Spaghetti tour, Italian Monte Rosa traverse

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Monte Rosa, Italy - Switzerland
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Duration

4 Days

Difficulty

Easy

Group Size

4 people

Languages

English, Français, Italian

About this activity

Spaghetti tour, Italian Monte Rosa traverse

Spaghetti Tour, also known as Italian Monte Rosa Traverse, is one of the most renowned easy mountaineering tours in the Alps.

Named after the delightful hospitality and culinary experiences that only Italian mountain huts can provide, this traverse from Cervinia to Gressoney allows the hikers to explore and ascend several 4,000-meter peaks of the Monte Rosa massif. 

It requires excellent physical fitness since you’ll never descend below 3,300 meters in altitude.

The Traverse of Monte Rosa ensures an exhilarating experience and the pinnacle of the journey awaits at the Capanna Margherita, perched at an awe-inspiring 4,554 meters—the highest refuge in the entire Alpine region.

Highlights

  • Trip duration: 4 Days
  • Period: from June to September
  • Accommodation: Guide d’Ayas hut, Quintino Sella hut, Gnifetti or Mantova hut with HB service
  • Meeting point: Cervinia, cable car office
  • Skill level: beginner mountaineer
  • Fitness level: intermediate
  • Trip level: intermediate
  • Equipment: see the equipment list in FAQ’s section

Description

If you are a mountaineer who is discovering the peaks of the giants of the Alps, but you don’t want to undertake technically difficult climbs, this is definitely the climb for you! 4 days immersed among beautiful mountains and breathtaking views, crossing the largest mountain massif of the chain: Monte Rosa. Surrounded by the 4,000 meters of the massif, such as Breithorn, Matterhorn, Pollux, Lyskamm, Dufourspitze, Pyramid Vincent, the Corno Nero and several others, you will reach the many peaks of 4,000m ending this beautiful tour on top of Signakkuppe where Capanna Margherita, the highest hut in Europe, Stans proudly.

Prerequisites

The Monte Rosa Traverse or Spaghetti Tour is technically easy. Despite this, good physical fitness and altitude training are required. To guarantee the ascent we require the ability to face excursions of at least 1400m with ease, so as not to have problems while crossing 4000m peaks. The high altitude can affect the performance of the climbers, having some experience at altitude or good acclimatization will make the ascent easier.

Prices and availability

The leading Guide is a fully certified IFMGA Mountain Guide or Aspirant Mountain Guide.

  • 1 pax: €2470
  • 2 pax: €1465 per person
  • 3 pax: €1135 per person
  • 4 pax: €970 per person

Clothing and equipment

We recommend high altitude, summer mountaineering clothing. Mountaineering boots suitable for crampons. Harness, crampons, ice axe, helmet, sling and a carabiner, poles if needed. Try to carry backpack as light as possible. Functional clothing for the day and a change shirt for the hut is usually enough. We suggest a 35-40 lt. backpack. Please take some snacks and drinks with you.

Notes

Although it is a climb of easy technical commitment, in case you want to undertake the climb, we recommend that you contact us and discuss the details and the program with our guides before the expedition.



Included/Excluded

  • Service of IFMGA Mountain Guide or Aspirant for 4 days
  • Overnight in Rifugio Guide Ayas (3420m) in half board also for your Mountain Guide
  • Overnight in Rifugio Quintino Sella (3585m) in half board also for your Mountain Guide
  • Overnight in Capanna Gnifetti CAI (3647m) in half board also for your Mountain Guide
  • Cable car Ticket Cervinia-Plateau Rosa
  • Cable car Ticket Indren-Staffal
  • Equipment: Harness, crampons, ice axe/sticks
  • Liability insurance
  • Organization of your stay in Gressoney and Cervinia if required
  • Transport, tolls and petrol to the meeting point
  • Food and drinks not included in the Hut HB service
  • Travel expenses
  • Overnight in the village if needed
  • Any other expenses not mentioned

Itinerary

Your High-Altitude Adventure starts in Cervinia, we reach Plateau Rosa at 3,480 meters via cable cars. From there, ascend to the Breithorn Occidentale at 4,165 meters. Traverse across the Breithorn Centrale at 4,160 meters, followed by the Breithorn Orientale at 4,141 meters. Please note that completing the full Breithorn traverse depends on the timing of the ascent and the technical proficiency of the participants. Finally, descend to the welcoming Rifugio Guide della Val d’Ayas/Lambronecca at 3,420 meters where we stay overnight.  Elevation Gain: 700 meters Time (Ascent/Descent): 5-6 hours

Begin our ascent towards Passo di Verra, a strategic mountain pass. From there, challenge the west face of Castor—a formidable peak. As you climb, you’ll encounter the terminal crevasse at an impressive 4,000 meters. Push onward, tackling the ascent to the airy summit ridge. The panoramic view from Castor’s peak, standing tall at 4,221 meters, will leave you breathless. Finally, descend to the welcoming refuge of Quintino Sella Mountain hut nestled at 3,585 meters where we stay overnight.  Elevation Gain: 800 meters Time (Ascent/Descent): 6-7 hours

Departure typically occurs around 6:00 AM, with timing adjusted based on the participants' capacities. From the mountain hut, we set out along the West Lys Glacier, skirting the imposing south face of Lyskamm. Our path leads us to the base of the Naso del Lyskamm. Depending on the prevailing conditions, we have two options for ascending: either tackling the snow face directly or following the rocky terrain to the left. We descend a steep snow face, returning to the Lys Glacier and we descend to  Rifugio Gnifetti (3,647 m) following the track going down  from Colle del Lys. Elevation Gain: 800 meters Time (Ascent/Descent): 6-7 hours

05:00 Waking up – breakfast – start the ascent along the Lys glacier, reaching the Lys Pass 4260 mt we continue to walk North-East direction and we finish climbing the "rivetto" to reach the top Signalkuppe, Capanna Margherita, the highest refuge in the Alps. Pizza + Pictures and descent along the same itinerary. At Indren Station we take the cable car to Staffal and we are back in the valley around 16:00 approx. Elevation Gain: 800 meters Time (Ascent/Descent): 6-7 hours


Frequently asked questions

  • Technical equipment (these items can be rented): harness, helmet, ice axe, crampons, mountaineering boots, sling and a carabiner, poles if needed.
  • Personal equipment: 35-40 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.

The Monte Rosa Traverse or Spaghetti Tour is easy technically. Despite this, good physical fitness and altitude training are required. To guarantee the ascent we require the ability to face excursions of at least 1400m with ease, so as not to have problems on the day of the ascent. The high altitude can affect the performance of the climbers, having some experience at altitude or good acclimatization will make the ascent easier.

Activity's Location

Monte Rosa, Italy - Switzerland
From: €970,00

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    Horizon Adventures

    Member Since 2023

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