Situated on the Swiss - Italian frontier, Monte Rosa is spectacular from all angles. More of a massif than a single mountain, Monte Rosa claims ten separate summits over 4000m, making it a mountaineer's paradise. The tour of Monte Rosa is an adventure, taking a high route around the massif.
'The Monte Rosa massif is the biggest in Europe, forming part of the Pennine Alps. Although there are ten peaks over 4,000m in the region, the author describes a trek around the massif rather than a series of climbs. The route is therefore accessible to most walkers.The 134km tour is divided into eight stages, suitable for a two week holiday, or it can be walked gradually over a longer period.'(Walking World Ireland / July - August 2007)
Introduction; The Tour of Monte Rosa; The Region; How to Use this Guide; Which Direction to Go? Practicalities; When to Go; How to Get There; Accommodation; Languages; Currencies; Insurance; Facilities and Gear Shops; Difficulty of the Trail; Maps; Footpaths and Waymarks; Lifts and Buses; Safety; Emergencies and Rescue; Equipment; Glacier Travel; Alpine Weather; Guided Treks; Information; The Monte Rosa Massif; Glaciers; Ancient Passes; 4000m Summits; The Walser Community; The Valleys; The Main Towns; Wildlife and Vegetation; Interesting Visits and Regional Specialities; Shorter Options; The Trek; Route outline; Stage 1: Zermatt to Theodulpass; Stage 2: Theodulpass to R´┐¢sy/St Jacques; Stage 3: R´┐¢sy/St Jacques to Col d'Olen; Stage 4: Col d'Olen to Alagna/Pastore; Stage 5: Alagna/Pastore to Macugnaga; Stage 6: Macugnaga to Saas Fee; Stage 7: Saas Fee to Grachen; Stage 8: Grachen to Zermatt - the Europaweg; Information boxes; The Breithorn; Chamois; Hotel Guglielmina; Transhumance; Ibex; Larch; Marmots; Fighting Cows; Appendices; Appendix 1: Background Reading; Appendix 2: Accommodation; Appendix 3: Useful Contacts; Appendix 4: Useful Terms and Glossary; Appendix 5: Glacier Travel and Crevasse Rescue Techniques
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Hilary Sharp is a qualified Accompagnateur en Montagne and lives in Vallorcine in the Chamonix valley. She leads walking and snowshoe tours and treks throughout the Alps and other mountain ranges. She is the author of Cicerone guides to Snowshoeing and Mont Blanc Walks, and writes regularly for the outdoor press.