6-day Haute Route ski traverse Chamonix – Zermatt

Join Roger, IFMGA certified mountain guide, on this 6-day ski traverse starting from Chamonix and ending in Zermatt, along a route that passes among the most impressive landscapes of the Alps.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

6 days

Mountain Range

Alps

People per Guide

6 people

Trip Level

Sustained

Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Dec

Type of Trip

Not specified

Highlights

 
     

    Join this trip to experience one of the most famous ski traverses in all of Europe, a route many aspire to complete.  During this 6-day journey, we will explore the legendary massifs of the Alps by skiing among its highest peaks.

    The Mont Blanc, Monte Rosa, and Grand Combin massifs are home to the highest mountains of the Alps, and some of the most well-known outdoor adventures in all of Europe.  During this 6 day cross country ski trip, we will complete the traverse between Grand Combin massif, situated in Switzerland, and the Monte Rosa massif, site of the second highest mountain in the Alps.

    Our journey will begin in Chamonix, France, and end 6 days later in Zermatt, Switzerland.  The route is truly stunning, as we will ski along glaciers, past the base of the Matterhorn, with views of some of Europe’s most impressive alpine scenery.

    We will sleep in mountain refuges along our route, where half board is available.  Note that food, water, and fees for nightly mountain huts are not included in the price for this trip, and are anticipated to cost an additional 400-500 euro per person (bring cash in euros).   We can provide you with a complete list of the gear and equipment you will need for this trip, as you may need to rent some equipment.

    Our specific route along with altitudes, elevation gains and losses are included in the day-by-day itinerary below.

    Don’t miss this opportunity to complete one of the most impressive ski traverses in Europe, among the continent’s highest and most famous peaks!  Book this trip now and I promise it will be an adventure you won’t soon forget.

    I also offer other ski touring programs: Heli-ski touring in Val d’Aran, Pyrenees, Aragon Pyrenees 5-day ski touring trip, and Aneto and Pico de Alba 3-day ski touring ascent.

     

     

     

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    Price per person

     
    Group of 1
    450 EUR

     

    Price includes

     
    • Guiding fee
    • Personal Insurance
     Price per person to join a group. Price includes: guiding fee, logistics management, advice before departure, accident insurance, group safety equipment. Does not include: fees at mountain refuges, food, water (can be bought at refuges), personal equipment, transfer costs, cable car costs. Expenses for the guide will be split between group participants.
     

    Itinerary

     
    • Day 1Refugio Trient

      Today’s route:

      Argentiere (1.250 m) to Grands Montets (3.233 m) to Collado de Chardonnet (3.323 m) to Collado de la Fenetre de Saleina (3.261 m) to Refugio Trient (3.170 m), where we will spend the night.

      Elevation gain: 965 m

      Elevation loss: 940 m ascen

    • Day 2Bourg-Sant-Pierre

      Today’s route:

      Refugio de Trient (3,170 m) to Collado des Encandies (2,796 m) to Champex (1,450 m) to Bourg-Sant-Pierre (1,650 m), where we end the day.

      Elevation gain: 100 m

      Elevation loss: 1,670 m

    • Day 3Refuge Valsorey

      Today’s route:

      Bourg-Saint-Pierre (1,650 m) to Refuge Valsorey (3,030 m).

      Elevation gain: 1,380 m

    • Day 4Refugio Chanrion

      Today’s route:

      Refuge Valsorey (3,030 m) to Plateau du Couloir (3,664 m) to Col du Sonadon (3,504 m) to Refugio Chanrion (2,462 m).


      Elevation gain: 934 m

      Elevation loss: 1,511 m

    • Day 5Vignettes hut

      Today’s route:

      Chanrion refuge (2,462 m) to Pigne d’Arolla (3,796 m) to Vignettes hut (3,160 m).


      Elevation gain: 1,334 m

      Elevation loss: 612 m

    • Day 6Zermatt

      Today’s route:

      Vignettes hut (3,160 m) to Col de l’Eveque (3,392 m) to Col de Mont Brul (3,213 m) to Col de Valpelline (3,568 m) to Zermatt (1,600 m).

      Elevation gain: 1,173 m

      Elevation loss: 2,670 m

     
     

    Other details

     
    Skill level required

    Advanced

    Fitness level required

    Fit

    Accommodation

    Mountain huts along the route, not included in price

     

    About the Guide

     
     

    I love what I do and love to transmit my passion while guiding.
    After touring the world fulfilling my dreams, I have put together all the knowledge gained and a strong background as a mountain guide to become one of the most versatile, dedicated and professional guides in the Pyrenees.
    I'm currently completing my IFMGA certification as a way to close a cycle of more than 15 years of experience guiding different activities (trekking, climbing, mountaineering, ski touring, kayaking).
    My resume has technical trainings in mountain medicine, snow studies, search and rescue complete training, meteorology and botany.
    I spend the winters enjoying the unique snow conditions in the Aran Valley, as a ski touring and freeride Guide, and summers climbing the countless areas of excellent rock, either granite, limestone or conglomerate in the Pyrenees. I also spend a lot of time in Iceland during the summer guiding my friends and clients across these incredible landscapes.
    While traveling the world, I make every effort to show the beauty of the landscapes, the quality of the rock and the best snow in the Pyrenees to everyone who wants to check them out.
    Please get in touch with me if you want to discover the Pyrenees !

     
     

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    What People are Saying about Roger Martorell

     

    It\'s a long slog of a climb, but doable as long as you\'re reasonably fit (but you don\'t need to be an Olympic athlete). The views are stunning. The Puente (bridge) de Mahoma is mentally tough with steep drops either side and some uncomfortable climbs. I\'d strongly recommend using a local guide as they help you with the planning, kit and techniques, they share knowledge of the surrounding area that you wouldn\'t get otherwise and they help you over the more challenging stretches
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    Ian Bywater
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    david reitz
    If I had to describe the trip in 4 words : \'It was epic-ally awesome
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    Maddy
    The helicopter was a surprise and it was awesome, it was a great first time experience in the backcountry. Our guide, Roger, was really helpful and patient with us and we found really good snow.  The hiking up was especially tiring when it was really hot but the skiing was epic. 
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