Haute Route Chamonix-Zermatt

Chamonix - Zermatt is considered the most beautiful glacier hike in the Alps, connecting two 'superstar towns' : Chamonix and Zermatt. From Mont Blanc to Matterhorn, we will see the most beautiful '4000m' during this unforgettable trip. we will feel the special atmosphere of high mountains, and see their amazing scenery. The refuges are authentic and comfortable Swiss huts. A best of !

We start a luxurious trek in altitude. We will cross several glaciers, climb many passes, and exceed the altitude of 3000m several times. We will approach some of the most beautiful summits in the Alps.We start in the Mont Blanc massif (Le Tour and Trient glaciers) and enter Switzerland (huts of Chanrion, Vignettes, Bertol, Schonbiel) after a quick transfer. Our route continues, crossing on big glaciers in Valais. The top of the course will be the ascent of Tête Blanche (3724m). The trip ends by a wonderful descent to reach Zermatt.

Itinerary

  • Day 1The Tour - Trient hut

    Presentation of the hike and development of the individual equipment followed by the checking of the bags. Departure from the village of Tour (1453) and cable car, then chairlift up to Col de Balme. Ascent to the Albert 1er refuge (2702 m).

    Nb hours walk: 3 to 4
    Elevation gain: about 550 m
    Max altitude: 2702m
    Accommodation: Albert 1er hut hut

  • Day 2The Superior pass of the Tour, the Trient glacier and the village of Champex.

    We operate on the Trient glacier to reach the col d'Orny. A path allows us to descend on the Breya where we find the chairlift allowing us to reach the pretty village of Champex. From there a transfer vehicle leads to Mauvoisin. Ascent to the Chanrion Hut (2462m). A nice varied stage where we see beautiful peaks: the Grand Combin and Mont Gele.

    Nb hours walk: 6 to 8
    Elevation gain: about 750m
    Height difference -: about 1000m
    Max altitude: 3289m
    Accommodation: Champex gite

  • Day 3Champex, ascent to the Chanrion hut at 2462 m

    Transfer by car from Champex to the Mauvoisin dam. Ascent to the Chanrion hut (2462m). A beautiful and varied stage where we see some very beautiful peaks: the Grand Combin and the Mont Gelé. Dinner and overnight at the Chanrion hut.

    Nb hours walk: 7 to 8
    Elevation gain: about 600m
    Max altitude: 2462m
    Accommodation: Chanrion hut

  • Day 4The glacier Otemma, and climb to the hut les Vignettes 3158m

    The glacier Otemma is greater than our famous Mer de Glace: its surface is 22km2 and it measures 10km long. The progress on the glacier allows us to discover the way the Pigne d'Arolla, very popular with climbers. Ascent to the Vignettes hut clinging to 3158m, on top of a cliff.

    Nb hours walk: 5 to 7
    Elevation gain: about 935m
    Height difference -: about 200m
    Max altitude: 3158m
    Accommodation: Vignettes Hut

  • Day 5Glacier d'Arolla, the Bertol hut 3311 m and the view of the Matterhorn

    Col de l'Evêque (3392 m), Col Collon (3087 m) and the glacier of Arolla. We leave the glacial valleys to take a path that will lead us 2 hours to Bertol hut (3311 m). Once there, an original point of view opens to us the Matterhorn. The location of the hut (3311m) hung on its rocky outcrop is spectacular.

    Nb hours walk: 7 to 8
    Elevation gain: about 1240m
    Height difference -: about 1050m
    Max altitude: 3392m
    Accommodation: Bertol hut

  • Day 6Ascent of the Tête Blanche and descent of the Stockji glacier to Schönbiel

    Ascent Tete Blanche (3710m), great view of the Dent d'Hérens, the Dent Blanche, the Matterhorn and Zermatt valley. Descent of Stockji glacier to reach the Schönbiel hut (2694 m). A splendid step.

    Nb hours walk: 7 to 8
    Elevation gain: about 880m
    Elevation gain - : about 1420m
    Max altitude: 3710m
    Accommodation: Schönbiel hut

  • Day 7Descent to Zermatt (1616 m)

    Beautiful descent to Zermatt (1616 m) along the north face of the Matterhorn, one of the most difficult walls of the Alps. Arrival in Zermatt noon : for those wishing to return to Chamonix, the return is by minibus (not included in the stay). Arrival in Chamonix late afternoon.

    Nb hours walk: 3 to 4
    Elevation gain: about 105m
    Elevation gain - : about 1150m

Important :

This program may be modified by the guide or tour organizer, decision taking in consideration mountain and weather conditions, required physical condition of participants and above all the interest of safety. For the safety reasons, as well to ensure the conduct of the announced program, we need to ensure that all participants have the required level of mental and physical condition demanded by the program. We reserve the right to end your participation if your technical and /or physical form does not match required level. In no case, the interruption cannot result in a reimbursement or payment compensation.

