Monte Rosa Ski touring Loop

Date: 5th – 6th of March 2022 (Trip is confirmed, 1 spot available)

Possible Dates for private tours: January – middle of April
  • 2 days ski touring in Switzerland and Italy
  • 1 night in an Italian mountain hut
  • 6000 vertical meter ski descent
  • 1300m vertical ascent with skis and skins
  • + 4500m vertical ascent with cable cars

Our Monte Rosa ski touring loop brings you to the most stunning and beautiful mountain world that Switzerland and Italy have to offer. We spend the night in a mountain cabin on the Italian south side of Monte Rosa and ski over 6000 vertical meters in two days. Ideal for fit, expert ski tourers. The Monte Rosa massif, flanked by glaciers, is the highest mountain in the Swiss Alps. Depending on the method of counting, it has ten peaks higher than 4,000 m, and lies partly in Italy.

Skier on the Monte Rosa Skitouring loop in Zermatt

Itinerary Monte Rosa Ski touring Loop
Day 1: Zermatt to Cabanna Gnifetti

We meet in Zermatt (1600m) in the morning to catch the first lifts up to Klein Matterhorn. Zermatt offers much more than only the famous Matterhorn. Thanks to a great network of cable cars it’s possible to access glaciers and ski slopes at almost 4000m. Once up on Klein Matterhorn (3883m), we ski down the slopes to Colle Superiore delle Chime Bianche on the Italian side. After skiing down over 2000 vertical meters on great off piste terrain we reach Val d’ Ayas (1600m). A couple lifts make it easy for us to reach the next Valley, Val di Gressoney. Once there we catch a cable car up to Punta Indren (3275m) and skin up to Cabanna Gnifetti (3625m) for the night (+350m).

Day 2: Refugio Gnifetti – Zermatt

After the breakfast we skin up to Lysjoch (4152m) a pass between Italy and Switzerland (+950m). From there it’s relatively easy to reach one of the many 4000m peaks in the area. Now a superbe descent over the Grenz glacier lies ahead of us. We pass Monte Rosa hut and continue on the Gornergletscher. If conditions are good we can ski trough the Gorner gully all the way down to Zermatt.

Costs: (Max. 6 skiers)
  • 2 Skiers: 864.00€ per Skier
  • 4 Skiers: 599.00€ per Skier
  • 6 Skiers: 519.00€ per Skier

Included in the price: Organisation, 2 days IFMGA mountain guide, lift pass up to Klein Matterhorn, ski pass on the Italian side, night at Gnifetti mountain hut with half board

Not included: Personal insurance (travel, annulation etc.), personal skiing equipment, lunches, beverages at the hut

Map of the Monte Rosa Ski touring loop
Map of the Monte Rosa skitouring loop from Zermatt to Val d'Ayas, Val di Gressoney and Gnifetti hut for the night.
Or check out this interactive map!


Federico Arletti, IFMGA mountain guide

Meeting point Zermatt and how to get there

Zermatt in the Swiss Valais Alps can be reached by train. You can check your train travel plan here. You will meet your guide at the train station in Zermatt.

Who is this for?

This tour is for expert skiers that ski comfortable on a black slope as well as off piste in all diferent snow conditions. If you also have some ski touring experience, than this tour is perfect for you.

Skiers at the Monte Rosa Skitouring Loop
Foto: Felix Ortlieb

Packing list
  • Complete ski touring equipment (Skis, Skins, Boots, Poles)
  • Ski touring clothing for 2 days
  • Harness
  • Backpack
  • Avalanche safety equipment
  • Liner or thin sleeping bag for the hut
  • Thermos bottle
  • Valid Passport
  • € to pay your drinks at the hut and the lunch
  • Sun protection

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“Spaghetti-Tour Monte Rosa” Alps / 4000m peaks

June – July: (summer mountaineering) / April: (ski touring)

“Spaghetti Tour Monte Rosa” is the name given to a traverse of the Monte Rosa group and its most beautiful 4000m peaks starting and ending in Zermatt, Switzerland or also ending in Gressoney, Italy.

With four overnight stays in mountain huts on the Italian side, this is a magnificent itinerary on the great plateau of Monte Rosa. Enjoy mountaineering, glaciers, great food and let yourself guide from a professional IFMGA-mountain guide.

And by the way why is it called “Spaghetti-Tour”? Because those mountain huts cook the best Spaghettis you will ever taste..!

  • 5 Days – 4 nights
Monte Rosa mountain chain in the Swiss Alps. Most of them will be climbed during the Spaghetti-Tour with Patagoniatiptop.
Day 1: Breithorn 3814m – Refugio Ayas

We meet at the train station in Zermatt and take the cable cars up to Klein Matterhorn and the Breithorn pass (3814m). We climb to the summit of the Breithorn 4164m, our first 4000er. A quick descent take us below the Central Breithorn, the Roccia Nera and Pollux and we go on to Verra Pass. From there, in about an hour we descend to Refugio Ayas (3,400 m) for the night.

Day 2: Castor (4200m) – Refugio Quintino Sella

We go back up to Verra Pass, and the start of the route up the west face of Castor (4200m). The view from the summit is magnificent! Ranging from the Gran Paradiso to Mont Blanc and from the Po Valley to the Swiss 4000-ers.
From the summit we descend down to the Felik Pass and the Felik Glacier and on to Quintino Sella hut (3585m) for a delicious dinner and the night.

Day 3: Naso de Lyskamm (4272m) – Refugio Gnifetti

We climb steep up to the Naso de Lyskamm(4272m) today and go on to Refugio Gnifetti (3647m) for the night.

Day 4: 4000-ers – Refugio Margherita

Today we have a chance to climb a couple beautiful 4000-ers like Vincent Pyramide(4215m), Balmenhorn (4167m), Parrotspitze (4432m), or Ludwigshöhe (4341m). We spend the evening and night at Europe’s highest mountain hut, Refugio Margherita (4554m).

Day 5: Zumsteinspitze 4563m – Zermatt CH, or back down to Gressoney IT

Depending on the conditions, your guide will choose the best itinerary for today, either going down to Zermatt or Gressoney.

Cost for Spaghetti Tour Monte Rosa:

Per person with 2 guests: 2106.00€

Per person with 3 guests: 1602.00€

Included in the price: Organisation, IVBV-mountain guide, 4 nights at mountain huts with half board, lunches, tea, cable car 1st day from Zermatt to Matterhorn and on the last day from Rotenboden to Zermatt.

Not included in the price: personal insurance, drinks, personal equipment, Taxi

Change of itinerary:

Patagoniatiptop’s Mountain Guides reserves the right to change any route or activity program based on conditions (weather, accessibility, refuge) and participants’ fitness level.

Group size:

Max. 3 guests per mountain guide

How to get to Zermatt

Zermatt can be reached by train. There are very good connections to Geneva and Zürich airport. Find your train here.

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