Climbing Dufour Peak 4634 m

The highest peak of Monte Rosa, Punta Dufour is a classic beautiful peak. You need to have experience in hiking on mixed terrain, and basic climbing ability and knowledge (III° +). Although the route is not technically difficult, it is demanding since it unwinds at altitudes above 4500 m, requiring rigorous climbing time on path sections both uphill on the outward journey and downhill on the way back. The environment is immense, overlooking the east wall and Macugnaga; the extraordinary, jagged ridge that leads to the summit and an obligatory passage for those who want to prepare for the climb to the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc.


Day 1
meeting with your guide at the ticket office at the Staffal ski lift at 2.30 pm, equipment checks and ascent on the ski lift to Punta Indren (3270 m). You will reach Refuge Cittá di Mantova (3498 m) after an approximate 1-hour hike. Dinner and overnight.

Day 2
Departure at dawn and arrival at the summit of Punta Dufour (4634 m) in about 6 and a half hours taking the usual climbing route passed Zumstein Peak. After a brief stopover, you hike back to Refuge Cittá di Mantova and then descend to Indren Peak with an estimated arrival in Staffal around 4.30 pm.

Difficulty: AD – mountaineering difficulties on both rock and ice; snow and ice slopes of 40°, grade III climbing passes. You must be in good physical shape and able to walk with crampons on ice and rocks.
Elevation uphill for the 2 days: about 1400 m

  • 5 layers of clothing for the upper body (thermal shirt, light fleece, heavy fleece, down jacket, anorak.)
  • two set of gloves (soft and ski ones)
  • sunglasses (with 3 or 4 protection)
  • heavy trousers (windproof)
  • underpants
  • gaiters
  • rigid, ankle height, waterproof boots.
  • two pair of ski socks
  • headlamp
  • hat that covers your ears
  • bag sheet for the hut
  • sun screen & lip balm
  • poles
  • ice axe
  • helmet
  • 1lt water bottle/thermos
  • harness & crampons


Price Via Normale Italiana
€ 1000,00 pp

Price Cresta Rey
€ 1100,00 pp

Maximum number of participants: 1 for each guide.

The price includes:

a guide, rental of technical equipment: harness and crampons

The price DOES NOT include:
the ski lifts, half board for customers and the guide in the refuge (paid by the group).

Other details

Attention: the climb up to Punta Dufour is intended for expert mountaineers. Before accepting the ascent, our guides will ask for your climbing resume and, if necessary, you will be asked to do a preliminary climb to verify your skills and preparation.

As this type of ascent requires stable weather and excellent conditions, it is only possible to fix an indicative date, which must then be fixed in the days prior to the actual ascent. For this type of climb, we cannot offer a rate that includes ski lifts and overnight shelter at the refuge, as these dates can only be fixed after assessing all conditions.