Itinerary & Logistics - The Haute Route Ski Traverse

Day 1 - Vallee Blanche Descent - We'll meet at a local Chamonix Cafe, and from there walk toward the Aiguille Du Midi which will lift us into the high alpine far above the Chamonix Valley. After an exciting shortroped descent from the main body of the Aiguille Du Midi we'll begin the 20km run which drops more than 2000 vertical meters. We'll return to Argentiere and our hotel for the evening where we'll spend some time packing, discussing the expected condtions for the Haute Route, and prepping for the following days departure.


Day 2 - We'll take the first Gondola available to the upper slopes of the Grand Montets. Here we'll make a short descent down onto the Argentiere Glacier where we'll spend the afternoon reviewing both crevasse rescue as well as companion (avalanche) rescue systems. A short ski across the glacier takes us to the Argentiere Hut and our first nights stay en route. If time allows, there is the possibility we may look to the slopes above the hut for so short runs if time allow before dinner is served at the hut.


Day 3 - We'll depart the hut early heading toward the Col Du Passon via the Argentiere Glacier. We'll descend below the Aiguille Du Chardonnet followed by a traverse overtop the Glacier Du Tour and ascend to the Col Superior Du Tour. Here we'll make a long descent across the Trient Glacier, passing the Trient Hut, en route to the Col Des Ecandies.  From the top of this col, a magnificent run opens up into the Val D'Arpette and the quaint village of Champex. Here we will spend a night in a comfortable hotel in the village.


Day 4 -  First thing in the morning, we'll take a 1 hour taxi ride to the town of Verbier, where a Gondola ride and descent in the Verbier Ski Resort lead us to an ascent of the Col de la Chaux. Another short descent takes us to the Col de Momin and onward to the Prafleuri Hut (2662m) and our accomodation for the evening.


Day 5 - A short climb to the Col du Roux leads to a short descent and then follows a long traverse above Dix Lake. In a little less than 3 hours, we climb up to the Pas du Chat and then onward to the Dix Hut (2990m). The Dix Hut is one of the most spectacular en the route and often one of the highlights of the traverse. In the afternoon there will be the option of an easy ski touring peak in the vicinity of the hut with a light pack, back in time for supper


Day 6 - An outstanding ascent climbs through the turbulent glacier to the Pigne D'Arolla  at 3800m and an outstanding descent to the Vignette Hut wildly positioned on a large rock outcop with amazing exposure below.


Day 7 - From the Vignette Hut, arguably the most spectacular day of the trip lies ahead as we travel the Three Col Traverse with consistent views of the Matterhorn. We travel via the col de L'Eveque (3392m), the Col Du Mont Brulee (3213m) and finally the Col Du Valpelinne (3568m) and a very long glaciated descent below the massive North Face of the Matterhorn all the way into Zermatt where we'll lodge in comfortable accomodation (min. 2 stars), and a team dinner in the town of Zermatt.


Day 8 - Transportation back to the Chamonix Valley, and onward to Geneva for return flights. Or, alternatley extend your stay, and take advantage of some of the amazing resort skiing in the Zermatt area and along the Monta Rosa Massif. Our Guides will be available on Day 8 should you wish to have them along for an additonal day of lift assisted ski touring in the Zermatt area.


Note* While we do our absolute best to provide a progam that adheres to the itinerary above, changes in conditions, weather and avalanche hazard or on occasion the abilities of the group may require we alter our program to benefit all group members in our care. These changes will be made at the sole discretion of your Guide.