Location and access

Path to the mountain crystal


The Monte-Rosa hut is located in the most pristine landscape
surrounded by the spectacular Gorner, Grenz and Monte-Rosa
glaciers. The name of the area is “Plattje” which lies at the foot of the Monte Rosa massif/mountain range. The hut is an ideal starting point for the many hikes up to 4000 meter peaks, for example the Dufourspitze, Nordend and Lyskamm mountains.

 

Summer

Summer access

The old route 4+ hours
The Monte-Rosa hut is located in high-altitude mountains and is not considered to be a standard hikers’ cottage. The start is at Rotenboden (Gornergratbahn) station along a wide and easy walkable trail followed by a climbing up a 15m ladder. Thereafter you reach a passage over the Gorner glacier. The route through the glacier is identified with blue and white markings. Please note that crampons are required. Once you walk through the glacier you reach the Monte Rosa lake. Straight after the lake, a steep path leads you to the hut.

Old route on the map

Panoramatrail Monte Rosa Hütte,      4 hours

New option available from the 6th July 2019

The trail starts from Rotenboden and is a wide and easily accessible path. At the end of this accessible path you continue walking straight little left to the Gorner glacier. At the glacier, there is an ascent. Over the big crevasses you cross the glacier. Crampons are necessary. After the Glacier leads the Panoramatrail to the first moraine you get into big rocks. After the secone moraine you go over some slate plates. Some ropes and step iron make the crossing easier. After the third moraine the Monte Rosa Hut is nearby.

The route is identified with blue and white markings. It is a high alpine hiking trail with a difficulty of T4 according to the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC).

Monte Rosa mountain trail on the map

 

Important:

The transitions as well as pathways on the glacier may change and are often tricky. Proper hiking boots and crampons are necessary. Poles or an ice axe, and eventually a rope would be helpful to have with you. In addition, good stamina and physical endurance is essential.

Descent

4hours through the old path or via the new Monte Rosa Panoramatrail  (see the ascents).

Gorner glacier- a very special experience for the guests, 6+ hours

The walk starts at the Monte Rosa hut and follows the Gorner glacier all the way down to Furi – Zermatt. The walking time on the glacier itself would be approximately 4.5 hours. We do advise a mountain guide.

Winter - A paradise for ski tourers!

The climb

Schwarztor, 4-5 hours
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Start is at the Klein Matterhorn over the Schwarztor towards the Gorner glacier with an ascent to the hut.

Gandegg, 5 hours
Start at Klein Matterhorn or Furgsattel and go towards Gandegg Skilift, then pass over the lower Theodul glacier on to the Gorner glacier and go up to the hut.

Gornerli, 6-7 hours
Start in Zermatt or Furi and go pass over the Gornerli and Gorner glacier to the hut.

Stockhorn, 4-5 hours
Start at the Rote Nase station over the Stockhorn and the Saaserlücke to reach the hut.
Please be aware of the train and gondela schedule!

Starting in May
From the beginning of May, when the trail has no snow and is dry, the start of the hike is at the station Rotenboden which follows the summer path towards the Gorner glacier. Once you reach the glacier, you have an option to ascend on skis to reach the hut. This variation is also used as a way back to Zermatt when the gorge at the bottom of the Gorner glacier can no longer be hiked through.

Coordinates

629.146/089.553

2883 mamsl

Maps

1348 Zermatt (1:25000)
284 Mischabel (1:50000)

Starting point of climb

Rotenboden

Duration of climb

4.5 hours

Difficulty

intermediate, glacier-transitions

Minimal equipment

Mountain shoes
Crampons