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Monte Rosa hut (Swiss Alpine Club), 2,875 m

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  • / Die Neue Monte Rosa Hütte
    Photo: Hartmut Wimmer, Outdooractive Editors
  • / Die Terrasse der Neuen Monte Rosa Hütte vor einer beeindruckenden Bergkulisse
    Photo: Hartmut Wimmer, Outdooractive Editors

The Monte Rosa hut (2,883 m) at the foot of the Monte Rosa massif has been a popular destination for hikers and mountaineers since 2009. The striking, ultra-modern building is virtually self-sufficient in energy.

The mountain refuge, run by the Monte Rosa section of the SAC (Swiss Alpine Club), reflects the light and landscape of its high-altitude environment literally thanks to its dazzling aluminium façade. The method of construction and associated technology were developed by students at ETH Zurich under Dr. Meinrad K. Eberle. The building supplies its own energy needs to a great extent; waste water is recycled. The hut continues to serve ETH Zurich as a subject for research in the fields of energy and building technology.

After its opening in September 2009 and in the following years, the refuge dubbed the “rock crystal” attracted large number of visitors because of its innovative architecture and design. The journey up is an adventure in itself: the route leads over the Gorner Glacier and into a high-mountain environment, with superb views of glaciers, the Matterhorn and the highest peaks in the Alps. But beware, the Gorner Glacier is changing constantly. The hike up involves a traverse of the glacier, and is considered a demanding alpine trek; the trip should be undertaken only with a mountain guide. The hut is popular with mountaineers in summer and with ski touring enthusiasts in spring.

Old hut blown up

On 14 July 2011, the old Monte Rosa hut, located a little below the new refuge, was destroyed by the Swiss army. The reason: permission for construction of the new hut was granted on condition the old hut be removed. On principle, there should be no unused buildings in this highly sensitive region around the Alps’ highest peaks.

  • 120 beds
  • Open from mid-March to mid-May and from mid-June to mid-September
  • Mountain guide recommended (glacier crossing)
  • Hut clearly visible from the Gornergrat (information panels by the cog train station)
  • Hut visible from the Matterhorn glacier paradise cable car
  • Hut visible from the Gandegg hut (cable car to Trockener Steg, hiking trail). In winter, a ski piste leads to Gandegg.
  • Special exhibition about the Monte Rosa hut at Zermatlantis, the Matterhorn Museum
  • Klimahörpfad (Climate Audio Trail, bookable offer)
  • Heli-skiing (bookable offer)
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Updated: June 23, 2015

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Coordinates

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45.956924, 7.814596
DMS
45°57'24.9"N 7°48'52.5"E
UTM
32T 408140 5089944
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Theme trail · Zermatt
Climate Audio Trail
Top difficult
8 km
4:00 h
464 m
404 m

Zermatt’s Climate Audio Trail leads high into the world of the glaciers and mountains. Audio guides reveal fascinating insights into the climate.

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Top difficult
8 km
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from Zermatt Tourismus,   Zermatt Tourismus
Top AD- moderate Stage 5
15.3 km
9:00 h
638 m
2,370 m

Die letzte Tagesetappe der bekannten Hochtour "Spaghetti-Runde" führt über Zumsteinspitze (4.563 m), Dufourspitze (4.634 m) und Nordend (4.609 m).

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