La Haute Route 7-day ski tour Chamonix – Zermatt

Ski touring from Chamonix to Zermatt, following the wonderful Haute Route, during 7 days. Join Hervé, IFMGA certified guide, in a personalized trip.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

7 days

Mountain Range

Alps

People per Guide

6 people

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Feb, Mar, Apr

Type of Trip

Not specified

Highlights

 
     

    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! 

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    Price per person

     
    Group of 4
    1980 EUR

    Group of 6
    1800 EUR

     

    Price includes

     
    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
    • Transport during the trip
     The price doesn't include: insurance, individual equipment, tips and personal expenses. The price does not include the guide´s expenses (accommodation, meals, lift tickets, etc).
     

    Itinerary

     
    • Day 1Chamonix – 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)

    • Day 2Argentière 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.

    • Day 3Trient 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).

    • Day 4Montfort 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).

    • Day 5Prazfleuri 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.

    • Day 6Arolla – 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.

    • Day 7Bertol 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.

     
     

    Other details

     
    Skill level required

    Intermediate

    Fitness level required

    Fit

    Meeting point

    At Chamonix.

    Accommodation

    In mountain huts and hotels.

    More info

    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 !

     
     
    FROM 1800 EURper person
     

     

    What People are Saying about Hervé Pichoux

     

    Hervé est fort à l\'écoute de son client, il cerne très bien les attentes et les envies. Il est aussi très rassurant et porte une attention particulière au bien-être de chacun. Il a beaucoup d\'expérience, on sent qu\'il connaît bien la montagne et il est prudent. Enfin, il est discret et sympatique. Je le recommande vivement !
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    Charlotte
    Hi Hervé, thanks for the 3 wonderful days skiing in the 3 Vallées. My family & I had a great time. You picked out the perfect runs. Hope to see you soon. Ashley.
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    Ashley
    Many thanks for 3 great days of snow powder and amazing views in the 3 vallees. Knowledgeable, cautious and takes peoples tempo and abilities into account, adapting to needs.
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    Fiona
    Great moments of fun and found some lush powder in difficult conditions.
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    Tanguy
     

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