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Ski mountaineerig Margherita Hut

At an altitude of 4,554 m, the Regina Margherita Hut is the highest astronomical observatory and mountain lodge in Europe. The route is a classic in ski mountaineering, with a notable gain in elevation and remarkable altitude, although not extremely difficult. It offers an exclusive vantage point over the Alps!

PROGRAM

The best-known peak in the Monte Rosa group houses the Regina Margherita hut, Europe’s highest mountain refuge and astronomical observatory. Signalkuppe gets its name from ‘the Signal’, a prominent gendarme atop the east ridge. The hut was opened and dedicated to Queen Margherita on 4 September 1893, though the modern structure dates from 1980. The fourth highest summit in the Monte Rosa group and the fifth highest in the Alps, it offers a classic ski mountaineering that, despite the notable gain in altitude, is relatively straightforward.

DAY

Drop: 400 m
Ascent time: 2-3 hours
Meeting point: meeting in Staffal (Gressoney) next to the lifts for equipment check and a short briefing.

We take the cable car up to Punta Indren (3,270 m). From there, we proceed on foot either to the Mantova Hut (3,498 m), about an hour’s walk, or directly to the Capanna Gnifetti (3,647 m), a walk of about two and a half hours. Dinner and overnight stay at one of the huts.

DAY

Drop: 400 m
Ascent time: 2-3 hours
Meeting point: meeting in Staffal (Gressoney) next to the lifts for equipment check and a short briefing.

We take the cable car up to Punta Indren (3,270 m). From there, we proceed on foot either to the Mantova Hut (3,498 m), about an hour’s walk, or directly to the Capanna Gnifetti (3,647 m), a walk of about two and a half hours. Dinner and overnight stay at one of the huts.

DAY

Drop: 900 m
Ascent/descent time: 7-9 hours

We set off either from Mantova hut or Capanna Gnifetti after breakfast.
We put crampons on to climb up the glacier until we get close to the Vincent Pyramid and the Balmenhorn, then, via the base of the Schwarzhorn, the Ludwigshöhe and the Parrotspitze, we reach the Lysjoch pass (4,250 m). A descending traverse under Parrotspitze takes us under the Signalkuppe; another traverse and a brief and steep final stretch lead us to the Margherita Hut, Europe’s highest building (4,554 m).
We descend by the same route to the hut from which we set off to the parking lot.

DAY

Drop: 900 m
Ascent/descent time: 7-9 hours

We set off either from Mantova hut or Capanna Gnifetti after breakfast.
We put crampons on to climb up the glacier until we get close to the Vincent Pyramid and the Balmenhorn, then, via the base of the Schwarzhorn, the Ludwigshöhe and the Parrotspitze, we reach the Lysjoch pass (4,250 m). A descending traverse under Parrotspitze takes us under the Signalkuppe; another traverse and a brief and steep final stretch lead us to the Margherita Hut, Europe’s highest building (4,554 m).
We descend by the same route to the hut from which we set off to the parking lot.

DETAILS

DURATION (in days)
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2 Days
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TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY
stelle
low
stelle
FITNESS LEVEL
cuori
intermediate
cuori
PEOPLE
utente
max 5 for each Mountain Guide
utente
PERIOD
calendario
from 01/03 to 14/05
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Equipment


Personal equipment
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Clothing
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RATES

600 € fee per person with 1 participant
310 € fee per person with 2 participants
220 € fee per person with 3 participants
180 € fee per person with 4 participants
160 € fee per person with 5 participants
The rate includes
  • the assistance of a UIAGM certified Mountain Guide
  • liability insurance
  • loan of shared safety material

The rate does not include
  • research and rescue insurance with UVGAM coverage (recommended): €5 per person for 3 days
  • the hiring of any personal equipment (avalanche beacon, shovel and probe): €15/day per person while supplies last
  • the hiring of any personal equipment (harness, ice axe, and crampons): €15/day per person while supplies last
  • tickets for lift facilities
  • the Mountain Guide’s expenses (lifts, transfers, meals and accommodation) to be covered by participants
  • transfers, meals and accommodation
  • anything that is not mentioned under "The rate includes"
Notes
  • It is crucial that participants follow all instructions provided by the mountain guides before and during the activities, and that they accept any changes made to the programme in order to guarantee their safety.
  • Fees for lift facilities, transfers and mountain lodges are subject to changes established and applied by the respective owners without any liability attributable to PEAKSHUNTER Mountain Guides.
  • The rates listed in the “The rate does not include” section are to be considered merely indicative and are therefore subject to changes.
  • PEAKSHUNTER Mountain Guides reserves the right to change any route or activity programme based on conditions (weather, accessibility, refuge) and participants’ fitness level.
  • The dates indicated for the activities may change due to weather, snow, or soil conditions, etc. In addition, they depend on the date of opening/closing of the lift facilities, which are established seasonally/yearly by the managing entities of the same and, therefore, are not in any way attributable to PEAKSHUNTER Mountain Guides.
Notes
  • It is crucial that participants follow all instructions provided by the mountain guides before and during the activities, and that they accept any changes made to the programme in order to guarantee their safety.
  • Fees for lift facilities, transfers and mountain lodges are subject to changes established and applied by the respective owners without any liability attributable to PEAKSHUNTER Mountain Guides.
  • The rates listed in the “The rate does not include” section are to be considered merely indicative and are therefore subject to changes.
  • PEAKSHUNTER Mountain Guides reserves the right to change any route or activity programme based on conditions (weather, accessibility, refuge) and participants’ fitness level.
  • The dates indicated for the activities may change due to weather, snow, or soil conditions, etc. In addition, they depend on the date of opening/closing of the lift facilities, which are established seasonally/yearly by the managing entities of the same and, therefore, are not in any way attributable to PEAKSHUNTER Mountain Guides.
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