Monte Rosa Climb
Switzerland, Climbing, 8 days - from £1,795 (land only) - from €2,155 (land only) - from $2,960 (land only)
Day 1: Arrive St. Nilklaus. Group accommodation in a hotel in St. Niklaus.
Day 2: We first take a cablecar and then walk up to the Gandegg Hut (3029m) where we have an afternoon session to practice our ice skills and rock scrambling.
Day 3: We take the cablecar from Trockenersteg to the Klein Matterhorn (3883m). Then, climb in around 3.5 - 4 hours to the summit of Pollux (4092m) and descend to the Ayas Hut (3440m).
Day 4: After an early start, we now make an ascent of Pollux's higher twin, Castor (4228m) before descending to Zermatt where we check into our hotel..
Day 5: We take the Gornergrat Railway to the end of the line, then hike up to the Monte Rosa Hut (2795m), located on the Plattji, an island of rock in a sea of glaciers.
Day 6: Early start to gain the Monte Rosa Glacier and then the mountains west ridge. Climb to Monte Rosa's summit (4634m) and descend to the hut.
Day 7: Return to Zermatt via the Gornergrat Glacier and railway. Overnight at the group hotel in Zermatt.
Day 8: Sevices end after breakfast.
This holiday involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 3500 metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude.