Roccia della Scoperta (4178 m)
Summer 2018 news
On the occasion of the 240th anniversary of the conquest of the first 4000 meters of the Alps on the Monte Rosa massif, we propose the ascent to the Entedeckòngsfelse – the Rock of the Discovery where you can visit on the most important glacier of Italy. The Lys glacier, actually, is one of the widest Italian glaciers. From the summit the view on the Alps and the surrounding glaciers is wonderful.
The first ascent was accomplished on the 17th August 1778 by 7 mountain men of Gressoney, which have to be considered the forerunners of the Italian alpinism: Jean-Joseph Beck, Valentin Beck, Franz Castel, Jean-Etienne Litschgi, Joseph Zumstein, Sebastian Linty and Nicolaus Vincent. The legends of the Lost Valley and of the Félik City combined with the strong desire of exploring 2de gletscher” (the glacier) drove these young to undertake the adventure. Everything was organised in the detail and in secret: the itinerary, the order of the march, how to walk on the glacier with a rope and the necessary equipment (rope, crampons and sticks). They reached the rocky summit in the middle of the Lysjoch and named it Entedeckòngsfelse – the Rock of the Discovery.
In 1913, during the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Italian Alpine Club, this ascent was described as " the holy exploit of the Italian alpinism”.
View the video which reconstructs the first ascent to the Rock of the Discovery: https://youtu.be/nbppJdristY.
The Gressoney Alpine Guides Society organizes the ascent every Wednesday in July and August.
7.30: meeting with the guide in front of the ticket office of the lift in Staffal, check of the equipment and ski lift to Punta Indren (3270 m). Departure to Mantova hut (3498 m) that will be reached in around 1 hour walking. From the hut, walking through the Lys glacier, the summit will be reached in approximately 4 hours.
Arrival at Staffal at4.30 pm approximately.
Difficulty: Fascent on glacier technically not difficult but quite long – a good physical condition is required
Ascent duration: 4/5 hours
Group of 5 people: 400,00 €
Group of 4 people: 375,00 €
Group of 3 people: 350,00 €
The ascent is confirmed with at least 3 participants. Maximum number: 5 people.
The rate includes: private guiding fees, rent of axe, crampons and harness.
The rate excludes: ticket of the lifts, lunch for the guide and the client.
Check lifts rates here:
Lifts rates in Gressoney La Trinité