Tour of Monte Rosa

A Trekker's Guide

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9781852847302
Published
17 Apr 2015
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Second
Pages
176
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17.2 x 11.5 x 1.3cm
Weight
240g

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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.

Seasons Seasons
Although only one section of the trek is on glaciers, the trails are often high and late lying snow can remain on shady slopes well into July. High summer is the ideal time for this trek, and earlier or later some slopes could be quite dangerous for walkers.
Centres Centres
Zermatt, Grächen, Saas Fee, Macugnaga, Alagna, Gressonney St Trinité, St Jacques, Cervinia
Difficulty Difficulty
The trek is ideal for keen hillwalkers who enjoy rocky terrain, long days and who have a sense of adventure. The one glacier crossing is easy doesn't require technical skills other than being able to walk on gentle terrain in crampons and knowing how to stay safe. Regular hiking gear will do the trick but a rope, harness and crampons could be required for the glacier section.
Must See Must See
Monte Rosa peaks, including the east face (highest wall in the Alps) and other summits - Lyskamm, Matterhorn, Theodule Glacier, Walser culture, alpine culture in Switzerland and Italy. Col Turlo - ancient route now remade by the Italian alpine. Fauna - especially the ibex. High alpine flora - notably the King of the Alps.
Availability
Published
ISBN
9781852847302
Published
17 Apr 2015
Edition
Second
Pages
176
Size
17.2 x 11.5 x 1.3cm
Weight
240g
  • Overview

    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. 

  • Contents

    Introduction
    The region
    The Monte Rosa massif
    Glaciers
    Ancient passes
    The Walser community
    The valleys
    The main towns
    Wildlife and vegetation
    When to go
    Getting there
    Getting around
    Accommodation
    Regional highlights
    Languages and currencies
    Emergencies, rescue and insurance
    Alpine weather
    Clothing and equipment
    Maps
    Glacier travel
    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

  • Maps
    Maps

    There are various 1:50,000 maps that each cover the entire Tour of Monte Rosa. The easiest to buy online are:

    • Swiss Topo 5028T Monte Rosa Matterhorn
    • Tour du Mont Rose L’Escursionista Editore EAN/ISBN: 9788890833410

    Otherwise two maps cover the whole route:

    • 1:50,000 Istituto Geografico Centrale (IGC) 5 Cervino-Matterhorn e Monte Rosa
    • 1:50,000 Carte Nationale de la Suisse 5006 Matterhorn Mischabel

    The following 1:25,000 maps cover the Tour:

    • 1:25,000 Carte Nationale de la Suisse 1348 Zermatt; 1329 Saas; 1349 Monte Moro; 1328 Randa; 1308 St Niklaus
    • 1:25,000 IGC 108 Cervino Matterhorn Breuil Cervinia Champoluc; 109 Monte Rosa Alagna Macugnaga Gressoney

    Maps are available locally or from The Map Shop (www.themapshop.co.uk), Stanfords (www.stanfords.co.uk) and Cordee (www.cordee.co.uk).

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    July 2016

    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.

    April 2016

    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. 

  • Reviews

    Reader comment received 29/09/2015

    This is just to let you know that my wife and I got back from the Alps a few days ago having completed the Monte Rosa round earlier this month, and we found your guide invaluable, so thanks for the work you put into it. We're now confirmed Alpine trekkers, we had an amazing time!
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Hilary Sharp

Hilary Sharp is British, a qualified Accompagnatrice en Montagne (International Mountain Leader), and is based permanently in France. After 23 years living in the Alps she now lives in northern Provence, within easy driving distance of the southern French Alps. She runs her own trekking business, Trekking in the Alps and Provence, guiding walks in winter, spring and summer (hilaryalp@gmail.com; www.trekkinginthealps.com; www.trekkinginprovence.com). Her love of walking and climbing has taken her to many parts of Europe and further afield. Hilary occasionally contributes to British walking magazines and is author of Trekking and Climbing in the Western Alps (New Holland, 2002).

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