Monte Rosa 4000ers

At the head of the Zermatt valley a huge wall of 4000m peaks, the Monte Rosa Chain, extends from the Breithorn all the way across to the multiple summits of Monte Rosa.

Level 2 Guiding & Coaching

5 days, 6 nights

Ratio: 3:1

Prerequisites: Summits & Skills 4000m (Instructional Course) Or equivalent

Price: £1595*

* Fully inclusive price

 Course Dates

This high-level traverse of these peaks is one of the great expeditions of the Alps. During the week you will link together four high mountain huts by traversing huge glaciers and climbing many 4000m peaks that create this classic high mountain adventure.

Course Highlights

  • High 4000m hut to hut journey
  • Summiting multiple 4000m peaks
  • Glaciated snowy summits & incredible views
  • Expert guiding from professional & experienced ISM Guides
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This course is fantastic if you have already completed our Summits & Skills 4000m course and wish to develop your skills and gain more experience before attending our Classic AlpinISM course. It is also suitable as a stand alone week where you will enjoy the high mountains as part of an amazing hut to hut journey and climbing a number of 4000m peaks along the way!

You will spend the whole week at altitude, often with one foot in Switzerland and the other in Italy, with a new, breath-taking view every day.

Is This Course For Me?

The Monte Rosa traverse is a high mountain hut to hut expedition talking in many 4000m peaks.

You should have completed the ISM Summits & Skills 4000m course or equivelant before attending this course. Technically the snowy and glaciated terrain is not difficult, but a basic knowledge and competenmce using crampons and an ice axe is essential.

As you immediately go to altitude and stay in a hut, we expect you to be acclimatised before joining this course. ISM can help you plan your acclimatisation days prior to you attending the course - please contact the ISM office for help with this.

Course Content

Peaks that can be climbed on this course

  • Castor (4228m)
  • Balmenhorn (4194m)
  • Schwarzhorn (4321m)
  • Pyramide Vincent (4215m)
  • Ludwigshöhe (4321m)
  • Parrot Spitz (4432m)
  • Signalkuppe (4554m)
  • Zumsteinspitz (4563m)
  • Naso del Liskam (4274m

Please note that we do not attempt the Dufourspitze on this traverse.

Sample Programme

Sunday - The course begins with a briefing at 6.45pm at The Grand Chalet Hotel in Leysin. Here you will meet your ISM Guide and other team members. We will discuss the week ahead and answer an questions you may have before sorting equipment for the week ahead. Dinner follows the briefing.

Monday - Leysin to Refugio Quintino Sella
After breakfast we will drive into Italy, and head to the Gressoney area in the Aosta Region on the south side of Monte Rosa. From Gressoney, and then the small hamlet of Staffal, we take the chair lift up to the Colle Bettaforca and walk into the Refugio Quintino Sella (3585m).

Tuesday - Castor (4220m)
After an early start we head up the glacier to climb the Castor. This is a full day of alpine mountaineering taking in this beautiful summits via glacier, snow slopes and snow ridges. The summit offers stunning views down into Zermatt and 360 degree views of all the surrounding 4000m summits including the Matterhorn, Dom and Dufourspitze. The route on this high mountain summit is very much weather and conditions dependent and will feel very adventurous even on good weather days, but with our experience and local knowledge we will do our best to climb what we can and also deliver skills as appropriate or when time permits.

Wednesday - Refugio Quintino Sella to Gnifetti Hut
Another early start see us cramponing back up onto the 'Ghiacciaio del Lis' and making a fairly long traverse underneath Lyskamm (4272m) to a steep and exposed section of the traverse, known as the ‘Passo del Naso’. Once across this, we can take in the summit of Naso then the going is easier until we ascend again on straightforward snow slopes to climb the Balmenhorn (4194m). Now we can make the short but steep snow/ice ascent to the summit of the Schwarzhorn (4321m) and also bag the Pyramide Vincent (4215m) before descending the glacier to the Gnifetti hut.

Thursday - Gnifetti Hut to Margherita Hut
After breakfast, we head back up onto the main ridge keeping below the Pyramide Vincent and traverse over the snow summit of Ludwigshöhe (4341m). A short descent leads to a col and a pronounced snowy ridge that continues to the Parrot Spitz (4432m). We traverse over this and make a short descent to another col. A steeper snow/ice ridge leads up to the Signalkuppe (4554m) and the Margherita Hut. The Margherita Hut, located on the summit of Punta Gnifetti is the highest guarded hut in the Alps. It is a stunning place to be, in terms of altitude, views and the feeling of remoteness right up there!

Friday - Margherita Hut to Leysin
Our last day sees us take in our final 4000m peak before we descend back into the Aosta valley. The Zumsteinspitz (4563m) is close to the Margherita Hut and makes a fantastic finish to this great high mountain adventure. From the summit we descend the glaciers and hiking trails back to a lift at Punta Irdren, which will take us back down to our vehicle at Staffal. Here we have a late lunch and then travel back to The Grand Chalet in Leysin where, after a much-needed shower, you will have a well-deserved dinner and perhaps a drink!

Saturday morning
Breakfast at the hotel is included before departure.

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Course Dates

Week Start Finish Price  
26 21 Jun 2020 27 Jun 2020 £1595
28 5 Jul 2020 11 Jul 2020 £1595
30 19 Jul 2020 25 Jul 2020 £1595
32 2 Aug 2020 8 Aug 2020 £1595
34 16 Aug 2020 22 Aug 2020 £1595
36 30 Aug 2020 5 Sep 2020 £1595
38 13 Sep 2020 19 Sep 2020 £1595