The Haute Route:
Chamonix to Zermatt
A GUIDED SKI TRAVERSE ON THE ORIGINAL "HAUTE ROUTE" FROM CHAMONIX TO ZERMATT. JOIN US FOR THIS 7 DAY SKI TRAVERSE THIS SPRING, WITH OUR IFMGA CERTIFIED MOUNTAIN GUIDES.
The Chamonix to Zermatt, known as The Haute Route and the original high elevation ski traverse of the Alps, is a stunning high elevation 7 day ski traverse itinerary offering incredible ski mountaineering opportunities, led by our Canadian IFMGA Mountain Guides through the center of the European Alps each spring season. Your sk traverse trip itinerary will begin in the history rich mountain town of Chamonix, France, where you'll enjoy private accommodation with our Guides and your group high above the valley and the Mont Blanc pre-departure. Along the traverse take in visits at a series high mountain huts along the route, and stops in quaint valley bottom towns en route to our destination, the Swiss mountain town of Zermatt seated far below one of the most famous and recognizable peaks in the Alps, The Matterhorn. An incredible week long trip through the heart of the European Alps.
TRAVERSE VIA THE VERBIER ROUTE
TRAVERSE VIA VERBIER SWITZERLAND
TRANSFERS FROM GENEVA TO CHAMONIX
GROUP TRANSFERS FOR GENEVA AIRPORT ARRIVALS TO OUR ACCOMMODATION INCLUDED
FIRST NIGHT IN OUR PRIVATE CHALET
ACCOMMODATION IN OUR PRIVATE CHALET INCLUDED
HUT ACCOMMODATION & HOTELS EN ROUTE INCLUDED
BREAKFAST & DINNERS INCLUDED & PROVIDED AT THE HUTS
PRIVATE TRANSPORT FROM CHAMPEX TO VERBIER & ZERMATT RETURN TO CHAMONIX INCLUDED
Join us the evening before we depart and spend a night getting to know your Guides and group in our private chalet style accommodation situated high in the Chamonix valley only a few minutes from the Swiss border. Our accommodation here originally was home to some of the very first Chamonix Mountain Guides, newly renovated, and still owned by the same family as it has been for generations, enjoy unobstructed views down valley to the Mont Blanc massif on your first night here in Chamonix with us. Your nights stay is included in your trip costs.
Day 1 - ArGentiere TO ARGENTIERE HUT
On your first day, we will arrive only minutes from our chalet in the town of Argentiere, where a short lift up Les Grand Montets, a local ski resort, leads to a descent onto the Argentiere Glacier and onward to the Argentiere Hut for the first evening in the high alpine.
*Lift passes not included for Les Grand Montets lifts.
Day 2 - ARGENTIERE HUT TO TRIENT HUT
On your second day we will awake to breakfast, coffee and tea, before beginning our trip over to the Trient Hut. This section of the route is often completed via the Col Du Chardonet, a feature which after ascending glaciated terrain below, leads to a short rappell or lower facilitated by your Guides to exit our high point here. This is followed by a short ascent to pass the Fenetre (col) du Saleina, and a gentle traversing descent to arrive at the Trient Hut for the evening.
Day 3 - Trient Hut to Champex du Lac
Our third day will be primarily a descent from the high alpine to quaint mountain town of Champex du Lac. Once departing from the Trient Hut, a short descent through the broken lower flanks of the Glacier du Trient lead to a short but occassionally technical ascent to the narrow, Col des Ecandies. This small pass is followed by a long descent to the valley bottom where we arrive in Champex for the evening. Champex provides an excellent opportunity to stock up on lunch supplies for the second half of the traverse.
*Included - Hotel stay in Champex / Not Included - Dinner in Champex
Day 4 - Champex to Prafleuri Hut
On our fourth day, our private transfer shuttle will arrive at our hotel early for an approx. 50min transfer to the town of Verbier (CH). After arrival just below the townsite, we'll ascend back into the alpine by way of the local lift systems, gaining height prior to a traverse back on skis to the Prafleuri Hut for the evening stay.
Day 5 - Prafleuri Hut to Cabane des Dix
Day five, we depart the Prafleuri en route to the Cabane Des Dix. This is generally not an overly taxing day as we traverse slopes above Lac des Dix, ending with a ascent on gentle slopes to arrive at the Cabane Des Dix for the night.
Day 6 - Cabane Des Dix to Vignette Hut
On our sixth day, we begin to climb back into the high glaciated terrain above the Dix Hut, and will aim to summit the Pigne D'Arolla (3796m) en route. From the summit, as descent down the peaks southern flanks leading nearly directly to our next stop for the evening at the Vignette Hut.
Day 7 - Vignette Hut to Zermatt
This will without a doubt be for many a day to remember. Departing the Vignette Hut, we traverse 3 different high passes; The Col D'Eveque, The Col Du Mont Brule and finally La Col du Valpelline. These three ascents lead us to a descent which flows downward through the Stokji Glacier and culminates with a ski out to the village or local resorts directly below the massive North Face of the Matterhorn directly overhead. Depending on depth and snow conditions in the valley bottom, a ski descent right into town may be possible, however as a contingency, our descent may be best facilitated by downloading the Shwarzsee lift directly back to Zermatt.
Here we'll arrive at our Hotel for the evening, the Hotel Theodul and have plenty of time to take in the sights in Zermatt before turning in for the evening.
