Capanna Margherita old style

2 and 1/2 days mountaineering to reach the highest mountain hut of Europe without the use of the cablecar

The Margherita (Capanna Regina Margherita) is a mountain hut belonging to the Italian Alpine Club, located at 4,554 metres (14,941 ft) above sea level on the summit of Punta Gnifetti (also called Signalkuppe) of Monte Rosa, in Italy, Pennine Alps. It is the highest building in Europe. The Hut is located in Italian territory, near the border between Italy and Switzerland, in the Italian region of Piedmont. The nearest settlements is Alagna Valsesia, starting point for the traditional climb to the hut. The climb to the Hut is quite challenging but without technical difficulties and upon our arrival up there the effort will be rewarded by a magnificent panorama with a good glass of wine and a slice of pizza, obviously Margherita, the highest in Europe!

Capanna Margherita old style
Accomm.Rifugio Grande Halte
Capanna Gnifetti Hut
Level requirednovice to advanced
Max group size5 per guide
Group of 4€ 360 x person
We can help you to find the gear you need or you can take your own. You need good watherproof boots, mountaineering clotes, harness, crampons, ice-axe and walking poles. Please check our gear list.

Day by day program:

Day one: Meeting with your guide in the early afternoon (normally around 1,00 pm) in Alagna at the Caffè del Centro. Briefing with information about weather and program, check of the personal equipment. After a nice caffè we start the walking up to Rifugio Grande Halte (about 2 hour). Before dinner a small lesson about orientiring and the use of GPS system for navigation.

Day two: Early starting in the morning , normally the alarm is set at 6,00 and breakfast at 6,30. The long walk trough green fields at the beginning and steep rocks and morene to reach the glacier in the second part will take us to Rifugio Gnifetti where we will stay over night.

Day three: Early starting in the morning, normally the alarm is set at 4,00 and breakfast at 4,30. We put on the crampons and we start as soon as possible and in 4 / 5 hour we’ll reach Margherita Hut at 4554 mt. After a nice break and a second breakfast with a slice of Pizza Margherita and a beer, a few pictures of the Amazing panorama, we will start the way down to be back in Alagna for the afternoon.

Accommodation: Rifugio Grande Halte (1945 mt) and Rifugio Gnifetti (3647 mt).

Detailed Pricing and Booking

Our guiding price for the climb to Capanna Margherita old style is PER PERSON and based on the group size (I’ve seen it, take me to the BOOKING FORM)

Group sizeGuiding feeHB Grande Halte+Gnifettilift pass (way down)
2 people€ 640€ 85 + € 95€ 40
3 people€ 460€ 85 + € 95€ 40
4 people€ 360€ 85 + € 95€ 40
5 people€ 300€ 85 + € 95€ 40


Price Includes
– 2 and 1/2 days guiding with UIAGM mountain guide and expenses for the guide
– Harness, carabiners if you don’t have and rope

Not included
– Renting of the crampons, ice axes, ski poles (5 € per item per day)
– 1 night accommodation half board in Rifugio Grande Halte (85 € per person)
– 1 night accommodation half board in Capanna Gnifetti (95 € per person)
– Lift pass from Punta INDREN top station to Alagna (40 € per person)
– Lunches
– Backpack and glacier equipment (avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe) if required. We can provide for rent the gear you need
– Mountain rescue insurance:

We highly recommend that you arrange your own personal insurance before undertaking any mountain activity.
You can have a look at your own country EUROP-ASSISTANCE, they normally have an outdoor insurance (Outdoor no problem), or we suggest to register as member of your country Alpine Club (like CAF or CAS or BMC, personal insurance is included and also discounted price at mountain huts. Here you can see the official list). If your country doesn’t have an Alpine Club you can also check out the Britannia Section of Alpenverein, that is now normally open also to non-resident in UK:

Please click here if you would like to have information about nutrition during your skiing days.

Download the recommended EQUIPMENT LIST for this program here: Capanna Margherita Equipment List

Group size: max. 5 people per guide. Private groups only.

This is the “classic” program but other options are available and we can also tailor a program to suit you. All of these programs must be booked in advance in order to secure hotel and huts accommodation.


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