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A guidebook to walking the The Tour of Monte Rosa, a 9-10 day, 134km trek circling Monte Rosa anti-clockwise from Zermatt. The high route hugs glaciers and has views of over ten 4000ers. All essential information is provided, including outline maps, route profiles, advice on glacier crossing and accommodation.
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This guidebook to walking the Tour of Monte Rosa, explored the Italian-Swiss border region in an 8-stage trek, starts and finishes in Zermatt. Along the way, the Alpine trail takes in spectacular views of the Monte Rosa massif, including ten 4000m summits, as well as breaks in mountain huts and the towns of Resy, Saas Fee, Macugnaga and Cervinia among others. The guidebook also provides a wealth of practical information on the area, travel, and the best way to tackle the trek.
Situated on the Swiss Italian frontier, the Monte Rosa massif is the largest massif in western Europe. The Tour of Monte Rosa is an adventure, challenging and very varied, taking a high route around the massif, hugging the glaciers on several stages. As the tour passes through areas of true wilderness, walkers will experience a sense of remoteness rarely found in the Alps. The spectacular scenery is not all that the Tour of Monte Rosa offers: the contrast between the Swiss and Italian sides of the range adds immeasurably to the whole experience and walkers are advised to take the time to explore some of the charming hamlets and villages found en route and to savour fully the different gastronomy, history and culture that make up this alpine region.
The Europaweg seems to be undergoing more changes. Please note that in the latest Tour of Monte Rosa guidebook the author advises against the Europaweg and recommends the alternative valley route. The Europaweg is no longer being checked by Hilary Sharp.
The section of Europaweg 1km south of Europahutte seems to be permanently closed, and no longer appears as waymarked footpath on maps. This trail does often change so, to avoid any confusion, please check on the Europaweg website before you go.
|The Monte Rosa massif|
|The Walser community|
|The main towns|
|Wildlife and vegetation|
|When to go|
|Languages and currencies|
|Emergencies, rescue and insurance|
|Clothing and equipment|
|Planning your trek|
|Using this guide|
|Tour of Monte Rosa|
|Stage 1 Zermatt to Theodulpass|
|Stage 2 Theodulpass to Resy/St Jacques|
|Stage 3 Resy/St Jacques to Gabiet|
|Stage 3A St Jacques to Gabiet via Colle di Pinter|
|Stage 4 Gabiet to Alagna/Pastore|
|Stage 5 Alagna/Pastore to Macugnaga|
|Stage 6 Macugnaga to Saas Fee|
|Stage 7 Saas Fee to Grächen|
|Stage 8 Grächen to Zermatt – the Europaweg|
|Stage 8A Grächen to Zermatt – valley route|
|Appendix A Route summary table|
|Appendix B Summits of the Monte Rosa massif|
|Appendix C Accommodation|
|Appendix D Useful contacts|
|Appendix E Glossary of useful terms|
|Appendix F Glacier travel and crevasse rescue techniques|
|Appendix G Background reading|