Approach to the Monte Rosa Hut, 2883m

Zermatt - Breuil-Cervinia

A brand new route to the hut, taking a beautiful but easy glacial mountain journey

Alpine Climbing Easy

Distance
7.4 km
Ascent
505 m
Descent
436 m
Low Point
2.6 km
High Point
3 km
Gradient
13˚
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Approach to the Monte Rosa Hut, 2883m Map

Description

Equipped only in early summer 2019, there is a new approach to the Monte Rosa Hut. The start is the same, taking the panoramic slowly descending path from Rotenboden, crossing the long S facing slope beneath the Gornergrat top station. The new path then rises gently onto the Gorner Glacier, heading up it to nearly 2900m, before heading S, and leaving the glacier. By late season the glacier is dry, and all the crevasses are visible. In early season it will be still snow covered, so you would need to rope up. It is well directed with blue and white marking on the rocks. It then takes an arc, close to pt. 2962m, contouring above the Gornersee lake, approaching the hut from the E. It is more scenic than the old route, which descends further, before reascent, although it is a slightly longer distance.

Difficulty

Easy

The ascent involves simple glacier hiking and/or short, straightforward rock scrambles. Equivalent to Alpine F, F+

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The route is well protected or easy enough that protection is not required.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

June, July, August

Equipment required

  • Ice axe
  • Crampons
  • Glacier kit

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