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Ascent to Europe's highest refuge on Mount Rosa
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Ascent to Europe's highest refuge on Mount Rosa

2 days



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  • Reach the highest refuge in Europe for an unforgettable experience with a certified mountain guide.
  • A two-day adventure with an overnight stay in a mountain hut, to discover the true heart of the Monte Rosa area.
  • Admire the most beautiful Alpine panoramas in the world and experience the thrills of an activity that leaves its mark.

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The ascent to the Capanna Margherita refuge is a must for all mountaineering and high mountain lovers. It is the highest refuge in Europe, located on Punta Gnifetti at an altitude of 4,554 metres. If you have not yet ventured into the venture, this is your chance!

Framing the ascent will be the entire Monte Rosa area, with its towering peaks and breathtaking views. The eye will get lost among the immaculate mountains and the blue sky, and it will be atruly unforgettable experience.

The activity takes place over two days, you will stay overnight in a mountain hut and you will always be accompanied by a certified mountain guide. The ascent takes place on a very famous and popular route, it is technically easy, but given the entire development at high altitude, it is recommended for those who already have some experience in the high mountains.

What we will do

We will meet in Gressoney (AO), at the Staffal cable car departure point, at 14:00. We will meet our guide and all together we will take the ski lifts to reach Punta Indren, at 3,260 m altitude. There we will begin the ascent on foot through snow and rocks, which will take us to the Città di Mantova refuge (3,500 m) in about 50 minutes.

We will settle into our room and have some time to rest and take a shower. Then we will have a briefing on the most demanding activity of the next day: the guide will explain the correct use of the equipment and give us all the safety instructions. After that, we'll have dinner together and all go to sleep to wake up fresh, rested and full of energy!

On the second day, we will wake up very early, have a light breakfast and leave the hut at around 5 a.m.: 1000 metres of altitude difference await us! We will set off immediately tied in a rope and after 4 or 5 hours we will have reached our destination at an altitude of 4,554 metres. The arrival will be immensely satisfying, not only for having seen some of the most beautiful alpine panoramas in the world, but also for having faced a challenge with ourselves.

The enterprise is not over, however! After having rested and refreshed ourselves at the Capanna Margherita refuge, we will start our descent along the same route. The return to Gressonay is scheduled for 15:00.

After this climb, you will be ready to face the roof of Europe: Mont Blanc.

Who it is aimed at

This activity is at an intermediate level and is reserved for those over 18 years of age with good physical fitness and at least some previous experience in the high mountains. No specific technical skills are required.

Other information

Attention! Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the departure time.

The activity takes place in June, July and August and is confirmed when there are at least 3 participants.

The price of an overnight stay with half board at the Città di Mantova refuge is €70, payable locally.

It is possible to use one's own equipment or to agree with the guide on free hire.

It is possible to arrange with the guide to meet in Milan.

If you have no experience in mountaineering, it is advisable to make a preparatory ascent of the Breithorn before tackling Monte Rosa. The ascent to Monte Rosa is considered preparatory for the more demanding ascent to Mont Blanc.

Recommended clothing

Layered snow clothing, down jacket and windbreaker

Don't forget to bring

  • boots
  • gloves
  • cap
  • headlamp
  • sunglasses
  • sunscreen
  • backpack with thermos and snacks
  • arm poles (optional)

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What is included

  • UIAGM certified mountain guide
  • Technical equipment
  • Insurance
  • Cable car ticket
  • Overnight stay at the refuge

Frequently asked questions

What happens in case of bad weather?

In case of weather conditions that do not allow to carry out the activity safely, you will get a full refund. The guide may propose you an alternative date or time to reschedule the activity. You can freely choose whether or not to accept these proposals. If you cannot reschedule it, we will process a full refund!

If I cancel the reservation, can I get a full refund?

For this activity, the cancellation policy is strict. You get a full refund if you cancel within 15 days from the activity start date. Within 14 and 8 days from the activity start date you will get a 50% refund. You can find the full policies in the Cancellation Policy section.

What measures are implemented to prevent COVID-19?

All activities on Freedome strictly follow regulations issued at national, regional and federal levels. Sports associations and freelancers commit to carry out activities in full compliance with such regulations, sanitize equipment and environments, and limit their maximum capacity.
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