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Chamonix – Zermatt (Haute Route) Chamonix – Zermatt (Haute Route)

Chamonix - Zermatt (Haute Route)


A memorable tour through the heart of the Alps. A 6 days hut to hut itinerary for real ski montaineering passionates!
PHOTOS

PROGRAM

A ski mountaineering traverse that connects France to Switzerland along the well-known high route from Chamonix to Zermatt. Established in 1903 thanks to the efforts of an English team, at the time it was a heroic feat unlike anything previously attempted. Today, it maintains its status as the world’s most iconic ski-mountaineering tour. Its notoriety derives from the fabled atmosphere, the rewarding climbs and thrilling descents, and from the kaleidoscope of breathtaking views it offers along the way. With its long high-altitude legs and significant elevation gaps, it remains a challenge, requiring a good overall level of training and physical fitness.

DAY

Difference in altitude:  600 metres (positive gain); 200 metres (descent gain)
Ascent time: about 3 hours
Meeting point: meeting in Courmayeur for equipment check and a short briefing.

Transfer to Argentière; from here the cable car will take us to the Col des Grands Montets.
We’ll begin with an easy but definitely not ordinary descent on the Rognons Glacier until we reach the Argentière Glacier. In just over an hour we’ll reach the Argentière Hut, where we will spend the night.

Note: this is a short, “orientation” leg.

DAY

Difference in altitude:  600 metres (positive gain); 200 metres (descent gain)
Ascent time: about 3 hours
Meeting point: meeting in Courmayeur for equipment check and a short briefing.

Transfer to Argentière; from here the cable car will take us to the Col des Grands Montets.
We’ll begin with an easy but definitely not ordinary descent on the Rognons Glacier until we reach the Argentière Glacier. In just over an hour we’ll reach the Argentière Hut, where we will spend the night.

Note: this is a short, “orientation” leg.

DAY

Difference in altitude: 1,000 metres (positive gain); 2,200 metres (descent gain)
Ascent time: 6-8 hours

We’ll leave the refuge around 7 am. We’ll begin skiing down a stretch of the Argentière Glacier. We’ll then skin up to a quaint 200-metre snowy couloir, which we’ll ascend with ropes and crampons up to Col Passon. From here we’ll enter the Le Tour Glacier; we will cross towards the Col Superieur du Tour. The col gives us access to the Trient Plateau, which we’ll traverse descending until we’re under the Col des Ecadies. Getting to the col requires ropes and crampons for a brief, 100-metre stretch. Along lovely and easy slopes we’ll ski down the entire Val d’Arpette until we reach Champex, where we will stop for the night.

Note: A long but highly scenic leg. Great views of the Chardonnet, the Aiguilles Dorées and the Aiguille du Tour.

DAY

Difference in altitude: 1,000 metres (positive gain); 2,200 metres (descent gain)
Ascent time: 6-8 hours

We’ll leave the refuge around 7 am. We’ll begin skiing down a stretch of the Argentière Glacier. We’ll then skin up to a quaint 200-metre snowy couloir, which we’ll ascend with ropes and crampons up to Col Passon. From here we’ll enter the Le Tour Glacier; we will cross towards the Col Superieur du Tour. The col gives us access to the Trient Plateau, which we’ll traverse descending until we’re under the Col des Ecadies. Getting to the col requires ropes and crampons for a brief, 100-metre stretch. Along lovely and easy slopes we’ll ski down the entire Val d’Arpette until we reach Champex, where we will stop for the night.

Note: A long but highly scenic leg. Great views of the Chardonnet, the Aiguilles Dorées and the Aiguille du Tour.

DAY

Difference in altitude: 800 metres (positive gain); 1,050 metres (descent gain)
Ascent time: 4-6 hours

A short taxi or shuttle ride will take us from Champex to Le Châble in about half an hour. A gondola lift will usher us into the Verbier ski area; 2 more lifts will take us on Col des Gentianes. After a 200-metre on-piste descent, we’ll put on the skins and head up to Col de La Chaux. Another descent – about 300 m of vertical drop – then we’ll skin up again towards Col Momin. An awesome vista unfolds, onto the Grand Desert Glacier that will lead us to the Rosablanche. From the top, looking south, we’ll be able to see the Pigne d’Arolla, which we’ll reach a few days later. A highly enjoyable descent will take us to the Cabane de Prafleuri, where we will have dinner and spend the night.

