Traversed to Dufourspitze. Part of three day tour including Castor, Pollux, Lyskamm traverse, Parrotspitze etc.
A long day starting in the Marguerita hut at 8 AM and ending in Zermatt at 7:30 PM. Took us 25 minutes from Marguerita hut to the summit of Zumsteinspitze and then an addtional 3 hours to reach the top of Dufourspitze. A very beautiful ridge traverse. From there, 4 hours down to the Monte Rosa hut and an additional 2.5 hour and two glaciers to the Rotenboden train station. From there a half and hour ride to Zermatt.
Easy walk up. The ridge to the Grenzgipfel is very airy..... (but very nice!!)
I and Jolanda, we decide to celebrate our engagement in the deep blue of the infinitive.
Started at 5am in the morning, we reached the summit in about 3hours.
Fantastic day, but so cold and windy.
Nice hight walking. Very nice day: sunny but very worm.
We started at 4:30 in the morning from Città di Mantova hutte and we arrived at the top of Zumsteinspitze in 2:40. Than we traversed to Signalkuppe, Parrotspitze, Ludvishohe, Corno Nero and back again at the hutte before 12:00.
A long walking for an unforgettable day.
I suggest to try: long but easy. And very spectacular
just passing by en after the summit we went back to zermatt via the grensgletjer. On the top photo you see my friends
Due to bad conditions on Täschhorn - Dom - Traverse, my friends Anton, Albert and Albrecht returned to Germany, so that we did not try it this year. Instead I called some other friends from the German Alpine Club in Ulm, who just came down from Grand Combin. Within 2 hours we decided to make this traverse, although we all do not like glacier walking, which is the main part of the whole trip, if you want to make the Monte-Rosa-traverse.
Finally, Wolfgang, Andreas, Michael and I climbed this traverse Signalkuppe - Zumsteinspitze - Dufourspitze on a very sunny day and with best rockclimbing conditions. Wolfgang and I climbed without using any rope.
We started the whole trip from Monte-Rosa-Hut, climbed Grenzglacier up to Rif. Magherita and returned to Monte-Rosa-Hut after the traverse. All glaciers had very big crevasses.
3 years ago Zumsteinspitze was the highlight of a week's trip. But this time - after two nights at Cap. Margherita - it was only a markstone on our trip to Dufourspitze. Easy to reach from Col Gnifetti plain. The descent from Zumsteinspitze to Grenzsattel needs caution. Climbing back upwards these 120 m in the afternoon was very exhausting.
We came to Zumsteinspitze at 11 am and stayed there almost one hour (!) to take a lot of pictures. The view was magnificent - the colossal Dufourspitze, Lyskamm, Matterhorn and Mont Blanc in the distance. Never going to forget this.
see martin74 below...
After having spent the night in Rifugio Margherita, we climbed Punta Zumstein early in the morning and reached the summit around 7 AM.
Wonderful view on Monte Rosa area, Mont Blanc, Gran Paradiso, etc.
End of the tour de Monte Rosa.
From Punta Gnifetti in less than one hour. easy snow ridge and few rocks on the last part of the path before to reach the peak. Great View over Dufourspitze, Lyskamm, Mattherhorn...!!!