The Monte Rosa massif is one of the largest massifs in the Alps, bordering Switzerland and Italy. In the protected valley of Valle d'Aosta, many known summits of more than 4000 meters of altitude are accessible like the Breithorn, (4164 m), and the two twin summits: the Pollux, (4092 m) and the Castor (4223 m).
We propose a two-day itinerary with a night at the Val d'Ayas mountain refuge, ideally situated at the base of these three summits, with a warm welcome and Italian food with tomato sauce!
From the top of these summits you will contemplate other giants of the Alps such as the highest point of the massif: the Pointe Dufour (4634m), the Lyskamm (4527m) or the Matterhorn (4478m)... enough to project yourself into future alpine dreams in the heart of the Valaisan Alps
An option without using the lifts is possible by passing the Champoluc valley, it is also possible to extend the trip over 3 days (on quotation) in order to enjoy completely this Italian sector of the Mont-Rose massif. Other mountain refuges such as the Mezzalama Refuge or Quintino Sella allow you to create and imagine very varied itineraries and loops.
Itinerary / program :
Day 1 : We take the lifts from Breuil - Cervinia at 7.30 am to go up to Plateau Rosa. From there we walk to the foot of the Pollux, passing under the Breithorn and Roccia Nera, climb the Pollux (4089 m) and then descend to the Val d'Ayas Guide Hut (3374 m) to spend the night. (D+ = 644m/ D- = 715m)
Day 2 : Early morning departure from the Val d'Ayas Guide Hut to climb Mont Castor and/or Mont Breithorn. Return to Plateau Rosa, then ski lifts to Breuil - Cervinia. Return to Chamonix in the late afternoon. (D+ = 841 m/D- = 344m for Castor)
More details in our technical sheet to download.
Other routes to discover in the Monterosa massif: