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

Tour de Monte Rosa

Long distance hiking holiday in Switzerland and Italy

The Tour de Monte Rosa 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 some of the highest peaks over 4000m (13,120ft) such as the spectacular Dufourspitze, the iconic Matterhorn, and the jagged Weisshorn. This is the hiking trip for lovers of stunning mountain summits!


  • Hike one of the finest long distance routes in the Alps
  • Views of glaciers, snowy summits and spectacular peaks
  • Quiet and remote trails, away from the crowds
  • Characterful mountain refuges, offering great hospitality
  • Meet the iconic Matterhorn, close up and personal
  • Cross an alpine glacier as we descend to Zermatt
  • Views to many of the famous 4000m (13,120ft) peaks

During this trip we walk right round the Monte Rosa Massif while trekking on ancient paths, through pine forests, meadows and hidden valleys, keeping close to Monte Rosa's impressive cliffs 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 of all great company and very encouraging for the whole trip. Just loved the hiking. The Tour de Monte Rosa deserves to be better known.

- Tania, Italy

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 trek. Fran, our guide, was excellent, competent, instructive, supportive, friendly, good fun and good decision maker. 

- David, England, 2017


  • Your guide will meet your guide, at approximately 1800 hrs, in the town of Saas Grund Switzerland. The guide will brief you on the days ahead and answer any questions you might have about the trip. 

  • We begin our epic alpine journey the easy way! We jump on the Swiss post bus for a short ride up the valley to our departure point at Mattmark lake. The scenery is breath-taking with 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 pass which sits at 2853m (9357ft). Historically the Monte Moro is an important border crossing between the valleys of Saas in Switzerland, and Macugnaga in Italy. There is a golden Madonna statue to welcome us at the frontier, and the chance for our first Italian coffee at the Rifugio Oberto Maroli just below. The pass offers our first spectacular views of the Monte Rosa massif, including the two 4000ers the Weissmies at 4023m (13,195ft) and the Rimpfischhorn which reaches 4198m (13,769ft) a just reward for the effort and a 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 Walser houses and flower strewn balconies.

    Ascent: 750m (2460ft) Descent: 1600m (5248ft) Distance: 15km (9.4 miles) Duration: 6h00-8h00 

  • Our trail today goes over the Colle del Turlo on an incredible paved path created by the Italian army in the 1920's. There is s a 'lost' and remote feeling to the valleys we pass through, and it's a clear contender for one of our favourite walks. We leave Macugnaga by following the Anza torrent towards the lake at Quarazza, passing several old wooden chalets before reaching alpine meadows where cow herds are often to be found grazing. Sometimes there is also a cow-herd spending the day with the herds creating an image of what seems like a by-gone era, yet a tradition that is still practiced today. 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 with military precision. The pass is a jagged rocky notch on the horizon which marks the entrance to the Alagna valley. Monte Rosa is lost from sight, but the view of the impressive white dome of the Weissmies is compensation. From here it's a long descent to our overnight stop at the wonderful Rifugio Pastore.

    Ascent: 1510m (4952ft) Descent: 1300m (4264ft) Distance: 23km (14.4 miles) Duration: 7h00-8h00

  • Leaving behind the lovely Rifugio Pastore we follow a trail through the woods to reach Aqua Bianca by the waterfalls, this is the 'stop' for the shuttle bus which we will take down to the lovely town of Alagna. From here we climb through the forests to the truly idyllic hamlets and farming settlements of the Otro valley. A further ascent into a wild valley takes us to the first pass Passo Foric (2432m) and then onwards to our high point of the day at the Col d'Olen (2881m). In 1636 Col d’Olen was the site of a major battle between Spanish and Piedmontese forces, won by the latter despite their heavy losses. The Col then became important during the 19th century as the starting point for mountaineering expeditions up Monte Rosa. After passing the Col we head down to our rifugio at the Gabiet lake which sits at 2375m (7790ft). 

