Rifugio Capanna Margherita Classic

1 and 1/2 day climb in The Monte Rosa massif to reach the highest mountain hut of Europe

Colle del Lys

Margherita Hut 4554 m

The Rifugio 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 Classic 1 and 1/2 day climb in The Monte Rosa
Accomm.Capanna Gnifetti Hut
Level requirednovice to advanced
Max group size5 per guide
Group of 4€ 260 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: (After a relaxing morning and a nice breakfast we get ready with our backpacks). At midday we transfer to Alagna, we can have a sandwich at the Caffè del Centro and then we get the first lift of the cablecar in the afternoon. From 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.

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.

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 Capanna Margherita in 1 and 1/2 day 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€ 460€ 95€ 45
3 people€ 330€ 95€ 45
4 people€ 260€ 95€ 45
5 people€ 220€ 95€ 45


Price Includes
– 1 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 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: www.alpenverein.at/britannia/membership/

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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