The Haute Route between Chamonix & Zermatt! Probably the most famous ski touring trip in the world! First done in 1903 by French mountain guides, it connects the two mountaineering capitals of the Alps. An alpine ski touring trip that you can't miss!
The Haute Route! Probably the most famous ski touring trip in the world! First done in 1903 by French mountain guides, it became very popular 20 years ago with the development of the backcountry skiing / ski touring.
Starting from Chamonix at the bottom of the Mont-Blanc to Zermatt, at the base of the Matterhorn through Verbier, the famous Swiss ski resort, the Haute Route is a real “travel” in the middle of the highest peaks of the Alps, from France to Switzerland, flirting sometimes with the Italian border!
We propose to do it in 7 days which could be described as a “long version”.
7 days allow to make balanced days and some flexibility in case of bad conditions. So yes, it can be accomplished in 5 or 6 days (please contact us if you want a shorter program) but we think 7 days is the best way to have the greatest experience possible skiing from Chamonix to Zermatt.
We do get some questions about splitboards on the Haute Route. It is totally doable but since there are quite some long flat parts, we do not recommend to mix splitboard and skiers. A private splitboard group is a much better option since we will guide you also with a splitboard and adapting the itinerary.
If all members of the group are in Chamonix the evening before, we’ll arrange a quick “apero briefing” next to our office in Chamonix and have a chat about the program, the conditions, and the coming weather forecoast. We’ll also double check any question about your equipment.
Refuge d’Argentière We’ll meet in front of Logan cable car at around 10/11 am. Because of the fire that destroyed the “Grand Montets cable car”, we’ll take the lift up to top of La Herse 2593m and then start hiking to Col des Rachasses (3000m). From there, a long descent will take us on the Argentiere glacier that we’ll hike up again to the hut (2771m). The place offers some of the greatest view of the Alps on the north faces of Aiguille Verte, les Droites, les Courtes and Triolet!! Descent 800-900m • Ascent 600m • Time 5-6 h
Argentière hut to Champex via Col du Tour & Col des écandies Early start for a big day. We’ll ski down a little and then hike to Col du Passon (3030m). After the pass, we will traverse the Le Tour glacier towards the Col du Tour (3282m). From this point, we will traverse the huge Trient plateau heading to the Col des Ecandies. From there we will ski the beautiful val d’Arpette, ending in Champex. This option allows us to ski the last section at the right time of the day (early in the morning it is all frozen!!) and have a good night with shower in Champex! Descent 1300m • Ascent 1200m • Time 7- 9 h
Champex to Cabane de Prafleuri Our start by a taxi transfer to Le Chable to get the Verbier lift all the way up to Mont Fort. We’ll then climb up to Col de la Chaux (2940m) and Col de Momin (3015m) with a little descent between the 2. It is then the highest summit of our trip, the Rosablanche (3336m). From the summit, we’ll ski down to the Cabane de Prafleuri (2624m), our hut for the night! Descent 1700m • Ascent 800m • Time 6-7 h
Cabane de Prafleuri to Cabane des Dix The section is the most committed because there are not easy exit off the moungains in case of bad weather. It starts by Col des Roux before a long traverse above the lac des Dix, a big artificial lac(dam). Then, we’ll go through the famous steep “Pas du Chat”. Nothing very complicated. A little bit more of traversing on a glacier and the Cabane des Dix will show up its face! (2928m). Descent 450m . Ascent 800m. Time 5h
Cabane des Dix to cabane des Vignettes / Pigne d’Arolla ascent This day is a long day too to summit a wonderful point of view of the Valais area: the Pigne as we usually call it. Via the glacier de Cheilon and the glacier de Tsena Refien, we’ll climb up towards Col de la Serpentine and Col du Brenay. From there, a smooth slope leads to the top of the Pigne and its spectacular view! The Cabane des Vignettes (3160m) is just below us, 600m down!!It is then an easy climb to the summit of the Pigne d’Arolla (3772m). Ascent 850m • Time 6 - 7 h
Cabane des Vignettes to cabane de Bertol via Col de l’Evêque From the cabane we’ll reach the Col de Charmottane (3037m), a huge flat pass (tricky in foggy weather) and then hike to Col de l’Evêque (3382m) next to the Italian border. The following descent towards Arolla is fantastic. We’ll stop below Plans de Bertol and hike again to Cabane de Berthol (3311m), a real eagle nest above the valleys around! Descent 750m • Ascent 1100m • Time 7-8 h
Final day: cabane de Bertol to Zermatt via Tête Blanche Such a fantastic day! From the cabane, after climbing down the laders, we’ll hike across the glacier to reach the top of the Tête Blanche (3707m). From here the view is… incredible. Matterhorn, Dent Blanche, Obergabelhorn,… The descent is a bite complex at the beginning, nothing steep, just need to be carefull with the itinerary between the crevasses on the Stöckji glacier. The last part on the Zmut glacier is nice and easier. The view n the Matterhorn north face above our head is fantastic. We will join Zermatt ski resort and ski (when possible) all the way down to this famous mountain city at the beginning of the afternoon. Depending on your travel plans, we could either stay 1 or more nights in Zermatt or catch the train with your guide to Tasch and get back to Chamonix with our transfer van (2,5 hrs approx.). Descent 2100m • Ascent 500m • Time 6 h
Prices for 2020:
- Group of 2: 2850 € /pers
- Group of 3: 2350 € /pers
- Group of 4: 1950 € /pers
- Group of 5: 1850 € /pers
- Group of 6: 1650 € /pers
For larger groups, please contact us for a specific quotation. Our standards in terms of safety and also to warranty a good experience is 1 guide for 6 skiers / split boarders maximum.
Dates for 2020:
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- UIAGM / IFMGA international mountain guide.
- Our guides speaks fluent English and beside the safety of your group, they will make your alpine experience unforgettable.
- Half board in mountain huts (diners and breakfast included)
- Collective mountain equipment (rope, carabiners,…)
- Lift tickets when needed
- Transferts between Champex and Le Chable
What’s not included:
- Pack lunches, drinks and snacks (you can buy them in the huts)
- Personal equipment (you can rent everything with our partner shop)
- Accommodation in Chamonix and Zermatt (we can help you with that if you want)
- Transportation to Chamonix (we can help you arrange your transfer from GVA if needed)
- Transportation back from Zermatt to Chamonix, or from Zermatt to anywhere else. We can easily arrange the transfer from Zermatt to Chamonix by train or taxi with the guide. Or arrange a language transfer to your hotel in Zermatt. Please contact us.