Trek with MTS Senior Guides in a glaciated paradise around the Alps' second-highest peak!

Monte Rosa, or “the Pink Mountain,” is the second-highest peak in both Western Europe and the Alps! This MTS alpine adventure draws on the talent of Senior Hiking Guides Laurent Langoisseur, Stéphane Berger, and Beatrice Mugnier--the best of the best!  Starting in Saas-Fee, and finishing in Zermatt, at the foot of the Matterhorn, you’ll hike a nearly complete circuit of the massif. We’ll take in views of Monte Rosa and countless iconic peaks, and hike beneath cascading glaciers, through ancient hamlets and wildflower studded alpine meadows. You’ll travel through the Swiss canton of Valais and Italy’s Piedmont and Valle d’Aosta regions, while enjoying the warm alpine hospitality of family run inns and hotels. This is the stuff of fairytales!

Activities

8 Days of strenuous hiking on uneven, sometimes steep terrain; and 1/2 day of guided glacier walking.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Circumnavigate majestic Monte Rosa, Europe’s second-highest peak, with MTS’ senior alpine guides
  • This is one of our most challenging treks, rewarding hikers with some of the most spectacular scenery in the Alps
  • Along the way relax in charming, family-run hotels, and cap your journey With Zermatt, renowned for its gemutlichtkeit

Duration: 9 days Start Location: Geneva, Switzerland End Location: Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Day 1 : Arrive in Geneva – Transfer to Saas-Fee

    Arrive in Geneva, Switzerland. Meet your guide, then transfer to the resort town of Saas-Fee. Feel free to explore town today before tonight’s orientation and welcome dinner.

  • Day 2 : Saas Fee – Acclimitization Hike

    We’ll spend the day acclimating to the altitude with a few warm-up hike options around The Saas Valley which is rich in alpine flora and fauna.

  • Day 3 : Saas Fee – Staffa/Macugnaga

    The Walser Trail will lead us up over rocky outcroppings to the Monte Moro Pass and into Italy, where we’ll see Monte Rosa. After lunch, we’ll explore the town of Staffa/Macugnaga.

  • Day 4 : Staffa/Macugnaga – Alagna Valsesia

    The trail starts at Borca today, leading us to “Fairies’ Lake,” among marvelous woods, brooks, waterfalls, and up a mule path. After lunch, we’ll descend to Alagna Valsesia.

  • Day 5 : Alagna Valsesia – Gressoney-La-Trinité

    A gondola will bring us to Alpe di Pianalunga, where we’ll hike up through fields of wildflowers, skirt Sasso del Diavolo, then arrive at the Colle d’Olen. After lunch, a visit to the Walser Cultural Center.

  • Day 6 : Gressoney-La-Trinité – Champoluc

    Today we’ll hike on a steep uphill mule path from the Gressoney Valley, climbing uphill through green pastures, wildflowers, farmhouses, and scree fields to Colle del Pinter.

  • Day 7 : Champoluc – Valtournenche

    A slow hike up to Col de Nana, with likely sightings of chamois or ibexes. We’ll descend slightly from the pass and skirt the mountains to Colle di Croux down to Valtournenche.

  • Day 8 : Valtournenche – Zermatt

    Our hike begins high in the Plateau Rosa, a spectacular vista in the midst of the Monte Rosa massif. A local guide will leads down the Theodul Glacier to Trockner Stegg. Tram down to Zermatt with time to explore before our farewell dinner.

  • Day 9 : Departure

    Bid your fellow travelers “arrivederci” before departing for the Geneva airport for your flight home.

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DATES: Best time to go: July - August Departures: Aug 24, 2014 - Sep 1, 2014 Jul 26, 2015 - Aug 3, 2015 Aug 23 - 31, 2015

PRICING:

2014 Prices
$4,995 (6-14 members)
$600 single supplement

2015 Prices
$4,995 (6-14 members)
$600 single supplement

Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.

Expert leadership is the key to an exciting, unforgettable experience. Our trips feature gifted leaders for whom leading trips is a true vocation. Besides showing you wonders you’d never find on your own, they make sure everything runs smoothly and safely without a hitch. They are knowledgeable about all aspects of your trip, and take great pleasure in sharing their insights with you. More than just guides, they positively elevate your experience by being teachers, companions, and the best of friends. You’ll be in good hands with them every step of the way.

  • Laurent Langoisseur

    Laurent Langoisseur hails from Normandy, France, having grown up in Argentan (a small village that became famous in August 1944, “tournai sur dives”). At the age of 12, Laurent read La Grande Crevasse by Roger Frison-Roche, and became fascinated by the guiding and climbing descriptions of the Chamonix-Mont Blanc area. At 16, Laurent visited the area and was hooked. At 19, Laurent joined the French alpine troops, and after a year of service, moved to Chamonix. In 1991, he obtained his European Mountain Leader certification, and in 1995 he was awarded the coveted patch of the Compagnie des Guides. An avid sports enthusiast and inexhaustible hiker, Laurent has hiked the Tour du Mont Blanc close to 100 times. He is also an accomplished mountaineer, having summited Mont Blanc three times, as well as several other mountains over 13,000-feet. When he is not hiking and climbing, Laurent can be found running long distances for fun. Laurent recently completed a 48-mile race in 6 hours; and has also finished 48 miles in 9 hours with 10,000’ of ascent/descent. Laurent has been guiding for MTS since 1995, and is a senior guide on our Tour du Mont Blanc, Mont Blanc Express, Mont Blanc to Matterhorn (Haute Route), GR5, Gran Paradiso, and French Riviera trips, as well as any other trip we can get him on! His knowledge of the culture, history, plants, birds, and the name of every single peak and glacier along the trail is a wonderful complement to his guiding skills. When he isn’t guiding for us, he teaches First Aid and Mountain Rescue to mountain and hiking guides; and during the winter, he’s a ski patrol monitor in the mountains above Chamonix.

  • Stéphane Berger

    Stéphane is a true man of the mountains, with a Savoyard father and Swiss mother. He grew up in Chamonix, then left the valley to follow his first love, architecture. But the call of the wild proved too strong: numerous travels in North Africa, Siberia, and the Himalaya opened a new door to him—the profession of hiking guide. Nowadays Stéphane lives in a chalet in Chamonix from where he escapes frequently to travel the mountain areas of the world. “Steph” has now been a member of the Compagnie des Guides for many years, with over 100 trips to the Alps under his belt.

  • Beatrice Mugnier

    Beatrice is a native of Chamonix, France, and has been guiding professionally in the Alps since 1989. She comes from a family of mountain climbers. Her grandfather was also a professional mountain guide. Aside from being an expert hiking guide, Beatrice is also an avid climber and accomplished skier, and is a ski instructor during the winter months. She loves the mountains, and will share her enthusiasm and her great experience with you during your trip.

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