    If the shuttle bus is not running your leader will take the alternative route from the Rifugio Pastore via the Vallon Delle Pisse and Alpe Pianlunga to the Rifugio Gabiet. In this case we head towards the impressive Pyramid Vincent, one of the smaller peaks of the Monte Rosa Massif, before turning left into the Vallon delle Pisse, an inelegant name for a lovely valley. We may stop for morning coffee at the ancient Rifugio Crespi Calderini, before continuing our route to the Col d'Olen at 2880m (9446ft). 

    Ascent: 1800m (5904ft) Descent: 600m (1962ft) Distance: 14km (8.7 miles) Duration: 8h00 

  • There is a gorgeous downhill trail through the larch woods to start our day, and then the chance for Italian coffee at we pass through the village of Gressoney. After a break we begin the day's climb to the beautiful and wild Saleroforko pass at 2689m (8819ft). 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 from the Saleroforko is through a boulder field, but the trail is well-marked, and then we are on easy ground as we cross the alpine meadows. There is a sting in the tail as we have another short uphill over a broad pass, and then its an easy down through the woods and meadows to the tiny hamlet at Resy. There are some really lovely old stone and wood built traditional buildings here and it does feel like we are perched on the mountainside for the night. We love being here as our rifugio is in a stunning location and an evening drink on the terrace is something to be savoured.

    Ascent: 970m (3181ft) Descent: 1200m (3936ft) Distance: 16km (10 miles) Duration: 7h00-8h00  

  • 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. Our trail goes through the larch forests until eventually the terrain opens out and high above us lies the glaciated bulk of the Breithorn which is a popular 'easy' alpine route climbed from either Zermatt or Cervinia. We then have the inevitable climb towards the Colle Superieur delle Cimes Blanches which sits at 2982m (9780ft), though en route we pass the green waters of the Gran Lago where we can catch our breath before continuing. From the top of the pass we gain our first views of the Matterhorn at 4478m (14,687ft), an unforgettable moment. This iconic mountain is steeped in legend and history and for those who love the mountains it is a breath-taking moment when you first set eyes on it! Once we have taken the obligatory photos we then drop down through the glacial moraine before our final climb of the day to the impressive Col de Theodule at 3316m (10,876ft) or 'Teodulo' if you are giving the Italian name, and our rifugio for the night. Tonight we have 360 degree views of the Alps, and the Matterhorn on the doorstep. There have to be worse ways to spend the evening!

    Ascent: 1550m (5084ft) Descent: 300m (984ft) Distance: 18km (11 miles) Duration: 7h00-8h00

  • A mostly downhill day today as we descend from the rifugio at 3316m (10,876ft) to Zermatt at 1608m (5274ft) via the Theodule Glacier. The Theodole has various spellings depending if you are on the German speaking side of the col or the Italian speaking side in which case it is the Teodulo! If the weather is good then the early morning light offers fantastic photo opportunities of the big 'M'. The 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. 

    As we will be crossing a glacier this morning you will be guided on this section by an IFMGA qualified guide, in other words a 'high mountain' guide who will join your own guide in leading the group. You will require to be roped together for the crossing, but no specialist equipment or skill is required. It's just a case of walking, and wearing regular hiking boots and using trekking poles. The glacier is very easy angled and in reality you are walking down what in winter is a ski piste. 

    At the hut at Gandegg we leave the ice, say goodbye to our high mountain guide, and traverse glacial moraine as we head down towards the famous alpine town of Zermatt and our village hotel. There is the possibility that you may be able to take a cable car down to gain more time in Zermatt and to save your knees. Please note that the cost of the cable car is not included in your trip fee. 

