Mar, Apr, May
If you are an experienced splitboarder, this trip is a must for you!
The Haute Route (High Route) is one of the most famous and most scenic ski tours in the world. It runs from Chamonix in France to Zermatt in Switzerland, across the center of both the French and Swiss Alps. It begins in the heart of the Mont Blanc massif (4,808m) and ends at the base of the legendary Matterhorn peak (4,478m).
Our trip’s meeting point will be Courmayeur (1,224m), a town in the Aosta Valley, in Italy. We will then travel to our voyage’s starting point, the beautiful mountain village of Argentière (1,252m), within the commune of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, in the southeast of France.
During our 6-day journey, we will traverse long distances at high elevations, across massive glaciers and snow-topped rocky peaks, such as the Rosa Blanche (3,336m) and the Pigne d’Arolla (3,796m). Every day, we will perform long climbs followed by stunning descents with breathtaking views to some of the most iconic mountains in the Alps: Mont Blanc (4,808m), Monte Rosa (4,634m), Matterhorn (4,478m), Grand Combin (4,314m), and Dent d’Herens (4,174m), among others. Along the way, we will spend the 5 nights in different mountain huts so as to stay at high altitudes. Our final descent will leave us in Zermatt (1,608m), an alpine village lying beneath the Matterhorn’s east face, in the Swiss German-speaking canton of the Valais.
This is a challenging, long high-altitude adventure. Participants need to be in good shape and have previous splitboarding experience. While optimal snow and weather conditions are vital, the route requires technical skills and a lot of effort to be completed.
Below you will find the tour’s detailed itinerary, with estimated ascent times and cumulative elevation gain per day.
Don’t miss this iconic trip in the heart of the Alps! Send me your booking request now.
In case you are interested, I also offer a ski touring version of this program. If you are looking for other splitboarding outings in the area, I recommend the Tour des Periades (Chamonix) 1-day alpine program and the Grand Saint Bernard pass 3-day trip.
We will meet in the town of Courmayeur, in the Italian Aosta Valley, where we will go over the equipment and the itinerary. We will travel to the village of Argentière, in Chamonix, from where we will take a cable car to the Col des Grands Montets pass (1,461m). We will then begin a steep descent on the Rognons Glacier to the massive Argentière Glacier (2,168m). Overnight at the Argentière Hut (2,691m).
Ascent time: 3 hours
Cumulative elevation gain: 200m
We will begin the day riding down the Argentière Glacier. We will then skin up to a 200-meter gully, which we will climb with ropes and crampons up to the Col du Passon pass (3,028m) and on to the Le Tour Glacier (2,150m). We will traverse towards the Col Superieur du Tour (3,288m), arriving at the Trient Plateau on the Trient Glacier, which we will descend up to a point below the Col des Ecadies. We will ride down the Val d’Arpette valley up to a mountain hut in Champex-Lac, where we will spend our second night.
Ascent time: 6-8 hours
Cumulative elevation gain: 1,000m
A transfer will take us from Champex to Le Châble village, from where we will take a lift up to the Verbier ski area, followed by two more lifts to the Col des Gentianes pass (2,906m). After a 200-meter descent, we will skin to the Col de La Chaux (2,940m). After another descent, we will climb to the Col du Momin (3,005m), up to the Rosa Blanche peak (3,336m). Soon after, we will begin a descent to the Cabane de Prafleuri hut (2,657m), where we will spend the night.
Ascent time: 6 hours
Cumulative elevation gain: 800m
We will traverse to the Col des Roux (2,804m) and then begin a long descent above the reservoir of the Grande Dixence Dam (285m). At the end of the lake, we will ascend the Pas du Chat, up to the Cabane des Dix (2,928m), where we will spend the night.
Ascent time: 7-8 hours
Cumulative elevation gain: 800m
We will start the day with an ascent on the Cheillon Glacier up to the Col du Brenay pass, heading to the Pigne d’Arolla (3,796m). A long descent on glacier will take us to the Cabane des Vignettes refuge (3,160m), where we will spend the last night.
Ascent time: 6-7 hours
Cumulative elevation gain: 850m
We will ride down to the Col de Charmontane. From the Arolla Glacier, we will ascend the Col de l’Eveque (3,716m), followed by the Col du Mont Brulé. A descent will drive us to the Tsan Glacier, and the following ascent will take us to the Col de Valpelline. From this point, we will be able to enjoy a beautiful view of the Dent d’Herens mountain (4,174m) and the Matterhorn’s west face (4,478m). Finally, we will begin the descent to Zermatt, with a 2,500-meter vertical drop, down the Stockji Glacier, below the Matterhorn’s north face.
Ascent time: 8-10 hours
Cumulative elevation gain: 1,000m
Courmayeur, Aosta Valley, Italy
Estimated costs for your reference:
• Half-board accommodation in mountain huts per person: Argentière Hut (€48-63), Prarayer Hut (€48-60), Cabane de Prafleuri (CHF 70), Cabane des Dix (CHF 82), Cabane des Vignettes (CHF 80).
• Equipment rental (harness, ice axe, crampons and helmet): €15 per person
• Taxi service to Le Châble: CHF 120 (divided among all participants)
• Research and rescue insurance with IFMGA coverage (recommended): €12 per person for 7 days
Founded in 2013 by Elis Martis and Silvia Pergami, PEAKSHUNTER is a team of IFMGA-certified mountain guides.
Although we all have different backgrounds and experiences, we share the same goals and projects and, more than anything, love our job and share a deep passion for the mountains.
We strive to guarantee unparalleled experiences for our clients and are constantly on the lookout for new adventures. We want to provide you with intense emotions and want to be there to share them with you. We feel we've done our job when there are big, cheesy smiles on everybody's faces at the end of the day.
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