Tour de Monte Rosa
Tour de Monte Rosa
Tour de Monte Rosa
Tour de Monte Rosa
Tour de Monte Rosa
Tour de Monte Rosa

Tour de Monte Rosa


Trip Overview

The Monte Rosa tour is one of the finest and most challenging multi-day walks in the Alps. We trek through the spectacular Pennine Alps bordering Switzerland and Italy, overlooked by several snow-capped 4000m peaks including the Dufourspitze (Switzerland's highest), the Matterhorn, the Weisshorn and the Dom.

Highlights

  • Glaciers, snowy summits and spectacular peaks
  • Quiet and remote trails, no crowds
  • Characterful mountain refuges
  • Glacier crossing to Zermatt
  • Views to many 4000m peaks
  • All meals included

Trekking on ancient paths, through pine forests, meadows and hidden valleys, we keep close to Monte Rosa's impressive faces and jumbled glaciers. A truly stunning trip which includes a night in the world famous alpine town of Zermatt.


Our guide was an outstanding Mountain Leader. highly experienced, patient, very knowledgeable, and most all great company and very encouraging for the whole trip. Just loved the hiking. The Tour de Monte Rosa deserves to be better known.

I was surprised that we had hotel accommodation on the trek as I thought it was all going to be in Refuges…. the mix worked really well. All the Refuges were interesting in their own way, and so different in their situations…the Teodulo was in the most stunning situation and was the highlight of the. Fran, our guide, was excellent, competent, instructive, supportive, friendly, good fun and good decision maker. 

Itinerary

  • house
  • airport
  • cable
  • Tonight we all meet in Saas Grund when your guide will brief you on the trip ahead.

  • This morning we jump on the post bus for a short ride up the valley to our departure point at Mattmark lake. The scenery is spectacular with the glaciers towering above us as we stroll along the lake side. After this easy warm up, we start the climb to our first major col of the trip, the Monte Moro which sits at 2853m. There is a golden Madonna statue to welcome us at the frontier, and the chance for our first Italian coffee at the Refuge Oberto Maroli below the Col. The pass offers spectacular views of the Monte Rosa massif, a just reward for the effort and perfect photo opportunity. We then have a steep descent to the lovely Walser village of Macugnaga. This remote valley is an experience in itself, with traditional houses and flower strewn balconies.

    Ascent 650m. Descent 1500m. 6 - 8 hrs.

  • Today offers a brilliant route over the Colle del Turlo on an incredible paved path created by the Italian army in the 1920's. There's a remote feeling to the valleys we pass through, and it's a clear contender for one of our favourite walks. We begin by following the Anza torrent towards the lake at Quarazza, then there is a steady climb to Alpe Plana with a backdrop of impressive waterfalls. Eventually, we reach the paved trail which zig zags its way up to the pass, and the entrance to the Alagna valley. Monte Rosa is lost from sight, but the view of the white dome of the Weissmies impressively compensates. From here it's a long descent to our overnight stop at the wonderful Rifugio Pastore.

    Ascent 1450m. Descent 1300m. 7 - 8 hrs.

  • We climb firstly to the Vallon delle Pisse where our route follows the waterfall under the glacier of the Piramide Vincent, one of the smaller peaks of the Monte Rosa Massif. From the old cable car station at Alpe la Balma, a steep and rocky path takes us over the Bocetta delle Pisse, before descending to Alpe Pianlunga. We then head uphill through the Valle d’Olen which takes us over the Col d'Olen and down to our rifugio at the Gabiet lake. If the local bus is running then your guide may take you via the town of Alagna and the incredible lost village of Orto, which has to be one of the most idyllic in the Alps.

    Ascent 1750m. Descent 560m. 7 - 8 hrs.

  • A gorgeous downhill trail through the larch woods to start our day, and then the chance for Italian coffee at Gressoney. After a break we begin the day's climb to the beautiful Saleroforko pass at 2689m. A very efficient zig zag trail climbs the mountain, and before too long we win the col and views to the Val d'Ayas and the towering cliffs on the skyline. The descent is through a boulder field, and then into alpine meadows, before a final up and over to Resy. The refuge is in a stunning location and an evening drink on the terrace is something to be savoured.