    Ascent: 250m (829ft) Descent: 1800m (5904ft) Distance: 16km (10 miles) Duration: 6h00

  • This morning we leave the bustling town of Zermatt, and head once more for the hills! We begin with a ride on the Sunnegga funicular train which allows us to gain height quickly and helps ease us into what would otherwise be a very challenging day. We leave the lift station and have an easy traverse to the ancient hamlet of Tufteren and the Europaweg trail where we can enjoy some great views of the Matterhorn before we turn our back on the mountain and start our traverse to the Europahutte. By lunchtime we reach the meadows at Taschalp and it is there we continue onto rougher terrain as we head towards the new Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge which is a staggering 500m long and now famed for being the worlds longest pedestrian suspension bridge. Our trail works its way along under the jagged peaks of the Täschorn and the Dom until we eventually reach the stunningly situated Europahutte at 2220m (7281ft) 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. 

    Ascent: 946m (3103ft) Descent: 947m (3106ft) Distance: 21.5km (13.5 miles) Duration: 08h00 

    Note: The ascent given relates to the actual ascent walked, and does not include the ascent by funicular. This section of trail has considerable exposure and the path is narrow at times. If you feel the trail would be unsuitable you can do this section by taking an element of public transport and hiking from the village of Randa up to the Europahutte on a well sign-posted trail. Or you could choose to overnight in Randa and meet up with the group when they descend to the valley the following day. Any variations on our advertised itinerary will be at your own expense.  

  • Today is a challenging, but rewarding day as we leave the Europahutte and begin our journey to  the beautiful mountain town of Grächen. Following the permanent closure of the Europaweg trail between the Europahutte and Grächen in 2019, we now take a route which begins with a rocky path along the famous Europaweg, but then descends down a gully through larch forest to the village of Randa. On this trail we pass through the truly ancient mountain community of Chüebodmen where the wooden farm buildings are perched in a high summer meadow representing a rural tradition which goes back centuries. Once we reach Randa in the Mattertal we pick up the trail along the river and follow it downstream until we reach the village of Herbriggen where we can enjoy a drink before the steep pull up to our destination. This new footpath gives our legs a good work out, but our reward is our arrival in the quintessential Swiss village of Grachen where the traditional chalets are be-decked with geraniums and other colourful flowers. We usually spend quite a lot of time contemplating the impressive flower and vegetable gardens that line the streets! Like Zermatt, Grächen is a 'car free' town and very characterful. 

    Ascent: 915m (3001ft) Descent: 1503m (4929ft) Distance: 22.5km (14 miles) Duration: 9h00

  • Leaving the sleepy village of Grächen we start a day which is really stunning. We climb at first through very pleasant larch forests to a high meadow at Hannigalp, and then begin what is an extremely fine traversing line towards the Saastal. The trail keeps us focused at all times as it is sometimes narrow, and a little concentration is needed, however, nothing that should worry a seasoned hiker. Although we have dropped in height from the previous few days and there is a greener feel to the countryside, there are still rocky sections to contend with. Today our mountain views have changed and directly ahead now is the snowy summit of the Weissmies and the rocky Lagginhorn. These two well-known mountains continue to dominate our view as we walk what is a beautiful trail across the mountainside. There is lots of variety in terms of the terrain, there is often wildlife such as ibex or chamois, and, of course, the alpine wild flowers. Eventually, we complete our trek full circle back to our starting point at Saas Grund. We will check into our overnight accommodation in Saas Grund for a final, celebratory meal and reflect on accomplishing a walk that is one of the finest and most challenging in the Alps. 

    Ascent: 1220m (40001ft) Descent: 1270m (4165ft) Distance: 21km (13 miles) Duration: 8h00-9h00

  • Today is your departure day from Saas Grund. The trip package ends after breakfast. 

It is always our aim to complete the proposed itinerary outlined above, however, it may be necessary for our guides/instructors to adjust the daily itinerary based on the weather conditions, group safety and enjoyment. 


