Ski traverse from Chamonix to Zermatt, 7 days

The Haute Route from CHamonix to Zermatt is a true classic ski touring traverse that you have to do at least once. Go with Jan, IFMGA certified guide.




Trip Duration

7 days

Mountain Range


People per Guide

4 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Apr, May

Type of Trip

Not specified



    The Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt is a legendary ski mountaineering traverse.

    It is a week-long fantastic event to cross the Alps between the famous French and Swiss mountaineering capitals. Indeed, it’s the most classic and renown ski traverse in the world. Each year and ski lovers from all over the world meet in Chamonix to do this ski touring traverse.

    We will go up several peaks to then descend with majestic views. We will stay at some famous mountain huts, enjoying the atmosphere. Between passes, glaciers, peaks and couloirs these seven days will go by so fast! But I will make my best to allow you to fully enjoy this stunning region.

    We will meet in Chamonix to start this wonderful adventure together. Some of the start spots include the Vallée Blanche, the Argentière glacier, the Aiguille du Tour and Pigne d’Arolla. But there’s much more than that, and you can see it in detail in the daily itinerary below.

    Tempted to check the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt from your bucket list? Then make sure you send me a request and I will make it happen. And if you are looking for an easy ski touring trip in a less classic location, have a look at this one in the Giant Mountains.

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    2600 EUR

    Group of 2
    1300 EUR

    Group of 3
    867 EUR

    Group of 4
    650 EUR


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
    • Mountain guide's expenses (lifts, meals, accommodation, etc)
     The price does not include the guide´s expenses (accommodation, meals, lift tickets, etc). I will loan you the equipment as needed: avalanche set, crampons, ice axe, harness.


    • Day 1Acclimatization in Chamonix

      We take the Aiguille du Midi cable car and go to the Vallée Blanche. A beautiful descent over endless glaciers, with the obligated stop at Requin.

    • Day 2Haute Route

      We start the Haute Route. We take the Grand Montets cable car and go down to the Argentière glacier. We go by the alternative route to Passon pass and the Albert 1er. There are fewer people going to the Chardonet pass.

    • Day 3Aiguille du Tour

      We go to the Superior du Tour pass. We go to the top of the beautiful Aiguille du Tour. Down the Trient glacier via the Ecandies pass to Champex. We transfer by taxi to Bourg St Pierre.

    • Day 4Valsorey hut

      Today to the Valsorey hut. It’s under a large wall of the Grand Combin.

    • Day 5Combanu

      In the morning a steep hill awaits at the Plateau couloir. Then we go to the southern old village of Combanu and enjoy a drive down the chalet Chanrion. We spend there a great afternoon at the patio and rest to prepare for the last 2 days.

    • Day 6Vignettes hut

      Today we have two options, depending on your level and the weather. We can ascend the Pigne d’Arolla and then go to the Vignettes hut. And if conditions are not good enough, we will go to the Otemma glacier.

    • Day 7Valpelline pass

      The last and longest stage. But also the most beautiful and royal. After a long traverse we reach Valpelline pass. Then we drive to the center of Zermatt, where we enjoy a beer and transfer back to Chamonix.


    Other details

    Skill level required


    Fitness level required


    Meeting point

    At Chamonix.


    About the Guide


    I've been skiing and climbing since my early childhood. I graduated in 2005 from the Univerzity of Hradec Kralove with a Master degree at the Faculty of Education. Since then I worked as a history and PE teacher. I was also running an Outdoor sport's club at that time, spending plenty of time climbing, skiing etc. with my students.

    In 2009, I became a full time skiing and climbing instructor.

    2009 – APUL C ski instructor
    2010 – APUL B ski instructor
    2011 – APUL telemark and snowboard
    2012 – ISIA Mark (International ski instructors association)
    – MSMT climbing instructor and Mountain leader
    2013 – entered the UIAGM mountain guide education
    2014 – passed the UIAGM Aspirant exam.
    2015 - Succeeded the UIAGM / IFMGA final exam

    Spending your holiday with you would be my pleasure. Whether in winter on a ski tour (in Czech Republic or Austria) or in summer among the spectacular sandstone towers.

    It will be, with no doubt, a very pleasant experience for all of us. I'm an easygoing, friendly and reliable person with a good sense for responsibility.

    Don't hesitate to get in touch with me !



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    What People are Saying about Jan Novotny


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    Marijn Vandenberghe
    Awesome day of climbing provided by Jan. Extremely knowledgeable about the area and a fantastic climber and guide. This trip to Hruboskelsko was amazing in every way and climbing the towers an unbelievable experience. Would highly recommend this trip to all climbers, whether new or experienced.
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    Jason Lukasek
    Jan was amazing, professional, funny, and inspirational. The way he dealt with us and individuals whilst having a joint venture. The climb was amazing, the route selected was perfect for ability. I proposed to my girlfriend at the summit after that amazing ridge. She said yes, Jan was in on it and accommodated this without sacrificing safety. We look forward to using Jan\'s services again. He was by far the best IMG I have used. Words cannot thank enough for the experience.
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    Jason Stokes
    We climbed locally in Turnov, which worked out perfectly. Jan was flexible and professional setting up a meeting spot and drove us to the climbing. He struck a perfect balance of grades and led routes I did not want to lead, and gave \"laser guided beta\" for gear on routes I did lead. We spoke of climbing, history, love, life, and politics while enjoying beautiful scenery. His local knowledge was obvious and enhanced the whole trip. While Czech sandstone is not for the faint of heart, Jan made this side of climbing very accessible and pleasurable far beyond my expectations. 10/10. If this trip is of interest to you, book with complete confidence.
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