Castore Summit 4228m – Regular Route
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Activity Level Intermediate
Group Size Medium Group
Castore Summit 4228m – Regular Route
Castore is a really nice snowy peak on the boundary line between Italy and Switzerland. From the Sella hut is not a long and difficult ascent; the last part follows a nice and curvy ridge that give to this ascent the right quantity of “pepper” to make it even more interesting.
You have to know
- Period: from June to September.
- Accommodation: Quintino Sella hut CAI (3585m) with half board service.
- Meeting point: At 13:30p.m. in guides office in Staffal (Hotel Nordend near to the bar da Giovanni).
- Requirements: Easy rocks equipped with iron steps and ropes to reach the hut; some steep snow to reach the summit of Castore, but normally with a good trail. This tour is suitable to all hikers in a good shape.
- Equipment: See the equipment list in FAQ’s section.
- Weather: In the high mountains, even in summer, there could be extreme weather conditions. Three/four days before the tour/trip, we will check the weather forecast in the area, and we will inform you about it!
- Leading Guide: Mountain Guide or Aspirant Mountain Guide. Shortly before the tour, you will get the phone number of the guide. For all other questions please contact our office.
Services and Prices
Mountain Guide or Aspirant IFMGA for two days.
- 1 pax: €580.00 per person
- 2 pax: €330.00 per person
- 3 pax: €250.00 per person
- 4 pax: €190.00 per person
Helpful for preparation
- Apparel / Clothing: We recommend functional clothing/layering principle so you can react to the different temperatures.
- Boots: Waterproof mountaineering/trekking boots suitable for crampons.
- Lunch: Snacks and drinks you can buy in the hut. Please take some snacks and drinks with you.
- Back pack: Do not put too many things! You will be amazed how few things you need. Functional clothing for the day and a change shirt for the hut is usually enough. At the end you have to carry your back pack. We recommend a back pack with 30-40L.
- Maps: Monte Rosa – Alte valli d’Ayas e del Lys L’Escursionista | ESC08 | 1:25000 | Swisstopo Combination No. 25-15 Zermatt-Gornergrat 1:25000 | Swisstopo – No. 284 Mischabel 1:50000
For any further questions…
We are happy to help you for any further questions. Please contact our office. The equipment list is in the FAQ’s section.
- Services of IFMGA Mountain Guide or Aspirant Mountain Guide
- Liability insurance
- Group gear and Spare equipment (see the list in FAQs section)
- Transport, tolls and petrol to the meeting point
- Overnight stay in the hut in HB also for the mountain guide
- Cable car to Colle Bettaforca and back
- Food and drinks
- Travel expenses
- Mountaineering equipment
- Personal equipment (see the list in FAQs section)
- The guides expenses that are split between the group members
- Any other expenses
Meeting with the guide in Staffal around 13:30 p.m.
Meeting with the guide in Staffal around 13:30p.m. – equipment check. With the lift system we arrive at Colle Bettaforca. From there we start the nice walking to the Q. Sella hut. The last part of the trail follows a nice rock ridge equipped with iron steps and ropes. We overnight in the hut.
Up 3:30 hours – 850m
Climbing Castore 4228m
Departure around 6:00 depending on the period of the year. At the beginning the Felik glacier is not too steep and it helps us to warm up the legs. We easily arrive at the beginning of the steep slopes that goes up to the Felik Pass. Arrived to that pass we finally reach the nice ridge that we follow until the top of Castore. The descent goes along the same itinerary. We stop for lunch at the Sella hut, we repack and we go back to the lift station at Passo Bettaforca.
Up 3:30 hours 650m – Down 4-5 hours 1500m
The Quintino Sella Refuge, opened August 29, 1981 can accommodate a maximum of 142 mountaineers. Located below the Colle del Felik, it is situated on a plateau and is the perfect starting point for the ascents of Castore, Polluce, the alpine ascent of the Lyskamm Orientale and the crossing of the Lyskamm Occidentale.
The complex is comprised of three buildings: the home base of the Quintino Sella Refuge, the outer structure which houses the bathrooms, and the “old Quintino Sella Hut” which, partly restructured, is used as winter accommodation and as the refuge’s storage area, with about 25 beds in case of emergency.
The Refuge, named after Quintino Sella, founder of the CAI (Italian Alpine Club), is divided into three floors. The first floor, where the mountaineers can find the large entrance with space for their equipment, the restaurant, and the bar where meals are served and breakfast is prepared. The second floor is divided into rooms, each of which contains eight beds. Finally, the third and top floor, which offers a splendid view over the Naso del Lyskamm, and is used as a dormitory with single beds and bunk beds.
- Open: from mid June to mid September
- Altitude: 3585m
- Number guests: 142
- Bed and blankets in a multi-bed room
- Bivouac bag
- Drinking water
- Any other food or drinks
- Any other expenses
- Technical equipment (these items can be rented): harness, helmet, ice axe, crampons, mountaineering boots.
- Personal equipment: 30 litre backpack, 1 litre thermos, provisions (energy bars, chocolate, dried fruit, sandwiches), first aid kit, sun glasses (protection factor 3 or 4), goggles, gore-tex jacket and overpants, windstopper vest, gaiters, mountain pants, fleece jacket, breathable base layers, lightweight gloves, thick gloves, warm hat, bandana, sun screen factor 50.
- For the huts: sleeping bag liner, change of socks, headtorch and spare batteries, mountaineering club membership, toothbrush & toothpaste, small towel, wipes.
You can download the complete equipment list here.