Monte Rosa : Peak Dufour in 2 days

The Pointe Dufour, with its 4634m, is the summit of what is called the Monte Rosa Massif straddling Switzerland and Italy: it is the second highest massif in the Alps after Mont Blanc.

The name 'Mount Rose' does not come from the pinkish color that the snow takes in the setting sun, but from the Valdostan dialect 'rouésa' or 'rouja', which means' glacier'.You find your guide directly on Zermatt, to join the Monte Rosa Hut at 2883m above sea level, overlooking the Gorner Glacier. The view is already splendid on the dream scenery that surrounds us: Matterhorn, Breithorn, Castor and Pollux, the peaks dominate us for the moment. At the front we leave for the ascent to the Silbersattle at 4515m while joining begins to dawn on the peaks. Then by an aerial ridge we reach the rocky ledge. The 360 ° view is magical from the top!

Itinerary

  • Day 1Monte Rosa shelter

    Go to Zermatt with your guide before the departure of the Gornergrat train. In half an hour we reach the altitude station of Rotenboden at just over 2800m above sea level. From there we first take a path across the Gornergrat. By ladders and handrails we reach the glacier below. It will be necessary to cross it before reaching the moraine of 300m which joins the shelter. Its specific shape and the fact that it is covered with aluminum plates makes it look like a rock crystal. Thanks to its south facade covered by photovoltaic solar collectors and other thermal sensors, the cabin covers 90% of its energy needs, a technological feat at 2883m altitude.

    - Elevation gain / Altitude difference: 300 meters
    - Elevation -: 240 meters
    - Maximal Altitude: 2883 meters
    - Accommodation: Monte Rosa refuge/cottage
    - Activity hours: 4h - 5h

  • Day 2Dufour Peak 4634m

    Early morning departure first in the rocks then we set foot on the glacier: the long climb to join the Silbersattle at 4515m by the Monte Rosa Glescher begins! It ends with a small wall that reaches the Silbersattle: the small pass located between the Nordend and Pointe Dufour. Then rock, ice, snow and we dominate the surrounding peaks: here we are at the top at 4634m, what happiness!
    It will not take too much time because a long descent awaits us, then the path to return to the Rotenboden station will ask to draw on our last resources.

    - Elevation gain / Altitude difference: about 2000 meters
    - Elevation -: about 2060 meters
    - Maximal Altitude: 4634 meters
    - Activity hours: walking, 12h to 16h

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Trip reference: AMR2

The price includes

The deposit of 30% is payable at the time of registration, the balance of the stay must be paid 30 days of departure. Half board accommodation at the cabin Lunch The train to Rotenboden. Supervision by a mountain guide. Collective equipment necessary for security.

The price does not include

Individual technical equipment: mountaineering boots, crampons, ice ax, harness, helmet, backpack, thermos etc ... Beverages in shelters and personal expenses. Insurance / assistance: cancellation, search, rescue, repatriation by helicopter mandatory in Switzerland and Italy in your contract. Travel to and from the rendezvous / dispersal Anything that is not listed in the 'price includes' section.


To pay

on the spot Beverages in shelters and personal expenses.


Insurance

We can offer you our 3 possible formulas: - Cancellation insurance 3% of the price of your stay: for any accident or illness, dismissal, transfer or event occurring prior to departure and preventing you can perform the stay.
- Multi-risk insurance to 4% of the price of your stay: it takes the "cancel" above and also covers you during your stay in search and rescue expenses as well as hospitalization, repatriation, reimbursement of medical expenses, etc. ...
- Repatriation insurance at 2% of the price of the stay: support for search and rescue costs in the mountains, assistance in case of illness, injury during the trip. If you do not wish to subscribe to our insurance you must send us the insurance release sent with your confirmation of registration. If you choose other insurance and assistance contracts, we invite you to check in particular that the search and rescue coverage is appropriate: coverage area, amount, risks covered. For information, a minimum amount of 15 000 € is recommended in the search-and-rescue coverage. Credit cards offer little or no this type of guarantee.

Options

Departure possible for 1 person: 1645 €

Equipment

SUPPLIED EQUIPMENT: 

- collective equipment (ropes, carabiners, ...)
- slippers while in huts.

TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT: 

- Mountaineering boots that you can fit crampons onto (with rigid soles)
- A comfortable mountaineering backpack (40/50L)
- Ice axe, crampons, harness with locking carabiner, helmet 
- One or two collapsible walking poles (depending on what you are used to)
- A thermos water bottle (1.5L)
- A pair of gaiters
- A sheet-type for sleeping bag (there are blankets in the shelters).
- A small toiletry bag and a small towel fast drying (from specialized stores)
- A sunscreen (face and lips).
- A headlamp (LED type). tml
- A pocketknife. 
- Toilet paper + lighter.
- Two plastic bags (100 liters) to protect the backpack from rain. 
- A waterproof pouch/ carrier for your papers, money, phone, insurance / assistance contract, and all your numbers in case of emergency .

INDIVUDUAL EQUIPMENT:

- Cap .
- Hat (or cap) for the sun 
- Snow Goggles (category 4)
- 1 pair of very warm mountain gloves 
- 1 pair of gloves in fleece or wool
- 1 extra safety pair of gloves (optional) 
- Breathable technical underwear
- Breathable Technical Sub-pull (carline, light fleece ...)
- Fleece jacket
- 1 windbreaker jacket and waterproof Gore-Tex
- 1 breathable technical sticky
- 1 cozy mountain pants
- 1 wind pants and waterproof Gore-Tex
- 2 pairs of socks, a thin pair and thick pair of socks
- A pair of gaiters
- A sheet (there are blankets refuge)
- 1 waterproof pouch for your money, your documents like identity card or passport, yours insurance contracts / assistance and emergency phone numbers

EQUIPMENT RENTAL

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HEALTH

Recommendations
Before departure, it is important to have a good physical condition, corresponding to the requirements and activities of the program. Every day activity and the regular practice of a sport with elements of endurance is mandatory for high mountain activities.
This sport can be jogging, cycling, swimming or hiking. For information about the levels of difficulty for our holidays, check the "Evaluate your abilities" sight.
Training tips, however to confirm with your doctor: six months before departure plan to make 1-2 endurance training sessions during the year at least 3 times per week, a hike during  weekends - at least 6 hours with a positive elevation of 400 m / hour over 3 hours. Three months before departure 2 to 3 sessions endurance training per week and increase the walking time during the weekends to 7:00 - 8:00 hours.
Consider also prepare your acclimatization. 
Thank you for informing the agency about your medical conditions and particularity concerning your health: food allergies, diabetes, heart and vascular accidents you might had have, asthma, etc....


Altitude

The summit of Monte Rosa peaks at 4634 m. This altitude requires prior acclimatization. The ideal would be to provide 4 to 8 days and to clime gradually between 2500 m and 3500. Avoid the brutal climbs above 4000 m; they can cause acute mountain sickness. A good acclimatization will help you feel ready for the efforts in front of you on the day of the climb.
ARPE (Association for Research the Environmental Physiology) has published a booklet entitled "Health and Altitude " in collaboration with the French Federation of mountain climbing and with the help of the National Ski and Mountaineering School. 
You'll find advice to prepare your departure, the recommendations during your stay on high altitudes and the useful addresses if you want a medical consultation before your climb.
The A.R.P.E - 74 rue Marcel Cachin - 93017 Bobigny

You can also get valuable information from IFREMMONT institute related to training and medicine research about mountain activities. These doctors are based in Chamonix and they are considered as experts for altitude.

