Mar, Apr, May
We will take the 1st cable car to the Grand Montets (3300 m), descend to the Argentiere Glacier (about 2700m) and ascend the glacier to the Argentiere hut (2770m). A ski ascent of the Glacier des Amethystes to Col du Tour Noire (3535m) from the hut is possible. Avalanche training and general mountaineering skills will be covered during our first day.
Distance: 4 km. Duration: 2.5 hrs.
After a short ski down the Argentiere Glacier, we will ascend up to the Col du Passon (3028m), ski across the Glacier du Tour and up to the Col Superieur du Tour (3289m). From here we will ski across the border into Switzerland and down the Glacier du Trient (3090m). A short 80 meters climb will take us to the lovely Cabane du Trient (3170m), where we will spend the night.
Distance: 10 km. Duration: 6hrs.
We will start by doing a partial descent down the Glacier du Trient to 2700 meters. An ascent of Aiguille du Tour (3540m) is possible from here. Then, a short climb up to the Col des Ecandies (2796m) followed by a long descent down the Val d’Arpette to the quint village of Campex sur le Lac (1500m). From here, we will take a 30 minute taxi ride to Verbier, where we will spend the night. We will be lodging in town with the opportunity to buy lunch food, etc, for the next few days.
Distance: 8 km. Duration: 3 hrs.
We will catch the first lift to the Col des Gentianes (2894m) above Verbier. From here we will travel along the south side of Mont Fort via Col de la Chaux (2940m) and Col de Momin (3020m) on our way to Cabane de Prafleuri (2624m). An ascent to the summit of Rosablanche (3336m) is possible along the way.
Distance: 9 km. Duration: 6hrs.
We will start by a short climb to the Col des Roux (2804m) above the hut. From here we will descend and contour around Lac des Dix to the Pas de Chat (2385m) and ascend to Cabane des Dix (2928m). After dropping off excess gear at the hut we will make an ascent of La Luette (3548m) and enjoy a great ski descent back to the hut.
Distance: 9 km. Duration: 7hrs.
From the Cabane des Dix we will ascend the Glacier de Cheilon towards the Col de la Serpentine (3547m) and eventually to the summit of Pigne d’Arolla (3790m). From here, an amazing ski descent will take us down to the stunning Cabane des Vignettes (3160m).
Distance: 7 km. Duration: 6 hrs.
The last day of the Haute Route, showcasing the famous 3 Col traverse, is arguably the best day of the whole trip! From the Vignettes hut to Zermatt we will travel through heaps of glaciated terrain via Col de l’Eveque (3392m), Col du Mont Brulee (3213m) and Col de Valpelline (3568m). We will then ski a long run down the Zmutt Glacier underneath the impressive North Face of the Matterhorn to eventually arrive in Zermatt. There, we will celebrate and spend our last night in a hotel.
Distance: 25 km. Duration: 8 hrs.
Chamonix, the day before the trip.
Pre-Trip Meeting: meet me for a pre-trip briefing, equipment check and dinner. We will spend the night in a hotel in the Chamonix Valley.
Not included in price:
-Personal ski touring clothing & ski equipment including skis, skins, poles, ski crampons, ski tour boots.
-technical equipment including boot crampons, avalanche transceivers, shovels and probes (rentals available).
-Transportation and lodging costs prior to the meeting.
-2-3 hotel nights; Chamonix/Argentiere pre-trip (72 chf/night), Arolla Hotel (70-100 chf ), mid trip & Zermatt (65-90 E/night) at end of trip, including breakfast.
-Dinner in Chamonix/Argentiere, Arolla and Zermatt pre/post trip.
-Lunch, alcohol & snacks in the valley/at huts.
Please ensure you have cash in currency to cover these expenses: many huts may not accept credit.
-Guest Grand Montet Lift fee in Argentiere, L’aiguille du Midi lift for Valley Blanche day trip option, Col des Gentians lift.
-The Furi lift to Zermatt if snow cover prevents from skiing down.
-Luggage transfer from Chamonix Valley to Zermatt on day 1, $90 Cdn / 60E per bag.
-Trip cancellation, adventure travel & rescue insurance, medical insurance.
-Any additional lifts, train & taxi costs related to a plan change-.
-Gratuities for guide or assistant.
I am an IFMGA and ACMG-certified mountain guide based in Nelson, British Columbia. I'm the lead guide at Summit Mountain Guides, a guiding agency I co-founded back in 2007 and which offers year-round guiding services and courses in Canada and Europe.
The mountains of western Canada have been my playground since 1992. I'll be happy to take you mountaineering, backcountry skiing, rock climbing, hiking or ice climbing in this area I know so well. From day trips to multi-day adventures, I can guarantee an unforgettable and safe experience.
The SMG team of guides will help you with your trip's logistics, safety and contingency plans so that you get the most out of your backcountry experience and can just focus on having an amazing time on the mountain!
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