Switzerland and the Tour de Monte Rosa 2015


Saturday August 1, 2015
and Sunday August 2, 2015
USA to Luzern

After a somewhat disappointing trip to Switzerland in 2014 due to poor weather / early summer conditions, I told Kent that if he waited until 2016 to return to Switzerland I'd go with him.  In early December 2014 he'd booked a trip back to Geneva for early August 2015, and it didn't take me more than a week or so to book my own flights.  In late December Paul booked flights as well.  In late March Jed booked his tickets.

After completing the Haute Route I was eager to attempt a similar hike.  I had no interest in the Tour de Mont Blanc after seeing how crowded and relatively tame the trails were in 2014.  I focused in on the Tour de Monte Rosa instead.  The Tour de Monte Rosa was interesting because

1) The only book about it was out of print, and wasn't going to be re-released until later in 2015
2) Relatively few trip reports are available online.
3) The actual route varies and the exact route near Klien Matterhorn is quite dificult to determine.  Many people take alternate passes and trails on a number of the day's hikes to avoid the ski lifts that are sometimes available.  The ski lifts actually appealed to us since they are much easier than hiking!
4) You can climb up Monte Rosa to the Gnifetti and Margarita Huts with relatively little experience.
5) Bailing out of the hike is difficult because the Italian towns are so isolated.

Official Tour de Monte Rosa link, including Google Earth GPS tracks so you can actually fly the entire route in Google Earth

Tour de Monte Rosa trip report from the Guardian from 2012, the best independent trip report I found.

Kent's video of our trip

Youtube Kent found of the 'snow slog' up to Gnifetti and Margarita Huts, which inspired us to attempt the trip up to the huts.

Saturday August 1 and Sunday August 2, 2015 - USA to Luzern
Monday August 3, 2015 - Luzern, Pilatus, and Grenoble
Tuesday August 4, 2015 - Grenoble, Alpe d'Huez, and Lyon
Wednesday August 5, 2015 - Lyon and Zermatt
Thursday August 6, 2015 - Tour de Monte Rosa - Zermatt to Resy
Friday August 7, 2015 - Tour de Monte Rosa - Resy to Rifugio Gnifetti
Saturday August 8, 2015 - Tour de Monte Rosa - Rifugio Gnifetti to Alagna Valsesia
Sunday August 9, 2015 - Alagna Valsesia to Saas Fee
Monday August 10, 2015 - Saas Fee to Thun
Tuesday August 11, 2015 - Tour de Monte Rosa - Thun to Macugnaga
Wednesday August 12, 2015 - Tour de Monte Rosa - Macugnaga to Stein am Rhein
Thursday August 13, 2015 - Stein am Rhein to Schaffhausen
Friday August 14, 2015 - Schaffhausen to USA


Saturday August 1, 2015
and Sunday August 2, 2015
USA to Luzern