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Expedition training

8 four-thousand-meter peaks and thousands of tips in the Monte Rosa range for upcoming expeditions…

Expedition training in the Monte Rosa massif. Learn different ice, snow and rock techniques and experience some of the most beautiful four-thousand-meter peaks in the Alps. The way is the goal. For all who dream of the expedition world.

The Monte Rosa Massif, with its impressive four-thousand-meter peaks, is ideal for our expedition training. From the sleepy village of Alagna on the Italian side, we get close to the glacier by cable car. We have 5 days available to learn everything you might need during an expedition. And along the way we collect up to 8 four-thousand-meter peaks!

Our experienced mountain guides teach you how to walk in rope teams, basic rope techniques, climbing techniques, walking and climbing in ice, snow and firn, easy rock climbs up to the III. difficulty level as well as crevasse rescue and self-restraint techniques. They also show you how to put up your tent in snow and ice, how to melt snow efficiently and how to cook at high altitude. You will familiarize yourself with crampons, ice axes, ropes and gas stoves and learn how to acclimatize properly. Ready for high altitude we will then attempt to reach the highest mountain hut in Europe – the Capanna Margherita on the 4554m high “Signalkuppe”.

You benefit from the expedition experience of our mountain guides. They know exactly what is important.

We will spend two nights in comfortable beds at serviced cabins and two nights in a tent on the glacier. This course is ideal for people who either want to prepare for their first expedition or just want to try out whether they are suitable for an expedition. We offer the course on two fixed dates with 4 to 6 participants but are also happy to run the course as a private package at your individual desired date. The rental equipment is of course included.

Adventure Factor courageous
Experience / Emotion thrilling
Fitness / Struggle sporting
Risk feel free to tell your partner about it
Comfort expedition style


  • Experienced guides prepare you for your first expedition
  • The entire programm will be adjusted to the level of fitness of the participants
  • Collect up to 8 four-thousand-meter peaks
  • Stay one night at the highest hut in Europe
  • Rental gear is included

Trip dates:

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Price per person: 0

The exact course depends on the weather and snow conditions and can be changed by the mountain guide on site if the conditions require it. Likewise, only mountains are climbed, which the mountain guide considers safe according to his personal assessment of the group strength. Thus, a change of the program is possible.

The following itinerary is planned:

Important Notice: It is strongly advised to consider arriving a few days prior to the expedition and embarking on several independent hikes in order to acclimate to the high altitude. The initial night of the training expedition will be spent at an elevation of 3500m. If you come directly from a location at sea level or have a long journey you may encounter difficulties adjusting to the altitude.

Day 1: Meeting point in the morning in Alagna Valsesia, ascent by cable car and short hike to the Mantova hut. Afternoon course program. Overnight stay at the hut.

Day 2: Course program and first summit. Building of basecamp on the glacier. Overnight in a tent.

Day 3: Course program and further four-thousand-metre peaks such as Corno Nero, Balmenhorn and Vincent pyramid. Second night in the tent.

Day 4: Course program and continuous ascent via the two four-thousanders Ludwigshöhe and Parrotspitze to Signalkuppe at an altitude of 4554m. Overnight stay at the famous Capanna Margherita.

Day 5: On our way down from the Margherita hut we attempt to climb the beautiful Zumsteinspitze before descending to the cable car station and down to Alagna, where we end our trip with lots of great memories.

check_circle_outline  Included services:

  • Entire organisation and coordination of the programme 
  • Review of the performance of the guests and development of the individually tailored program
  • All guided tours during the 5 days incl. accommodation and meals
  • IFMGA/AMGA lead guide
  • 2 nights with half board at the huts
  • 2 nights in a tent with expedition breakfast and dinner
  • Cablecar ticket
  • Rental equipment (tent, cooker, dishes, crampons, ice axe, rope, harness, carabiner, sling and rope material, shovel)
  • Safety and liability of an EU based tour operator

highlight_off  Services not included:

  • Journey to Alagna
  • pre and post nights in Alagna
  • Sleepingbag
  • Backpack
  • Hiking boots suitable for crampons
  • Personal clothing
  • Beverages
  • Snacks

info  General information

Tour operator for this trip: Furtenbach Adventures.

Besides technical and fitness requirements, the high altitude and cold temperatures still pose the largest hurdle.

Weather and conditions on the mountain can lead to program or route changes.

Participation in the expedition lies in your own individual responsibility. Furtenbach Adventures assumes no liability for accidents, damages or loss of materials.

If you are not sure that taking part in an expedition like this is the right thing for you, feel free to contact us on Tel +43 512 204134 or e-mail [email protected] for a personal consultation.

This package in general is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility.

https  Insurance

We strongly recommend taking out a travel insurance (including trip cancellation, interruption, medical and luggage insurance) For this journey, the Global Rescue Signature Travel Insurance is suitable. The price of the insurance depends on the trip and the personal data of the traveller. We happily make you an offer after booking or upon request.

To cover search and rescue costs in the mountains, we ask our expedition participants to take out a “medical only”-membership at Global Rescue. This membership can be concluded here before departure: Further information are provided after your booking.

language  Entry requirements

Passport  and Visa Regulations

Swiss or EU citizens:

Italy: When entering the country, you need a passport with a validity of at least 6 months

More detailed information regarding entry, visa and health requirements for this travel destination will be provided once you’ve communicated your nationality.

work  Equipment

The rental equipment is listed under “includes services”. Following your booking we will send you a detailed equipment list. We will be happy to advise you personally during the selection and purchase of required equipment. With years of expedition experience, we know what has proved its worth and what not.

insert_chart_outlined  Difficulty / Technique

The tours are visited under the guidance of the mountain guide. During the first day, the performance of the participants is determined during an aptitude tour and, if necessary, the programme is adjusted. 

perm_identity  Physical Fitness

A key success factor in expeditions is being in good shape. Train in the months before the expedition! Several hour climbs with a backpack (approx.. 18 kg) and a max. of 1000 meters per day should not be a problem for you.

local_hospital  Health

We recommend that each participant undergoes a medical examination prior to the expeditiontraining. Good health is a prerequisite for participation. Particularly important is a visit to the dentist because previously unnoticed dental problems can become quite acute due to the sudden change in pressure conditions in higher altitudes.

payment  Payment

Deposit Payment is made less than eleven months prior to the end of the trip and is a maximum of 20% of the price. The balance must be paid no earlier than 20 days prior to departure. Please find more information regarding the payment in our GTC.

directions_run Right of Withdrawal

The traveller has the right to withdraw from the travel contract at any time by paying the according cancellation fee stated in the General Terms of Conditions of Furtenbach Adventures GmbH .

The following fees apply for cancellations on the part of the client prior to travel:

until 30 days prior to departure…………………………. 30%
29 – 20 days prior to departure…………………….. 40%
19 -10 days prior to departure…………………….. 70%
9 – 4 days prior to departure………………………… 80%
from the 3rd day prior to departure (72 hours)………100%
on the day of departure………………………………… 100% of the tour fee.

The tour operator will be released from the contract if the specified minimum number of participants is not achieved and if the customer has been notified about the cancellation in writing within the following periods: until 20 days prior to departure.