Adaptation of the body to cold and altitude
During your stay in the mountains, where there so far any medical indications related to the altitude and cold weather? It important to answer to this question and we highly recommend you to consult with your physician. We can distinguish two types of stay: one below 1.500 m (accommodation and sport activities), and the one beyond that altitude. Medical side effects/contraindications may occur for a stay beyond 1,500 meters, except in exceptional cases even o the lower altitudes.
Medical side effects/contraindications during your stay in the mountains may appear in the following forms:
- Cardiac
Medical side effects, mainly related to the altitude: heart attacks, serious heart failure/ insufficiency, coronary illness, in general all sort of heart diseases. Please be cautious if you had any kind of heart diseases before; no matter where they were stabilized by treatment they may evolve despite the treatment. 
Why? 
Mainly due to the effect of altitude, related to reduced amount of oxygen - hypoxia, body reaction called “polycythemia". 
- Vascular 
People who have had a stroke recently or ones who are at increased risk of a stroke cannot stay on these altitudes. Those who have had strokes before controlled, treated and followed should seek medical advice before they get to these heights.
-Why? 
Due to oxygen deficit in relation to altitude!
- Respiratory
Respiratory problems may have temporary or relative side effects temporary depending on the severity thereof; those who have problems with asthma have to be careful because of the cold and dry mountain air.
- Neurological
Epileptics and those with problems related to the balance cannot stay in high altitudes. Those taking treatments, and those who did not have a major crisis for a long time, must adjust their treatment because opportunities for new relapse related to the increased activity, stress and hyperventilation created by the altitude. 
- Dermatological :
People sensitive to cold or strong sun and those who have skin diseases should consult their doctor or specialist primarily living for high altitudes should protect themselves before any significant sport activity at certain heights specially if sanding in the cold.
- Pregnancy
You should consult with your specialist. Exposure to winter activities depends on the stage and progress of your pregnancy and medical history.
- Other side effects
For osteoarthritis, recent trauma, poorly controlled diabetes, uncontrolled hypertension, recent illness requiring any monitoring or treatment you should consult with your doctor!

- The effects of altitude on the body: 
Altitude results in a decrease in atmospheric pressures. This reduction has a direct impact on the amount of oxygen available for the human body. Under these conditions, altitude causes oxygen deprivation forcing the human body to adapt on higher ventilation from the normal one (hyperventilation) forcing the red blood cells creating what called polycythemia. 
Furthermore, the direct effect of the increase breathing, on the organism, is increased heart rate, called tachycardia. 
The oxygen decrease is proportional to the altitude.
Your oxygen ventilation rates at sea level "100". On altitude of 1,000 meters, it will rate 88%, and 78% on 2,000 meters, 69% on 3,000 meters, 60% up to 4,000 meters.

The direct effect on humans is a relative decrease in what we call VO2max. Its effects are still negative on the body, at least at first, but slowly adapting to the height allows a number of athletes to prepare for competitions at sea level due to this polycythemia (increased red blood cell), which allows to recover for a short time a "natural doping" of the human body.

How to fight against the harmful effects of altitude?
A priori in France, there are no sufficiently high altitude to cause serious and urgent problems of acute mountain sickness. However, the only solution, in case of emergency is to descend the person, as soon as possible, to lower heights. In case of urgency, it is done by helicopter, but in normal circumstances, one may descend quickly by car or train.

Conclusion :
The effects of altitude are taken into consideration, but the pleasure of ski touring in the mountains during the holidays the benefits go beyond the deficiencies.
You may suffer unknowingly from some disadvantage, however, only the pulmonary edema or brain edema remains a serious potential danger that may lead to death. It only takes to descend to lower heights. A hyperbaric chamber is also a solution!
If case of any doubt, consult your doctor before your holiday, if not for yourself but for the sake of your children, children are more susceptible to altitude sickness.

Source: article by Dr. P. Bacquaert on the medical information website athletes and sports professionals and health: www.irmbs.com


INDIVIDUAL PHARMACY

Your guide has a first aid kit. In consultation with your doctor, prepare your personal pharmacy according to your medical profile and the nature of the intended stay.
Individual pharmacy: 
- An analgesic (avoid aspirin). 
- An anti-inflammatory drugs (tablets and gel).
- A broad-spectrum antibiotic. 
- An antispasmodic, antidiarrheal, antiseptic intestinal, an anti-vomiting
- And double skin dressings, compresses, tapes adhesive
- An antiseptic.
- Sunscreen and Biafine.
- Coated tablets to purify water (type Aquatabs).  Bottle of water is very expensive in heights and on the mountains (up to 8 euros a bottle!).
- In addition: eye drops, tweezers, light tranquilizers and sleeping pills and / or earplugs, tonic for veins (against heavy legs)
- Personal medication.
Take a few pills  from each package of medication, do not need to carry a box of each drug. The guide will also have a pharmacy first aid kit.











