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Chamonix Zermatt: The "Haute Route "

Chamonix Zermatt: The "Haute Route "
Physical Level 3  
Technical Level 3  
Number of days : 6
Price : 1 295€

First completed in 1903 by the elder guides of La Compagnie des Guides, this route connects two historical alpine capitals.

The notoriety of this route, taking part on glaciers for the most part, is based on the exceptional beauty of the landscapes.
Starting in Chamonix, at the foot of Mont Blanc and the great North faces of the Argentière cirque, your skis will lead you across the Wallis region of Switzerland, finishing with a unique ski descent just below the Matterhorn.
A dream for all touring skiers, this tour is a serious adventure, requiring a good experience of multi-day ski touring trips, and good off-piste skiing skills.

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


In the direction of the mountain pass

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


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

The summit of the Pigne d'Arolla

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

In front of the Matterhorn mountain

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.




Tracés non contractuels

Skiing ability:

  Download the "skiing technique and physical condition form"

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 route is scheduled to optimize your chances to complete the Haute Route.

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 : The group is composed of 4 to 6 skiers maximum per guide.
The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix's guiding policy is one of the strictest in the mountain guiding business.

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.

Accommodation: In catered mountain huts (nights in dormitories), or comfortable mountain inns. Showers are available on the second and the third day.

Meeting: 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.

Dates 2017:Departure on Sundays (return on Friday):
March 12, 19, 26 and April the 02nd, 09, 16, 23.

Winter 2017 tour price: 1 295€/person (4 skiers minimum).

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.

Not included:
- personal drinks,
- personal technical equipment,
- shuttle back to Chamonix (90€/person)

Documentation:ID or valid passport.
Having a repatriation insurance is mandatory.
Cancellation insurance is highly recommended.
We provide optional insurance contracts for  repatriation and trip cancellation (see booking form).

Extras: Bring some extra cash for personal expenses (Swiss francs, Euros)

Equipment :Please refer to enclosed list.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us for any further and detailed information.

We can organize and privatize this ski touring trip for you.

Thank you to contact our office to know the price and the availability:

Phone number: 0033 4 50 53 00 88


190 place de l'Eglise

+33 (0)4 50 53 00 88