Self-Guided Tour of Monte Rosa

Hike the Italian Swiss Alps

Trip Details

Location Italy, Aosta and Piemonte Regions Italy and the Valais, Switzerland
Length 10 days
Grades Strenuous, Strenuous Plus
Accommodations Hotel, Mountain Hut
Group size 0
Dates Jul 1, 2019 - Sep 15, 2019
Land Cost $2,495.00
Single Supp Cost $0.00

Hiking Trip Summary

Resting just east of the Matterhorn is the stunningly beautiful Monte Rosa. Anchoring one of the most heavily glaciated areas in the Alps, Monte Rosa Massif encompasses the highest peaks in Switzerland and is the centerpiece of this circular hike.

Beginning in Valtournenche on the Italian Matterhorn, this route dips into the Aosta and Piemonte regions of the northern Italy, winding its way over mountain passes and down into quiet villages. Circling into Switzerland and the western Valais, the route will bring you to the resort towns of Saas Fee and Graechen before ending in Zermatt hiking on the famous Europa Weg.

From the hushed mountains passes and isolated stone farms to the broad green valleys dotted with wooden Swiss chalets; from the buzz of thriving Swiss mountain resorts to the tranquility of remote Italian mountain villages, from pasta to rosti this trip will undoubtedly offer yet another intriguing mix of landscapes and cultures.


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Additional Information


  • General consulting regarding hiking dates and abilities
  • Travel information and suggestions
  • Detailed Topo maps covering the route
  • Detailed trail notes – we keep our notes updated and as accurate as possible
  • Additional information covering various aspects of your trip (i.e. lunches, laundry, water, refuge routines, alternate transportation, etc.)
  • All overnight accommodations, which include breakfasts and most dinners (hotels with private baths as described in itinerary, other overnight accommodations may vary)
  • All private taxi transfers, if any, as detailed in the final itinerary

The above may change depending your final confirmed itinerary.


Air fare, lunches, any transfers or excursions on trains, lifts, buses, taxis, luggage transfer to Zermatt, extra charges due to changes in itinerary, items not on set dinner menu, dinners in Valtournenche and Zermatt and as described in the final itinerary, beverages except what is served at breakfast, insurance, items of personal nature (phone calls, laundry, excess baggage charge, medical expenses, evacuation costs, insurance, passport fees, etc.).  This may change depending on your final confirmed itinerary.


Switzerland has a wonderfully extensive, organized and efficient public transportation system. There are any number of passes available through the Swiss Rail service that can help economize on your travel within Switzerland, as well as help make your travel go more smoothly. Passes can allow for reduced fares on most, but not all, trains, buses, lifts, and ferries as well as on transfers on unaccompanied luggage.

For more information on how your self-guided trip might benefit from a Swiss pass, please contact us or you may also like to visit My Switzerland and Swiss Rail .


This trip is not luggage supported. You carry with you what you will need for the duration of the trip. We provide a detailed packing list; however, plan on carrying roughly a 20 lbs. pack. (See our sample packing list.) With advances in synthetic clothing and other travel gear, it’s possible to keep your pack weight to 20 lbs. including lunch and water. Any extra luggage you will not need can be sent to Zermatt to meet you at the end of your hike; however, there are some restrictions and limitations. The best option will include either arriving in Valtournenche without any additional luggage or sending extra luggage directly from the Geneva Airport on your arrival. We are happy to describe options. Please call us before making any plans. Any luggage transfer costs are not included in the cost of the trip.


The accommodations vary from comfortable 2 and 3 star hotels to one night in a rustic mountain cabane. Your trip may or may not included the following depending on your final confirmed itinerary.

Hotels: Hotels with private baths included Valtournenche, St. Jacques/Champoluc, Gressonay, Alagna, Macugnaga, Saas Fee, Graechen and Zermatt. These hotels are comfortable and welcoming.

Cabanes or Refuges:  Europa Hut is a classic, old-fashioned mountain hut with its small bunk rooms and limited personal space. It caters to high mountaineers as well as hikers. It is usually very busy. The views from the hut are incredible.

The atmosphere is friendly and jovial as hikers from many countries gather to spend the night. We believe that staying in the cabanes and small hotels offers a wonderful opportunity to meet hikers from other parts of the world, experience something new and wonderful and take part in the simple tradition of the European style of hiking hut-to-hut.

Meals: Breakfasts are served each morning at the hotels and at Europa Hutte. Lunches are picnic style on the trail. Dinners are served at most hotels and at Europa Hutte. Dinners are not included in Valtournenche, Alagna, Macugnaga or Zermatt.


Milan Malpensa (Italy) is the closest international airport to Valtournenche. The other option is the Geneva Airport. From Geneva you can take the train to Martigny, and then the bus to Aosta and on to Valtournenche. We will be happy to help with your travel options. Please allow for travel time when making plans.


This route normally starts in Valtournenche, Italy. However there are other places from where you can start this hike. Call us with your travel time frame and we can come up with some ideas.


Normally this route ends in Zermatt, however you can end the hike is other Swiss villages.


Our Tour Monte Rosa is a fantastic route for strong hikers with self-guided experience. If you enjoy quiet trails and challenging days, staying in small villages then this is the trip for you. If you like the sound of this hike but are not sure of doing on a self-guided basis, we encourage you to join our guided hike.


We are a small company. The founders take part in every aspect of the business from designing our trips, to speaking directly with prospective hikers, to guiding. We are intimately familiar with our trip areas, the hotel and hut owners and service providers with whom we work. At the end of a day of hiking you will be greeted with the same welcome as if we were arriving along with you. We are dedicated to providing personal attention and crafting a quality experience at good value that is just right for you. We are happy to send you a list of past participants. They will give you an honest insight to their experiences.

Reserving a Trip

A deposit of $400 along with your completed registration forms will reserve a space on your requested trip. We accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express card as well as personal checks. To make a deposit, you may either follow one of the “Reserve a Trip” links below, give us a call at 1-888-845-5781, or include your payment information in the area provided when completing your registration forms.

Before registering for this, please read our Terms and Conditions in their entirety and then refer to our Self-Guided Trips page for specific information regarding the process.

The balance is due 60 days prior to departure for most of our trips. When applying less than 60 days prior to departure, full payment is due. For final payments, we accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express, as well as personal checks.

As confirmation of receipt of your deposit and registrations, we will send you a comprehensive packet of information pertaining to your trip, an invoice for final payment and additional information including release agreement form, medical information form, travel information, and packing list. Upon receipt of final payment, you will receive trip rendezvous information and a list of accommodations. Returning trip participants will receive a 5% discount on most trips.

Receipt of all forms will finalize your registration.

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