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Ski the Haute route Chamonix - Zermatt

This traverse between the cradles of mountaineering remains one of the epic journeys in the catalogue of famous alpine routes. Pioneered in 1924 by Dr Payot, the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt offers some of the Alps' most awesome panoramas, finishing with your arrival in Zermatt in front of the magnificent Matterhorn

High mountain guide, UIAGM qualified, english speaking

1,160.00 €

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1,160.00 €

Duration : 7 days

Size of group : 4 to 7 ppl

Season : winter

Country : France


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Trip details

Winter - Ski touring - France

 Haute Route Chamonix-Zermatt

Référence : SRFRA029





- A soft start ot the tour

- A stop in Bertol Hut the "Eagle nest refuge"

- The climb of the "Pigne d'Arolla"

- Our experienced guide based at the bottom of Mont Blanc



Program is subject to change depending on mountain conditions and participants' fitness


Day 1 : Argentière hut

From the top station of les Grands Montets cable car we descend from the Rognons glacier on to the Argentière glacier. We head to the col du Tour Noir (3535 m), a beautiful climb facing the impressive north face of the Argentière basin. Here we practise our ski touring skills and avalanche safety. From the pass, we ski down to the Argentière hut.

Hours: 4 to 5

Altitude range: +200m/ -900m.


Day 2 : Relais d'Arpette

We climb the Chardonnet pass (3323m) then ski down to the Saleina glacier. On these short corridors we will likely use ropes and crampons. 
Then we climb to the window of the Saleina and traverse the Trient glacier and the col des Ecandies (2796m). A superb run down the Val d'Arpette before the Relais d'Arpette for a comfortable night and shower.

Hours: 5 to 6

Altitude range: +1041m/ -1100m


Day 3 : Prafleuri hut

An early-morning descent to Ecandy pass (2796 m), then to the village of Champex (1480m) by the Val d’Arpette. This small, pristine valley is one of the most beautiful descents on the route. 
 Then by bus or taxi to Chable about 8 am where we take a lift to the Gentianes pass (2903m). We ascend the Rosablanche (3336 m) and admire the crown of peaks encircling us before skiing down to the Prafleuri hut (2624m).

Hours: 3 to 5

Altitude range: +400m/ -2372m


Day 4 : Dix hut

A 6 am departure to cross the little col des Roux followed by a long traverse above Dix Lake which we follow to the Pas du Chat. 
 We climb up to the Dix hut (2928m) opposite the imposing north face of the Mont Blanc de Cheilon.

Hours: 5 to 7

Altitude range: +730m/ - 430m


Day 5 : Vignettes hut

A climb to Serpentine pass (3423m) - most likely using crampons - leads to the Brenay pass (3639m) and finishes with the spectacular Pigne d'Arolla (3796m). 
 We soak up the view from Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn before skiing between seracs down to Vignettes.

Hours: 6 to 7

Altitude range: +868 m/ -602m


Day 6 : Bertol hut

We descend to the Mont Collon glacier then climb to the Evêque pass (3392 m) dominated by the tips of the Evêque and the Cardinal.
 Traverse of the col Collon and a superb descent on the Arolla glacier to Plan de Bertol (2615m). An 800 m climb brings us to the Bertol hut (3311 m) perched on a rocky spur facing the Dent Blanche and the Matterhorn.

Hours: 6 to 7

Altitude range: + 1100m / - 852m


Day 7 : Zermatt

We cross the Mont Miné glacier to ski up to the Tête Blanche (3724m) to take in the awe of the Matterhorn pyramid. Then we have the final descent to Zermatt on the famous Stockji and Zmutt glaciers.

Hours: 5 to 6

Altitude range: + 400m / - 2000m


Additional information


Technical level

Snow slopes of up to 40 deg. You must have mastered downhill kick-turns and be capable of doing them uphill. You must be capable in all snow types even if your style is not perfect. Ropes and crampons are required in short passages, as is carrying your skis on your back. This tour should not be your first experience of ski mountaineering.


Physical level

Daily altitude ranges from 800 to 1200m with up to 8 hours walking. You must practise an endurance sport regularly. We climb about 350m per hour, which is relatively gentle.


