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Tour of the Monte Rosa Self Guided Trek

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The Tour du Monte Rosa circumnavigates the 10, 4000m summits of the Monte Rosa massif taking you through two alpine regions within Switzerland & Italy. Approximately 140 km in length with an accumulation of approx. 7,000m of elevation starting & finishing in the iconic alpine town of Zermatt.

10 night itinerary

Day 1: ARRIVAL IN ZERMATT:

Arrival in Zermatt

Accommodation:

3-star Hotel, B & B

Day 2 ZERMATT TO REFUGIO THEODULPASS:

You commence the Tour du Monte Rosa from Zermatt ascending through larch forests passing through the hamlets of Blatten & Furi providing pleanty of opportunities to stop for refreshments & enjoy the surroundings. From hear you will head tout of the trees and meadows onto more rocky and barren terrain leading to Trockenersteg and the cable car station. A final ascent via the Theodulepass glacier to the col at 3301m and the refuge which sits on the ridge with fabulous views including many of the Swiss 4000’s.

Daily stats:

Distance: 11km Height gain: +1700m Descent: -0m

Accommodation:

Refuge, dormitory, evening meal & breakfast

Day 3 REFUGIO THEODULPASS TO REFUGIO FERRERO, RESY:

Your day starts with a descent down through the ski area of Cervinia followed by a traverse high above the village passing through the Coll Supierior della Cime Blanche at 2882m. From here you will leave the ski area and descent into a more remote environment pasting Gran Lago and into the valley of Alpe Mase, Fiery and finally on to the hillside hamlet of Resy and to the Refugio Ferrero 2017m.

Daily stats:

Distance: 15km | Height gain: +100m | Descent: -700m

Accommodation:

Refuge, dormitory, evening meal & breakfast

Day 4 REFUGIO FERRERO TO STAFAL:

This is a relativly short day so not need for an early start, treat this as a rest as there is harder days to come! From the refuge ascent up towards the ski lift and take the traversing path away from the Bettaforca to the alternative and more remote route via the Passo de Rothorn 2689m. From the col descent steeply at times down into the ski area of Stafal and Gressoney. Once in the ski area descent via the chapel through the forest to the village of Stafal 1823m.

Daily stats:

Distance: 11km | Height gain: +628m | Descent: -877m

Accommodation:

Hotel, private rooms, evening meal & breakfast

Day 5 STAFAL TO ALAGNA:

Leaving Stafal make the steep ascent up the gully to high plateau within the ski area. Although the path follows the line of the cable car it is out of view and the ascent feels remote and tranquil. Once at the plateau enjoy a refuge stop at one of the many refuges before heading up through the ski area to the wild and wonderful Col d’Olen 2881m. Descend steeply at time towards the Alagna ski area, cut leftwards to get away from the ski resort by taking the route via Devils Rock to Passo Foric descending finally through the Valle d’Otro to the village of Alagana 1180m.

Daily stats:

Distance: 14km | Height gain: +1058m | Descent: - 1700m

Accommodation:

Hotel, private rooms, evening meal & breakfast

Day 6 ALAGNA TO MACUGNAGA:

A big and beautiful day ahead so an early start is advisable. Initailly easy taking the route along the valley before an inital ascent to Refugio Pastore which is nestled within a beautiful alpage, stop and refresh if you have the time before continuing on your way to the impressive route to Colle del Turlo 2738m. Descend on the paved trail into the remote & beautiful Valle Quarazza and finally on to Macgnaga at 1317m.

Daily stats:

Distance: 20km | Height gain: +1649m | Descent: - 1512m

Accommodation:

Hotel, private rooms, dinner bed & breakfast

Day 7 MACUGNAGNAGA TO SAAS FEE:

An beautiful early morning ascent through larch woodland brings you into the Macugnaga ski area ascend to the wonderful Monte Moro (2984m) with fabulous views of the Mote Rosa as you go. Take a detour to the iconic golden Madonna before making your descent into Switzerland and to where the road joins the trail at Mattmark (2200m). From here you have the option to take the bus to Saas Fee or to walk the remaining route that traces the river and the road via Saas Almagell & on to Saas Fee at 1803m.

Daily stats:

Distance: 20km | Height gain: +1797m | Descent: -1341m

Accommodation:

Hotel, private rooms, dinner bed & breakfast

Day 8 SASS FEE TO GRACHEN:

A beautiful day awaits on the lofty traverse high above the Saas valley, making your assent from Saas Fee to the high point at Lammugrabe (2329m). The route takes you through steep boulder terrain and traverses exposed steep slopes with fabulous views as far as the Bernese Oberland. The route finally changes direction and heads hight above the Matterhorn valley to the village of Grachen (1619m).

Daily stats:

Distance: 16km | Height gain: +700m | Descent: -900m

Accommodation:

Hotel, private rooms, dinner, bed & breakfast

Day 9 GRACHEN TO EUROPAHUTTE:

Departing Grachen traverse along the Wanderweg to Gasenreid before gaining height steeply to Mittelberg and the St Bernard statue which offers great views of the Bernese Alps and magnificent Grosser Aletschgletscher. The path continues over difficult terrain at times taking you to the Europahutte refuge beautifully perched high above the Matterhorn valley.

Daily stats:

Distance: 14km | Height gain: +1000m | Descent: -100m

Accommodation:

Refuge, dormitories, dinner bed & breakfast

Day 10 EUROPAHUTTE TO ZERMATT:

Departing from the refuge, you descend and take the impressive Charles Kuonen suspension bridge for a fitting final day. This section of the Europaweg is stunning as the trail traverses its way on exposed and breathtaking terrain. Beyond the exposed sections you reach Ottovan (2187m) where you can rest and reflect on the day so far before continuing on the final section with incredible views of the Matterhorn that takes you on the high route into Zermatt (2215m).

Daily stats:

Distance: 21.5km | Height gain: +1175m | Descent: -850m

Accommodation:

Hotel, private rooms, dinner bed & breakfast

Day 11: DEPARTURE

Breakfast is included however on the departure day you are free to leave at any time you wish.

Option to add on additional days in Zermatt at the beginning or the end, please ask for further details.