People per Guide
Mar, Apr, May
Type of Trip
A 6-day ski touring trip that you cannot miss if you are coming to Chamonix.
Let me share with you this incredible program I have planned in the region of Chamonix-Zermatt. It’s about a ski mountaineering tour along the famous Haute Route (High Route) that connects Switzerland to France.
This route runs from Chamonix to Zermatt and it is the most iconic ski tour of the world. Moreover, I love to take my clients and friends through the Chamonix-Zermatt Haute Route because:
- Its region has a legendary and historic atmosphere;
- There are really rewarding climbs with breathtaking descents;
- The Haute Route offers one of the most amazing views along the way.
Regarding the technical difficulty, keep in mind that the Chamonix-Zermatt Haute Route is a long high-altitude challenge. That’s why it requires a good overall level of training and a proper physical condition.
At the bottom of this description you can find a sample itinerary of this 6-day trip. You can also find details about the accommodation nights and the average ascent time for each day.
For any other doubt or if you’re decided and want to book your place for the next departure, contact me. You can fill out the form and I’ll answer as soon as possible. I am happy to lead this exciting tour in the amazing region of Chamonix-Zermatt!
Price per person
- Guiding fee
- Group equipment
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.
Courmayeur - Argentière Hut
We’ll meet in Courmayeur for the equipment check and a short briefing. Transfer to Argentière from where a cable car will take us to the Col des Grands Montets. We’ll then begin a descent on the Rognons Glacier until we reach the Argentière Glacier. After a while we’ll reach the Argentière Hut, where we will spend the night.
The altitude gain will be 200 meters and the ascent time for the day, about 3 hours.
We’ll leave the hut around 7 am. We’ll begin skiing down a stretch of the Argentière Glacier. We’ll then skin up to a 200-meter snowy couloir, which we’ll ascend with ropes and crampons up to Col Passon. From here we’ll enter the Le Tour Glacier. We’ll cross in direction to 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. Along easy slopes we’ll ski down the entire Val d’Arpette until we reach Champex, where we will stop for the night.
The elevation gain for the day will be 1000 meters and the ascent time between 6 and 8 hours in total.
Cabane de Prafleuri
A transfer will take us from Champex to Le Châble. Then, a gondola lift will make us get into the Verbier ski area. Two more lifts to Col des Gentianes. After a 200-meter descent, we’ll put the skins on and move to Col de La Chaux. Another descent and we’ll skin up towards Col Momin. When we reach the Rosablanche, we’ll be able to see the Pigne d’Arolla. After that, a descent will take us to the Cabane de Prafleuri, where we’ll have dinner and sleep.
Today we will ascend around 6 hours with a total altitude change of 800 meters.
Cabane des Dix
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 descent above the reservoir of the Grande Dixence Dam. At the end of the lake, we’ll put our skins back on and ascend the Pas du Chat, then continue until we reach the Cabane des Dix. Dinner and overnight stay in the hut.
Vertical drop: 800 meters. Ascent time: 7-8 hours.
Cabane des Vignettes
We’ll start by ascending the Cheillon Glacier up to Col du Brenay, then continue to the Pigne d’Arolla. Here we’ll enjoy a breathtaking 360° view of the Western Alps!!! Then, a great descent on glacier will lead us to the Cabane des Vignettes, for dinner and a good night’s sleep.
The altitude change for the day will be 850 meters with a total ascent time of 6-7 hours.
Getting to Zermatt
We’ll ski down to the Col de Charmontane and from the Arolla Glacier, we’ll ascend to the Col de l’Eveque. Once we’re under the Col du Mont Brulé, we’ll put our skis on and our backpacks and climb the 200 meters that separate us from the col. Another descent will take us right in the middle of the 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. Finally we’ll begin the iconic descent to Zermatt, with a 2,500-meter vertical drop, down the Stockji Glacier, under the Matterhorn’s north face.
Elevation gain of 1,000 meters and 8 to 10 hours of ascent time.
Half-board accommodation in mountain huts:
€ 48-63 per person at Argentiere Hut;
€ 48-60 per person at Prarayer Hut;
CHF 70 per person in Cabane de Prafleuri;
CHF 82 per person in Cabane des Dix;
CHF 80 per person in Cabane des Vignettes.
- Research and rescue insurance with IFMGA coverage (recommended): €12 per person for 7 days. Hiring of any personal equipment (harness, ice axe, crampons and helmet): €15 per person.
- The mountain guide’s expenses (lifts, transfers, meals and accommodation) are not included in the price and must be covered by participants.
- Taxi service to Le Châble (CHF 120, divided among all participants).
- Fees for lift facilities, transfers and mountain lodges are subject to changes established and applied by they respective owners, without any liability attributable to the mountain guide.
About the Guide
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.
We love to make your dreams come true! Determination and passion are our guiding principles and we hope to pass them on to you. We want to build strong, long-lasting relationship with our clients, based on the respect we feel for everyone who joins us in the exploration of this striking vertical world.
Alberto, Alessandro, Claudio, Maurizio, Claudio, Jacopo, Giovanni, Elis e Silvia
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