Margherita Hut

Regina Margherita Hut: the highest refuge in Europe


Regina Margherita Hut: the highest refuge in Europe

Elevation m 4554 slm
Punta Gnifetti (Signalkuppe)
GPS: 45° 55' 38

Capacity 70 - In winter: yes - 12 beds in the winter room

Bedrooms with bunk beds, bar restaurant, common services, electric lighting, radio aid and emergency calls. Theuse of the sleeping bag is complusory (available at the refuge € 5) WINTER ROOM 12 beds - blankets - gas - cooking utensils and lighting.

Contacts: BOOKING Rifugi Monterosa +39 348 1415490
Hut phone: +39 0163 91039
(only for info, no booking)


Online booking for Margherita Hut

Opening time

Winter opening: Please note: During winter when the hut is closed it is available the winter shelter (unmanaged), Reservation not required
Summer opening: from 21 June to 7 September 2014 (dates are subject to change according the opening of the lifts)
Other: Please, check lisft system opening before organising your journey!

Prices for the season 2014

H/B Alpine clubs members: € 72 per person
H/B non alpin club members: € 87 per person
Overnight stay alpine clubs members: € 18 per person
Overnight stay non-alpine clubs members: € 33 per person
H/B UIAGM Alpine Guide: € 40
Overnight alpin club member younger than 18 years old -50%

Half board accommodation includes: overnight stay, breakfast buffet, dinner (first course, main course with side-dish, dessert, bread).

History and description

The Hut Regina Margherita is situated on Punta Gnifetti at a height of 4556m on the Mont Rosa massive. It is clearly visible from the valley and catches the eye of all who look up towards the peaks.

It is the highest refuge in Europe, it houses an important labor for scientific research and it is dedicated to Queen Margaret of Savoy who overnighted in 1893, the year of its inauguration.

It sleeps 70 people in rooms with double beds and has a bar restaurant, communal bathrooms, electric lighting, 220V electric current, internet access and a library.

In 2002 Capanna Margherita obtained the UNI EN ISO 14001 Certification, proof of its minimal impact on the natural surrounding environment. To further reduce waste production, in June 2010 it was decided to use pottery in the catering service improving the quality of food, as well.

How to get there
From Capanna G.Gnifetti across the Lys Glacier, it is about a 4/5 hour walk on ice.
From Mont Rosa Hutte across the Grenz Glacier, it is about 5 hour walk on ice.
From Bivouac L. Resegotti over the SE peaks (Cresta Signal) on a difficult Alpine itinerary.

Due to the nature of the high altitude mountain terrain where these trails are situated, we recommend that you hire a UIAGM Alpine guide to accompany you.

Mont Rosa is the beginning and continuity of the history of Alagna,the small Walser village clinging to its southern wall. The refuges of Monte Rosa (Capanna Margherita, Capanna Gnifetti, Refuge Pastore, Refuge Carestia and Refuge Barba Ferrero) are all part of its history and Alpine tradition and are the proud results of those who wanted and managed them for more than 100 years

climbing routes, peaks Margherita Hut

Parrot, Lyskamm, Zumstein, Dufour

see the section "climbing routes"


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You need to have high altitude equipment and mountaineering experience. Always check the weather forecast.

Updated 19-11-2013


download the environmental policy document for the Capanna Margherita hut -
the document is in PDF format