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Spaghetti Tour. 5 day trek around Monta Rosa, Italian Alps.

Date walked: 23/06/2016

The Spaghetti Tour. A 5 day trek around the Monta Rosa Range, in the Swiss/Italian Alps starting from Zermatt.
Friday 24th-28th June 2016.

Day 1.
Zermatt to the Breithorn (4165m) Then to the Val d'Ayes Hut (3440)
Hot and sunny, cold on the Breithorn.
A cable car from Zermatt took us to Klein Matterhorn (3883m) From there we roped up to cross the glacier steadily climbing steeper to the summit of the Breithorn.
An airy ridge leads back down to the glacier, which undulates then drops steeply to our hut for the night.

ImageView of the Matterhorn from Zermatt by Alan, on Flickr

ImageBreithorn and Klein Matterhorn by Alan, on Flickr

ImageBreithorn by Alan, on Flickr

ImageBreithorn summit by Alan, on Flickr

ImageMont Blanc in the left distance by Alan, on Flickr

ImageBreithorn summit ridge by Alan, on Flickr

ImageGlacier walking to the Rifugio Sella (1) by Alan, on Flickr

ImageGlacier walking to the Rifugio Sella (2) by Alan, on Flickr

ImageRifugio Sella in view. by Alan, on Flickr

ImageRifugio Sella by Alan, on Flickr

ImageLast sun from the Rifugio Sella by Alan, on Flickr

Day 2. Saturday 25th
Val d'Ayes Hut (3440) to St Jacques village (1689m)
Cloudy morning, thunder storm early afternoon, hot and sunny later.
We awoke to cloud and a poor forecast so our planned high route over Castor (4221m) to our next mountain hut (Quintinu Sella) was out, there was an alternative route which took us down the valley then re-climb up. We dropped down to the valley, but a bad lightning storm stopped us from continuing back uphill. A check on the map showed a village several kilometres down the valley, so we headed down, ironically the storm passes and the sun broke out as we neared the village.
We found a nice apartment and a bar showing the Wales v Northern Ireland Euro game which Wales won 1-0, happy days! :D

ImageDropping down from the Val d'Ayes Hut by Alan, on Flickr

ImageDropping down from the Val d'Ayes Hut by Alan, on Flickr

ImageThunder brewing clouds in the valley. by Alan, on Flickr

ImageEnjoying a beer in sunshine after the storm. (2) by Alan, on Flickr

Day 3. Sunday 26th
St Jacques Village (1689m) to the Rifugio Gniffeti (3647m)
Hot and mainly sunny, cloud later on our climb to the hut.
To get back on track we had to climb the Valley della Forca pass (2672m) then down to the village of Stafel where a cable car took us back up towards our next hut the Rifugio Gniffeti.
From the cable car it was straight onto the glacier for a steep climb though deep snow and occasional rock scrambling to the hut.

ImageView from our balcony in Saint Jacques by Alan, on Flickr

ImageSaint Jacques by Alan, on Flickr

ImageValley della Forca. by Alan, on Flickr

ImageValley della Forca. (2) by Alan, on Flickr

ImageValley della Forca. (3) by Alan, on Flickr

ImageValley della Forca pass (2672m) by Alan, on Flickr

ImageHeading for the Refuge Gnifetti (3647m) (1) by Alan, on Flickr

ImageHeading for the Refuge Gnifetti (3647m) (2) by Alan, on Flickr

Day 4. Monday 27th
Rifugio Gniffeti (3647m) to the Margaerita Hut (4554m) (Highest hut in the Alps)
Taking in Ludwigshöhe, (4342m) en route.
Warm and sunny.
Today we would climb to some of the highest mountains in the Alps, one of them spectacularly capped by a mountain hut, this would be the highpoint and highlight of our trek, we had preyed for good weather for our stay up here, luckily our prayers were answered, as we had perfect weather, visibility and a sunset to die for.
But it was bloody hard work getting there, much climbing up steep and deep fresh snow covered glaciers, we even climbed another mountain Ludwigshöhe en route.

