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Summer 2024: Lake Gabiet returns to its origins for extraordinary maintenance. Learn more.

 

Colapesce Dimartino Concert - Friday, August 2, 2024 - Frachey - Alpe Ciarcerio.

 

Sant'Anna craft market - Thursday, August 15, 2024 - Gressoney-La-Trinité - Sant'Anna Plain.

In altitude

Mountaineering in Monterosa, historical passion

In quota

The Monte Rosa massif is home to over 15 peaks over 4,000 meters above sea level.

Its glacial surface covers an area of 220 km2 and connects Italy and Switzerland through the seven valleys that develop at its feet: Gressoney Valley, Ayas Valley and Valtournenche in Aosta Valley, Valsesia and Valle Anzasca in Piedmont, Zermatt and Saas valleys in Switzerland, joined by the Ludwigshöhe, elevation 4.175 meters, which acts as a hub between the three regions.
The highest mountain in the chain is Punta Dufour, which with its 4.634 meters of height is the second most impressive peak in the Alps.

The first conquest of a peak of Monte Rosa dates back to 1778 when seven climbers of the Gressoney Valley venture on the glacier and reach the 4.175 meters of the Roccia della Scoperta, near the Colle del Lys.
The roped party, consisting of Valentino and Joseph Beck, Sebastian Linty, Joseph Zumstein, Nicolas Vincent, François Castel and Etienne Lisco, officially opens the era of mountaineering on the peaks of the "Queen of the Alps".

During the 1800s the desire to conquer new peaks spread rapidly and thus led to the birth of a new figure: the mountain guide. In the valleys of Monterosa the first association to be founded is the Guide Society of Alagna in 1872.
We have to wait until 1962 for the foundation of the Guide Society of Ayas and the following year for that of Gressoney to which, since 1995, the Monterosa Guide Society has been added.

 

 

The mountain huts of Monte Rosa

Between the valleys of Ayas, Gressoney and Valsesia: 5 refuges over 3.400 meters above sea level

Rifugio Guide di Ayas al Lambronecca

Guide refuge of Ayas al Lambronecca

3.400 m.
Rifugio Sella

Hut Quintino Sella al Félik

3.585 m.
Rifugio Mantova

Hut Città di Mantova

3.498 m.
Rifugio Capanna Gnifetti

Hut Capanna Gnifetti

3.647 m.
Capanna Margherita

Capanna Regina Margherita

4.554 m.

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