Ski Touring the Chamonix to Zermatt High Level Route
The haute route is justifiably the most famous ski tour in the Alps.
It is a journey across some of the highest passes of the Alps from Chamonix to Zermatt, staying in mountain huts for 6 nights in a row.
To complete the haute route is a great achievement for intermediate level ski tourers. You need to be a steady off piste skier, confident with crampons and ice axe, and also to have previous ski touring experience, including staying in mountain huts, such as on our 5 day intro to ski touring course.
Check out a short film of the Haute Route 2012 trip .
Climbing to the Col du Mont Brule on the final day of the Haute Route
Evening meet at the accommodation in Chamonix to discuss gear and check insurance etc.
A quick warm up run on the Grands Montets before heading off down to the Refuge d’Argentiere.
long climb (3-4 hours) up to the Col du Chardonnet, followed by a steep abseil
descent off the other side. A short ski down the Saleina glacier to where we put on skins and then crampons (and carry our skis) over the steep Fenetre de Saleina. From here it's a gentle ski down followed by a 20 minute skin to the Refuge de Trient.
From the Trient hut we ski to the Col des Ecandies, where we have a short boot pack, before the
1300m descent of the Val d’Arpette to the village of Champex, where we have
lunch. A taxi then takes us to Verbier. The lifts take us to the top of
Mont Fort, we ski down to the Mont Fort refuge.
From the Mont Fort refuge we traverse to the Prafleuri hut, taking in the peak of the Rosablanche along the way. No crampons today, just 3 cols to cross and a fine descent to the hut. (5-6 hours)
From the Prafleuri we make the short climb on skins over the Col des Roux, and then make the long traverse above the Lac des Dix to the Pas de Chat. From here we climb steeply at first, before the terrain opens out below Mont Blanc de Cheilon and we reach the Dix Hut (5 hrs)
We make a short ski down from the hut before getting the skins on to climb the Pigne d’Arolla (3796m). This can often be done entirely on skins but occasionally there is a short section with axe and crampons over the Mur de la Serpentine. It's a great view from the summit, from where we ski down to the Vignettes hut. (5-6 hours)
really big day over 3 cols: the Col de L’Eveque, the Col de Mont Brule
and the Col de Valpelline. Each col takes around 2 hours to traverse: the first one being shallow and broad; the second steep and short (crampons on); and the third long and often hot! All the climbing is followed by the long and spectacular descent of the Stockji
glacier, underneath the mighty Matterhorn, to Zermatt. Depending on conditions there may be some walking involved, and we may or may not be able to ski all the way down to the town. (8-11 hours) Taxi back to Chamonix to hotel.
This is a planned itinerary based on reasonably good weather and conditions. In the event of poor weather and conditions it may be necessary to find an alternative. However, there is some flexibility within this program to cope with short bad weather delays.
Included in the price
7 days mountain guiding and expenses.
6 nights Half board accommmdation in huts.
2 nights B & B accommodation in Chamonix
Taxis from Champex to Verbier and Zermatt to Chamonix
Excluded from the price
Insurance (medical, cancellation and rescue insurance for unlimited ski mountaineering)
Transfers to/from the airport
Evening meals in the valley
Lift tickets and cost of any other public transport used over and above the
planned taxis (ie extra trains, taxis, buses in the event of bad
weather additional travel)
Personal equipment and clothing, including skis, poles, boots, skins, couteaux for ski mountaineering, avalanche safety equipment and glacier travel equipment (see kit list)
2014 Dates : tba
2014 Price : tba (2013 price £1195)