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 while in the valleys or towns. If you are travelling on your own your booking will be based on a twin bedroom sharing with someone of the same gender, what we call a 'twin' means two single beds in one bedroom. If you are booking as a single traveller you will share with someone of the same gender. In many cases a single room is available for a supplementary fee, but these can be in short supply and require early booking. Note that it is very rare to have air conditioning in European mountain areas, and most bedrooms do not have this facility. 

In the more remote and inaccessible sections of the Tour de Monte Rosa the accommodation will be in rifugios (mountain huts) where the accommodation is usually in dormitory rooms. It's normal in the Alps to share accommodation whilst in the mountains and many good friends have been made this way! The rifugios tend to be very characterful and serve tasty local dishes. They are usually 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 rifugios literally prove to be a high point of the trip.

Hotel Adler, Sass Grund


The Hotel Adler is situated near the village of Saas Grund, in the heart of the Saas Valley. This family run hotel is in a quiet location with a view of the Mischabel mountain range. Rooms are en suite with showers and toilet. If you arrive by car there is free parking in front of the hotel. 


Casa Alpina de Filippi, Macugnaga


The Casa Alpina de Filippo is a characterful auberge on the outskirts of Macugnaga. This traditional 'Casa' is a lovely overnight with comfortable accommodation. The bedrooms are cosy and some have a balcony. The bedrooms are en suite with private bathrooms. Breakfast is served buffet style, and dinner is typical Italian dishes. 

Rifugio Pastore, Alagna


At the end of our trail, and just past the botanic garden, you will find the Rifugio Pastore. Set in a high valley with meadows nearby the Pastore is in a lovely situation. The Rifugio Pastore is one of several renovated mountain huts in the heart of the Alta Valsesia Natural Park. It sits below the spectacular south wall of Monte Rosa. 

The rigufio sleeps just over sixty people in heated rooms of 4 or 6 beds and has two dormitories, one sleeps 12 and the other 16. Communal bathrooms are available just 20m (65ft) from the rooms which have toilets, wash basins and hot showers.

Rifugio Gabiet, Gressoney


The Rifugio Gabiet is in a lovely situation beside the lake of the same name. After our descent from Col d'Olen a seat on the terrace with a cold drink is very welcome. The Rifugio is cosy and has recently installed new hot water showers, and toilets. It has a dining room, a bar and a living room which is heated by a fireplace and equipped with a small alpine library.

The rooms here have either two or four beds, and are located on two floors. They are equipped with bunk beds, orthopedic mattresses and eiderdowns. All the rooms have central heating.

Rifugio Ferraro, Resy


Our destination tonight is the Rifugio Ferraro in the tiny hamlet of Resy which sits at 2000m (6560ft), and is one of the old Walser villages which flank the Val d’Ayas. The guardians of this refugio are Fausta and Stelio and they are determined that you will enjoy your stay with them. An evening drink watching the sun go down from Resy is one of the best of mountain experiences.

The cosy Ferraro has 26 beds spread out in eight rooms and a dormitory with showers and toilets.  The catering service will go far beyond your expectations for a mountain refuge. 

Rifugio Teodulo


This is the highest point on the trip and it is quite a spot to spend the night. The famous Rifugio Teodulo is perched at 3316m (10,876ft) amidst glaciers, snowy peaks, and the best of all it is right next to the mighty Matterhorn offering absolutely stunning views of this iconic mountain. The rifugio which has recently been renovated is a fine place to spend the evening. 

It can sleep up to sixty people in bedrooms which range from 2 people to 8 people. The dining room has an extremely fine view right onto the Matterhorn. A new water pump has been stalled which means the hut now has running water which is pumped all the way up the mountain from Zermatt. There are toilets and one shower (not always available).  There are also stoves on each floor to ensure we have some warmth and comfort at this altitude.

Hotel Sarazena, Zermatt

After a number of days of relatively remote walking Zermatt suddenly seems a very big and busy  town. The lack of cars may mean that you will feel  safe to wander the streets - but take care with the numerous horse drawn carriages that are a common sight in the main street of Zermatt.

