Chamonix – Zermatt, the greatest Haute Route

Let Marco, IFMGA certified guide, take you through the mythical Haute Route Chamonix - Zermatt. Five days to see the best of the French and Swiss Alps!

 
 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

5 days

Mountain Range

Alps

People per Guide

6 people

Trip Level

Sustained

Offer Period

Mar, Apr

Type of Trip

Not specified


 

The Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt is so famous, you must experience it at least once to see why people love it so much. Trust me, it’s an extremely beautiful trip, very satisfying as well.

We go through the French region of Switzerland and the Swiss Valais. It will be a chance to visit many grand mountain ranges in the area. Not only Mont Blanc, Grand Combin and Droites, but also Matterhorn and Dent d’Herens. During these 5 days we will progress from one beautiful place to the next, even more amazing.

You need to be in good physical shape, as well as to have good ski touring experience.

Does this mythical Haute Route sound tempting? Then please contact me and let’s start planning to do this trip together!


Price per person

 
Group of 4
494 USD

Group of 5
494 USD

Group of 6
494 USD

 

Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
  • Group equipment
 The price does not include the guide´s expenses (accommodation, meals, lift tickets, etc).
 

 

What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.

What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).

What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.

 

Itinerary

 
  • Day 1: Cabane de Trient

    From Argentière, we take the lift until Grands Montets pass (3230 m). Then we ski down the Argentière glacier. Afterwards we go up to the Chardonnay pass (3323 m), and we do a short, steep descent on the opposite side. Then we ski up until the Fenetre de Saleina, and descend to the Cabane de Trient (3170 m), where we spend the night.
    D +1000/-1100m
    Duration: 6-7hs

  • Day 2: Prafleuri hut

    We start with an amazing descent at the Arpette Valley, going down to Champex. From there we take a taxi to Verbier. A lift takes us up to the Gentianes pass, then we ascend the Rosablanche peak (3330 m) through the Chaux pass and the Moimin pass. We ski down the Prafleuri glacier until the hut with the same name.
    D +1000/-2600m
    Duration: 7-8hs + 40 min taxi

  • Day 3: Cabane de Dix

    We go uphill to the Roux pass (2804 m), from there a very long traverse by the Dix lake. Then up the Pas de Chat until the Cabane de Dix (2970 m).
    D +850/-400m
    Duration: 5-6hs

  • Day 4: Cabane des Vignettes

    A short descent and then a beautiful ascent to the Pigne d’Arolla peak (3800 m). This location gives us amazing views of all the 4000 m peaks in Valais. Then we go down on the opposite side to the Cabane des Vignettes.
    D +1050/-700m
    Duration: 6hs

  • Day 5: Last spectacular day!

    The last, longest and most spectacular day of the tour. We ski through many passes: Collon, Mont Brûlé, Valpelline. We also go to the Tete de Valpelline peak (3800 m), from where a long descent follows under the north wall of Matterhorn and Dent d’Herens. The endpoint is Zermatt.
    D +1330/-2950m
    Duration: 8-9hs

 
 

Other details

 
Meeting point
At Argentière.
Accommodation

- Cabane de Trient
- Prafleuri hut
- Cabane de Dix
- Cabane des Vignettes

More info

Group size: 4 to 6 people.

I will take care of the logistics and the reservations at the mountain huts. If you need technical equipment (harness, crampons, ice axe, snow beep) you can rent it with me.

Technical equipment: high mountains gear, full ski-touring gear (skis with proper ski-touring bindings, skins, rampant), poles, ski mountaineering boots, avalanche transceiver (with extra batteries), shovel, probe, harness, crampons, 1 locking carabiner, heavy gloves or mittens, hat, sunglasses, ski goggle, sun cream, head light. I can provide missing safety equipment.

Disclaimer
The program may be modified according to the technical level of the participants or for weather reasons.
 

About the Guide

 
 

I am Marco, and I am an UIAGM certified mountain guide since 2003. I started rock climbing when I was 14, and at the age of 20 I climbed the great Californian walls of El Capitan. Then i explored Patagonia, climbing the mythical Fitz Roy. I have also opened new routes in the Moroccan High Atlas and in the Alps.

My passion for the mountains drives me to work throughout the year, looking for new adventures. Depending on the season, I take my clients rock climbing, mountaineering, ice climbing, freeriding, hiking... Either in the Alps, since i'm based in the Monte Rosa area, or in many other countries, in different continents.

The mountain as a playground has no limits!

 
 
FROM 494 USD per person
 

 

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