Chamonix-Zermatt Haute Route, 6-day ski tour
Are you looking for a big challenge in Chamonix? Then you can’t miss this ski touring adventure. Follow a certified guide and enjoy 6 days of great slopes and wonderful views in the Chamonix-Zermatt Haute Route.
On this ski touring program, you will discover the iconic Haute Route that goes from Chamonix to Zermatt. This legendary region offers us fantastic climbing experiences with great descents and incredible views on the way.
Keep in mind that the Haute Route represents a high-altitude challenge aimed at experienced participants with a very good physical condition.
Below you can find a sample itinerary of this 6-day program. Take into account that it can vary according to weather conditions and the fitness level of the team.
Are you ready for this ski touring experience in the Alps? Don’t hesitate to contact us and ask all your questions. You won’t regret taking part in this fantastic adventure in the Haute Route!
Day 1 - Courmayeur - Argentière Hut
Our meeting point will be Courmayeur, where we will check the equipment and have a short briefing. From there, we will go to Argentière and take the cable car to the Col des Grands Montets. Then, we will start a descent on the Rognons Glacier until the Argentière Glacier. Afterwards, we will get to the Argentière Hut, where we will spend the night.
Elevation gain: 200 meters. Ascent time: 3 hours.
Day 2 - Champex
At 7 am, we’ll begin our descent through a stretch of the Argentière Glacier and go with ropes and crampons up to Col Passon. Then, we’ll start the Le Tour Glacier. First, we’ll cross to the Col Superieur du Tour and enter the Trient Plateau, which we’ll descend until the Col des Ecadies. We’ll enjoy skiing down the easy slopes at Val d’Arpette and reach Champex. Here we will stop for the night.
Elevation gain:1000 meters. Ascent time: 6-8 hours.
Day 3 - Cabane de Prafleuri
From Champex we go to Le Châble, where we’ll take a gondola lift to the Verbier ski area. Then, two more lifts up to Col des Gentianes. After enjoying a 200-meter descent, we’ll put our skins on and go to Col de La Chaux. Another fantastic descent awaits us and then we’ll skin up to Col Momin. At the Rosablanche, we’ll contemplate the Pigne d’Arolla. Afterwards, we’ll descend to the Cabane de Prafleuri, have dinner and sleep.
Elevation gain: 800 meters. Ascent time: 6 hours.
Day 4 - Cabane des Dix
We’ll get to the Col des Roux with our skins in half an hour. Then, we’ll start a long descent above the reservoir of the Grande Dixence Dam. Once we reach the end of the lake, we’ll put our skins again and go up to the Pas du Chat and continue to the Cabane des Dix. We’ll have dinner and sleep in the hut.
Vertical drop: 800 meters. Ascent time: 7-8 hours.
Day 5 - Cabane des Vignettes
On this day, first we’ll ascend the Cheillon Glacier up to Col du Brenay, and then to the Pigne d’Arolla. At this point, we’ll be able to admire an awe-inspiring 360° view of the Western Alps. Following the sights, a great descent on the glacier will take us to the Cabane des Vignettes, where we’ll have dinner and spend the night.
Elevation gain: 850 meters. Ascent time: 6-7 hours.
Day 6 - Getting to Zermatt
On our last day, we’ll ski down to the Col de Charmontane and ascend to the Col de l’Eveque. When we are beneath the Col du Mont Brulé, we’ll put our skis on climb 200 meters up to the col. The following descent will lead us to the Tsan Glacier and then we’ll ascend to the Col de Valpelline. From this point, a breathtaking view of the Dent d’Herens and the Matterhorn’s west face will delight us. Finally, we’ll start the iconic descent to Zermatt, which has a vertical drop of 2,500 meters. We’ll go down the Stockji Glacier, under the Matterhorn’s north face.
Elevation gain: 1000 meters. Ascent time: 8-10 hours.
From 495 EUR
Duration: 6 days
Offer period: Mar, Apr, May
Fitness level: Sustained
Skill level: Advanced
Type of trip: Private
Mountain range: Alps
Prices per person
Group of 1 EUR 2230 each
Group of 2 EUR 1115 each
Group of 3 EUR 805 each
Group of 4 EUR 650 each
Group of 5 EUR 557 each
Group of 6 EUR 495 each
The price does not include the guide's expenses (accommodation, meals, lift tickets, etc).
Half-board accommodation in mountain huts:
€ 48-63 per person at Argentiere Hut;
€ 48-60 per person at Prarayer Hut;
CHF 70 per person in Cabane de Prafleuri;
CHF 82 per person in Cabane des Dix;
CHF 80 per person in Cabane des Vignettes.
- Research and rescue insurance with IFMGA coverage (recommended): €12 per person for 7 days.
Rent of equipment (harness, ice axe, crampons and helmet): €15 per person.
- The mountain guide’s expenses (lifts, transfers, meals and accommodation) are not included in the price and must be covered by participants.
- Taxi service to Le Châble (CHF 120, divided among all participants).