    Ascent 1050m. Descent 1300. 6 - 8 hrs.

  • This is one of the highlights of the trek as we begin the day with a wonderful traverse towards the meadows of Alpe Varda and Alpe Mase. Above us lies the glaciated bulk of the Breithorn, as the inevitable climb begins towards the Colle Superieur delle Cimes Blanches (2982m), high above the green waters of the Gran Lago. From the top of the pass we gain our first views of the Matterhorn at 4478m, an unforgettable moment. We then drop down through the glacial moraine before our final climb of the day to the impressive Col de Theodule at 3290m, and our refuge for the night. We spend the evening with 360 degree views of the Alps, and the Matterhorn on the doorstep.

    Ascent 1400m. Descent 150m. 7 - 8 hrs walking.

  • A relatively easy day today as we descend from the refuge down the Theodule Glacier. Views are superb, with the centrepiece again being the Matterhorn, which is joined by the Alphubel, Dom, Obergabelhorn, Zinalrothorn and Weisshorn on both sides of the Mattertal. At Gandegg, we leave the ice and traverse glacial moraine heading down towards the famous alpine town of Zermatt and our village hotel. Free afternoon to relax in Zermatt.

    Descent 1700m. 5 hrs.

  • This morning we leave Zermatt, descending the Mattertal towards the Rhone Valley. It's a day of pleasant strolling through the larch forests and flower meadows along the riverside. After Täsch we reach the village of Randa where we climb steadily through the larch forests on a steep zig zag trail skywards, under the jagged peaks of the Täschorn and the Dom. Eventually, we reach the stunningly situated Europahutte where the guardian Marcel will be waiting to prepare your dinner. The hut is relatively new and is situated in a really prime position for views of the Weisshorn.

    A sunset with a beer and the alpenglow setting on the peaks opposite is to be savoured. Previously, we would have climbed out of Zermatt and taken the Europaweg all the way to the Europahutte, but extensive stonefall in 2015 meant this section of path was temporarily closed. A long suspension bridge has now been put in place to reconnect the trail. If the bridge is open during your trip then it will be an option to take this new route to reach the Europaweg to the hut.

    Ascent 850m. Descent 300m. Distance 10 km. Walking time 6 hrs.

  • Our traverse continues and in many ways is even more impressive, as we cross boulder fields and pass beneath towering cliffs.The views are stunning, but the trail requires your attention with exciting sections of cables and bridges which cling precariously to the mountainside. Ahead, the Riedgletscher blocks our way and we have to descend over steep terrain and through woods to our overnight stop at a village hotel in Grächen. Like Zermatt, Grächen is a 'car free' town and very characterful.

    Ascent 500m. Descent 850m. 6 - 7 hrs.

  • For us, this is one of the most stunning paths in the Alps with a high line and impressive views through terrain that keeps you focused all day long. We begin with a steady climb up to Hannigalp and on to the Hohenwegg path, high above the Saastal. Although we have dropped in height from the previous few days and there is a greener feel to the countryside, there are still some exposed sections to contend with and care needs to be taken. Again, our mountain views have changed. Directly ahead now is the snowy summit of the Weissmies and the rocky Lagginhorn which continue to dominate our view as we complete our trek full circle into Saas Grund. We check into our overnight accommodation in Saas Grund for a final, celebratory meal.

    Ascent 1300m. Descent 1200m. 6 - 7 hrs.

  • The holiday package ends after breakfast.

We always aim to complete the proposed itinerary, however it may be necessary for our guides to adjust the daily itinerary based on the weather conditions, group safety and enjoyment.

Accommodation

We always aim to accommodate our guests in well-situated, clean, characterful, family run accommodation. In many cases we have known the management for years, and it’s like visiting friends. Our suggested accommodation, listed below, is subject to availability at the time of booking. We have given details of our favoured venues and those we intend to use. If unavailable we will book alternative accommodation of a similar standard.

Our trip fees are based on two people sharing a room. If you are travelling on your own your booking will be based on a twin bedroom sharing with someone of the same gender. 

However, on many of our trips single rooms are available on request for a supplementary fee. We recommend booking as early as possible to secure a single room as these are always limited in number. Please contact us for details.

