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Haute Route Ski Tour

Chamonix

  • Duration: 1 week
  • Skiing
  • Top Trips
  • Challenging
  • Mid March, April

About this Adventure

This is undoubtedly the most famous ski tour in the Alps, traversing through spectacular high alpine terrain. It is a fantastic ski journey featuring fabulous mountain scenery, with demanding climbs and exhilarating descents. There are many interesting and varied options to this ski journey. The chosen route will depend on weather and snow conditions. The route we follow is the Verbier variation which is the most popular version of the Haute Route and offers more options if we encounter poor weather

Quick Facts

  • The most famous high level ski route: Chamonix to Zermatt
  • Nine day trip
  • 120km of ski touring
  • Seven days in the mountains
  • Six nights in mountain huts
  • Qualified Alpine guiding

More Information

 It is necessary for you to have the appropriate insurance for this trip. Make sure it is relevant for mountain sports, and that it includes liability insurance, helicopter rescue from mountains, and repatriation. There are other factors you should also consider. Our insurance partner TAGIS will be able to advise you on all your insurance needs. Your guides for the week are full UIAGM or aspirant guides. UIAGM the highest recognised guiding qualification in the world, and is a prerequisite for guiding in the Alps. All guides have a long history of personal climbing and skiing experience throughout the Alps as well as years of guiding experience.

Itinerary

Please note: the outlined programme may vary depending upon weather and conditions. An element of flexibility is built in to the itinerary to give the best opportunities for enjoyable ascents optimal snow conditions during the week.

Saturday Arrive in Chamonix; Stay overnight in the valley

Sunday Meet the guide. Equipment check and trip briefing. Warm-up day around the Chamonix ski area. An opportunity to test your equipment and for the guide to check your skiing ability. Overnight in Chamonix for a second night

Monday An early start: take Grands Montets lift and ski down to the Argentière Glacier. Long skin up to the Col du Chardonnet (3323m); descend into Switzerland onto the Saleina Glacier. Skin up to Fenêtre de Saleina (3261m); cross the Trient plateau to the Trient hut

Tuesday Great ski down the Val d'Arpette into Champex. Take taxi to Le Chable: stock up with food. Take Verbier lift system and short ski to the Mont Fort Refuge (2457m)

Wednesday Four to five hours of skinning uphill to summit of Rosablanche (3336m); great descent to the new Prafleuri refuge (2624m)

Thursday Early start: traverse the west side of the Lac des Dix, including steeper uphill to the Dix refuge (2928m); arrive in good time for a relaxing afternoon at the hut

Friday A very spectacular day: from the Dix refuge, a four-hour skin up to the Pignes d'Arolla (3790m), the highest point on the Haute Route. From the Pigne d'Arolla, a good ski descent leads to the Vignettes refuge (3160m)

Saturday The longest day of the tour. Skin across to the Col de l'Evèque (3,386m), a short descent, and another skin up to Col du Mt Brulé (3,213m). A rising traverse to the Col de Valpelline (3,568m). Long descent down to the Zmutt glacier, passing underneath the Matterhorn and on to Zermatt for a well deserved beer; a waiting minibus takes us back to Chamonix and the hotel for a welcome hot shower and a comfortable bed.

Sunday Depart after breakfast

Note: This is only a guide to your itinerary. This trip involves travel to high altitudes and to areas where a short notice change of itinerary may be necessary. The details of the itinerary may be altered to suit the particular participants, inclement weather or for any other reason deemed necessary.

Inclusions

  • All guiding fees and expenses.
  • Three nights tin room hotel in Chamonix at the start and end of the trip.
  • All hut fees on HB basis
  • Transport Champex to Le Chable
  • Return transfer to Chamonix at end of tour

Exclusions

  • Equipment hire
  • Personal insurance
  • Evening meals in Chamonix
  • Lunches and beverages
  • Personal insurance
  • Hire of ski equipment
  • Uplift costs
  • Travel to and from Chamonix at start and end of trip.
Note: based on previous trips, the cost of uplift for this week will be approximately €100 per person.

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