Note: A long but highly scenic leg. Great views of the Chardonnet, the Aiguilles Dorées and the Aiguille du Tour.

DAY

Difference in altitude: 800 metres (positive gain); 1,050 metres (descent gain)
Ascent time: 4-6 hours

A short taxi or shuttle ride will take us from Champex to Le Châble in about half an hour. A gondola lift will usher us into the Verbier ski area; 2 more lifts will take us on Col des Gentianes. After a 200-metre on-piste descent, we’ll put on the skins and head up to Col de La Chaux. Another descent – about 300 m of vertical drop – then we’ll skin up again towards Col Momin. An awesome vista unfolds, onto the Grand Desert Glacier that will lead us to the Rosablanche. From the top, looking south, we’ll be able to see the Pigne d’Arolla, which we’ll reach a few days later. A highly enjoyable descent will take us to the Cabane de Prafleuri, where we will have dinner and spend the night.

Note: A long but highly scenic leg. Great views of the Chardonnet, the Aiguilles Dorées and the Aiguille du Tour.

DAY

Difference in altitude: 800 metres (positive gain); 500 metres (descent gain)
Ascent time: 7-8 hours

From the hut, we’ll get to the Col des Roux in about 30 minutes. We’ll take off the skins and start a long descending traverse above the reservoir of the Grande Dixence Dam, the tallest gravity dam in Europe. At the end of the lake, we’ll put our skins back on and ascend the Pas du Chat, then continue with ease up small narrow valleys until we reach the Cabane des Dix. Dinner and overnight stay in the refuge.

Note: this is a long “transfer” leg on our way to the Pigne d’Arolla.

DAY

Difference in altitude: 800 metres (positive gain); 500 metres (descent gain)
Ascent time: 7-8 hours

From the hut, we’ll get to the Col des Roux in about 30 minutes. We’ll take off the skins and start a long descending traverse above the reservoir of the Grande Dixence Dam, the tallest gravity dam in Europe. At the end of the lake, we’ll put our skins back on and ascend the Pas du Chat, then continue with ease up small narrow valleys until we reach the Cabane des Dix. Dinner and overnight stay in the refuge.

Note: this is a long “transfer” leg on our way to the Pigne d’Arolla.

DAY

Difference in altitude: 850 metres (positive gain); 650 metres (descent gain)
Ascent time: 6-7 hours

We’ll start by ascending the Cheillon Glacier up to Col du Brenay, then continue to the Pigne d’Arolla.
The truly breathtaking 360° view over much of the Western Alps is a fair reward for the laborious ascent. A wonderful descent on glacier will lead us to the Cabane des Vignettes, for dinner and a good night’s sleep.

Note: the Pigne d’Arolla is the climax of the tour: a unique terrace on the Valais peaks!

DAY

Difference in altitude: 850 metres (positive gain); 650 metres (descent gain)
Ascent time: 6-7 hours

We’ll start by ascending the Cheillon Glacier up to Col du Brenay, then continue to the Pigne d’Arolla.
The truly breathtaking 360° view over much of the Western Alps is a fair reward for the laborious ascent. A wonderful descent on glacier will lead us to the Cabane des Vignettes, for dinner and a good night’s sleep.

Note: the Pigne d’Arolla is the climax of the tour: a unique terrace on the Valais peaks!

DAY

Difference in altitude: 1,000 metres (positive gain); 2,500 metres (descent gain)
Ascent time: 8-10 hours

From the hut, we’ll ski down to the Col de Charmontane, and from the Arolla Glacier we’ll ascend to the Col de l’Eveque. The descent on the Upper Arolla Glacier is easy and enjoyable. Once we’re under the Col du Mont Brulé, we’ll put our skis on our packs and climb the 200 metres that separate us from the col. Another descent will take us right in the middle of the Tsa de Tsan Glacier, then a long but easy ascent will take us to the Col de Valpelline. From here we’ll enjoy an unbelievable view of the Dent d’Herens and the Matterhorn’s west face. At last, we’ll begin the final, iconic descent to Zermatt, with a 2,500-metre vertical drop, down the often-tormented Stockji Glacier, under the Matterhorn’s north face.

