Chamonix – Zermatt: the other route

An Azimut Montagne certified guide proposes here a novel version of the classic Chamonix-Zermatt route. 7 amazing days in the heart of the Alps!




Trip Duration

7 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

8 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Mar, Apr

Type of Trip




    When the ski raid season arrives, the mythical traverse between Chamonix and Zermatt is always there. I propose to you a special version of this touring. During this time, we will enjoy above all great ski and the calm of the high mountain. I designed this special route for you to enjoy!

    Rather than taking the classic tour, I will take you to beautiful easy couloirs, virgin slopes and uncrowded refuges.

    This is the ideal version of the traverse for skiers looking for sensations and authenticity.

    During the whole tour, we will privilege the descents. I will guide you through great and varied ski terrain.

    Needless to say, the panoramas are breathtaking: between the glaciers and summits, it’s a feast for the eyes!

    We will sleep in refuges, including the mythical Grand Saint Bernard.

    Does this 7-day tour sound interesting? Then please contact me and let’s start planning. Keep in mind that besides the indicated departures, we can set new dates! 

    If you are interested, you can also check out this 4-day ski tour in Chamonix!

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    1475 EUR

    Group of 2
    1475 EUR

    Group of 3
    1475 EUR

    Group of 4
    1475 EUR

    Group of 5
    1475 EUR

    Group of 6
    1475 EUR

    Group of 7
    1475 EUR

    Group of 8
    1475 EUR


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
    • Transport during the trip
    • Mountain guide's expenses (lifts, meals, accommodation, etc)
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     The price does not include the guide´s expenses (accommodation, meals, lift tickets, etc).


    • Day 1Saleina refuge

      Departure from the Grands Montets cablecar. Descent of the Argentière glacier, then ascent to the Chardonnet pass to reach the unguarded Saleina refuge (2693 m).
      D +900/-1300m

    • Day 2Fouly

      Leaving for the Planereuse pass (3030 m). Descent on the glacier and ascent to the Crête Sèche pass (3024 m), to cross to the Essettes pass (3110 m). A long descent takes us to the Fouly village.
      A beautiful mountain stage in wild and alpine corners. A small couloir ascending the Crête Sèche pass and a descent to the magnificent A Neuve refuge. The 1700 m of descent over Fouly are amazing. The village is charming and very Swiss…
      D +800/-1800m

    • Day 3Grand Saint Bernard

      Ascent to the base of Val Ferret to reach the Fenêtre lakes (2495 m) and pass (2695 m). Descent on the Italian side before going up to the Grand Saint Bernard hospice (2460 m).
      Quite easy day, and the arrival to the accommodation is superb. On top of it, a very warm welcome.
      D +1100/-700m

    • Day 4Crête Sèche refuge

      Descent of the pass on the Swiss side (2200 m), ascent through the Tcholeire pass to the Menouve south pass (2756 m). Descent to the Eternon village (1280 m). Taxi to the Bionaz village, then ascent to the charming Crête Sèche refuge (2385 m).
      A mainly Italian day. The descent of Menouve is very beautiful.
      D +1300/-1800m

    • Day 5Cabane Chanrion

      Acent to the Crête Sèche pass (2896 m). Possible ascent of the Chardonay pass (3183 m). Descent of the north face until the foot of the Ottemma glacier. Short ascent to the Cabane Chanrion (2460 m).
      Wild and calm day, with beautiful views over the Valais massif.
      D +800/-800m,

    • Day 6Pigne d'Arolla - Cabane Vignettes

      Ascent of the Pigne d’Arolla (3790 m) by the Serpentine glacier. Descent to the Cabane Vignettes (3160 m). Pigne d’Arolla is a superb belvedere over the entire Valais.
      D +1300/-650m

    • Day 7Zermatt

      Descent to the Charmontane pass (3024 m). Ascent to the Evèque pass (3370 m). Descent to the high Arolla glacier, then ascent to the Mt Brulé pass (3213 m). Traverse to the Valpeline pass (3554 m) by the Tsa de Tsan glacier, to start the long and beautiful descent to Zermatt (1690 m), at the foot of the north face of Matterhorn.
      D +1000/-2000m


    Next departures

    For private groups contact the guide
    Next datesInfo
    22/03/2020 to 28/03/2020
    1595€ per person.
    29/03/2020 to 04/04/2020
    1595€ per person.
    05/04/2020 to 11/04/2020
    1595€ per person.
    12/04/2020 to 18/04/2020
    1595€ per person.
    19/04/2020 to 25/04/2020
    1595€ per person.

    Other details

    Meeting point

    At the Grands Montets cablecar.


    Unguarded refuge on day 1, guarded refuges the rest of the trip.

    More info

    Group size: 5 to 8 people.

    If the program is changed, extra transportation is not included in the price.

    Level: you need to have good ski touring and all snow ski experience. We may have to go through glacial terrain.

    I recommend you to have cancellation insurance. Search and repatriation insurance is mandatory. I propose you to hire insurance through Europ Assistance upon booking the trip with me.

    Equipment: skis with ski touring fixations, seal skins, knives, poles, ski boots, 35-40L backpack (ideally freeride, with airbag if possible), AVD, shovel, probe.

    I can loan you the safety equipment (AVD, shovel, probe).

    If you don't have the necessary equipment, you can rent it with me! Skis (with poles, skins and knifes) €155, boots €65, ski pack (skis, poles, skins, boots) €200, helmet €20, airbag €105, harness €35, crampons €35, ice axe 35, full pack €305.


    About the Guide


    We enjoy very much discovering and re discovering the most beautiful spots in the world, in the Ecrins mountain range but also all around the planet.

    Together with the guides in the team, we will share with you unique moments and an amazing journey. From les Ecrins to Chile, from Morocco to Greenland, from Les Gorges du Verdon to Japan, from Italy to Norway… tons of destinations offering all types of mountain activities, different every season. It makes us so happy when I can share them with my friends and clients.



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    What People are Saying about Azimut Montagne


    We really enjoyed the trip. As well the group, the skiing as the guide. A good hotel with enough facilities and very guest friendly. Thank you for your service and organization
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    Sietske Hoving
    What an incredible experience. Everything went superbly , the guides, organization and the team did a spectacular job.
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    Jason Baynes
    I was disappointed. I was slower than the rest of the group reaching Tete Rousse, and the guide discouraged me from going to Gouter. I had a slight ankle sprain the day before which slowed my ascent. I recovered 95% the day after. My complaint: when I decided to go for a second guided attempt, at a slower pace, I received no help in securing a guide, or a reservation at Gouter. The online reservation showed fully booked both for Rousse and Gouter. But I know that there were lots of empty bunks at Rousse, and I suspect the same at Gouter. I received sympathy, but only as a formality. Initially I had sought a single dedicated guide, but I was encouraged to join a group. I did not get a choice.I should have known better, I knew my pace would be a bit slower, but I counted on your support and understanding. I got neither. I was on my own with no help.
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    Herbert Navarro
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