ImageClimbers leaving the Refuge Gnifetti (3647m) by Alan, on Flickr

ImageEarly morning view from the Refuge Gnifetti (3647m) (2) by Alan, on Flickr

ImageLeaving the Refuge Gnifetti (3647m) by Alan, on Flickr

ImageGlacier walking (1) by Alan, on Flickr

ImageGlacier walking (2) by Alan, on Flickr

ImageRefuge Gnifetti (3647m) (1) by Alan, on Flickr

ImageRefuge Gnifetti (3647m) (2) by Alan, on Flickr

ImageGlacier walking by Alan, on Flickr

ImageView to Mont Blanc in the distance by Alan, on Flickr
ImageGlacier walking (3) by Alan, on Flickr

ImageGlacier walking (4) by Alan, on Flickr

ImageLiskamm (4479m) (2) by Alan, on Flickr

ImageLudwgshohe summit (4341m) (2) by Alan, on Flickr

ImageLiskamm (4479m) by Alan, on Flickr

ImageLast push to the Margherita Hut (4559m) by Alan, on Flickr

ImageViews from the Margherita Hut (4559m) (1) by Alan, on Flickr

ImageViews from the Margherita Hut (4559m) (2) by Alan, on Flickr

ImageViews from the Margherita Hut (4559m) (3) by Alan, on Flickr

ImageMargherita Hut (4559m) Sunset (1) by Alan, on Flickr

ImageMargherita Hut (4559m) Sunset (2) by Alan, on Flickr

ImageMargherita Hut (4559m) Sunset (3) by Alan, on Flickr

ImageMargherita Hut (4559m) Sunset (4) by Alan, on Flickr

ImageMargherita Hut (4559m) Sunset (5) by Alan, on Flickr


Day 5. Tuesday 28th
Margharita (4554m )- Monte Rosa Hütte - Gornergrat Railway – Zermatt.
Sunny. Cold up high, but hot again lower down the glacier.
We left the hut on another breathtaking day, the walk down the Monte Rosa glacier was a treat, with just a few crevasses to weave our way through. Once at the Monte Rosa hut the terrain changed, first to steep snow slopes, then horrible moraine boulder fields, followed by a dry glacier with massive crevasse crumbling at the edges, all of this making for very tiring walking. Once across the glacier we climbed ladders and scrambled up rock ledges to reach the path that would take us up to the Gornergrat railway, and a well deserved leisurely journey back to Zermatt.
What a fantastic trip it was. We were lucky with the weather, these trips have to be booked well in advance, if we would have had bad weather it would have been called off for sure, it's not the terrain to be in any type of bad weather, not for us anyway.
And a big thanks to Martin and Nathan for making it such a memorable trip. :clap:
ImageClimbers leaving the Margherita Hut (4559m) by Alan, on Flickr

ImageEarly morning views from Margherita Hut (4559m) (1) by Alan, on Flickr

ImageEarly morning views from Margherita Hut (4559m) (2) by Alan, on Flickr

ImageLeaving the Margherita Hut (4559m) by Alan, on Flickr

ImageMonta Rosa glacier (2) by Alan, on Flickr

ImageMonta Rosa glacier (3) by Alan, on Flickr

ImageMonta Rosa glacier (4) by Alan, on Flickr

ImageMonta Rosa glacier (5) by Alan, on Flickr

ImageMonta Rosa glacier (6) by Alan, on Flickr

ImageMonta Rosa glacier (7) by Alan, on Flickr

ImageMonta Rosa Hut (2) by Alan, on Flickr

ImageMonta Rosa glacier (8) by Alan, on Flickr

ImageGornersee Lake (1) by Alan, on Flickr

ImageGornersee Lake (3) by Alan, on Flickr

ImageGornersee Lake (4) by Alan, on Flickr

ImageGornersee Lake (5) by Alan, on Flickr

ImageMatterhorn from the Monta Rosa glacier by Alan, on Flickr

ImageA tricky traverse on the edge of the Monta Rosa glacier by Alan, on Flickr

ImageThe lower path to Gornergrat (1) by Alan, on Flickr

ImageThe lower path to Gornergrat (2) by Alan, on Flickr

ImageThe lower path to Gornergrat (3) by Alan, on Flickr

ImageLooking back up the Monte Rosa Glacier by Alan, on Flickr

ImageThe Breithorn. by Alan, on Flickr

My video of this trip is here....
https://youtu.be/7JR0mlbFDmk

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