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Splitboarding week from Chamonix to Zermatt

Join IFMGA-certified mountain guide Massimo on a unique 7-day splitboarding tour along the famous Chamonix-Zermatt Haute Route, across the French and Swiss Alps. This is a program for advanced riders.

Mountain RangeAlps
Duration7 days
Offer periodMar, Apr
Skill LevelAdvanced
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripNot specified

Description

The Haute Route (High Route) is one of the most famous alpine skiing trails in the world.

This route runs from the commune of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc in France to the village of Zermatt in Switzerland. It’s also a classic alpine route that every experienced mountaineer should take at least once!

There are three main tracks to do the Haute Route. But we’ll take the Grand Lui path, considered the most complete one. It involves technical sections, such as the Grand Lui pass and the Plateau du Couloir (3,600m). Hence, I will take a maximum of 3 people on this trip. So, participants need to be in good shape, and have previous splitboarding experience. They’re also required to know how to use ropes, crampons and ice axes.

We’ll meet in the picturesque mountain village of Argentière (1,252m). Then, we’ll head for an amazing adventure, in which we’ll traverse long distances at high elevations. We’ll also splitboard through snow-capped mountains. And some of the beautiful glaciers we’ll visit are:

  • The Argentière
  • The Otemma
  • The Saleina
  • The Mont Durand,
  • The A Neuve
  • The Stockjigletscher.

Moreover, we’ll climb stunning peaks that include the Aiguilles Dorées (3,519m), the Mont Vélan (3,727m), the Grand Combin (4,314m), the Pigne d’Arolla (3,796m), and the Tête de Valpelline (3,798m).

Additionally, we’ll spend the 6 nights in different huts or guesthouses in the mountains, so as to remain at high altitudes. And, we’ll end our tour in Zermatt (1,608m), a village lying at the base of the legendary Matterhorn.

You can find more details in the itinerary below. Nonetheless, please note it can change, depending on weather and snow conditions.

Don’t miss this memorable, challenging splitboarding adventure in the heart of the Alps! Send me your booking request now.

If you are looking for other splitboarding outings in the Alps, I recommend this 4-day trip in Val Formazza and Alpe Devero.

Accommodation

Mountain huts and guesthouses

Meeting point

Argentière (Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France)

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Itinerary

Day 1: Argentière - Cabane du Trient

We will meet at Argentière (1,252m). And then we’ll take the Grands Montets cable car uphill (3,300m). Then we’ll descend to the Glacier d’Argentière. After that we will climb the Col du Chardonnet pass (3,323m) and the Fenêtre de Saleina. Finally we will arrive at the Cabane du Trient hut (3,170m).
Cumulative elevation gain: +1,100/-1,200m
Ascent/descent time: 7-8hs

Day 2: Aiguilles Dorées - La Fouly

I’ll take you to the summit of the Aiguilles Dorées (3,519m), and then traverse across the Bivouac de l’Envers des Dorées (2,983m) to the Glacier de Saleina. We’ll also skin through some steep sections, take the Grande Lui pass, and access the A Neuve Glacier. We will then descend to the village of La Fouly (1,600m), where we will spend the night in a guesthouse.
Cumulative elevation gain: +850/-2,400m
Ascent/descent time: 7-8hs

Day 3: Val Ferret - Grand Saint Bernard

We’ll climb up the Val Ferret, on the Swiss side, and traverse along the Lacs de Fenêtre, to finally descend to the Grand St Bernard pass (2,469m), in the Pennine Alps. And, we will stay at the famous Great St Bernard Hospice, an operational monastery close to the border with Italy.
Cumulative elevation gain: +1,300/-400m
Ascent/descent time: 5hs

Day 4: Lac des Toules - Valsorey Hut

On this day, we’ll take the route down to the Lac des Toules (closed in winter), arriving at Bourg St Bernard. After passing the Mont de Proz and the Croix de Tsousse (2,821m), a beautiful descent will lead us to the Grand Combin (4,314m). From Les Grands Plans, we will head to the Valsorey hut (3,030m), where we will spend the night.
Cumulative elevation gain: +1,800/-1300m
Ascent/descent time: 8-9hs

Day 5: Plateau du Couloir - Chanrion Hut

Using crampons and ice axes, we will climb a steep slope to the Plateau du Couloir (3,600m), near the Biagio Musso (3,664m). Once we cross the Sonadon hill, a long descent will take us to the Chanrion hut (2,462m), where we will spend the night.
Cumulative elevation gain: +950/1,500m
Ascent/descent time: 6-7hs

Day 6: Otemma Glacier - Vignettes Hut

A long climb on the Otemma glacier will take us to the Vignettes hut (3,160m), from where we will ascend to the Pigne d’Arolla (3,796m). We will then return to the Vignettes hut for the night.
Cumulative elevation gain: +1,500/-850m
Ascent/descent time: 6-7hs

Day 7: Col de l’Evêque - Zermatt

Via the Col de l’Evêque (3,382m), the Col du Mont Brulé (3,585m) and the Col de Valpelline (3,562m) passes, we will ascend the Tête de Valpelline (3,798m). Soon after, we will descend along the Stockjigletscher glacier to Zermatt (1,608m), from where we will head back to Argentière.
Cumulative elevation gain: +1,200/-2,500m
Ascent/descent time: 8-9hs


About the guide

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We are inMont, a group of IFMGA Alpine Guides from Venezia Giulia Region.

We offer all range of mountain activities: mountaineering, rock to ice climbing, high mountains, ski mountaineering, expeditions in and outside Europe, and we organize courses.

We are Massimo Candolini, Guido Candolini, Gianni Dorigo and Andrea Fusari. In addition, some Alpine Guides of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region collaborate with us.


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Prices per person

Group of 2

EUR 980 each

Group of 3

EUR 980 each

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