The Sarazena Hotel is compact and homely feeling. It is in a central position giving you easy access to the many luxury shops and restaurants. You can easily spend an hour by ordering a coffee and an apple strudel at one of the outside cafes and just  ‘people watch’!



The Europahütte is perched high above the Mattertal and offers spectacular views to the mountains beyond. It is a relatively new hut and offers accommodation based on dormitory rooms. There is a lovely dining room with a sun terrace, and there are hot showers and indoor toilets. It is run by Marcel and his Finnish wife Katja and their three daughters Saskia, Kim and Ellie. In the kitchen they are often all involved in preparing our dinner!

Hotel Hannigalp, Grächen


After a long day on the trail it is great to arrive in Grächen and find our lovely accommodation at the Hotel Hannigalp. The hotel has been run by the same family for four generations and they offer a warm welcome. The hotel also has a spa and an indoor swimming pool which is a great way to ease muscles!

  • The Swiss Alps are easily reached from other European and worldwide destinations by road, rail or plane.

    You can book train tickets from any main European city to the town of Visp, and then taking the local post bus to Saas Grund.  We recommend using the Trainline to view schedules and book tickets.  For other options on travelling by public transport please refer to our travel blog.

    If travelling by plane, Geneva, in Switzerland is one of the closest international airports which is easily linked by train to Saas Grund. For train times from Geneva airport to Saas Grund please consult here. This will normally involve taking a train from Geneva, which is very convenient as the train station is within the airport building, getting off at the town of Visp and then taking the local post bus to Saas Grund. The journey from Geneva airport takes approximately 3h30. 

  • When booking a trip we ask you to acquire insurance to cover you for the following:

    Mountain Rescue Insurance

    It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical expenses, injury, illness, death, mountain rescue, cost of repatriation and personal accident risks. Please ensure that your insurance covers you to the maximum altitude given on your trip itinerary. The maximum altitude for any trip can be checked on the 'At A Glance' box on each trip page. Most of our trips have a maximum altitude of 3,000 metres. If you are unsure or are joining a bespoke trip, then please ask us for specific details.

    Trip Cancellation/Curtailment Insurance

    You should also have insurance to cover trip cancellation and curtailment. Please note that your deposit and balance payments are non-refundable, unless it is Tracks and Trails who cancel the trip due to a failure to reach the required minimum numbers. In this case we will offer you a refund or the option of transferring to another trip if one is available. We also advise that you should have insurance which covers baggage loss/equipment damage as Tracks and Trails will not be held responsible for loss/damage to baggage/equipment.

    COVID-19 Insurance

    As well as medical cover, we recommend that you have appropriate travel insurance so that if you fall ill and test positive for COVID-19 prior to (or during) your trip, you will be financially covered for cancelling your trip. You should also consider booking a policy that covers you if you have to cancel or curtail your holiday because you have to self-isolate. If you choose to cancel, cancellation charges will be payable, but if the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim these charges. Please read the clauses below detailing trip cancellation and curtailment.

    Travel Insurance covering COVID-19 is now available from a number of suppliers, Campbell Irvine, Trailfinders and Staysure. Please check their websites for the latest information on what is and isn't covered. It is likely that more companies will offer COVID related cover in the future.

    All of the above insurances are detailed in our Terms and Conditions

    If you are joining a trip in the UK helicopter/mountain rescue insurance is not required as this is a free service.

    For further details, please read the Insurance section on our website.

  • When packing for a trip in the mountains it is important to have appropriate equipment and clothing. This kit list features items we believe are necessary for the weather you might encounter and accommodation you will be staying in. If you have any questions with regards to what to bring, do not hesitate to get in touch with us.


