Objective Cervino 4478 mt.
The Cervino 4478 mt., the most noble rock in Europe. It dominates the valleys of Valtournenche in Italy and Zermatt in Switzerland. From this summit the view is 360° of the most beautiful mountains of the alps. The Cervino was first climbed on July 14th 1865 by Sir Edward Whymper. He took the famous Hornli crest and this is now used as the normal route when making the climb from the Swiss side.
The classic ascent from the Italian side passes over the magnificent Cresta del Leone (lions crest). This ridge is where the competition to arrive at the summit first began. Mountaineers such J.A.Carrel, Edward Whymper and Tyndall battled it out over who would conquest Cervino first. Together we will attempt this summit, one of the most important in the history of mountaineering.
Acclimatisation at high altitude. Climb to the summit of the Breithorn West 4165mt - Approx 4 ½ hours
With the ski lifts we go up to Plateau Rosà 3500 mt.. From here by foot we head up towards the Piccolo Cervino.
Across the Glacier and up an easy slope to arrive at the summit. Return to Plateau Rosa and descent back to Cervinia via the lift system.
Punta Tzan 3320mt - Approx 8 hours
We depart by an easy footpath from an altitude of 2050 mt.. This takes us to the Rivolta bivouac (2895 mt.). From here we climb a ridge of rock that takes us to the top 3320 mt.. During this climb you will learn the techniques needed when you climb the Cervino. It is also a good opprtunity for your guide to assess your level and your familiarity with climbing a rocky ridge.
Day off or choice of activity (organised and paid for locally)
It is your choice to take a day off to rest before the Cervino ascent. You could always try something different such as canyoning, tandem paragliding, or rafting
Day 1 of the Cervino Climb. Cervinia to capanna J.A. Carrel 3830mt - 3 ½ hours
We leave Cervinia by Jeep and drive up to Duca degli Abruzzi refuge at 2802 mt.. From here we take a path which takes to the foot of the Cervino and beyond. Roped together with your guide you will climb the first fixed ropes that lead to the J.A. Carrel Refuge and it is here we will spend the night.
J.A. Carrel refuge – Summit Cervino 4478mt - Approx 5 hours ascent / 7 hours descent
We will depart from the refuge at approx 5am. We begin straight away with "la corda della sveglia" then we continue to climb using either fixed ropes or exposed ridges until we reach the summit. Shortly after follows a spectacular sunrise and a chance to enjoy a breathtaking view. We then descend to the refuge, have some lunch and continue on down to Cervinia.
Price: 2,100 Euro
The tour may be modified by your Alpine Guide based on the weather or if the conditions are deemed to be dangerous for the participants.