The Chamonix-Zermatt Haute Route’s little sister, the Verbier-Zermatt Traverse follows the same route and forms a superb voyage through the Swiss canton of Valais. This is an attractive alternative to the Haute Route if you don’t have enough time or you would like to focus on exploring the mountains of this area. Despite its popularity, this tour is a serious undertaking requiring good levels of skiing experience and physical fitness.
This traverse leads you into some of the most spectacular parts of the Valais. This is guaranteed to take you away from it all, exploring some exceptionally beautiful landscapes.
Day 1: From the Verbier ski area, the ski lifts take us to the foot of the Col de la Chaux (2940m), which is our first climb. Next we reach the Col de Momin (3003m), which gives access to the magnificent Grand Désert glacier. We continue to the lower slopes of the Rosablanche (3336m), which we can climb as a round-trip from here, before descending to the charming Prafleuri hut (2662m).
Vertical ascent: 700m / Vertical descent: 900m
Day 2: We start the day with a short climb to the Col des Roux (2804m) from where we can see the rest of the day’s route. A long descending traverse leads us to one end of the Dix lake. From here we climb up via the Pas du Chat (2385m) to the Dix hut (2928m), which is dominated by the Mont Blanc de Cheilon (3869m).
Vertical ascent: 850m / Vertical descent: 400m
Day 3: Our days begins with a short descent to reach the Tsena Refien glacier, along which we make our way up to the Pigne d’Arolla (3796m). At around 3600m we might have to use crampons on the ‘passage de la Serpentine’. The summit of the Pigne d’Arolla is one of the best viewing points on the Haute Route, with panoramic views across the Alps. This stunning glacier stage concludes with the beautiful descent to the Vignettes hut (3160m).
Vertical ascent: 1000m / Vertical descent: 640m
Day 4: We start with a short descent to the Mont Collon glacier, which we climb up to reach the Col de l’Evêque (3392m). We next descend the upper Arolla glacier to the Vierge where we put on our skins to reach the foot of the Col du Mont Brulé (3213m), which we climb using crampons. After a short descent, we go to the Col de Valpelline (3554m), which is our last climb. The time has come to commence our descent to Zermatt and probably one of the most beautiful descents in the Alps, passing beneath the Dent d’Hérens (4171m) and the Matterhorn (4478m). We reach Zermatt mid-afternoon.
Vertical ascent: 1130m / Vertical descent: 2730m
This programme is meant as a guide only. Depending on the abilities of the group and the conditions in the mountains, your mountain guide may alter the route.
Skiing ability: See the document “skiing technique and physical condition form”
Ability level: For people who regularly exercise/take part in sports and are experienced ski tourers.
Accommodation: Half-board in huts. Showers available on day 1 and 2. No drinking water.
Preparing for the trip: Our “Ski touring adviser” is available if you have any question.
Group: 4 to 6 people. The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix's guiding policy is one of the strictest in the mountain guiding business. It guarantees the most balanced groups as possible as well as high-quality personalised advice.
Equipment: File can be downloaded.
Documentation: Participants must have mountain sports insurance with repatriation cover. We strongly recommend that this also includes cancellation cover. You can take out insurance offering both of these types of cover when you sign up. Participants must also take valid ID with them.
Dates for 2018: From Thursday to Sunday.
March 22nd to 25th – April 05th to 08th – April 19th to 22nd
Meeting and transport: Meet at 09:00 in front of the Le Châble (Verbier) ticket office. Optional transfer from Chamonix to Verbier (on request only). Tour finishes in Zermatt. Optional transfer back to Verbier or Chamonix (90€/person).
Prices 2018: 895€ per person based on minimum of 4 participants.
Included in the package:
- IFMGA English speaking mountain guiding service,
- Half-board in mountain huts (dinner, breakfast and night),
- Take out lunches and daily snacks,
- Ski lift access as per programme,
- Transfers as per programme,
- Rental of full safety kit (avalanche transceiver/DVA, shovel, probe).
- Personal drinks in huts and other personal expenses (we recommend you bring Swiss Francs),
- Cost of getting to meeting point and cost of getting back to Chamonix.
- Personal technical equipment.
We can organize and privatize this ski touring trip for you.
You are your own group (friends, family…)? We propose you a personalized trip; you chose your date of departure (depending on hut availability).
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Phone number: 0033 4 50 53 00 88