Ski Mountaineering to Capanna Margherita Hut, Punta Gnifetti

Capanna Regina Margherita hut in the Monte Rosa Massif, at an elevation of 4554 metres, is Europe’s highest refuge.

During the winter the ice and the snow make it look like a gem set on Punta Gnifetti. This excursion give the priviledge to enjoy the marvelous landscape offered from the most famous window in the Alps before venturing in a memorable descent on glacier that lead to the start of the tour.

This path is an experience that cannot be described.

  • Monte Rosa Massif
  • 2 days
  • Medium difficulty
  • Presence of nearby refreshment point
  • Maximum number of participants
  • Suitable for adults only

Information about the ski mountaineering to Capanna Margherita hut

The ski mountaineering to Capanna Margherita and Punta Gnifetti starts from Frachey (Champoluc), or Alagna or Staffal (Gressoney), the skiers will take the cable car and they will go up to Indren, at an elevation of 3275 meters.

Day One: Frachey - Punta Indren - Rifugio Mantova or Capanna Gnifetti.
The ski touring itinerary starts from Punta Indren (3275 meters). With a marvelous progression the skiers will reach Capanna Gnifetti hut (3647 meters) on their skis, or (in case of no vacancy) Rifugio Mantova (3498 meters). Dinner and overnight stay.

Day Two: Rifugio Mantova or Capanna Gnifetti - Capanna Regina Margherita - Frachey.
From the refuge the path resumes and it leads the hikers until under Mount Corno Nero; the mountaineers will pass, then, aside of mount Ludwigshole and of Mount Parrot before reaching Mount Colle del Lys (4250 meters). Crossing an enchanted environment, the path leads, then, by Mount Colle Gnifetti and, passing the "Rivet", a shortand rather steep stretch, to Capanna Regina Margherita hut.

The fantastic descent ski ride takes place through the climb route until the cable car with which the hikers will get back to Frachey, Alagna or Staffal.

The ski mountaineering to Capanna Regina Margherita hut (4554 meters) in the Monte Rosa Massif is an itinerary for rather expert off-piste skiers mastering the skiing techniques on all kind of snow and on steep slopes. It features declivities up to 30° and it is rated as MS/BS (mid grade ski mountaineer / good ski mountaineer); the excursion features some climbing stretches that might need to be faced with crampons.

Price of Capanna Margherita Hut ski mountaineering excursion

€ 890 - up to 2 persons
€ 1110 - 3 persons
€ 1300 - 4 persons

The price not includes:

  • Overnight stay, dinner and breakfast (1 nigth)
  • Cable car tickets
  • Transfers

Where to meet your mountain guide for a ski mountaineering to Capanna Margherita hut

  • Meeting point On the day of your excursion, meet your guide at the Start of Monterosa Freeride Paradise:

    Fraz. Bonda, 19
    13021 Alagna Valsesia, VC

    Località Staffal, 17
    11020 Tache - Gressoney-La-Trinité, AO

    Route Ramey, 69
    11020 Ayas, Champoluc, AO
  • Meeting time 8.30 am
  • Geographic coordinates 45°51'17.1"N 7°44'00.4"E
  • Transfer There are no transfers from the meeting point to the excursion site.

What to bring

  • Skis
  • Ski boots
  • Telescopic poles
  • Skins
  • Ski crampons
  • Crampons
  • Mountaineering ax
  • Avalanche kit
  • Avalanche backpack
  • Climbing harness
  • Carabiners

What you need to know

  • Equipment Remember to bring the minimum required equipment for the activity. If you do not own the equipment let us know, we will provide it for you, if available or for hire.
  • Reservation The reservation for this experience is individual, with a dedicated mountain guide. It may be reserved for a number of participants no greater than the maximum number allowed.
  • Excursion price The price shown is for the excursion with the dedicated mountain guide and possible transfer using the guide's private vehicle. It is valid for individual reservations for a number of participants that does not exceed the maximum number allowed.
  • Safety The mountain guide may cancel or suspend the excursion or change the itinerary if minimum safety conditions are not guaranteed. Please view the terms.
  • Rigid terms of cancellation The terms of cancellation and change for this experience are rigid. Please view the terms.

How to reserve your mountain guide

To book the ski mountaineering to Capanna Margherita hut with a mountain guide, in the Monte Rosa Massif, you must send a request that provides and specifies your contact information, the number of participants and the date/period in which you wish to take the ski touring experience to Punta Gnifetti.
We will respond immediately to confirm the availability of the guide, the deadline, if any, to confirm the option for the reservation, methods of payment, characteristics and organization of the activity.
Once the reservation is confirmed, we will send you the receipt and the presentation voucher with the details of the service, the name of the mountain guide or the mountaineering school, and all the contact information.

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