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What’s included

  • Qualified UIAGM mountain guide(s)
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK (flight inclusive option).
  • Single, timed group airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • Transfer from Saas Grund post bus stop to the hotel
  • Transfer Saas Grund-Zermatt-Saas Grund
  • 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, ice axe, helmet, prussic loops and karabiners)
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag
  • The option of joining one of our pre-trip meets in the Cotswolds.

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  
Walks on: 6 daysAlpine skills on: 1 day

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

Reviews          

This is a fantastic trip with time spent refreshing skills on the Trift Glacier and an ascent of two 4,000m mountains which are superb climbing objectives in their own right. The Saas Grund Valley is the perfect place to acclimatise for Monte Rosa as both the routes and the huts are quieter than around Chamonix/Mont Blanc area and therefore you have a much more relaxing and enjoyable experience....
Niki Morgan, Operations Manager, Mountain Kingdoms

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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  
Walks on: 6 daysAlpine skills on: 1 day

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 Huts

Meal arrangements: Breakfast and dinner included, lunches at own expense.

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

  1. Day 1 - Fly London to Geneva - Monte Rosa Ascent

    On arrival at Geneva airport there will be a single group transfer to your hotel. This is timed to fit the group flight, please check with us for further information.

    At around 7.30 in the evening there will be an introductory meeting and kit check, at which you will be issued any technical gear you need - crampons, ice-axe, helmet or harness. We will make sure that your Alpine Mountaineering Insurance is in order and discuss the itinerary for the next few days in the light of the most recent weather forecast.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Schönblick Hotel, Saas Grund
  2. Day 2 - ‘Ecole de glace’ refresher skills training at Hohsaas.

    At approximately 9:00am you will be met by the guides and, after a final check of gear, make your way to the main Saas Grund lift station at 1,550m, for the lift up to Hohsaas at 3,130m/10,264ft. Here you gear up and walk out onto the Trift Glacier for a session of what the French call 'Ecole de Glace' - refreshing or learning skills in the use of crampons and ice-axe, movement on snow & ice whilst roped, assessing for crevasse areas & coping with crossing crevasse zones, some simple crevasse rescue. All the while you will be gaining useful acclimatisation at about 3,400m/11,500ft. At the end of the day you descend and return to the hotel in Saas Grund.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Schönblick Hotel, Saas Grund
  3. Day 3 - Start two-day Traverse of the Weissmies, 4,017m/13,179ft.
    monta rosa ascent weissmies summit ko.

    Today is the first day of a two day expedition, the Traverse of the Weissmies with the summit at 4,017m as your ultimate objective. This is a classic alpine experience combining alpine scenery with rocky ridges, open snow fields and magnificent panoramic views.

    You will leave the hotel at 9:00am, first taking the bus to Saas Almagell and then a chairlift up to Furgstalden before a 3½ hour walk up to the fine Almageller hut at 2,900m. After lunch at the hut the afternoon is spent either on a multi-pitch rock climb on the Dri Horlini close to the hut, or on more ropework. Enjoy the convivial mountain hut atmosphere in the evening, and soak up the superb Saas mountain views as the sun goes down, with the Monte Rosa massif ten miles to the west.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Almageller Hut
  4. Day 4 - Ascent of the Weissmies, 4,017m/13,179ft - approximately 7 hours, 1,100m of ascent/800m descent.

    After an early 4:00am breakfast you start your ascent of the Weissmies 4,017m by its South Ridge; pleasant scrambling is followed by a spectacular snow arete to the summit. The views from the top are tremendous, with other 4,000m peaks to the north, south and west; whilst looking east, on a clear day, you can see for miles out across the Italian plains. Depending on conditions, your descent should take around a couple of hours, descending to either the Almageller hut, or traversing down the northwest flank of the Weissmies to the Hohsaas lift station.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Schönblick Hotel, Saas Grund
  5. Day 5 - Ascent of the Allalinhorn, 4,027m/13,212ft - 4 hours, 500m ascent and descent.

    This morning you take a short bus ride up to Saas Fee, and then up to the Mittelallalin at 3,500m using the big Saas Fee lift system. From the lift it should take around two to three hours to the summit which straddles the Saas and Matter valleys on the Mischabel ridge. Soak up the 360° panoramic views as you stand beneath the cross on the summit; the mountains spread before you include mighty Monte Rosa, your next objective. You return back down the same way descending to the valley bottom and to your hotel in Saas Grund.

    This second ascent to over 4,000m builds confidence and gives great acclimatisation, which can make a big difference to the enjoyment of the ascent of your primary objective, Monte Rosa. At the same time it allows the guides to ensure that your technical skill level is at a good enough level to cope with the demands of Monte Rosa.

