Advantages of the private option:
- Exclusiveness of the guide
Your guide for your group exclusively! A relationship more individualized between you and the professional.
- Liberty of the date of departure
Choose your date of departure within the limit of the huts availabilities.
- Flexibility all along the ski tour
Depending on weather conditions and your ski level, the guide could propose you some different options of itinerary, which bring to your "Haute route" a real originality!
Day 1: We ride the tram to the top of Les Grands Montets (3 300 m), and start with a beautiful descent on the Rognon glacier towards Argentiere glacier.
Some time is dedicated to safety techniques (avalanche prevention and search, skiing on glaciers, emergency equipment).Then we skin up to Argentiere hut (2 771 m) which offers an impressing panorama over the North faces of theArgentiere cirque.
Elevation gain: 170 m ± 560 ft / Vertical loss: 700 m ± 2 310 ft
Col du Passon
Day 2: After a short run, we skin up to the Passon mountain pass (3 028 m), and may use our crampons to get climb up the upper section. We ski under the Chardonnet North face, across the Tour glacier. After just a few switch backs, we reach Col Supérieur du Tour (3 289 m). Welcome to Switzerland ! A long descent across the Trient glacier, followed by a short climb to Ecandies mountain pass (2 796 m), rewards us with a magnificent run into Val d'Arpette, and the village of Champex (1 480 m).
Elevation gain : 550 m ± 1 805 ft / Vertical loss :1 800 m ± 5 905 ft
Col des Ecandies
Day 3: We get to Le Chable by bus, and soon arrive in the Swiss Wallis region, and the ski resort of Verbier .
We ride the “Jumbo” tram (2 894 m) and soon put our skis on to climb La Chaux mountain pass (2 940 m). A second ascent takes us to Momin pass (3 003 m). We ski under the Rosablanche (3 336 m), which we can easily ski up and back down the same way. We ski to the nice Prafleuri hut (2 662 m), where we can enjoy a warm shower, dinner and a recovering sleep.
Elevation gain : 700 m ± 2 310 ft / Vertical loss : 900 m ± 2 970 m
Col de la Chaux
Day 4: A short ascent to the Roux pass (2 804 m) offers a magnificent view over the Dix valley. From that point, we can see the long diagonal descent towards the lake, and the climb up to “Pas du Chat” (2 385 m), heading towards the Dix hut (2 928 m) located at the foot of Mont Blanc de Cheillon (3 869 m).Overnight stay at the Dix hut.
Elevation gain : 850 m ± 2 800 ft / Vertical loss : 400m ± 1 320 ft
From the summit of the Pigne d'Arolla
Day 5: The ascent of the Pigne d’Arolla (3 796 m) follows the glacier of Tsena Refien with the famous section of the Serpentine (conditions may require the use of crampons).
One of the most beautiful viewpoints will amaze us at the top of the Pigne. It is an ocean of high summits and glaciers as far as the eye can see, the Alps at an arm’s reach.
Our gorgeous day ends in a beautiful run to the Vignettes hut (3 160 m).
Elevation gain: 850 m ± 2 800 ft / Vertical loss: 640 m ± 2 110 ft
Day 6: We skin up to the Evêque pass (3 392 m). Then, we enjoy the long run down the upper Arolla glacier. Then, we put our skis on to the Mont Brulé pass, followed by the Valpelline pass.
The top of the ski touring trip! Now it is time to ski down to Zermatt.
We ski right under the North face of the Dent d’Herens and the legendary North face of the Matterhorn.
We arrive to Zermatt in the middle of the afternoon and hope snow cover will allow us to ski down all the way to Zermatt (1 660 m).
Vertical gain: 1 130 m ± 3 710 ft / Vertical loss: 2 730 m ± 8 960 ft
Facing to the Matterhorn
This program is a general guideline for the trip. The guide alone can decide and apply changes in the program during the trip, according to weather and terrain conditions, skiers physical condition and skills.
Why 6 days?
The first day, leaving the morning will leave us some time during the ascent to the Argentiere hut , to learn, revise and practice various mountaineering techniques necessary to progress safely on glaciers and in the high alpine.
The second day, we could start earlier from the Argentiere hut to benefit from the best snow conditions and optimize the longest day of our trip.
This is the “classic” itinerary between Chamonix and Zermatt.
Skiing ability: Dowload the document “skiing technique and physical condition form”
Preparing for the trip: One week before trip departure, the head-guide will contact by to answer your questions, and provide complementary information (i.e. touring gear, clothing, specific equipment etc.)
Guiding policy: an exclusive guide for your group (6 persons maximum)
Accommodation: In catered mountain huts (nights in dormitories), or comfortable mountain inns. Showers are available on the second and the third day.
Date of departure: At your discretion. (Availability depends on vacancy state at time of booking)
Meeting: 9 a.m at the Compagnie des Guides in Chamonix.
(Participants may leave personal belongings in our office until group returns).The tour ends in Zermatt (around 2 p.m.). Shuttle back to Chamonix can be arranged if requested.
Winter 2017 tour prices:
Nombre de personne
Included in the package:
- Mountain guiding service
- Half-board in mountain huts (dinner, breakfast and night)
- Take out lunches and daily snacks
- Lift access and shuttles during the tour
- Avalanche transceiver (DVA), shovel, probe and harness rental.
- personal drinks
- personal technical equipment
- shuttle back to Chamonix (extra cost of 90€/person)
Documentation: Carte d’identité ou passeport.
Avoir une assurance assistance-rapatriement est obligatoire.
L’assurance annulation est fortement conseillée.
Vous pouvez souscrire à ces deux assurances par notre biais (voir bulletin d’inscription).
Extras: Bring some extra cash for personal expenses (Swiss francs, Euros)
Equipment: Download the equipment list