Changes to the program

The high mountain guide reserves the right to modify or interrupt the program at any time for safety reasons, technical or physical problems with one or several participants or due to bad weather and snow conditions.


Your guide

High mountain guide, UIAGM-qualified, English-speaking


Meeting point

Meet your guide on day one at 10am outside SNELL sport shop, 104 rue Paccard, Chamonix for a gear check and briefing. We'll then go to the Grands Montets cable car in Argentière.



By train (SNCF) : Chamonix train station via Saint Gervais Le Fayet. If you come by train, buy a flexible and refundable ticket.

By plane: Geneva airport by coach or shuttle.



In staffed huts. If you want accommodation for the night before or after your tour, let us know when you sign up.



Half board in the huts.
 Lunch packs are provided, which you carry.
 (Ex: ham, bread, cheese, cake, chocolate). 
Bring your own energy bars and nuts. Vegetarian menu available on request. 
Don't carry heavy snacks: avoid oranges, creamed rice. Eggs and bananas crush; salami is inedible after day 3.



To reduce pack weight, the lunches for the four final days will be provided by the huts.



The extra gear list will be provided when you book.

Gear list

See Alpine Ski Touring list, plus: a sleeping bag liner is mandatory in Switzerland.


Additional information on the price

Price is based on a group of 4 to 7 people, booking independantly.

If you already have a group, Odyssée Montagne provides tailor-made tours and expeditions for friends, clubs and charity organisations. Contact us!


The price includes

- Organisation

- High mountain guide (UIAGM qualified)

- Full board in huts

- Lunchs day 2, day 3, day 4

- Grands Montets lifts

- Taxi Champex - Le Chable

- Cable car Le Chable - le Col des Gentianes

- Safety Equipment provided by guide (ropes, shovel, probe...)


The price does not include

- Booking fees (17 €/person)

- Transport to Chamonix meeting place and Grands Montets cable car

- Lunchs day 1, day 5, day 6

- Taxi Zermatt – Chamonix (about 50 EUR)

- Personal expenses (energy bars, drinks incl. water in huts)

- Personal equipment hire

- Insurance  (Europeans only) :



     Prices TTC by person


(cancellation + repatriation)

up to 350€ 62 € 20 €
from 351 € to 700€ 75 € 29 €
from 701€ to 1200€ 94 € 41 €
from 1201€ to 2000€ 115 € 58 €
from 2001€ to 4000€ 133 € 69 €
from 4001€ to 16000€ 5,5% + 31€ 4,4%
discount family/friends 20% from the 4th to the 9th person



If you have a group (friends, colleagues, clubs, charity organisations), contact us for a tailor-made ski tour.



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Pioneered in 1924 by Dr Payot, this traverse between the Mont Blanc range and the Valais Alps is one of the most epic journeys amongst famous alpine routes.  For those who love ski touring, it is the ultimate aspiration.  Although not technically demanding, it requires good level of fitness and competence in ski touring and off-piste skiing. Some cols may require roping-up and climbing with your skis on your back.  To warm up for this suberb traverse, we start by touring up to the Argentière hut to prepare for the stage into Switzerland via the Chardonnet col and the fenêtre de Saleina. The Haute Route offers some of the Alps' most awesome panoramas, ending with your arrival in Zermatt at the foot of the magnificent Matterhorn.


Day by day

Day 1: Argentière Hut

Day 2: Relais d'Arpette

Day 3: Rosablanche (3336m), Prafleuri hut

Day 4: Pas du chat (2371m), Dix hut

Day 5: Pigne d'Arolla (3796m), Vignettes hut

Day 6: Eveque pass (3392m), Bertol hut

Day 7: Tete Blanche (3724m), Zermatt

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The haute route is between 13000 and 14000 m of ascent and descent in 6 or 7 days. Therefore you must be fully prepared for such a demanding week. The best way to train is to hike / run / bike regularly, and ski off piste if you can. If you are unsure about your ski level, we suggest you take 1 or 2 days with a mountain guide in Chamonix prior to your trip.

Take only essential items in your back pack, not more than what's in the gear list we'll send you. You will tire much faster with a heavy pack. If you need any advise, please call us to talk with a mountain guide.