We'll meet on the 22d of July, 18pm at Upguides headquarters in Sollières, for a first contact and a weather / backpack check.
Friday 23: On the road to Italy! It takes 3h, via the Col du Mont-Cenis, to reach Greyssoney, where we will get geared up and take the lifts.
From there, two options are possible, depending on the group and the weather.
Hut to hut :
From the top chairlift, we will hike 1000 vertical meters to the Quintino Sella hut at 3585 m.
The next morning we will climb the famous Castor (4223 m). This is a short (approx 700 m) and technically easy hike, so a perfect first day to get acclimatized smoothly!
On Sunday, early start for a long day of glacier hiking close to the famous Lyskamm ridge. The main difficulty will be on the Nazo du Lyskamm ( 4272 m) with some mixed climbing and a 80 m / 45° slope. Secured by the rope, this crux will take us to the descent towards the Lys Glacier. We'll keep going to the Mantova hut for a well deserved break before heading down to the valley via the Indren cable car (3250 m).
Based in one hut :
The huts Citta di Mantova (3440m) and Gnifetti (3590 m), only 150 vertical meters apart are the ideal basecamps to discover the mountains around.
On the first day, a short and easy hike will take us to the glacier where we will teach you about walking with crampons.
The second day, we'll keep acclimatizing by hiking to the Pyramide Vincent, 4215 m. This glacier hike is both spectacular and easy, on massive glaciers. Back to the hut early enough to recover.
On Sunday we'll get up much earlier to reach our goal : the Punta Gnifetti at 4558 m. Technically easy, this day will be much about endurance!. A quick visit to Europe's highest mountain hut will help us recover some power before starting to hike back down to the valley, filled with beautiful high altitude memories!