Dufourspitze - South East Ridge

Dufourspitze 4634m – South East Ridge

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All about the Dufourspitze 4634m – South East Ridge.

Dufourspitze 4634m in the Monte Rosa area is the highest mountain in Switzerland and the second-highest in the Alps. The SE ridge, Italian regular route, offers a nice climbing on mixt terrain and incredible landscapes.

You have to know

  • Period: from  June 16 to September 9
  • Accommodation: Gnifetti hut CAI (3647m) with half board service.
    Only to very well acclimatized people we can suggest to sleep at the Margherita hut.
  • Meeting point: At 14:00 p.m. in the office in Staffal (Hotel Nordend near to the bar da Giovanni).
  • Requirements: Steep terrain, exposed snow ridges and rock climbing up to grade III°. You should have already made similar tours. Please note: Depending on the conditions of the ridge the mountain guide, to guarantee a
    reasonable margin of safety, can decide to do this tour with 1 or 2 participants.
  • Equipment: See the equipment list in FAQ’s section.
  • Weather: In the high mountains, even in summer, there could be extreme weather conditions. Three/four days before the tour/trip, we will check the weather forecast in the area, and we will inform you about it!
  • Leading Guide: Mountain Guide or Aspirant Mountain Guide. Shortly before the tour, you will get the phone number of the guide. For all other questions please contact us.

Services and Prices

Mountain Guide or Aspirant IFMGA for two days.

  • 1 pax: €850.00 per person
  • 2 pax: €510.00 per person

Helpful for preparation

  • Apparel / Clothing: We recommend functional clothing/layering principle so you can react to the different temperatures.
  • Boots: Waterproof mountaineering boots suitable for crampons.
  • Lunch: Snacks and drinks you can buy in the hut. Please take some snacks and drinks with you.
  • Back pack: Do not put too many things! You will be amazed how few things you need. Functional clothing for the day and a change shirt for the hut is usually enough. At the end you have to carry your back pack. We recommend a back pack with 30-40L.
  • Maps: Monte Rosa – Alte valli d’Ayas e del Lys L’Escursionista | ESC08 | 1:25000 | Swisstopo Combination No. 25-15 Zermatt-Gornergrat 1:25000 | Swisstopo – No. 294 Gressoney 1:50000

For any further questions…

We are happy to help you for any further questions. Please contact our office. The equipment list is in the FAQ’s section.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Services of IFMGA Mountain Guide or Aspirant Mountain Guide for two days
  • Liability insurance
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Overnight stay in the hut in HB also for the mountain guide
  • Cable car to Punta Indren and back
  • Food and drinks
  • Travel expenses
  • Mountaineering equipment
  1. Day 1 Meeting with the guide in Staffal around 14:00 p.m.

    Meeting with the guide in Staffal around 14:00p.m. – equipment check. We will take the cable car up to Punta Indren. From there we easily hike up to the Gnifetti hut, where we overnight.
    Up 1:00 hours – 370m

     

  2. Day 2 Climbing Dufourspitze 4634m

    Departure around 3:00 depending on the period of the year. We will follow the trail going to Margherita hut until the Gnifetti Pass; from here we climb first the Zumsteinspitze 4563m and then we start the
    exposed descent to Grenzsattel. We will follow the ridge and will climb up in rock (II-III) and snow till the Grenzgipfel. From the Grenzgipfel we climb mostly in rock (III) traversing the ridge to the summit of Dufourspitze 4634m. On the way back we will follow the same Itinerary. After a stop to Gnifetti hut we go back to the cable car and the valley.
    Up 6:30 hours 1100m – Down 5-6 hours 1500m

Gnifetti hut - CAI 3647m

At the head of the glacial basin of Lys, at a height of 3647m on the Garstlet glacier, Capanna Gnifetti has 176 sleeping places, in heated rooms of 6 beds (bunk beds) and 4 larger room with 10/15 beds.
There are shared bathrooms, hot  showers ( 1 token € 4 for about three minutes, working only in summer, not in spring), electric lighting, SOS radio rescue and a winter room which is open when the hut is closed.
Capanna Gnifetti is the base for all excursions on Mont Rosa. It is the historical stopover for more challenging climbs, for the ascent to Capanna Margherita and high altitude cross-overs.

The route to the refuge is on a glacier trail of about 1 and a half hour walking, that starts from the new station of the cableway Passo Salati-Indren at 3275m above see level, with a difference in height of 372 m. Indren can be reached with the Monterosaski lift system from Alagna or Gressoney La Trinité.

  • Open: from mid June to mid September
  • Altitude: 3647m
  • Number guests: 176 – In winter: yes – 4 beds in the winter room
  • Winter room open only from 30/9 to 28/02
  • GPS: 45° 53′ 58″ N, 7° 51′ 0″ E
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance.
Included in the Refuge cost.Usually 70 euros half board accomodation
  • Overnight stay
  • Breakfast buffet sweet & salty
  • Dinner (2 first courses, 1 second course with side dish, bread and dessert)
  • Tea thermos
  • Disposable sleeping bag liner
Not included in the Refuge costYou can purchase everything you need at the Refuge
  • Shower
  • Drinking water
  • Any other food or drinks
  • Any other expenses

Check the list below for equipment to face a classic mountaineering trip. You can download it and use as check list.

Steep terrain, exposed snow ridges and rock climbing up to grade III°. You should have already made similar tours.
Please note: Depending on the conditions of the ridge the mountain guide, to guarantee a reasonable margin of safety, can decide to do this tour with 1 or 2 participants.

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