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Capanna Margherita, Punta Gnifetti


Monte Rosa

A journey in Monte Rosa to a lofty summit.

Also in Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Italy

Ski Touring Moderate

2.1 km
354 m
58 m
1-2 hrs
Low Point
4.2 km
High Point
4.5 km
Capanna Margherita, Punta Gnifetti Map

Capanna Margherita is the highest refuge in Europe, it is built at 4554m and it's a destination that lots of people want to reach to gaze at the amazing mountains that surrounds this place.


It's also a good destination for a "one day" ski trip and to enjoy really good snow even in summer. From Indren to Capanna Margherita it's 1300m circa of vertical drop that you can ski without too much trouble and without any steep or exposed area. It's a really nice ski tour! The last few meters to reach the refuge requires walking a bit with crampons

Although this seems easy be aware that you're on a glacier! Crevasses could be open and you need to cross some. So technical skills and equipment are required!



Slopes become slightly steeper at around 25-30 degrees.

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.


4 out of 4

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

Best time to visit

between April and September


  • Glacier
  • Walk Required

Equipment required

  • Rope
  • Skins
  • Crampons

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