The most classic and famous ascent of the Monte Rosa! Because of is story, is location and is panorama, La Margherita is for sure one of the most aspired ascents by mountain lovers! The ascent goes along magnificient glacial environment: at the Colle del Lys you will be touched by the firsts sunrays and the view is captured by a moltitude of famous 4000 meters peaks, Matterhorn included, in one of its most fascinating pose! If you are looking for something more quiet we suggest you even the Zumsteinspitze that is very close to the Gnifetti with same lenght and difficulties but a bit less busy!
This itinerary has no particular difficulty. The first day is very short and it goes along a easy glacier and a trail between boulders; the second day is a long walk on glacier with a last steep part just before the hut: the infamous “Rivetto”
August 1842, Rev. Giovanni Gnifetti
Easy but long ascent in high altitude; achievable to all hikers in a good shape and with already a previous experience in altitude to optimize the acclimatization.
Along the Lys glacier you walk between some impressive crevasses and you will appreciate the rope. At the Colle del Lys, normally, a longer stop is welcome with some warm drinking and snaks to eat at the first meeting with the sun. In front of you the remainder of the ascent and the Margherita that looks still so far. After a long traverse below the Parrotspitze you start the last part of the hike; don't be scaried about the “Rivetto”, the Margherita is just above you and in few minutes you will stand up on the terrace!The way down is along the same itinerary.
as a reasonably fit 75 year old with a variety of mountain walking with a walk up the annapurna circuit from pokhara to mukintah (6 years ago) would this be a feasible walk to attempt? What degree of training would it require?