Tour de Monte Rosa
One of the finest and most challenging long distance walks in the Alps is to make a circuit of Monte Rosa. Lying in the Pennine Alps bordering Switzerland and Italy, the Monte Rosa massif is made up of seven summits over 4000 metres high, including the Dufourspitze, the highest peak in Switzerland. Travelling on ancient paths, through pine forests, meadows and hidden valleys, we keep as close as possible to the snow capped mountains with views to the Matterhorn, the Weisshorn and the Dom. A truly stunning trip which includes a night in the world famous alpine town of Zermatt.
- 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
|Trip||Departure date||End date||Price||Status|
|TMR1 17||Thu 13 July 17||Sun 23 July 17||£1295||Places available | Make a Booking|
|TMR2 17||Thu 10 August 17||Sun 20 August 17||£1295||Trip Guaranteed | Make a Booking|
|TMR3 17||Thu 24 August 17||Sun 3 September 17||£1295||Trip Guaranteed | Make a Booking|
|TMR4 17||Sun 3 September 17||Wed 13 September 17||£1295||Places available | Make a Booking|
We always aim to complete the itinerary as outlined below, however, the following itinerary will be followed only when conditions and weather make it appropriate, both in terms of safety and enjoyment. Your guide will make a decision on your route based on those conditions.
Day 1 Meet in Saas Grund, Switzerland
Tonight we all meet in Saas Grund when your guide will brief you on the trip ahead.
Day 2 Monte Moro Pass to Macugnaga
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, which make the climb well worth and truly worth the effort. The cameras will be busy! 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.
Day 3 Macugnaga to the Rifugio Pastore
Today offers a brilliant route over the Colle del Turlo on an incredible paved path created by the Italian army in the 1920's. The valleys we pass through feel really remote and it really is 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 valley of Alagna. Monte Rosa is lost from sight, but the white dome of the Weissmies takes up the view. From here it's a long descent to our overnight stop at the wonderful Rifugio Pastore. Ascent 1450m. Descent 1300m. 7 - 8 hrs.
Day 4 Alagna over Col d'Olen
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 lake at Gabiet. Ascent 1600m. Descent 860m. 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.
Day 5 Saleroforko to Resy
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.
Day 6 Resy to the Matterhorn!
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 - 8hours walking.
Day 7 Glacier crossing to Zermatt
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.
Day 8 Europaweg to the Europahutte
This morning we leave Zermatt heading down the Mattertal towards the Rhone Valley. It's a day of pleasant strolling through the larch forests and the flower meadows as we meander along the riverside. After Tasch we reach the village of Randa and there we begin to work in earnest as we climb steadily through the larch forests on a steep zig zag trail taking us ever higher, under the jagged peaks of the Taschorn 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 stone fall last summer has closed this section. If it opens during your trip then we will be taking the Europaweg to the hut. Ascent 850m. Descent 300m. Distance 10 km. Waling time 6 hrs.
Day 9 Europahutte to Grachen
Our traverse continues and is, if anything, 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 Grachen. Like Zermatt, Grachen is a 'car free' town and very characterful. Ascent 500m. Descent 850m. 6 - 7 hrs.
Day 10 Grachen to Saas Grund
This in our minds 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.
Day 11 Departure Day
The holiday package ends after breakfast.
Included: half board accommodation in a 2* hotel, or similar, whilst in the valleys, half board accommodation in the mountain huts, the guide's fees, expenses and trip organisation. A picnic lunch will be provided each day on the trek. You will have a qualified International Mountain Leader to guide your trip. It also includes the services of an IFGMA Mountain Guide for the glacier crossing down to Zermatt.
Not included: flights, insurance and transfers from Geneva (but we can advise on the best options), snacks and drinks.
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. T
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.
In mountainous terrain the weather can vary considerably. Temperatures can reach over 30°c in the height of the summer (July/August), but can be as low as 5°c on the passes. It is often sunny with good clear days, but it can rain and snow (even in July or August) so you should be prepared for any eventuality. The average temperatures range from 15-25°c in the valleys and 5-15°c on the passes.
Please note that you must have the appropriate insurance for your chosen activity. You must be covered for helicopter rescue, repatriation and medical costs. With regard to this please be sure you have read the Insurance section in our Terms and Conditions.
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.
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.
As our niche trips such as the Tour de Monte Rose are of a specialised nature we work with our partner companies to attract sufficient clients to reach the minimum number of participants to allow these trips to go ahead, meaning you are more likely to have your chosen holiday 'guaranteed'. Tracks and Trails in these instances may, in collaborating with our associates, make use of their guiding services. If you have any queries with regard to this please contact us.
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