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What’s included

  • Qualified UIAGM mountain guide
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK (flight inclusive option).
  • A single, timed group transfer to/from Geneva airport.
  • Hotel accommodation in Saas Grund at Schönblick on a half board basis
  • Accommodation in mountain huts on days specified in the itinerary with breakfast and evening meals included
  • Hire of equipment (climbing harness, crampons, helmet, prussic loops and karabiners)
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag

Monte Rosa Ascent 4,634m/15,203ft

Trekking Peak

Italy, Switzerland, Swiss Alps | Trekking Peak

New for 2020
Monte Rosa Ascent 4,634m/15,203ft
Expedition Grade

Suitable for those with strenuous trekking experience in high mountain environments.

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Grade: Expedition Grade ? Expedition Grade
Duration:  9 days from the UK

Flight inclusive from £2,335,
Land only from £2,195

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An exhilarating mountaineering week in the scenic Swiss Alps culminating in a summit attempt on Monte Rosa’s Dufourspitze.

Highlights

  • Led by Kevin O’Neale - a highly experienced and qualified IFMGA guide
  • Two 4,000m acclimatisation peaks plus the Dufourspitze Summit on Monte Rosa
  • Two nights in the Monte Rosa Hut to give the best opportunity of reaching the summit
  • Alpine skills training, including use of ice axe and crampons
  • Hire of crampons, ice axes, harnesses and other technical kit included
  • Comfortable hotel accommodation on the nights in Saas Grund

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Monte Rosa, ‘the pink mountain’, is actually a series of 4,000m summits which together make up the Monte Rosa Massif on the Swiss-Italian border. The Dufourspitze at 4,634m/15,203ft stands above the other summits making it the tallest mountain in Switzerland, western Europe’s second highest peak, and an excellent mountaineering challenge.

Our alpine base is the tranquil valley of Saas Grund, where we stay in a mixture of hotels and mountain huts. An alpine skills day ensures familiarity with glacier travel before climbs to the summits of two spectacular mountains of over 4000m/13,000ft – the Weissmies, and the Alphubel or Allalinhorn. All three are satisfying mountaineering objectives which will greatly assist with our acclimatisation before we trek up to the contemporary Monte Rosa hut, a superb three hour walk over the Gornergletscher.

With all the excitement of an alpine start, we begin our ascent by torchlight through impressive glacial scenery and up along the rocky west ridge which leads to the pinnacle. Finally, standing on the summit of Dufourspitze we can enjoy the breathtaking views with 4,000m peaks in every direction. Although this ascent is not in itself difficult, it does requires physical endurance and good acclimatisation, and this holiday has been carefully designed to maximise the chances of summit success.


At a glance

Grade: Expedition Grade
Expedition Grade

Duration:  9 days from the UK

Max. Altitude: 4,624m/15,203ft, Dufourspitze Summit, Day 7

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 2 clients

Maximum group size: 8

Land only joining city: Geneva

Accommodation types: Hotels, Mountain Hut

Itinerary overview
Day Activity
1
Arrive Geneva. Group transfer to Saas Grund. Introductory briefing.
2
Ecole du Glace refresher skills training at Hohsaas on the Trift Glacier.
3
Ascent of Weissmies, 4,017m/13,179ft, to aid acclimatisation.
4-5
Depending on weather conditions transfer to either the Langflue Hut or the Britannia Hut. Ascend the Alphubel, 4,206m/13,799ft, from Tasch Hut, or the Allalinhorn, 4,027m/13,123ft, from the Britannia Hut.
6
Drive to Tasch. Take a shuttle train up to Zermatt, then the Gornergrat Train to Rotenboden. Walk to the Monte Rosa Hut.
7
Early start for the ascent of Monte Rosa Dufourspitze, 4,634m/15,203ft. Descend to the Monte Rosa Hut again for the night.
8
Descend to the valley via the Gornergrat Railway, then return to Saas Grund.
9
Group transfer to Geneva Airport by Zurbriggen Taxi.
Leader: Kevin O’Neale
Kevin O’Neale

Kevin O'Neale qualified as a British Mountain Guide in 1992. It is the highest internationally recognised qualification for instruction and guiding in rock and ice climbing, mountaineering and off-piste skiing and ski touring - the coveted IFMGA carnet. It is recognised throughout the mountain world as your guarantee of their professional training and competence in all aspects of mountaineering and client care. Kevin also possesses the Mountaineering Instructors Certificate – M.I.C – the highest UK qualification in Mountaineering. He has been an instructor and mountain guide in the UK since 1978, having worked in North Wales, the Lake District, the Swiss and French Alps, as well as the Highlands of Scotland, and the Indian and Nepal Himalaya since then. He has based himself in Saas Grund and the Swiss Alps from 1994 to the present.


Monte Rosa Ascent 4,634m/15,203ft Itinerary


2020

Dates Availability Land Only Flight Inclusive from
Sat 20 Jun - Sun 28 Jun 2020 Available£2195 Book£2335 Book
Sat 25 Jul - Sun 2 Aug 2020 Available£2195 Book£2385 Book

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What’s included

  • Qualified UIAGM mountain guide
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK (flight inclusive option).
  • A single, timed group transfer to/from Geneva airport.
  • Hotel accommodation in Saas Grund at Schönblick on a half board basis
  • Accommodation in mountain huts on days specified in the itinerary with breakfast and evening meals included
  • Hire of equipment (climbing harness, crampons, helmet, prussic loops and karabiners)
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag

What’s not included

  • Lift passes/tramway although lift passes in the Saas Grund Valley are free
  • Lunches
  • Travel insurance


Extend your holiday

There are many ways you can extend your holiday with Mountain Kingdoms: book extra hotel nights, relax at a beautiful beach resort, take a warm-up trek, arrange a personal sightseeing tour or enjoy specialist activities such as rafting, birdwatching or a safari.

We're happy to suggest ideas, provide quotes and make all the arrangements. We can also assist with flight and hotel upgrades. Just call us on +44 (0)1453 844400 or email info@mountainkingdoms.com and we will be pleased to help.

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