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Haute Route ski touring traverse Chamonix to Zermatt

Join Sebastien, an IFMGA certified mountain guide, and explore the mythical Haute Route on a 6-day unforgettable ski traverse, from Mont Blanc (Chamonix) to the Matterhorn (Zermatt).

Mountain RangeAlps
Duration6 days
Offer periodMar, Apr
Skill LevelAdvanced
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified

Description

I invite you to join me on the mythical Haute Route ski traverse, a legendary tour that links Chamonix, in France, and Zermatt, in Switzerland. It will be an unforgettable 6-day trip, from the Mont Blanc to the feet of the impressive Matterhorn.

During these days, we will cross the most spectacular mountain scenery in the Alps. We will go through high mountain passes and amazing glaciers. Most important, we will enjoy incredible descents!

Also, during this week, I will teach a variety of topics, like risk assessment on glacial terrain, glacier travel and the use of avalanche beacons and special equipment.

On the first day, we will meet in Chamonix and we will enjoy a descent of 3000 metres. This first night we will sleep in the Argentière hut (2771 m). On the second day we will start touring to the Col du Chardonnet (3325m), and then we will ski down to the Saleina glacier. This day will continue with amazing descents and we will end up in the Montfort Hut (2457 m).

On the third day, after we get to the summit of Rosablanche (3336 m) we will have a beautiful descent to the Prafleuri Hut. The next day, we will ski up to the Lac des Dix, where we will find quite flat terrain. We will finally get to the Cabane des Dix.

On the fifth day, we will climb up to the Berthol Hut (3311 m), one of the most beautiful huts in the Haute Route. We will enjoy a spectacular panorama of the Dent Blanche, the Dent d’Hérens, and of course the impressive Matterhorn.

Finally, on the sixth day, we will ski up to the summit of the Tête Blanche (3724 m ). From there, we will have amazing views of the Zermatt valley. Then, all is left is enjoying an unforgettable descent and then finally arriving to Chamonix.

You can check the day-by-day detailed itinerary below this text. Also, please note that this itinerary can be modified according to the group’s ski level, the wishes of everybody and weather conditions. I take a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6 people per group, to ensure everyone’s safety.

Please don’t hesitate in getting in touch with me if you want to join me on this Haute Route ski traverse! Book a date and we can start planning right away!

You can as well check my 6-day Gran Paradiso ski touring trip in Italy. Or you can take a look at all the tours, courses and trips that I offer here!

Disclaimer

This is an example of a possible Haute Route Chamonix to Zermatt ski touring trip. I reserve the right to change the program due to your abilities and weather and snow conditions.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Chamonix – Argentière Hut

Elevation gain: 200 m – Descent : 3000 m. (5 hours). We will meet at 9 in Chamonix for a briefing and equipment check. After a nice descent of the Aiguille des Grands Montets, we will practice avalanche awareness. Then we will go down the Argentiere glacier towards the Argentière hut (2771 m) where we will spend the night.

Day 2: Argentière Hut – Montfort Hut

Elevation gain: 1200 m – Descent : 2400m. (6 to 7 hours). We will begin touring up to the Col du Chardonnet (3325m). Then, we will ski down to the Saleina glacier. From there we will ski up to the Fenêtre de Saleina, then descend underneath the Aiguilles Dorées. After we cross the Trient glacier, we will pass through the Fenêtre de Chamois (2985m), from where we will start skiing down to the Val d’Arpette. The descent will end 1300m further down in Champex. A quick transfer by bus brings us to Le Chable, from where we take the cable car up to Mont Fort. A quick descent and we will be at the Montfort hut.

Day 3: Montfort Hut – Prafleuri Hut

Elevation gain : 1000m – Descent : 800 m. (6 hours). From Montfort hut (2457 m) we will go to la Chaux pass (2940 m), a quick descent and then  we will get to the Momin pass. Then we can ski tour up to the summit of Rosablanche (3336 m). From there, we will have a beautiful ski descent down to the Prafleuri hut.

Day 4: Cabane de Prafleuri-Pas du Chat-Pas de Chèvre-Arolla

Elevation gain: 800 m – Descent : 1300 m. (6 hours). Today we will ski tour up and along Lac des Dix. The terrain is quite flat, and a good sliding technique will help us to preserve energy reserves needed for later. Then, we will go through the Pas de Chat, the  Pas de Chèvre, then a great descent to Arolla. We will spend the night in a very nice hotel.

Day 5: Arolla-Berthol Hut

Elevation gain : 1343 m (5 hours). Today we will climb up to the Berthol Hut, one of the most beautiful huts in the Haute Route. We will enjoy a spectacular panorama of the Dent Blanche, the Dent d’Hérens, and of course the impressive Matterhorn.

Day 6: Berthol Hut-Zermatt

Elevation gain: 550 m- Descent : 2110 m. (4 hours). Finally, on the sixth day, we will ski up to the summit of the beautiful Tête Blanche (3724 m ). From there, we will have amazing views of the Zermatt valley. Then, all is left is enjoying an unforgettable descent down the  Stocki glacier and to Zermatt, our final destination. Then, a bus ride will take us back to Chamonix.


About the guide

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IFMGA / UIAGM Mountain Guide -
Sébastien is originally from Toulon. Before he dedicated his time fully to his passion, mountaineering, he has completed a degree in Alpine Geography.
His thirst for adventure took him from countries such as Turkey and Peru to the high mountains of Pakistan .
Since 2000, he work as a Mountain Guide in Chamonix, La Clusaz and all over the world.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 2227 each

Group of 2

EUR 1114 each

Group of 3

EUR 743 each

Group of 4

EUR 557 each

Group of 5

EUR 449 each

Group of 6

EUR 372 each

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