Corno Nero, Ludwigshöhe, Zumstein

Monte Rosa has 21 peaks over 4000 meters which can mostly be reached by following short and not technically complex itineraries. They are suitable for those who already have some mountaineering experience and are physically fit.

We have chosen 3 ascents that are particularly dear to us. These 3 hikes are all a similar level and represent the spirit of Monte Rosa. They are absolutely must-climbs on the list of those who have made mountaineering their passion.

Corno Nero 4321 m: this itinerary follows along the Lys glacier which flows into the steep snowy/icy slope (50°) of about 50 meters in elevation leading you to the ridge preceding the summit.

Ludwigshöhe 4342 m: this itinerary reaches the pass Colle del Lys first. From here, a snowy ridge which is not steep, leads you to the summit.

Zumstein Peak 4563 m: we will follow the road that leads to Capanna Margherita up to Colle Gnifetti where we will climb the short but exposed snowy ridge and the rocks that lead to the summit. The panorama of the immense east face of Monte Rosa is spectacular.


Day 1
Meeting with your guide at the ticket office at the Staffal ski lift at 2.30 pm, equipment checks and ascent with the ski lift to Punta Indren (3270 m), then an approximate 1-hour hike to Refuge Citta di Mantova (3498 m). Dinner and overnight.

Day 2
Departure at dawn for your chosen peak. Return to Staffal around 1:30pm to 4:30pm.

Corno Nero 4321 m
Duration of the ascent:  3 hours and a half
Elevation uphill: 850 m

La Ludwigshöhe 4342 m
Duration of the ascent:  3 hours
Elevation uphill: 850 

Zumstein 4563 m
Duration of the ascent: 5 hours
Elevation uphill: 1070 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 (if are used to it)
  • helmet is recommended but not compulsory
  • 1lt water bottle/thermos
  • harness & crampons


Corno Nero: € 750,00 per group
Max 4 alpinists per guide
Ludwigshöhe: € 700,00 per group
Max 4 alpinists per guide
Punta Zumstein: € 700,00 per group
Max 4 alpinists per guide

The price includes:

a guide, rental of technical equipment: harness and crampons

Other details

Mountaineering is a dangerous activity by nature, the Monte Rosa guides, all UIAGM certified, undertake to do everything possible to minimize the dangers but the risk can never be eliminated and must be accepted before registering for the our activities.

The Monte Rosa Guides will always do their best to help you achieve your goals and ensure you have the best possible experience; however you must agree to rely on their unquestionable judgment while you are in the mountains and to respect any decision they make, including the return, if it is deemed necessary. Being adequately prepared and having a minimum standard of fitness is necessary to maintain an adequate margin of safety in our activities. If, due to your physical condition or for any other reason, your guide decides that you are not ready for the activity you have chosen, you will be offered alternatives adapted to your level of preparation.