The ‘Haute route’ or high-level route is the most popular ski touring adventure in the world!
For well-prepared touring skiers! Six or five-day traverse across the glaciers and mountains above Chamonix and Zermatt.
Day 1 – Driving from Ljubljana – Chamonix (ca. 8 ur), preparation and equipment check for 5-day tour (optional arrival to Chamonix on your own)
Day 2 – GRAND MONTET – COL DU CHARDONNET – TRIENT HUT
Day 3 – TRIENT HUT – CHAMPEX LAC – taxi to VERBIER – ROSABLANCHE – HUT PRAFLEURI
Day 4 – HUT PRAFLEURI – DIXENCE –HUT DIX
Day 5– HUT DIX – PIGNE D’AROLLA – HUT VIGNETTE
Day 6 – HUT VIGNETTE – COL DE VALPELLINE – ZERMATT – driving to Chamonix
Day 7 – Driving from Chamonix to Ljubljana
On the first day, we will drive to Chamonix and in the afternoon we will have a briefing about the tour (weather forecast, snow conditions, »game« rules…) and preparation/equipment check. In the evening hours, we will use to walk downtown Chamonix town where you will be able to try some local food and famous Chamonix beer.
You will start the journey from Argentiere with the cable car up to Lognan (approx. 2100m a.s.l.). From here you will skin across Argentiere glacier and up to Col de Passon (3020m a.s.l.). Then you will cross the Tour glacier and enjoy magnificent views of the Aig du Chardonnet and the surrounding mountains. Next, you will skin up to Col du Tour (3281m a.s.l.). From there you will cross Trient plateau and invisible France / Swiss border to Trient hut (3170m a.s.l.), where you will spend the night.
An early start from the hut, you will ski down the Trient glacier among the seracs to approx. 2750m a.s.l.. Short and steep ascent to Col des Ecandies (2793) and a long fun ride down the valley all the way to Champex Lac village. Here you will have a chance to stock up with energy bars, food, and drink. From here you will drive by taxi to Verbier ski resort and go by the ski lift up to Mont Fort (3329m). In good conditions, you will ski down to Col de la Chaux (2940m) and pass by Lac du Petite Mont Fort (2750m). Skin up to Col de Momin (3015m), across Grand Dessert glacier to Rosablanche peak (3336m). From here it is just an enjoyable ride down the Prafleuri glacier to Prafleuri hut (2657m) where you will sleep the second night.
On the third day, you will start with the short ascent to Col des Roux (2780m) just to warm up a bit. Next follows descent to La Barma refuge and quite a long walk along with Lac de Dix (2400m). At the end of the lake, you will skin up to Dix hut (2928m) where you will enjoy a wonderful view of Pigne d’Arolla which is your next day peak.
The fourth day of the tour will be quite impressive. Start with a big ascent among the crevasses to the highest peak of the tour – Pigne d’Arolla (3796m). On the top is the magnificent 360 view of the Central Alps. From here you will ski down to Vignette hut where you will spend the last night in the mountains. You will have a much-needed rest in the afternoon before the last and the longest day.
You will start early in the morning with the so-called “King’s stage” which is 30km long and finishes in Zermatt. The track goes over three “cols” (saddles) – Col de L’Eveque (3386m), Col du Mont Brule (3218m), and Col Valpelline (3562m). From here is the most spectacular view and a great final ski descent below Matterhorn all the way to Zermatt where you will proudly finish the famous “Haute Route”! After lunch and well-deserved beer, you will walk down the center of Zermatt. Later you will return by taxi to Chamonix.
Driving / flying back home with big smiles and an epic journey in your pocket!
- Daily you will walk / ski for approx. 5 – 7 hours, the last day approx. 8 – 10 hours. Every day you will have to conquer from 800 – 1300 vertical meters therefore good fitness level is obligatory. Of course, the intermediate goals and routes will be customized to the group’s dynamics and weather/terrain conditions (snow conditions, avalanche danger).
- If you wish you will have a chance to learn or repeat winter mountaineering skills – arresting a fall with an ice axe, walking with crampons and ice axe, avalanche rescue training, crevasses rescue skills, navigation, testing the stability of snowpack, mountain hazards and more.
- In mountain huts, we have reserved accommodation with half board – dinner and breakfast. It is recommended to take with you some energy bars, dry fruits & nuts, chocolate, and drinks. You can also buy all these things in the huts, but the prices are higher than in the valley.
- It is important that you have concluded medical insurance with the option of helicopter rescue that in case of accidents covers all your costs.
- If you are missing any of the equipment you can contact us for a purchase advisory / rental issues.
- In case of very bad weather forecast, high avalanche danger, or any other higher force we will cancel/relocate/postpone the tour for safety reasons.
- »Haute route« is THE tour, the most amazing, spectacular, and popular ski touring traverse in the World! And that is for a good reason – you will walk across huge alpine glaciers with spectacular seracs and crevasses with scenic views on the highest alpine ridges and peaks, you will climb up slopes and gullies to reach saddles, you will ski endless slopes from cols (saddles), climb and ski from Pigne d’Arolla – routes the highest peak and on the last day you will ski the most amazing slopes from Col de Valpelline under Matterhorn’s north face all the way to Zermatt! For sure it will be THE adventure of your life!
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