Margherita Hut 2 days mountaineering course

2 days mountaineering course with the climb to the highest mountain hut of Europe

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!

Margherita Hut 2 days mountaineering course
Accomm.Capanna Gnifetti Hut
Level requirednovice to advanced
Max group size5 per guide
Group of 4€ 280 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 zero optional: Meeting with your guide at Locanda Margherita B&B in Rassa, welcome drink and initial briefing with the checking of your gear and discussion of the program)

Day one: Transfer / meeting to Alagna early morning (normally around 8,00 am) at the cablecar bottom station, morning briefing with information about weather and program, check of the personal equipment. With the cablecar we reach Punta INDREN (top station of the Alagna’s cablecar), we start the walk/climb up to Capanna Gnifetti Hut (3647m) that we will reach in a couple of hour. Along the way your guide will teach to you the basic technique on using crampons and safety gear with practicing on rope work. In the afternoon your guide will show to you how to do a crevasse rescue and everyone will practice this maneuver.

Day two: Early starting in the morning, normally the allarm 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. During the climb the guide will explane to you more information about weather, evaluation of the snow and glacier conditions and risk, the best way to be roped up on the glacier depending on the terrain situation and how to manage a rescue in case of accident.

Accommodation: Locanda Margherita B&B in Rassa at 16th km from Alagna for the first night (optional, price not included) and Rifugio Gnifetti the second night.

Detailed Pricing and Booking

Our guiding price for the climb to Margherita Hut 2 days mountaineering course is PER PERSON and based on the group size (I’ve seen it, take me to the BOOKING FORM)

Group sizeGuiding feeHB Gnifettilift pass
2 people€ 500€ 95€ 45
3 people€ 350€ 95€ 45
4 people€ 280€ 95€ 45
5 people€ 240€ 95€ 45


Price Includes
– 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 Capanna Gnifetti (95 € per person)
– Lift pass to/from Punta INDREN top station (45 € 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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