Practical information

Country formalities

The information mentioned is only indicative for French nationals. They may be subject to change without notice by the authorities concerned. It is therefore prudent to check with the consulates in the month before your departure.

Passport / Visa Passport:

No Visa:
No CNI: Following the extension since 1 January 2014 of the validity of the French CNI, no change in the date on the document, litigation and difficulties for French travelers are increasing.
1 - As indicated in the Minutes of the Executive Committees of February 5 and April 3, 2014, the SETO took up the issue. SETO's interventions with the French authorities are under way to list the difficulties, find solutions and adapted means.
2 - Agreements have been drawn up between France and certain countries for the prolonged CNI to be accepted. A list of countries accepting this extension of the CNI is available on the website of the French Ministry of the Interior. Explanatory documents translated into the country's languages are downloadable for travelers. However, these documents and explanations are not yet fully accepted and recognized in all listed countries. In the meantime, the SETO therefore recommends to its members to ensure that French direct and indirect customers are fully informed of the situation, ie that a CNI may be refused if the facial validity is out of date. In case of doubt, it is therefore better to recommend the use of a valid passport in place of the CNI. > Vaccine No > Embassy Embassy of Switzerland 142, rue de Grenelle F-75007 Paris Such. : +33 1 49 55 67 00 Fax: +33 1 49 55 67 67 > Framing Our stay is supervised by a mountain guide certified: he can modify the program at any time if the conditions of the mountain, the weather or the physical condition of the participants require it and for the sake of safety.

Accommodation

Sleeping nights are spent in dormitories, blankets are provided. Toiletries will be kept to a minimum. Slippers are at your disposal, so it is useless to provide shoes for the shelter.

Food Meal

• Picnic lunch,
• In the evening meals are taken in shelters.
• The food is not included in the stay: think of providing energy bars, dried fruits, chocolate bars at your convenience before departure. Please tell us when you register any dietary or food allergies.

Drinks

• BEVERAGES ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE STAY. Water is paid in the shelters: count 5 to 8 Euros per bottle following the refuges, think to provide money for the water and the other drinks that you will consume: tea, coffee, beer, coca, etc ...

Additional information

Before your departure, it is important to have a physical condition in accordance with the activity envisaged. Regular practice of an endurance sport is very important, even mandatory for activities in the high mountains. This sport can be jogging, cycling, swimming or walking. For information on the difficulty levels of our stays, visit the page "Evaluate your abilities". Training tips, to be validated with your doctor: six months before the departure plan to do 1 to 2 sessions of endurance sport of at least one hour per week and a hike during the weekend of at least 6 hours with a positive elevation of 400m / hour over 3 hours. Three months before the start go to 2 or 3 endurance sessions per week and increase the weekend hiking time to 7 or 8 hours. Thank you to quickly inform the agency of the medical indications concerning you: food allergies, diabetes, old or recent cardiac and vascular accidents, asthma, etc ...

Altitude

The summit of Mont Blanc rises to almost 5000 m. This altitude requires prior acclimation. The ideal is to provide 4 to 8 days to gradually increase between 2500 m and 3500. Avoid brutal climbs to over 4000 m, they can cause acute mountain sickness. A good acclimatization will completely change the sensations on the day of the ascent. The ARPE (Association for Research in Environmental Physiology) publishes a booklet entitled "Health and altitude" in collaboration with the French Federation of Mountain Climbing and the National School of Ski and Water. 'mountaineering. Here you'll find advice on how to prepare for your departure, recommendations during your altitude stay and useful addresses if you would like a mountain medicine consultation before your ascent. A.R.P.E - 74 rue Marcel Cachin - 93017 Bobigny Tel: 01 48 38 77 57 Fax: 01 48 38 77 77 Email: richalet@smbh.univ-Paris13.fr www.arpealtitude.org You can also obtain valuable information from IFREMMONT, institute for training and research in mountain medicine. These doctors based in Chamonix are experts in altitude. www.ifremmont.com Finally, we recommend that you take a hypoxia test at one of the approved centers in France. The list is available from A.R.P.E and Ifremmont. Adaptation of the body to cold and altitude During a stay in the mountains, is there medical contraindications formally related to altitude and cold ? Answering this question requires all the usual precautions and the advice of the attending physician. However, one can distinguish two types of stay: stays below 1,500m (housing and sports practice included), and stays beyond this altitude. Medical contraindications are only repeated for a stay above 1,500 meters above sea level, except in exceptional cases.

