People per Guide
Feb, Mar, Apr
Type of Trip
La Haute Route is a mythical ski touring course linking the two mountaineering European capitals, Chamonix in France and Zermatt in Switzerland.
I like to take my friends and customers there, and help them to discover the splendid massifs we cross.
We enjoy long, rewarding ski touring days, and sleep in famous mountain huts across the route. In my opinion, some of the highlights are the Chardonnet pass, the Fenêtre d’Arpette and the Dix lake. But the journey is filled with fantastic places.
Below you can find the detailed itinerary of the route I usually guide. Of course it is adjustable depending on the time you have and the places that you would like to visit. In addition, this Haute Route program is adaptable according to the participants level and the weather. We could anticipate for example a walking day if you prefer.
If you want more information about the preparation, I strongly recommend you to read this article – Get ready to ski tour Chamonix Zermatt – which I have contributed to.
I invite you to contact me if this adventure interests you. We will have the opportunity to speak about your level and your desires. I’d be happy to take you on La Haute Route!
Price per person
- Guiding fee
- Transport during the trip
- 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.
Chamonix – Argentière refuge
Meeting in Chamonix or Argentière (to be defined), Grand-Montets lift. Descent of the Argentière glacier, 2 hours of sealskin ascent to reach the Argentière refuge.
Dinner and overnight in refuge (dormitories)
Argentière refuge – Trient hut
Early breakfast, short descent and ascent with sealskins to the Chardonnet pass (3 hours). Descent to the glacier (mixed rope or abseil to descent a couloir). Descent to Saleinaz glacier, and ascent with seal skins or crampons up to the Fenêtre de Saleinaz (1 hour). False flat descent before ascending to the Trient hut (1 hour).
Picnic or late lunch at the refuge.
Trient hut – Montfort hut
Descent from the Trient glacier to below the Fenêtre d’Arpette. Slight climb on foot (20 min) and long and beautiful descent to Val d’Arpette. Private transfer to Verbier (45 mins).
Picnic or frugal meal at Champex or Chable.
We take Verbier lifts to reach the Montfort hut.
Dinner and overnight at the hut. Comfortable hut (showers, small rooms for 4).
Montfort hut – Prazfleuri hut
Breakfast. Ascent with sealskins to Leschaux pass then climb to Rosablanca (4-5 hours). Descent to the Prazfleuri hut. Comfortable hut (showers).
Prazfleuri hut – Arolla
Breakfast. Ascent to the Roux pass (2 hours). Long journey along Dix Lake, climb of Pas du Chat and Pas de Chèvres (ladders), lasting more than 4 hours. Descent to Arolla.
Overnight at a hotel in Arolla (to be defined), dinner at the hotel.
Arolla – Bertol hut
Breakfast and short transfer to the valley to ascend to the Bertol hut (the most beautiful of the Alps). 6-7 hours climbing.
Bertol hut – Zermatt
Breakfast. False flat, then ascent to Tête Blanche with sealskins (2-3 hours) and long descent from Valpeline to Scönbiel Glacier to reach Zermatt by Zmutt below the Matterhorn.
Lunch in Zermatt, meeting with the taxi and return to Chamonix.
In mountain huts and hotels.
Equipment: backpack 50L (preferably with airbag), arva, shovel, probe, spare batteries, silk sheets, ski touring equipment (skis, telescopic poles, hiking boots, knives, skins), lightweight crampons and ice axe, helmet, mask, glacier glasses, fleece set (jacket + tights), all Gore-tex (trousers + jacket), warm gloves, hat, headlamp, replacement clothes (and technical underwear), camera, wireless charging, batteries, memory cards, small personal pharmacy, toiletries, trek towel, passport or valid identity card.
About the Guide
IFMGA/UIAGM mountain guide
I come from Marseille and I found my passion for mountaineering very early, climbing Les Calanques, some mountains in the Verdon region and in the Alps. I got my IFMGA (mountain guide) certificate in 1983 and my ski instructor license in 1985.
I brought my clients on many summits of the Alps and went abroad to discover the world. I went skiing, climbing, mountaineering… in Morocco, Norway, Algeria (Hoggar), Yosemite (El Capitan) and Nepal. I discovered this passion for travelling and started to organize my first trips with my clients. In the late 80’, I went to the Annapurna Sanctuary and I did several ascents in Peru (Pisco, Yanapatcha and Huascaran). In the 90’, I did several trips in Nepal (Helambu, Langtang…).
I then kept on and further explored the world with my clients: Rolwaling traverse (Perchamo, Mera Peak Mingbo La), the summits of Yala Peak and the Yana Kanga, Patagonia (in Argentina), Manaslu tour in Nepal, Meso Kanto La, Mustang, Atacama desert in chili and many others.
I like bringing my clients mountaineering in summer and ski touring / heliskiing in winter.
Get in touch with me and let's discuss about your next guiding tour !
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