Four-thousand-metre peaks in the Valais (spaghetti round)

6 days, 3 participants, up to 10 four-thousanders
    Four-thousand-metre peaks in the Valais (spaghetti round)
    Four-thousand-metre peaks in the Valais (spaghetti round)
    Four-thousand-metre peaks in the Valais (spaghetti round)
    Four-thousand-metre peaks in the Valais (spaghetti round)

One of the most popular ridge and four-thousand-meter tours in the Alps

Also known as the "Spaghetti Round", this summit tour with up to 10 four-thousand-metre peaks is one of the most beautiful and popular ridge and four-thousand-metre tours in the Alps. Like pearls on a string, the Valais four-thousanders Breithorn (4,165 m), Pollux (4,092 m), Castor (4,222 m), Balmenhorn (4,167 m), Vincent Pyramide (4.215 m), Corno Nero (4,321 m), Ludwigshöhe (4,341 m) and Parrotspitze (4,432 m), Signalkuppe (4,554 m) and Zumsteinspitze (4,563 m). Although the climbs are technically relatively easy, you should still have experience of mountaineering and, above all, be in very good physical condition for up to 10 hours of climbing. Some of the bases on the Italian side of Monte Rosa are located at extreme altitudes of well over 3,000 meters. Nevertheless, you can look forward to hospitable hut wardens and anything but daily spaghetti, namely excellent and typically Italian food.

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Program and schedule

Tour schedule
Christof's recommendation
  • State certified mountain guide:in
  • Hut reservations Optional
  • Edelrid mountaineering equipment with crampons, ice axe, helmet, climbing harness
  • Online training (1 h)

Additional costs

  • Overnight stay with half board (paid on site)
  • Costs mountain railroads
  • Snacks, drinks
  • Arrival, possibly parking fee

Day 1: Meeting point in Gressoey, ascent to the Rif. Guide d'Ayas.

2nd day: Breithorn crossing (4,165 m) and overnight stay in the Rif Guide d'Ayas.

Day 3: Pollux (4,092 m) Castor (4,222 m), overnight stay at Rif. Quintino Sella.

Day 4: Via the Naso del Lys (4,272 m) and the Vincent Pyramid (4,215 m) to the Rif. Gnifetti.

Day 5: Balmenhorn (4,167 m), Corno Nero (4,321 m), Ludwigshöhe (4,341 m) and Parrotspitze (4,432 m), Signalkuppe (4,554 m) and Zumsteinspitze (4,563 m), descent to Rif. Gnifetti.

Day 6: Descent, journey home


Note on program changes: 

All courses and guided tours are conscientiously organized and carried out in accordance with the safety standards of the Vivalpin Mountain and Ski School with qualified specialists (e.g. mountain and ski guides, mountain hiking guides, etc.). The provisional tour program may be adjusted for safety-related reasons, such as bad weather, dangerous conditions, unforeseen natural events or inadequate conditions of the participants. The final program will be decided by the guide on site.

  • Up to 1,500 m ascent and 1,900 m descent
  • Stamina for up to 5 h ascent
  • Surefootedness and head for heights
  • Mountain experience on alpine glacier and high altitude tours, knowledge of crampon walking or ice course

Tips for preparation can be found on

"In 1985 I walked the Spaghetti Round for the first time and it has lost none of its reputation since then. Fantastic is the short climbing in the best rock on the Pollux, the ice climbing on the Naso del Lys and of course the ascent of the many, many peaks, each of which would be worth a trip in itself.
On the rope of your mountain guide, you can fully concentrate on the rhythmic climb in firn and ice and enjoy the more challenging passages well secured."

Christof Schellhammer
State certified mountain and ski guide
Mountain School Director

3 TN

Meeting point at 10:00 in Staffal/Gressoney at the valley station of the Bettaforca cable car with the mountain guide(s)

The excellent bases on the Italian side of Monte Rosa are located at extreme altitudes of well over 3000 meters.

6 days

Public transport not recommended, or allow plenty of time

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