I'm looking into traversing part of the Monte Rosa group over a few days this summer and I'm interested to hear thoughts on bivvying. I'm looking at starting at the Breithorn end and heading over towards Castor/Lyskam. It has been a few years since I last bivvied in Switzerland and I hear that it's getting trickier (especially around the Matterhorn).
Firstly, I'd be interested to hear if anyone has any recommended bivvy spots, particularly if a storm rolls in. If the weather gets properly minging there's the huts on the Spaghetti tour, but I'd like to stay up high if possible.
I've witnessed many a pile of sh*te around the alps before, and don't want to become part of the issue. Is there a poo pot system or any infrastructure in Switzerland like there is in the Cairngorms?
When are you thinking of going? in high season all of the bivy huts on the sphagetti tour will likely be crammed. Lots of others will have the same idea of staying high to reduce effort and save a bit of cash.
If you're looking to bivy out you'll avoid all of that but i dont know any good spots personally
Thanks for the replies, that's really helpful. Yeah I'm largely looking to save some money. I reckon the bivvy huts sound good, and if they're crammed so be it. We are looking at early July- I believe that's "early peak" season around that area..? Still looking for advice on poo pots. Do the volante biv etc have any sort of toilet?
Heading from the Breithorn there's the Rossi e Volanti bivi hut below the Roccia Nera, i.e. the furthest end from the Kleine Matterhorn cable car. It has bunks and blankets but no toilet and the only water is snowmelt. Be careful with where you get your snow from because the lack of a toilet means the snow can be contaminated. I was violently ill there when I mistakenly drank from the bottle of snowmelt we had only melted rather than the one we had boiled. There are no cooking facilities.
As someone has said above there's also the Balmenhorn Bivi hut. At over 4000m you want to be well acclimatised to stop there and because of the altitude there's no running water, only snowmelt. It has bunks and blankets and also a gas stove with pans etc. and a toilet with a unique flushing mechanism, a highlight of any stay there.
Responsible waste management is vital to protect the fragile mountain environment. In Switzerland, there are generally no specific "poo pot" systems like the ones found in the Cairngorms. However, it's essential to adhere to the principles of Leave No Trace and practice proper waste disposal. This means carrying out all your waste, including human waste, and disposing of it appropriately in designated facilities in towns or at mountain huts.