain points.

Remoteness

4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Best time to visit

June, July, August, September

Equipment required

  • Ice axe
  • Crampons
  • Glacier kit

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