• Trip duration
    7 days
  • Trip level
    -
  • Max people per guide
    -
  • Mountain range
    Alps
  • Best period
    Mar, Apr

Description

From Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn, our ski touring journey will link the two capitals of modern alpinism (Chamonix and Zermatt).

This 7-day journey across the splendour of the Alps will forever transform you.

We will pass by la Cabane d’Argentière, la Cabane Montfort, La Cabane Prafleuri, La Cabane des Dix, la Cabane des Vignettes and la Cabane de Bertol. We will end in Zermatt, admiring the Matterhorn.

Here is the program I usually propose:

DAY 1 – Chamonix – Argentière hut ; Elevation gain : 200 m – Descent : 3000 m.

Meeting point : At 09.00am in Chamonix for a briefing and to check the equipment. After 1 nice descent of the Aiguille des Grands Montets, we will practice some avalanche awarness. Then we will go down the Argentiere glacier towards the argentiere hut (2771 m) where we will spend the night.

DAY 2 – Argentière hut – Montfort hut ; Elevation gain : 1200 m – Descent : 2400m

We start touring up to the Col du Chardonnet (3325m), before we ski down to the Saleina glacier. From there we skin up to the Fenêtre de Saleina, then descend underneath the Aiguilles Dorées). After crossing the Trient glacier, we pass through the Fenêtre de Chamois (2985m), from where we start skiing down to the Val d’Arpette. The descent ends 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 are at the Mont-fort hut

DAY 3 – Montfort hut – Prafleuri hut ; Elevation gain : 1000m – Descent : 800 m

Mont-Fort 2457m hut to la Chaux pass 2940m, a quick descent then Momin pass. Then we can ski tour up to the summit of Rosablanche (3336 m). From there, we have a beautiful ski descent down to the Prafleuri hut.
Wednesday :

DAY 4 – Cabane de Prafleuri – Cabane des Dix ; Elevation gain : 700 m – Descent : 400 m

Today we ski tour up and along Lac des Dix. The terrain is quite flat, and a good sliding technique helps to preserve energy reserves needed for later. The final Pas de Chat leading to the Cabane des Dix is right in front of your eyes.
Thursday :

DAY 5 – Cabane des Dix – Cabane des Vignettes ; Elevation gain : 950 m Descent : 640 m

We start with one of the highlights of this Haute Route : The ascent of the famous Pigne d’Arolla (3730 m ) via the Mur de la Serpentine, followed by a beautiful descend leading us to the Cabane des Vignettes (3160m), which is perched on the mountain like an eagle’s nest.
Friday :

DAY 6 – Cabane des Vignettes – Cabane de Bertol ; Elevation gain : 1300 m Descent : 1100 m

An early morning start sees us skiing down to Arolla, before we start heading up to the Berthol Refuge. (3311m). The route offers a spectacular panorama of the Swiss’ most famous peaks : Dent Blanche, the Dent d’Hérens, and of course the famous Matterhorn.
Saturday :

DAY 7 – Cabane de Berthol – Zermatt ; Elevation gain : 550 m Descent : 2 110 m

We ski tour up to the beautiful summit of Tête Blanche ( 3724 m ), which allows for amazing views of the Zermatt valley. An impressive descent down the Stocki glacier brings us to the final destination of our adventure. From there, a bus ride will bring us back to Chamonix and to reality, filled with the memory of this beautiful high alpine world, left behind. This the end of the Chamonix Zermatt Ski Touring Haute Route !

This classic itinerary can be modified according to the group’s ski level, the wishes of everybody and the weather conditions.

Get in touch with me if you are interested to go on this fantastic adventure with me, joining a group or setting up yours.

Extra details

Not included in price

– Ski gear for the course (around 230 euros for 7 days)

– Your insurance

– Taxi transfers Zermatt – Chamonix

– Water and shower in huts

– Bag lunch for Day 1

Included in price

– Guide rate

– Harness, tranceiver, shovel and probe lent

– Half board in 6 huts, for you and the guide (we reserve ourselves)

– Lifts

– Lunches for you and the guide from D2 to D7

– Taxi transfers Champex-Chable

Price

6 days: 995 euros/p – 7 days: 1165 euros/p

Skills taught

During the week, a variety of topics will be discussed including: Glacier travel, risk evaluation on glacial terrain, the use of avalanche beacons and related equipment.

Number of participants

Minimum 4 guests and maximum of 7 guests in order to maximize safety and to give each guest the possibility to benefit from instruction and training.

Duration

6 or 7 days

Spots of interest

Some shots of tours I have guided there

Ski Touring from Chamonix to Zermatt, a 6-7 day mythic ski touring expedition. A must for any ski touring fan.

Some shots of tours I have guided there

Ski Touring from Chamonix to Zermatt, a 6-7 day mythic ski touring expedition. A must for any ski touring fan.

Price per person

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Extras

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Price:
- 6 days: 995€ per person
- 7 days: 1165€ per person