Note: the final leg is long but varied and exciting. The descent of the Stockji will be a memory that nothing can ever erase!

DAY

Difference in altitude: 1,000 metres (positive gain); 2,500 metres (descent gain)
Ascent time: 8-10 hours

From the hut, we’ll ski down to the Col de Charmontane, and from the Arolla Glacier we’ll ascend to the Col de l’Eveque. The descent on the Upper Arolla Glacier is easy and enjoyable. Once we’re under the Col du Mont Brulé, we’ll put our skis on our packs and climb the 200 metres that separate us from the col. Another descent will take us right in the middle of the Tsa de Tsan Glacier, then a long but easy ascent will take us to the Col de Valpelline. From here we’ll enjoy an unbelievable view of the Dent d’Herens and the Matterhorn’s west face. At last, we’ll begin the final, iconic descent to Zermatt, with a 2,500-metre vertical drop, down the often-tormented Stockji Glacier, under the Matterhorn’s north face.

Note: the final leg is long but varied and exciting. The descent of the Stockji will be a memory that nothing can ever erase!

DETAILS

DURATION
orologio
6 Days
orologio
TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY
stelle
low
stelle
FITNESS LEVEL
cuori
good
cuori
PERSONS
utente
Max 6 for each Mountain Guide
utente
PERIOD
calendario
from 15/03 to 15/05
DURATION
TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY
FITNESS LEVEL
PERSONS
PERIOD
6 Days
low
good
Max 6 for each Mountain Guide
from 15/03 to 15/05
orologio
stelle
cuori
utente
calendario

RATES

2160 € fee per person with 1 participant
1080 € fee per person with 2 participants
780 € fee per person with 3 participants
630 € fee per person with 4 participants
540 € fee per person with 5 participants
480 € fee per person with 6 participants
The rate includes
  • the assistance of a UIAGM certified Mountain Guide
  • liability insurance
  • loan of shared safety material

The rate does not include
  • research and rescue insurance with UVGAM coverage (recommended): €12 per person for 7 days
  • tickets for lift facilities
  • the Mountain Guide’s expenses (lifts, transfers, meals and accommodation) to be covered by participants
  • transfers, meals and accommodation
  • anything that is not mentioned under "The rate includes"
Notes
  • chamonixIt is crucial that participants follow all instructions provided by the mountain guides before and during the activities, and that they accept any changes made to the programme in order to guarantee their safety.
  • PEAKSHUNTER Mountain Guides cannot be held responsible for any variation in the prices for lift facilities, transfers and mountain lodges, as these are determined by the respective owners.
  • The rates listed in the “The price does not include” section are to be considered merely indicative and are therefore subject to changes.
  • For all itineraries and activity programmes, PEAKSHUNTER Mountain Guides reserves the right to make changes based on conditions (weather, accessibility, lodges) and on the participants’ fitness level.
  • The dates indicated for the activities may change due to weather, snow, or soil conditions, etc. In addition, they depend on the date of opening/closing of the lift facilities, which are established seasonally/yearly by the managing entities of the same and, therefore, are not in any way attributable to PEAKSHUNTER Mountain Guides.
Notes
  • chamonixIt is crucial that participants follow all instructions provided by the mountain guides before and during the activities, and that they accept any changes made to the programme in order to guarantee their safety.
  • PEAKSHUNTER Mountain Guides cannot be held responsible for any variation in the prices for lift facilities, transfers and mountain lodges, as these are determined by the respective owners.
  • The rates listed in the “The price does not include” section are to be considered merely indicative and are therefore subject to changes.
  • For all itineraries and activity programmes, PEAKSHUNTER Mountain Guides reserves the right to make changes based on conditions (weather, accessibility, lodges) and on the participants’ fitness level.
  • The dates indicated for the activities may change due to weather, snow, or soil conditions, etc. In addition, they depend on the date of opening/closing of the lift facilities, which are established seasonally/yearly by the managing entities of the same and, therefore, are not in any way attributable to PEAKSHUNTER Mountain Guides.
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