Italian High Level Trek
Italy, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £1,195 (land only) - from €1,675 (land only) - from $2,000 (land only)
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- The ultimate Alpine introductory week
- From Italy to Switzerland across the Lisjoch pass
- Climb several 4000 metre Alpine summits
- Alpine Mountaineering skills tuition
- Ideal for beginners with a good level of fitness
A simply unbeatable walking holiday, adventure trekking high in the Swiss-Italian Alps with easy climbing to Alpine summits. This fantastic walking and climbing holiday begins with an afternoon of Alpine glacier skills training at the Gandegg Hut above Zermatt, in the shadow of the iconic Matterhorn. The Breithorn (4164m) is our first climbing objective, before trekking the long descent into Italy's picturesque Valle di Gressoney. Walking back up to the lively Gnifetti Refuge, high on the south side of Monte Rosa, sets us up for one of the finest of all trekking days in the Italian Alps, traversing the Lisjoch/Colle del Lys into Switzerland. Depending on conditions, we will also make the straightforward ascent of the Parrot Spitz or Ludwigs Spitz before bringing this fantastic high level route to a conclusion with a descent into Zermatt. With an overnight at the Monte Rosa Alpine Hut, a little oasis of green amongst the towering giants of the Swiss-Italian frontier ridge. Alpine walking and straightforward climbing doesn't get any better than this!
Is this holiday for you?
The peaks on this trip are technically straightforward snow climbs. However, most of the trip is spent at a high altitude (above 3000m.) and this is a physically demanding trip with superb Alpine trekking both on and off glaciers. En route, we will stay in mountain huts, all of which are inaccessible by regular vehicles so this means that group members will need to carry all of their personal equipment throughout the trip. With careful planning, and given the fact that sleeping bags and camping mats are not carried, the total weight of your rucksack can be pared down to around 10 kilograms.
Led by professional IFMGA guides, it is aimed at beginner nountaineers and EXPERIENCED TREKKERS. Instruction in roped glacier travel and guided climbing, using crampons and a single ice axe is part of the package. The ascent of the Breithorn will be strenuous on account of the altitude but is technically easy involving only low-angled snow-slope climbing and some slightly exposed ridges. Ropes, crampons and an ice axe will be used. Given the guide to client ratio of 1:5 and the non-technical nature of the climbing, this trip should be feasible for novice alpinists, but a high level of fitness is a prerequisite.