Monte Rosa Stage

An intense four-day program, designed to explore the Monte Rosa massif by climbing 5 of its 4000m peaks to learn the “cramponnage” technique, self-rescue maneuvers and how to safely walk in a roped party on a glacier without losing sight of important objectives.


Day 1
Meeting with your guide at the ticket office at the Staffal ski lift at 2.30 pm, equipment checks and a ski lift ride to the pass Colle della Bettaforca (2770 m)
An approximate 3 and a half-hour hike to Refuge Quintino Sella (3585 m). Dinner and overnight.

Day 2
Departure at dawn to reach Castore Peak (4226 m) in about 3 hours and a half. A brief stop for photos  at the summit and return to Refuge Quintino Sella for lunch.
In the afternoon we will learn how to haul up a partner who has fallen into a crevasse, we will learn more about rope tying methods, and how to walk in a roped party on a snowy ridge and on a glacier. Dinner and overnight at the Refuge Quintino Sella.

Day 3
We will be traversing the Naso del Lyskamm (4100 m) and passing around the foot of the south face of Lyskamm. By following in the footsteps of the mythical route of the Mezzalama Trophy, we will climb the Naso del Lyskamm and reach the statue Cristo delle Vette, perched on top of the Balmenhorn (4167 m). In the afternoon we will go up to Refuge Capanna Regina Margherita (4554 m), the highest in Europe. Dinner and overnight

Day 4
After having admired one of the most evocative sunrises in the world, we will leave Refuge Capanna Margherita to ascend the nearby Zumstein Peak (4561 m). On the route down, after crossing the Colle del Lys and we will climb Pyramid Vincent (4215 m) and then return to Refuge Mantova for lunch. Descent to Indren to take the lifts to Staffal. Expected arrival around 4.30pm.

Difficulty: from F to PD – hike on ice with parts of the trail passing over the ridge. You need to be physically fit. 

  • 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
  • climbing harness & crampons
  • 30/40 litre backpack, a compact size to not impede movement ,
  • ID document/passport
  • 2 carabiners with ferrule
  • 1 x climbing sling loop 120 cm


cost of the guide: – contact us

1 alpinist
2 alpinists
3 alpinists


The price includes:

a guide for the 4-day tour, technical equipment, 

The price DOES NOT include:

sthe ski lifts, half board for customers and the guide in the refuge (paid by the group).

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.