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The Haute Route from Chamonix, in France, to Zermatt, in Switzerland, is the most classic and renown ski traverse in the world. Join me on this unforgettable 7-day ski tour, crossing the most spectacular mountain terrain in the Alps.
We will travel through wild broken glaciers and high mountain passes. Besides, we will combine amazing descents with comforts that you will not find on any other ski traverse in the world.
We will meet in the charming city of Chamonix, or we can arrange for a pick up at the Geneva Airport. Then, we will have dinner and check our equipment.
On the second day, we will spend a full day of ski in Chamonix. We will descend the famous Valle Blanche! On the third day, we will enjoy one of the best descents of the trip down the Val d’Arpette. From there, we will ski to the village of Champex.
That same day a taxi will take us to the famous ski town of Verbier, in Switzerland. We will spend the night at the Prafleuri Refuge. The next day, we will tour above Le Lax de Dix. We will spend the night at the Cabane des Dix Hut.
On the fifth day, we will tour up the highest point on the Haute Route: the Peigne D’Arolla. Another incredible descent will take us to the Vignettes Hut.
Next morning, get ready for the best day of the trip! We will cross 3 high cols and 7 glaciers. We will end up our ski tour in the city of Zermatt, with a delicious Swiss dinner and a cold beer. Finally, on Day 7, we have the option to ski around Zermatt or to get back to Chamonix and finish this amazing trip.
You can check the day-by-day itinerary below this text. This ski tour is suitable for beginner to advanced skiers, although previous ski touring experience is highly recommended. Also, you need to be in good shape, as we may travel uphill on skis from 600 to 2100 meters. We will be on our skis for an average of 6-8 hours every day.
Please note this trip is also possible in reverse, from Zermatt to Chamonix. Also, it’s a more demanding itinerary, but it avoids the crowds in high season.
Price per person
- Guiding fee
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.
We meet in Chamonix, either at our base or arrange with us for a pick up at the Geneva international airport. Then, dinner, meet and greet and equipment check.
Ski day-Aiguille du Mid-Valle Blanche-
We will spend a full day of skiing in Chamonix. On this
warm up day, we will take the Aiguille du Midi, one of the highest telepheriques in the Alps to 3800m and descend the world famous Valle Blanche. Return to Chamonix.
After one of the best ski descents of the trip, we go down the Val d’Arpette to the village of Champex.Then, a taxi will take us from Champex down the valley to the famous ski town of Verbier, Switzerland. Up the Verbier lift system and another skin and ski to the Prafleuri refuge for the night.
Prafleuri Hut-Le Lac de Dix-Cabane des Dix
Today is a shorter day. From the Prafleuri Hut we tour across above Le Lac de Dix for a final steeper skin up to the Cabane des Dix. This is one of our personal favorite refuges in the Alps.
Peigne D'Arolla-Vignettes Refuge
Today we will enjoy a spectacular day! Surrounded by big peaks and wild glaciers we tour up to the Peigne D’Arolla, the highest point on the Haute Route. Another fantastic alpine ski descent leads up to the Vignettes Refuge, perched high above the Arolla Valley.
A day of epic proportions await us! Early start and we head out for the biggest day of the whole trip. We will cross 7 glaciers, 3 high cols and finally the triumphant ski into Zermatt. We will enjoy classic Swiss dining and a cold Weissbier beer.
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