    • Walking boots - comfortable & waterproof, with a good tread. We have no objection to ‘low cut mountain walking shoes’ if they have a stiff sole for rough terrain. Be aware that early season snow can remain on the high passes and boots may be necessary!
    • Walking Poles – optional, but highly recommended
    • Rucksack – 30-35 litres, ideally with a chest and waist strap, try using it loaded before your trip
    • Rucksack liner or cover - to keep the contents of your rucksack dry
    • Water container - 1 to 1.5 litres, or hydration system
    • Short gaiters – useful, but not essential
    • Umbrella - useful for shade on very hot days/rain showers


    • Waterproof jacket - this MUST be waterproof. We can encounter heavy rain in the mountains and you need to be able to stay dry and warm
    • Waterproof over trousers - we consider these vital items for the reason given above. We reserve the right to ask you to purchase waterproof trousers if we deem them necessary, or to ask you to miss a day of the trip if you are not properly equipped for the weather
    • Trousers - comfortable walking trousers allowing free movement
    • Shorts/skort
    • Sun hat
    • Warm hat
    • Gloves x 2 - one thick, one thin
    • Base layer e.g. t-shirt, thermal tops
    • Fleece jacket/shirt
    • Socks - technical walking socks 2/3 pairs
    • Duvet jacket/second warm jacket
    • Thermal leggings - optional


    • Sunscreen
    • Lip salve
    • Sunglasses - eye protection is essential
    • Tissues
    • Antibacterial hand wash - small bottle
    • Supplementary snack bars/chocolate/trail mix
    • Book/Kindle/Music


    • Passport, plus a paper copy
    • Mountain Rescue Insurance - compulsory
    • Travel Insurance
    • Credit Card
    • Cash - Swiss Francs/Euros
    • Waterproof bag for documents

    Personal First Aid

    • Personal medication - if required
    • Antiseptic cream/spray
    • Painkillers/anti-inflammatories
    • Glucose tablets
    • 2 x Rehydration sachets – like Dioralyte
    • A few throat lozenges
    • Blister plasters 
    • Blister tape eg. Strappal
    • Bandaid plasters

    Items for the nights in mountain huts/refuges

    • Sheet sleeping bag 'liner' - lightweight ‘silk or cotton liner’ to be used under the blankets/duvet provided by the huts/refuges
    • Pack towel
    • Ear plugs - optional, but advised
    • Head torch - plus batteries
    • Teabags – optional, tea is expensive, whereas ordering hot water is less so

    Additional Items

    • Slippers for use in huts/refuges
    • Clothing for use at huts/refuges
    • Camera
    • Toiletries; miniature items 
    • Padlock - for luggage being left in storage

    **Supplementary snacks if you follow a gluten free or coeliac diet**

    Leaders are all first aid trained and will carry their own first aid kit

  • On many of our trips there will be an element of 'group kit' which will be shared amongst our guests. As mountain people you will be used to team work and working together to the mutual benefit and safety of the group.

    The 'group kit' will be minimal and usually just a case of sharing a few lightweight 'survival shelters'. For example on a week-long trip you may carry a small shelter for just one day before passing it on to the next person. 

    If you are booking a trip in winter there will be a few additional safety items. These will be distributed in such a way that no one is over burdened. 

    Other group items necessary for safety and comfort will be carried by your guide/instructor.

  • For each of our trips a minimum number of guests is required before we can confirm that your trip will go-ahead. The minimum and maximum number of guests on your trip is displayed in the 'At a Glance' box on the righthand side of the trip page. 

    We strongly advise you do not book travel until we have confirmed your trip is 'guaranteed' to run. If you book travel before we have confirmed it is 'guaranteed' we cannot be held responsible for any financial loss if the trip does not go ahead.

  • When booking a holiday as a solo traveller a twin bedded room comprising of two single beds, is booked as standard. This will be with someone of the same gender unless you request to pay extra for your own room. Single rooms are often limited in supply so if you would like to pay a supplement for a single room we urge you to get in touch as soon as possible.  On this trip singles will not be available when we are staying in Rifugios, but may be possible on the hotel nights. Contact us for details. 