Return to Chamonix
On the morning of Day 8 we'll have a leisurely start, allowing time to explore Zermatt further, and aim to depart the town site as a group around mid-day. Via train, a short transfer to our private transfer shuttle which awaits just down valley will then take us return to the Chamonix valley arriving just ahead of the dinner hour. Here we can arrange to have you arrive at a hotel of your choosing, or join us for one additional evening in our group accommodation, our chalet provided to host you on the first night pre-trip departure (additional cost).
Guide : Guest Ratios
Guide to Guest ratios are 1:6 at maximum, however our preference is to limit these where possible to 1:4. Larger groups will often include a non-certified tail guide to assist at various locations along the traverse.
Travel to Chamonix (via Geneva)
Our suggestions for your most efficient way to access the program venue from a variety of locations and international ports of entry:
Geneva, Switzerland to Chamonix, France:
Those Guests traveling to Chamonix from abroad; we recommend planning your arrivals in Chamonix via the International Airport in Geneva Switzerland. From here we include a group shuttle, included in your program fee, which will have you arrive directly at our private chalet accommodation the evening prior to departure on The Haute Route.
Find a travel route here.
What is Included?
- Shuttle from Geneva airport to our chalet in the upper Chamonix valley. Drops you off right at the front door.
- First nights stay in Chamonix + storage for luggage or travel items for the duration of our traverse at no cost.
- Hut Accommodation + breakfast and dinners (lunches not included but easily obtained on route)
- Private transfer from Champex du Lac to Verbier on Day 3
- Hotel accommodation in Zermatt at the end of the trip
- Private shuttle return to Chamonix
What is not Included?
- Lift tickets on Day 1 for access to Les Grand Montets
- Beverages in any of the huts (this includes both water and wine/beer)
- Lift tickets in Verbier on Day 4
- Dinner in Zermatt on Day 7
- Chamonix accommodation after return from Zermatt on Day 8 (this can be added for $100 CDN per person if desired)
- Transfer from Chamonix return to Geneva airport (can be added for $100 CDN per person if desired, or we can assist in making the booking)
Early arrivals & Gear PUrchase / Rentals
ACCOMMODATION & TRIP PREP
For those looking to arrive early ahead of your program, we are more than happy to arrange for additional night's accommodation in our chalet above Argentiere. Contact our Program Managers for more details, and additional overnight reservations.
GEAR PURCHASES PRE-PROGRAM:
For those looking to purchase gear and equipment prior to your Haute Route - Chamonix to Zermatt program with us, we suggest:
- Snell Sports - Chamonix
- Located in Canmore, Vertical Addiction offers a complete selection of technical climbing, mountaineering and ski equipment along with a broad selection of technical clothing.
MEALs & Food Provided
BREAKFAST AND DINNER IN THE HUTS PROVIDED
Included in your program fee, breakfasts and dinners in the huts will be included in your program with us. All other meals while in Chamonix, Champex or in Zermatt are not included.
Please note that ALL beverages in the huts are not included in your program costs with us. This includes both water and other alcoholic and alcoholic offerings in the huts.
- Touring Skis or Splitboard
- Avalanche Beacon
- Ice Axe (available on request)
- Boot Crampons. Lightweight Aluminum Versions OK (available on request)
- Ski Crampons
- Lightweight Alpine Harness (available on request)
- 2 locking carabiners
- 2 non-locking carabiners
- 1 X 120cm sewn sling
- 1 X pear shaped locking carabiner
- 1 X micro ascender
- Backpack - 35-45L is ideal depending on size of personal items
- Sunglasses with full coverage (minimum CAT3 protection factor)
- Ski Goggles + spare lenses (optional)
- Water Bottle (1L minimum)
- Thermos Bottle (optional)
- Small Multi Tool (optional)
- Small Repair Kit specific to your boots and bindings
- Headlamp + 2 Fresh sets of batteries
- Personal toiletries and medications (all prescription medications must be disclosed)
- Ear Plugs (optional)
- iPod or Kindle
- Small Personal First Aid Items
- SPF 60+ Sunscreen
- Lip Balm with SPF Protection
- Camera, batteries, chargers & memory cards
- Wool or Synthetic base layers and underwear
- Midweight Layers - Synthetic or Wool
- Warm Hat
- Buff Style Neck Tube
- Sun Hat (wide brim or ball cap style ok)
- Softshell Pants (even better if they are a light color to reflect heat)
- Softshell Jacket (same as above)
- GoreTex Pants
- GoreTex Jacket
- Insulated Jacket (Down or Synthetic OK)
- Large warm ski gloves - no mitts please
- Lightweight dexterous ski gloves
- Socks - wool or synthetic blend only, no cotton.
- 1 Apres Ski outfit (could be light shorts and flip flops, cotton t-shirt, etc. lightweight is important)
Trip Cancellation & Interruption Insurance
The best method to protect your investment with us should unforeseen is to purchase a Trip Cancellation & Interruption Insurance Policy. We strongly recommend purchasing coverage.
Lifestyle Insurance has covered many of Cloud Nine Guests on trips all over the world, and we have first hand experience seeing these policies activated by our Guests.
Safeguard your trip costs and investment with us. Request a Quote from Lifestyle Financial.
Is this coverage required?
- For Residents from outside the EU, coverage is mandatory and to include emergency medical, as well as mountain rescue coverage explicitly stated in your policy.
- For Citizens of EU countries, coverage is suggested but not required. It is strongly suggested that your personal insurance products or coverage include Emergency Medical Coverage, and cover you all costs associated with mountain rescue.
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