Guidebook

Defining Big Mountain Skiing on the Monte Rosa Traverse

A fabulous high mountain journey taking in some of the highest and most beautiful mountains in the Alps.

Charlie Boscoe

Description

Starting and finishing in the famous alpine village of Zermatt, this is a great tour for mountaineering and ski historians, for whom the names of the mountains this route traverses will be very familiar.

The tour begins with a very welcome bump up to 3800 metres on the Klein Matterhorn lift and from there 5 days of views, summits and friendly huts awaits you. The skiing is never too challenging but the glaciated terrain and high altitude mean this is a trip not to be underestimated.

You'll need strong partners, good weather and plenty of red blood cells to get this route done but if you have them, be prepared for an amazing adventure!

Monte Rosa Haute Route: Klein Matterhorn to Rifugio Guide d'Ayas
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Monte Rosa Haute Route: Klein Matterhorn to Rifugio Guide d'Ayas

Cervinia
1 - 2 hrs
5.9 km
200 m
643 m
36 °
Day 1: Zermatt/Cervinia, Breithorn, Ayas Hut using the cable car to the Klein Matterhorn to start
Difficult
Private
Monte Rosa Haute Route: Castor Traverse and Pollux Summit
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Monte Rosa Haute Route: Castor Traverse and Pollux Summit

4 - 5 hrs
6.5 km
1,128 m
909 m
42 °
Day 2: Traverse of Castor, optional extra summit of Pollux, beginning at Rifugio Guide d'Ayas and ending at Rifugio Quintino Sella
Severe
Private
Monte Rosa Haute Route: Passo del Naso of Lyskamm Traverse and Pyramid Vincent Summit
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Monte Rosa Haute Route: Passo del Naso of Lyskamm Traverse and Pyramid Vincent Summit

Monte Rosa
3 - 4 hrs
7.9 km
646 m
631 m
38 °
Day 3: Traverse of Passo del Naso of Lyskamm and summit of Pyramid Vincent, beginning at Rifugio Quintino Sella and ending at Capanna Gnifetti.
Severe
Private
Monte Rosa Haute Route: Margherita Hut and the Grenz Glacier
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Monte Rosa Haute Route: Margherita Hut and the Grenz Glacier

Monte Rosa
5 - 6 hrs
11.5 km
1,025 m
1,750 m
34 °
Day 4: Margherita Hut and the Grenz Glacier, beginning at Gnifettti Hut and ending at Neue Monte Rosa Hut
Difficult
Private
Monte Rosa Haute Route: Neue Monte Rosa Hut to Zermatt via Dufourspitze Monte Rosa
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Monte Rosa Haute Route: Neue Monte Rosa Hut to Zermatt via Dufourspitze Monte Rosa

1 day +
21.3 km
1,567 m
2,844 m
29 °
Day 5: A huge skin to a high col and optional climb up Europe's 2nd highest peak
Severe
Private