  • Tracks and Trails go to great lengths to work with first class guides and instructors who are passionate about their work. They are all fully qualified, insured, and hold the correct documentation for the countries that they work in.

    Note your guide has complete discretion to make a daily decision on whether or not to take the advertised route based on the weather and the ability of the members of the group. They have our authority to make any route changes they believe are necessary in the interests of safety and enjoyment. 

    Your hiking guide will be a fully qualified and experienced International Mountain Leader. International Mountain Leaders are not only qualified to ensure the safe management of the group, but are also a source of knowledge about the local flora and fauna, and traditions of the area which you are visiting. You can learn more about our guides and instructors on the About Us page.

  • On this particular trip there will not be any luggage support. In other words, when we leave on the morning of the first day, you will carry what you need for the entire trip in your rucksack. In reality this is not much more than what you would carry each day, just a few additional items. This type of trip is usually a very satisfying and rewarding experience allowing you to ‘cast aside’ unrequired material possessions for the duration of the trip. We are happy to discuss this with you if you wish to be reassured with regard to which items you need to carry. 

    Your trip begins and ends at the same hotel and it is possible to leave any unwanted luggage at the hotel for your return.


  • We do not include lunches in your trip fee for various reasons, the most important of which is food waste. In general our guests have particular tastes and requirements for 'trail' or 'hill' food and it is better you purchase your own snacks rather than throw away items from the picnic lunch which we would supply.

    Lunches on our trips are 'picnic' style lunches, in other words you take a packed lunch with sufficient snacks, food and fluid to sustain you throughout the day. Buying snacks and trying local specialities is a great way to inter-act with local people and to practise your language skills.

    If there is the possibility of lunch being taken at a restaurant/farm/cafe beside the trail, your guide/instructor will advise you of this. Each evening you can order a picnic or a sandwich from the hotel, or your guide/instructor will advise you of other options such as a local shop or market. In all cases we would ask you to settle any 'bill' for lunch or drinks the evening before you depart, and not in the morning when there may be a queue.

  • On your itinerary you will find an indication of the amount of ascent and descent you can expect each day. This offers a guideline to how much effort might be expended each day and allows you to decide, based on previous experience, if your fitness and stamina are correct for the trip. 

    We make every attempt to ensure these statistics are as accurate as possible, but ask you to note that the most modern of technology used to record these details can show considerable variations in terms of ascent, descent, and in particular distance. In other words no two people using GPS devices on the same route will have exactly the same details recorded at the end of the day. 

    The statistics given should be used as a 'general' indication of the effort required. 

  • Your leader will carry the correct maps and you are not expected to navigate, but if you would like to have maps of the itinerary the one listed below covers the route: 

    Carte Nationale de la Suisse 5028 T: Monte Rosa Matterhorn 1:50,000

  • It is useful to arrive at your destination with some cash in the local currency, however, on most occasions it is relatively easy to visit a 'cash machine' after arrival and withdraw money on a credit or debit card. Some of our locations are an exception to this in particular Norway, where the accommodation will often have no facilities for withdrawing cash, but they will take a credit card. 

    On many of our trips we will visit remote cafes/farms where it is wonderful to enjoy a drink and a cake, at places such as these they will often only accept payment in the local currency in cash.

  • Food

    We encourage you to experience local tastes and dishes and for this reason many of our accommodation options will be family run with a reputation for traditional food and where the menu reflects the best that the region provides.

