Monte Rosa Spaghetti Tour

7 Days

Price from: £1499.00

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Summer Activity

Trekking around Switzerland's highest peak ...

A wilderness mountain environment that offers a demanding challenge for the experienced trekker on one of the finest long distance treks in Europe.

  • Monte Rosa Spaghetti Tour image
  • Highlights
  • Fantastic vistas
  • Highest cable car in Alps
  • Big glaciers - Grenzgletscher
  • Stay in highest Alps hut: 4500m
  • 12 peaks over 4000m
This trip offers a high alpine hut to hut traverse. It takes us around the biggest massif in Western Europe, consisting of up to 12 summits over 4000m including the Dufourspitze (4636m) - Europe's second highest peak. It is a truly spectacular long distance trek that is very challenging and provides memorable scenery as you make your way at high altitude through Italy and Switzerland.

Although Monte Rosa just falls short of the height of Mont Blanc, the ridges and peaks of the Monte Rosa massif are on average far higher than those of its rival to the west. In addition, many consider these the finest mountains and valleys in the whole Alpine range. This trip will take you to high alpine regions in Italy and Swizerland, that have been cut off to an extent from life on the plains below, and have maintained their traditions and cultures.

The Monte Rosa Spaghetti Tour provides a great variety of terrain, ranging from wide well made forest tracks, to narrow single-track footpaths, scree slopes and glaciers, and you will need to have a high level of fitness, good sense of balance and the ability to walk on rough terrain. This is a fairly non-technical excursion apart from some glaciated sections. There are also some steep sections up to 40 degree on snow, which can be technical on black ice.


Day 1

Geneva - Zermatt - Gandegg Hütte
You arrive in Zermatt and take the cable car up to "Trockener Steeg". From there it is an easy 20 minute walk up to the Gandegg Hütte, 3000m. (without mountain guide).

Day 2

Gandegg Hütte - Klein Matterhorn - Breithorn - Rifugio Guide d'Ayas
Walking time: 6 hours / Ascent: 400m / Descent: 700m
In the morning you walk down to "Trockener Steeg" again and meet your mountain guide for the tour. We continue by cable car to the Klein Matterhorn. After roping up, we ascend the Breithorn, 4165m, the first 4000m peak. From the summit we descend to the Rif Ayas, 3500m.

Day 3

Rifugio Ayas - Castor - Rifugio Sella
Walking time: 5 hours / Ascent: 700m / Descent: 700m
A relativly short day leads us from the Rifugio Ayas over a glacier up to the Castor, 4221m. If we are in good shape we can also climb the Pollux, 4065m, on the way. Descending to Rifugio Sella, 3500m.

Day 4

Rifugio Sella - Naso - Rifugio Gniffeti
Walking time: 6 hours / Ascent: 700m / Descent: 600m
An other day of glacier travelling. Over the "Naso del Lyskamm", 4200m, we are heading to Rifugio Gniffeti at 3600m. On the way we pass by the Balmenhorn, 4194m, and Vincent Pyramide, 4215m, which can be ascended if desired.

Day 5

Rifugio Gniffeti - Corno Nero - Ludwigshöhe - Parrotspitze - Cap Margharita
Walking time: 8 hours / Ascent: 1400m / Descent: 300m
Today we are standing on another four 4000m peaks of the Monte Rosa. Corno Nero, 4321m, Ludwigshöhe, 4342m, Parrotspitze, 4435m, and Signalkuppe at 4559m with the Rifugio Margherita on top. We stay the night up here and enjoy the view over the Swiss Alps to Mont Blanc and Milan.

Day 6

Cap Margharita - Monte Rosa Hütte - Gornergrat Railway - Zermatt
Walking time: 9 hours / Ascent: 300m / Descent: 1900m
After a good night's sleep we walk up to the Zumsteinspitze, 4563m, before we descend the Grenzgletscher to the Monte Rosa Hütte and Gornergrat Railway. Alternatively we can climb the Dufourspitze, 4636m, with 2 guests and descend via the "Silversaddle" to the Monte Rosa Hütte and Zermatt.

Day 7

Departure for UK


  • Since we are travelling in high alpine regions, the programme can be affected by weather conditions on the mountain and by individual client ability. There will be no refund for extra expenses incurred if there are delays to the programme above. This itinerary is intended only as a guideline.

Dates and Prices Info

This trip is structured as a small group excursion and price is based on 3 persons. Alternatively, for 2 persons the price will be £1899.00 per person. Please note that bookings must be made at least 4 weeks prior to the scheduled departure so that we can make bookings in the relevant mountain huts.

What's Included?

  • Full event planning and client liaison
  • Experienced International UIAGM Mountain Leader
  • Mountain guides expenses
  • 5 night's half board mountain hut accommodation - breakfast & dinner
  • First Aid and rescue equipment
  • Discount outdoor clothing voucher for Cotswold Outdoor and Montane

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Airport transfers from/to Geneva to Zermatt
  • 1 night hotel accommodation in Zermatt
  • Additional hut fee (for non Alpine Club members, approx 10 euros per night)
  • Cable car (Klein Matterhorn, Gornergrat Railway)
  • Mountaineering equipment (harness, ice axe, crampons etc.)
  • Personal expenses
  • Lunches and drinks
  • Travel insurance


Train Information - Click here to access an online train timetable
Geneva to Zermatt (4 hours)
Zurich to Zermatt (3.5 hours)

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Grade: Demanding

Suitable for...

Experienced trekkers with a good level of fitness who have the ability to walk on strenuous terrain for long days. Must have some experience of walking with crampons and some basic alpine knowledge.

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