Chamonix to Zermatt - The Haute Route Ski Traverse

The Most Iconic Ski Traverse in the European Alps 

The Chamonix to Zermatt is well known as the most classic of all the Haute Routes of the Alps. Our traverse packages start with a warm up day ski touring or splitboarding the Vallee Blanche high above Chamonix. Our traverse starts the following day from the townsite of Argentiere; taking the earliest lift we can, we'll ascend to the top of the Grand Montets ski slopes and from there descend to the Argentiere Hut for our first night en route. 

 

There are a few variations of the route, however our preference is the Verbier Variation which gives the best blend of quality skiing, exciting terrain, and reasonable travel times on our skis each day. On day 3, we use a local Gondola in Verbier which makes gaining altitude fast and efficient leaving the village. Beyond Verbier, hightlights of the route include stays in Verbier, the spectacular Cabane Des Dix, an outstanding ascent to the Pigne D'Arolla and finish the week with the run of a lifetime as we ski down from summit level, below the iconic north face of the Matterhorn to arrive in Zermatt your waiting hotel and a team meal in the town center. The huts we visit are opperated by both Swiss and French Alpine Clubs. While they are comfortable and clean, they also provide hearty mountain meals for our groups each night. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Is The Chamonix-Zermatt Right For You?

 

This Chamonix Zermatt Haute Route requires you to have all day hiking fitness, and capable of maintaining moderate output all day long (7-10hrs). You should be comfortable with your ski technique in intermediate/advanced terrain. There may be times when the Guides need to employ the use of ropes while both skiing up and down. You will be skiing with a pack (~20lbs.) for the duration of the program. If you haven't skied with a pack before, it does take some getting used to. Getting out for some practice before the trip will give you an idea of what to expect and how to adjust your technique.

 


What's Included

7 Days Guiding by Internationally Certified IFMGA/UIAGM Mountain Guide. All lodging from the night of Day 1 through to Day 7. This includes 3 night stays in the towns of Argentiere, Champex and Zermatt which include breakfast. 4 nights of hut accomodation (dormitories)* en route, including 1 nights stay at each of the Argentiere Hut, Prafleurie Hut, Dix Hut and Vignette Hut, which include breakfast and dinner. Mid route taxi transfer from Champex to Verbier is also included along with all technical equipment required for the traverse, including avalanche rescue / companion rescue equipment if required.

 

Not Included:

- International Airfare
- Transfers from Geneva Airport to Argentiere
- Rental of ski touring equipment
- Lunches. These can be purchased in the huts, or in the valley bottom.
- Drinks. In the huts, beer is ~ CHF7 and wine starts at ~ CHF30.
- Dinner while lodging in Zermatt or Argentiere
- Gondolas in Chamonix (Aig. Du Midi), Verbier and Zermatt are not included.
- Additional lodging or transportation costs due to changes in route for any reason are not included, and will be the responsibility of the guest. This includes changes or deviation in route made by our guides in the interests of group management, or as conditions and associated risk levels dictate.

 

 


Guide to Guest Ratios

 

1:6 - Our ratios on this program are a maximum of 1 Fully Certified IFMGA Mountain Guide or ACMG Ski Guide : 6 Guests. 

* Note: We require a minimum of 4 participants to run this program. 

 


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