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).