La Haute Route, 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.
Here is the schedule and the route I usually offer. Of course, these are adjustable depending on the time you have and the places that you would like to visit.
Day 1- Chamonix – Argentière refuge
Meeting in Chamonix or Argentiere (to be defined), Grands-Montets lift. Descent of the Argentiere glacier, 2 hours of sealskin ascent to reach the Argentière refuge.
Dinner and overnight in refuge (dormitories)
Day 2 – Argentière refuge – Trient hut
Early breakfast, small 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 skin or crampons until 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 3 – 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 (½ hour) the Montfort hut.
Dinner and overnight at the hut. Comfortable hut (showers, small rooms for 4).
Day 4 – Montfort hut – Prazfleuri hut
Breakfast. Ascent with sealskin to Leschaux pass then climb to Rosablanca (4-5 hours). Descent to the Prazfleuri hut. Comfortable hut (showers).
Day 5 – 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.
Day 6 – 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.
Day 7 – 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.
This Haute Route program is adaptable according to the participants level and the weather (we could anticipate for example a walking day).
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
|Group of 4||1980EUR|
|Group of 6||1800EUR|
- Guiding fee
- Transport during the trip
- Group equipment
|PERSONAL EQUIPMENT - Backpack 50L, preferably equipped with an airbag. - Arva, shovel, probe, spare batteries. - Silk sheets - Ski touring equipment (skis, telescopic poles, hiking boots, knives, skins) - Lightweight crampons and ice ax - 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;The price doesn't include - The insurance - The individual equipment - Tips and personal expenses - All what's not included|