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Haute Route: Ski traverse from Chamonix to Zermatt in 7 days

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Join IFMGA-certified mountain guide Tal on this unique 7-day ski touring trip in the Alps. Complete the famous Haute Route with an expert!



7 Days

Jan - Apr, Dec



Are you looking for a unique ski touring expedition in the Alps? Then join me for a 7-day trip and discover the fabulous Haute Route!

The Haute Route is probably the most famous ski touring route in the world. It connects Chamonix, home of Mont Blanc (France) with Zermatt, home of the Matterhorn (Switzerland). First charted as a summer mountaineering route in the mid-19th century, nowadays it is very popular among winter sport adventurers.

On this 7-day trip (6-day expedition) we will cross huge glaciers and ski on top-quality snow. Furthermore, we will enjoy awesome views of the Alps. In the evenings, we will spend the night in traditional huts along the way. You can check the complete itinerary below!

This trip is only suitable for expert off-piste skiers. A good fitness level is also necessary. Previous mountaineering experience is not a requirement but definitely an advantage!

So, if you are up for an unforgettable ski touring trip in the Alps, please get in touch with me. Let’s discover the famous Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt!

I can also take you on an amazing ice climbing trip in the Dolomites: check it out here.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Mountain guide expenses

Price details


- 6 days of planning and guiding by an IFMGA/UIAGM qualified guide/aspirant

- 6 nights in a local hotel/hut including half pension (breakfast & dinner)

- Guides expenses

- Avalanche safety gear

- Half-day schooling (crampons and ice axe usage)

- Guiding in a minimum/ maximum of 4 participants per guide

- 2 taxi transfers within the activity, including transport back to Chamonix

Not included:

- Flights

- Shuttles to/from the airport

- Personal insurances

- Skiing equipment rental

- Lunches

- Other food and beverages outside of the half-board

Please note:

- This trip is an excellent preparation for a winter Mt. Blanc/ Gran Paradiso ascent

- In the case of 3 participants, the activity can still take place with an additional payment.

- In the hotel, the overnights are based on tween/double bedrooms.

- In an alpine hut, the overnights are usually in bunkbeds with 4-6 people in one room.

- A skier/boarder who decided not to take part at any time in the activity will not receive any refund.


Day 1: Welcome

We will meet at 5 pm at the hotel. We Will have a welcome briefing, gear check, and distribution of safety equipment.

Day 2: Argentiere

First, we will ascend to the Grands Montets glacier in Argentiere on one of the cable cars. Then, on the high glacier, we will go over the essentials: how to put on crampons, use an ice axe, and arrest a fall. After that, we will ski down to the Argentiere glacier and put on our skins to climb towards the Refuge d’Argentière hut (2769 m).

Day 3: Champex - Verbier

Through the Col du Chardonnet (3323m), we will descend to the village of Champex. There we will ascend approximately 5 hours and ski down about 1700m. A taxi will take us to the village of Verbier.

Day 4: Col de la Chaux

With the Verbier lifts, we will arrive at Col de la Chaux. From there we will head up to Col de Momin and the Rosablanche. If the weather is nice, we will catch a magnificent view of the Mont Blanc. Later, we will descend to the Cabane de Prafleuri hut (2935 m), where we will spend the night.

Day 5: Col des Roux

We will start the day heading up from the hut to the Col des Roux. We will have the overnight at Cabane de Dix hut (2928 m).

Day 6: Pigne de Arolla - Glacier de Piec

At the summit of Pigne de Arolla (3798 m), we will reach the highest point of our journey. The night will be spent at the famous Cabane des Vignettes hut (3157 m), which is perched on a rock face above the Glacier de Piece.

Day 7: Zermatt

We will ascend about 1100 meters through three cols: Col de L’Eveque (3392 m), Col de Mont Brule (3210 m), and Col de Valpelline (3568 m). From there, we will ski down 1800 meters to the town of Zermatt, and return to Chamonix.



More info

The mentioned itinerary may change due to weather conditions and ability of the participants.

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About the guide

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Mountain Guide

I am in the mountains all year-round, either guiding a trip or exploring on my own. Mountain guiding is not only my profession and passion but also my inner calling. I am a qualified IFMGA mountain and ski guide.

In 2012, I established my mountaineering school "Mountains" with the motto: Quality guiding on snow, rock and ice. You can count on a low client to guide ratio, reliable gear and high quality programs led by our talented team of guides. We are not adrenaline junkies - we put safety first and strive to meet and exceed all of our clients' needs.

We take great pride in having more than 30% returning clients and would be thrilled to welcome you to our "Mountains" family during your next rock, snow or ice adventure!


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What people are saying about Tal



The course was intensive and fun! Tal is an incredible teacher and has a very vast knowledge which he shared with the group. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a short adventure in an incredible location.



Great trip that I'll remember forever, Tal did a great job of managing the logistics of a puzzle with many moving pieces! Both leading guides Jeff and Andi were first class and made the trip. Overall, top notch I would be happy to recommend!



There were several hiccoughs with Explore-share dates in the beginning. But, they got resolved quickly with responsive staff. It was a bit confusing at first because different guides would accept the offer and then fall away. So the early process through ES was a bit confusing. With multiple different emails and multiple different proposed guides that seemed to disappear as quickly as they popped up. This is why ES is rated 4 stars. ES is a good idea but just needs to fine tuned. ES offers a great way to get access to guides when you have few contacts. I think it is a good idea and has a future. The staff were fabulous though at reassuring and updating me. Once the booking was confirmed with Tal Niv we had very good communication over a period of a few months. Tal was organised and in touch frequently. There was a mis-communication in the trip dates (human error) but Tal quickly resolved it and managed to secure us Julian Resch who did an excellent job guiding us on an acclimatisation hike up the east ridge of Weissmies. Julian was easy comfortable company and was very professional. He was patient, encouraging and kind. I would recommend Tal and Julian for anyone seeking an adventure. Good luck ES - we will use you again in the future.



An awesome adventure provided by Tal's company. All requirements were met and schedule was adjusted for the changing weather conditions. It was one of the best guided tours I've experienced so far!

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