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!

 
 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

7 days

Mountain Range

Alps

People per Guide

8 people

Trip Level

Sustained

Offer Period

Mar, Apr

Type of Trip

Not specified

Highlights

 
     

    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 5
    1475 EUR

    Group of 6
    1475 EUR

     

    Price includes

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

    Itinerary

     
    • 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

     
     

    Other details

     
    Meeting point

    At the Grands Montets cablecar.

    Accommodation

    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.

     
     
    FROM 1475 EURper person
     

     

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