The medical contraindications to stay in the mountains can be: - heart Contraindications are mainly related to altitude. These are recent cardiac events, severe heart failure, coronary heart disease, and more generally, all non-treatment-stabilized or progressive heart disease despite treatment. -> why? mainly because of the effect of altitude on oxygen uptake, and the body's reaction called "polycythemia". - vascular People with recent stroke can not stay at altitude. Those who have had vascular accidents checked, treated and followed, must seek medical advice before staying at altitude. -> why ? because of the oxygen deficit observed as a function of altitude. - respiratory Respiratory diseases may be a temporary or relative contraindication depending on their severity; asthmatics should be wary of cold weather and dry air. - neurological Unbalanced epileptics can not stay at altitude. Those who are taking treatment and who have not had a significant seizure for some time need to adjust their treatment because of the potential for recurrence of effort and hyperventilation created by altitude. - dermatological People who are sensitive to cold or sun or who have skin diseases should consult their doctor or specialist before staying at altitude and must protect themselves significantly before any practice at altitude or in the cold. - pregnancy Refer to the specialist's opinion according to the course of the pregnancy and personal history. - the other contraindications Osteoarthritis, recent trauma, poorly balanced diabetes, uncontrolled hypertension, any recent pathology requiring follow-up or treatment, are among the definitive contraindications or relative to adapting with your doctor.

Adaptation to altitude: - the effects of altitude on the body Altitude is reflected in a drop in atmospheric pressure. This drop has a direct impact on the amount of oxygen available to the human body. In these conditions, the altitude causes a deprivation of oxygen forcing the human body to adapt with a higher than normal ventilation (hyperventilation) and the manufacture of red blood cells creating what is called a polycythemia. On the other hand, the direct effect on the body of increased respiration is the increase in heart rate, ie tachycardia. The oxygen drop is proportional to the altitude. For example, your oxygen ventilation rate at sea level is "100". It will be only 88% at 1,000 meters, 78% at 2,000 meters, 69% at 3,000 meters, 60% at 4,000 meters. The direct effect on man is therefore a relative decrease in what is called VO2max. Its effects are always negative on the body, at least initially because the adaptation to the altitude allows a number of athletes to prepare to perform competitions at sea level, thanks to this polycythemia ( increase of red blood cells), which allows to find for a short time a "natural doping" of the human body. How to react to fight for to fight against the misdeeds of the altitude? A priori in France, there is no altitude high enough to cause serious and urgent problems of acute mountain sickness. However, the only solution that presents itself to us if it intervenes, is to descend the person affected as quickly as possible to a lower altitude. This is usually done by helicopter, but in the context of acute mild harm, you can go down quickly by car or train.

Conclusion The effects of altitude are to be taken into account, but the pleasure of practicing a sport in the mountains during the holidays outweighs the disadvantages. You can suffer without knowing it from some disadvantages. However, only pulmonary edema or cerebral edema remains a potentially serious hazard that can lead to death. To go down in altitude is enough. A stay in hyperbaric chambers is also possible. If you have any doubt, consult your doctor before any visit, either for yourself or for your children, who remain more sensitive than you to the sickness of the mountains. Source: article by Dr. P. Bacquaert on the medical information site for athletes and sport and health professionals: www.irmbs.com Our get together Appointment Meet at 8am in front of Gronergrat train station in Zermatt, ready to leave, with your equipment. Access By car : Follow Lausanne, Martigny, Sion, Visp and Täsch. By train : www.voyages-sncf.com, until Martigny. www.cff.ch: Martigny to Zermatt. Dispersion At the end of the day in Zermatt. Stay before or after the tour TascherHof Hotel Bahnofstrasse 3929 Täsch Tel: 00 41 27 966 62 62 http://www.taescherhof.ch/d/sprachen/francais.php info @ TAESCHERHOF. Parking during the tour The road stops at Täsch and the train is mandatory for the climb to Zermatt. All information on: http://www.zermatt.ch/fr/page.cfm/zermatt_matterhorn/anreise/auto