If you are booking as a couple you can expect to be in a twin or double room, normally with en suite facilities in Saas Grund, our meeting point. Other travellers will be accommodated in same gender twin or sometimes in triple rooms, which may be ensuite or with shared bathrooms. Accommodation during the trip will be in high mountain refuges. It's normal in the Alps to share accommodation whilst in the mountains because the refuges where we will be staying usually have dormitory style rooms. Many good friends have been made this way! The refuges themselves tend to be full of character and serve tasty local dishes. They are always situated in stunning locations and the chance to enjoy a beer or glass of wine while watching the sun go down, and the ibex playing on the mountain-side can provide a really special mountain moment. For many of our guests the refuges literally prove to be a high point of the trip. Due to the nature of the accommodation on this trip we cannot offer a single supplement.


  • The Alps are easily reached from other European & Worldwide destinations by road, rail, coach or plane. For suggested travel links please refer to our Booking & Information pages for further details. Geneva is one of the closest international airport which is easily links by train to Saas Grund. Please contact us if you need further advise on your specific travel requirements.

  • Please note that you must have the appropriate insurance for your chosen activity. As we will be travelling in the mountains, you must be covered for helicopter rescue, repatriation and medical costs. For further details, please ensure you have carefully read the Insurance section of our website.

  • These trips will run once a minimum number of 5 clients have booked. We will take a maximum of 10 clients. We advise you not to make your travel arrangements until the trip is guaranteed to run.

  • This trip involves carrying a few basic extra items of clothing and comforts for your overnight stays. Please do not be put off by the fact this trip does not include the daily transfer of luggage, as in reality it is simply a case of spare trousers, top, small wash kit, head torch, sheet sleeping bag and clean socks and underwear! It is a very satisfying experience to complete a trip 'pure' like this, carrying everything you need.

  • Summer mountain weather can vary considerably. It is generally good in the Alps with lovely days, but it can deliver everything from glorious sunshine, to rain, fog, high winds and even snow. Temperatures can reach over 30°Celsius (86°F) in July and August, but can drop to 5°Celsius (41°F) on the high passes, or 'Cols' as they are known in the Alps. Essentially you should be prepared for any eventuality. The average temperatures range from 15-25°Celsius (59-77°F) in the valleys and 5-15°Celsius (41-59°F) on the passes.

  • Due to the specialised nature of our trips, we work with a select number of partners to help ensure your trip reaches its minimum group size to be guaranteed to run. The companies we work with reflect our own ethos and standards in terms of the service we offer to our guests. 


Prices may vary depending on date.

2019

Thu 11 Jul - Sun 21 Jul
Code: TMR1 19
Price: £1565 Book
Thu 08 Aug - Sun 18 Aug
Code: TMR2 19
Price: £1565 Book
Thu 22 Aug - Sun 01 Sep
Code: TMR3 19
Price: £1565 Book
Thu 05 Sep - Sun 15 Sep
Code: TMR4 19
Price: £1565 Book

What's Included

  • Half board accommodation in a 2* hotel or similar in the valleys
  • Half board accommodation in the mountain huts
  • Fees and expenses of a qualified International Mountain Leader
  • Daily picnic lunch 
  • IFMGA Mountain Guide for the glacier crossing down to Zermatt

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Transfers from Geneva (but we can advise on the best options)
  • Snacks and drinks

Our guide was an outstanding Mountain Leader. highly experienced, patient, very knowledgeable, and most all great company and very encouraging for the whole trip. Just loved the hiking. The Tour de Monte Rosa deserves to be better known.

I was surprised that we had hotel accommodation on the trek as I thought it was all going to be in Refuges…. the mix worked really well. All the Refuges were interesting in their own way, and so different in their situations…the Teodulo was in the most stunning situation and was the highlight of the. Fran, our guide, was excellent, competent, instructive, supportive, friendly, good fun and good decision maker. 

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At a Glance

From Price £1565
Holiday Type Walking
Duration 11 Days
Group Size 10
Minimum Age 17
Maximum Altitude 3290m
Countries Visited Italy, Switzerland
Meet In Saas Grund, Switzerland
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