We will take the 1st cable car to the Grand Montet (3300m), descend to the Argentiere Glacier (about 2700m) and ascend the glacier to the Argentiere hut (2770m). A ski ascent of the Glacier des Amethystes to Col du Tour Noire (3535m) from the hut is possible. Avalanche beacon and general mountaineering skills will be covered during our first day.
Distance: 4km. Duration: 2.5hs
Climb up to the Col Du Chardonnet (3323m), ski down to Switzerland. Climb back up to the Fenetre de Saleina (3267m). Ski down the upper Trient glacier to the Refuge du Trient (3240m).
D-550m.=1,800’ descent, Distance: 10 km. Duration: 6 hrs.
Descent on the steep lower Trient Glacier to the Fenetre des Chamois (2985m), through and down the other side steeply to Val d’Arpette and eventually the little village of Champex (1470m).
Distance: 9 km. Duration: 3 hrs.
Taxi Ride from Champex to Bourg St. Pierre (30 min) and lodging in town with an opportunity to buy lunch, food, etc. for the next few days.
After an early start, we will ascend through the lovely Valsorey to the Valsorey Hut (3037m).
Distance: 8 km. Duration: 7 hrs.
A steep climb to the Plateau du Couloir (3664m) leads to a magnificent descent on the Durrand Glacier towards the Lac de Mauvoisin and back up to the Refuge Chanrion (2460m).
Distance: 12 km. Duration: 7 hrs.
Note: This is one of the crux days on the classic haute route which requires both good snow stability and stable weather. Itinerary may be re-routed through Verbier if these conditions are not optimal.
A ski ascent of the Glacier Brenay to the summit of the stunning Pigne d’Arolla (3800m) offering great views of the entire traverse. Descent to the Cabane Vignette (3185m). D+1330m
Distance: 10 km. Duration: 7 hrs.
The famous 3 Col Traverse is probably the best day of the whole trip! Via Col de l’Eveque (3392m), Col de Mont Brulee (3213m) and Col de Valpelline (3568m) and a long, glaciated descent underneath the impressive North Face of the Matterhorn all the way into Zermatt. There we will spend our last night in a hotel.
Distance: 25 km. Duration: 8 hrs.
Chamonix Valley, the day before the trip.
Pre-Trip Meeting: meet me for a pre-trip briefing, equipment check and dinner. We will spend the night in a hotel in the Chamonix Valley.
Not included in price:
-Personal ski touring clothing & ski equipment including skis, skins, poles, ski crampons, ski tour boots.
-technical equipment including boot crampons, avalanche transceivers, shovels and probes (rentals available).
-Transportation and lodging costs prior to the meeting.
-2-3 hotel nights; Chamonix/Argentiere pre-trip (72 chf/night), Arolla Hotel (70-100 chf ), mid-trip & Zermatt (65-90 E/night) at end of trip, including breakfast.
-Dinner in Chamonix/Argentiere, Arolla and Zermatt pre/post trip.
-Lunch, alcohol & snacks in the valley/at huts.
Please ensure you have cash in currency to cover these expenses: many huts may not accept credit.
-Guest Grand Montet Lift fee in Argentiere, L’aiguille du Midi lift for Valley Blanche day trip option, Col des Gentians lift.
-The Furi lift to Zermatt if snow cover prevents from skiing down.
-Luggage transfer from Chamonix Valley to Zermatt on day 1, $90 Cdn / 60E per bag.
-Trip cancellation, adventure travel & rescue insurance, medical insurance.
-Any additional lifts, train & taxi costs related to a plan change-.
-Gratuities for guide or assistant.
I am an IFMGA and ACMG-certified mountain guide based in Nelson, British Columbia. I'm the lead guide at Summit Mountain Guides, a guiding agency I co-founded back in 2007 and which offers year-round guiding services and courses in Canada and Europe.
The mountains of western Canada have been my playground since 1992. I'll be happy to take you mountaineering, backcountry skiing, rock climbing, hiking or ice climbing in this area I know so well. From day trips to multi-day adventures, I can guarantee an unforgettable and safe experience.
The SMG team of guides will help you with your trip's logistics, safety and contingency plans so that you get the most out of your backcountry experience and can just focus on having an amazing time on the mountain!
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