Castore 4226 m

Castore dominates the valley of Gressoney and that of Ayas and is one of the most loved climbs by the guides of Monte Rosa. From our basecamp refuge Quintino Sella (3585 m), you reach the summit at 4226 m by following the ridges. It is the perfect climb for those who have already had some mountaineering experience or have climbed up to Capanna Margherita and want to experience a majestic climb above 4000 mt without too many technical difficulties and average hiking time.


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 Colle Bettaforca (2700 m). Departure on foot refuge Quintino Sella (3585 m), which can be reached in about 3.5 hours of walking. Dinner and overnight.


Day 2
Departure at dawn and arrival in about 3 hours 30 at Punta Castore (4226 m). After a brief stopover, you return to refuge Quintino Sella and then descend to Colle Bettaforca. Expected arrival in Staffal at approximately 3:30pm.


Difficulty: F+ hike on glacier with an exposed final ridge
Duration of the ascent from refuge Quintino Sella: about 3 hours
Elevation uphill from refuge Quintino Sella: about 640 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 mandatory
  • 1lt water bottle/thermos
  • harness & crampons


1 alpinist € 950,00
2 alpinists € 550,00 pp
3 alpinists € 420,00 pp
4 alpinists € 350,00 pp

Castore Peak can be climbed with a maximum of three mountaineers; 4-man roped parties are accepted only if they have an exceptional team spirit and there are optimal ascent conditions.


The price includes:

UIAGM alpine guide, rental of necessary harness and crampons, ski lift rides, half board overnight stay at refuge for the guide and climbers 

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.