    The hotels to there best to accommodate the dietary needs of our guest . If you are vegetarian this is not a problem as the hotel is used to being asked for vegetarian meals. If you have a 'special' diet because of an allergy or intolerance which will make you ill then the accommodation will cater for this as best they can but we would ask that you make it clear on your booking form of any food intolerance so that we can discuss your needs with the hotel at the earliest point possible. When using remote mountain huts the staff are usually able to offer breakfast and dinner which meet with the clients needs.  Packed lunches can be more problematic and so we do suggest that, if you do have a specific dietary requirement, you bring a range of suitable snacks to supplement the lunches.  If you would like to discuss the suitability of a trip for a vegan diet, gluten or lactose intolerance  contact us

    We request that you do not CHANGE your dietary requirements during the trip as we will have pre-ordered your meals.


    The countries we visit all have tap water which is drinkable. If for any reason a particular hotel or mountain hut is having a problem with a remote mountain water supply they will normally post a sign over the tap indicating that you must not drink the water.

    At all times you are welcome to ask your guide/instructor if the water can be drunk. We would ask, for environmental reasons, that you avoid using single-use plastic bottles, and bring a water bottle that can be used repeatedly.

  • A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for the country you are visiting, paying attention to your citizenship. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice.  

    We ask that you carry a paper copy of your passport with you on your trip. We suggest keeping your passport in your rucksack, and a paper copy of your passport in any luggage you might have. If your trip is without luggage transfers then keep a paper copy somewhere in your rucksack, separate from your original document. 

  • We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

    Plug, Socket & Voltage by Country

    Note that if your trip involves staying in a mountain refuge/rifugio/hut that electric sockets may be in short supply and for that night you may not be able to charge any items. Although the accommodation will have electricity this will often be supplied by solar panels or a generator and limited to use by the staff. For this reason we advise that carrying a small slimline and lightweight 'battery pack' can be very useful for recharging phones which many of you will also use as your camera. 

  • Before booking consider whether you expect to be in the appropriate physical condition on the date of your  departure to allow you to fully participate in and enjoy your holiday. If you have any doubts because of an illness or injury it would be advisable to check with your doctor.

    For UK residents travelling to an EU country you should obtain and bring with you a free Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment in certain European countries, but is not a substitute for medical travel insurance.

    If you have a UK European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) it will be valid until the expiry date on the card. Once it expires, you’ll need to apply for a GHIC to replace it. The UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) lets you get state healthcare in Europe at a reduced cost or sometimes for free. Please check this before departing. We advise that you always carry your insurance documents with details of the Emergency Medical telephone number for your insurance provider, and your policy number. 

  • We feel strongly about protecting the environment and do not encourage the use of single-use plastic items. We would ask that you arrive with a ‘water bottle’ or ‘hydration system’ that can be used repeatedly. We would point out that we operate a ‘zero tolerance’ for rubbish, and would ask you to remove all your rubbish items from the mountain even those you consider to be bio-degradable. In particular we ask that you remove any toilet tissue.

    You can read our full policy here.

  • Working across international boundaries, and with various currencies means that the price of our trips can change overnight. We have, however, undertaken to guarantee that once you have paid your deposit the price of your trip is fixed. In this respect we urge you to book early to ensure that you receive the price advertised on our website. The website price may increase due to currency fluctuations, but we guarantee that the price advertised on the date of your booking will be maintained in your individual case. 

What's Included

  • Five nights half board; breakfast & dinner, in a 2* hotel or similar based on two people sharing a room
  • Five nights half board; breakfast & dinner, in mountain huts, based on dormitory rooms
  • Fees and expenses of a fully qualified International Mountain Leader
  • IFMGA Mountain Guide for the glacier crossing down to Zermatt
  • Transport and cable cars which are part of your itinerary such as the Sunnegga funicular train on Day 8 and the shuttle bus to Alagna on Day 4

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Lunches
  • Insurance
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Transfers to the meeting and departure points
  • Cable cars, if you choose to shorten your day
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At a Glance

From Price £2275
Holiday Type Low Impact
Duration 11 Days
Group Size 5-10
Minimum Age 18
Maximum Altitude 3316m (10,876ft)
Countries Visited Italy, Switzerland
Meet In Saas Grund, Switzerland
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