The Haute Route ski tour from Chamonix to Zermatt.
Eight days. Fee per participant: 750 Euros. Four participants minimum, six maximum
This ski tour from Chamonix to Zermatt, also known as the high level route, is without a doubt the most famous and the most spectacular hut to hut ski tour in the world, and rightly so!
Meet up in the evening, talk and check gear.
Ski on the Grands Montets. In the afternoon, we skin to the the Argentière hut.
Skin up to the Col du Chardonnet – if the Col du Chardonnet is not in good condition, the alternative itinerary will be taken via the Col du Passon – and descend with the use of a rope on to the Salina glacier. Gain the Fenêtre de Salina, which gives access to the Trient Plateau. Cross the Trient glacier to the Trient hut.
Ski down the Trient glacier to the Col des Écondies. The short ascent to the col is made on foot with skis carried on the rucksack. From the col a very pleasant ski descent down the Val d’Arpette with superb views to the village of Champex. We use a taxi pick up to drive us to the Verbier ski lift. From the lift we have a short ski to the Montfort hut. If wished there is the possibility of getting in a few ski runs in, on the Verbier lift system.
From the Montfort hut, we ascend two cols: Col de la Chaux, Col de Morin. From here, we traverse to the glacier de Plafleuri, where we have the option of climbing the Rosa Blanche 3336m. On a clear day, we have wonderful views to Mt Blanc, Matterhorn and the Oberland. A delightful ski brings you to the Plafleuri hut.
A short warm up skin brings you to the Col des Roux. From here you can admire our itinerary of the day, along the Lac des Dix, followed by the Pas de Chat to the Dix hut.
From the Dix hut you ascend the Pigne d’ Arolla 3796m via the glacier de Cheilon, Col de la Serpentine and Col de Brenay. Leaving the summit you have a wonderful ski down past the Vignettes hut to the Hotel Kurhaus (a great place to chill out) at Arolla.
The day starts by skinning along the valley floor, followed by ascent to the Bertol hut. Only ascent on this day! Every vertical metre is well worth the effort, once you arrive at the birds nest view of the Bertol hut.
Before descending the ladders at the Bertol hut, you will be confronted by the view on to the Dent Blanche and the Matterhorn. After a skin of approximately 3hrs with stunning views, you arrive at the Tête Blanche. The ski down to Zermatt from the Tête Blanche, down the Stocki and Zmutt glaciers is a memorable finish to an truly incredible ski tour.
Generally after having a drink and meal in Zermatt most groups take a taxi back to Chamonix.
Dates: The Haute Route, like other multi-day hut to hut routes in the Alps, is best in from mid-March to mid-may
Level: You should be already a keen and experienced off piste skier, with a good parallel technique on black pistes, able to link up at least ten turns in powder snow,ski with a day pack and have a very good physical condition!
Eight day course. Maximum guide/client ratio: 1/6. Course fee, per participant: 750 Euros. This course will run with a minimum of 4 participants. This itinerary can be changed by the guide at any time, depending on the weather, snow conditions and for the safety of the group.
Included in the course fee:
- Guiding and instruction from the IFMGA certified mountain guide.
- Loan of safety equipment: avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe, harness.
Not included in the course fee:
- Clients personal ski equipment
- Accommodation in mountain huts and hotels. I can suggest accommodation and will reserve the huts.
- Transport: there will be two taxi transfers. Champex-Verbier and Zermatt-Chamonix. Cost of the transfers to be shared between participants.
- Meals and drinks.
- The guide’s accommodation and meals when not based in the Chamonix valley.