    This evening there will be a final check of gear before the trip in the morning to Zermatt and the Monte Rosa hut. There will also be an opportunity to go over the route on the map, get an update on the latest weather and conditions on the mountain, and if necessary discuss alternatives if the weather or conditions preclude an attempt on Monte Rosa.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Schönblick Hotel, Saas Grund
  6. Day 6 - Drive to Tasch and continue to Zermatt. - 50 minutes driving. Walk to Monte Rosa hut 2,883m/9,459ft - 4 hours, 400m ascent.

    You meet your guide at the Schoenblick Hotel at 9:00am and then drive initially to Tasch, and then on to Zermatt stopping in town for lunch, to pick up any last minute items such as headtorch batteries and water, and to make a last check of the Meteo weather forecast. From Zermatt you take the Gornergrat rack-railway up to Rotenboden for the 3½ hour walk to the Monte Rosa hut, first along a trail and then over the Gorner Glacier. Standing at 2,883m the striking aluminum and glass Monte Rosa hut is a contemporary eco-building designed by architects from Lucerne University in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. There are great views out over the Gorner Glacier, which is the third longest in the Western Alps.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Monte Rosa Hut
  7. Day 7 - Climb to Monte Rosa summit by the Normal Route. Descend to Monte Rosa Hut - 10 hours, 1,700m ascent and descent.
    monte rosa ascent summit of monte rosa.

    After a good rest and a few hours' sleep at the Monte Rosa hut you eat breakfast at the very early hour of 2am, trying your best to drink some tea or coffee and eat what is provided - usually bread and jam. Not easy, but important over the next few hours. With headtorch strapped to your helmet you set out into the dark. The ascent to the Dufourspitze summit is mostly on snow up the Monte Rosa glacier. You ascend through some impressive glacier scenery, with a final rocky west ridge to the summit requiring straightforward scrambling in a stupendous position. Although the ascent itself is not difficult, taking around six hours to the summit, it requires physical endurance and good acclimatisation.

    Emotions of relief and exhilaration will run high as you finally stand on the summit. By this time dawn has broken and the valley now looks small from the second highest point in western Europe. You spend some time taking photos before starting the long descent back along the same route, reaching the Monte Rosa hut usually by early afternoon. Here you spend the night enjoying a well-earned rest in the afternoon before the evening meal, retiring to your bunk usually by 9:00pm, or earlier for most.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Monte Rosa Hut
  8. Day 8 - Reserve day for Monte Rosa summit attempt, or drive back to Saas Grund.

    Today offers you another chance at the summit if weather conditions were not conducive to an attempt yesterday, but are clear today. If Monte Rosa was climbed yesterday, after a 7am breakfast at the hut you return to the Rotenboden rack-railway, passing eager mountaineers on their way up as you were only yesterday, although it probably seems like days ago! Having descended to Zermatt you then transfer back by shuttle train to Tasch and then by car to Saas Grund. The afternoon is free for you to relax, then in the evening it is time for a final celebration dinner and a toast to the mountain Gods.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Schönblick Hotel, Saas Grund
  9. Day 9 - Transfer to Geneva. Fly to London.

    There will be a single timed minibus transfer from Saas Grund to Geneva airport - check with our office for further details.


2020

Dates Availability Land Only Flight Inclusive from
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What’s included

  • Qualified UIAGM mountain guide(s)
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK (flight inclusive option).
  • Single, timed group airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • Transfer from Saas Grund post bus stop to the hotel
  • Transfer Saas Grund-Zermatt-Saas Grund
  • 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, ice axe, helmet, prussic loops and karabiners)
  • A free high-quality Mountain Kingdoms kit bag
  • The option of joining one of our pre-trip meets in the Cotswolds.

What’s not included

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


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Reviews

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Overall score:           (Based on 1 reviews)

A fantastic trip          

This is a fantastic trip with time spent refreshing skills on the Trift Glacier, an ascent of two 4000m mountains which are superb climbing objectives in their own right. The Saas Grund Valley is the perfect place to acclimatise for Monte Rosa as both the routes and the huts are quieter than around Chamonix/Mont Blanc area and therefore you have a much more relaxing and enjoyable experience. The Monte Rosa hut is a new building (2009) and provides great food and accommodation. Monte Rosa is a wonderful mountain to climb, with great views, not too technically challenging but extremely rewarding. Kevin O'Neale is a highly experienced IFMGA guide with many years of alpine guiding under his belt, so you are in a very safe pair of hands


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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