Please note that our first meeting will be on the first day of the trip. If you want to book more night accommodations (e.g. before the first day or for the last day), you can contact us and we will do it for you. The price is 95 € / pers. / night (half-board).

Dates & prices

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Trip reference: RGCZ

Price includes                                                                                                            

 - Supervision by high mountain guide.
- Full board accommodation from Day 1 in the afternoon to Day 6 picnic.
- Cable-car and lifts necessary for the normal program.
- Expenses incurred in organizing the circuit.
- Common safety equipment. 


Price does not include

- Travel in the valley, the vehicles provided by the participants.
- The individual technical equipment (mountaineering shoes, harness, helmet, crampons, ice axe can be rent for approx. 150€ for 6 days).
- The insurance and assistance (optional, 4% of the stay)
- The return from Zermatt to Chamonix by minibus (payable directly to the carrier in Swiss Francs or Euros at the time of change taking place directly in cash: 500 Swiss francs to be divided by the number of clients participating in the return)                                                                                                          
-Drinks in the refuges and personal expenses (approx. 8 to 10 € for a bottle of water bought in the refuges ...)
- Application fees (18 €).
- Anything that is not mentioned in the "price includes" section.
- Energic snacksInsurance

Insurance:
We can offer you two options (to subscribe to our insurance is mandatory to be domiciled for tax purposes in Europe):
 - Cancellation Insurance- 3% of the price of your stay: for any accident or illness, dismissal or event occurring before your departure that could prevent you from caring out with the journey
- Multi risk Insurance - 4% of the price of your stay: it takes the "cancellation" above and covers you during your stay, it covers also research and rescue costs, as well as possible hospital coast and medical expenses.
- Rapatriation assistance -2% of the price of your stay: assistance to persons in the event of illness or injury during the trip.

If you do not wish to subscribe on our insurance, you need to return us, mandatory, the discharging insurance sent to you with your registration confirmation.If you choose some other insurance and assistance company, please be so kind to verify that a part considering “Research and rescue by helicopter” is well adapted: coverage area, amount, risks covers.For information, a minimum of 15,000€ is recommended to cover Research assistance. Cards Credit offer little or not much of desirable guarantee. 


- Please note that our first meeting will be on the first day of the trip. If you want to book more night accommodations (e.g. before the first day or for the last day), you can contact us and we will do it for you. The price is 95 € / pers. / night (half-board) on a double room.

Equipment

Supplied equipment:

- collective equipment (ropes, carabiners, ...)
- slippers while in huts.

Individual equipment:

- Mountaineering shoes with a stiff sole and crampon (Available for rent)
- An ice axe, crampons, harness equipped with two screw carabiners , helmet (Available for rent).
- A warm hat
- A sun hat and/or a scarf
- A short
- Sun glasses for glacier, cat. 4 sun protection that are closing well on the sides + ski goggle
- a pair of fleece or wool gloves or mittens
- a pair of silk mittens or gloves
- breathable undershirts, preferably long sleeves (e.g. Capilene or polypro)
- Fleece or heavy jacket
- wind and waterproof shell jacket with hood (Gore Tex or similar)
- a pair of comfortable mountaineering pants
- wind and waterproof over pants (Gore Tex or similar)
- long underwear or running tights (e.g. Capilene or polypro)
- 2 pairs of socks : a warm one and a lighter one
- gaiters
- light-weight sleeping bag liner, preferably silk ( wool covers are provided by the hut)
- Toiletries : tooth-brush, tooth-paste                                               
- sun cream (face and lips)
- A head lamp with spare batteries and bulb
- Pocket knife
- Toilet paper
- Lighter
- A rain cover for your backpack (optional).

Luggage:

- a comfortable 40-50l backpack : you will have to carry all your stuff by yourself, plus 2 days of picnics ...

Where can you buy your equipment ?

You can buy all your technical equipment (ice axe, crampons, harness, helmet ...) online on www.simond.com.

First aid kit

Your Stages & Expéditions guide will carry a collective first aid kit.

However, it is important that you brought your individual pharmacy :
- A broad-spectrum antibiotic
- An antispasmodic, an antidiarrheic, an intestinal antiseptic, an antiemetic
- Bandages and double skin, compresses, adhesive strip, Steristrip, ...
- An antiseptic.- analgesic (avoid aspirin)
- anti-inflammatory (pills and cream)
- elastoplast (excellent to prevent blisters)
- sun cream, Biafine cream
- Light sleeping drugs (if you need some) and/or ear plugs
- eye drops, tweezers
- you own medecine...

Practical information

Passports / visas

Please contact your ambassy to check the passports and visas rules to come to France, Italy and Switzerland.

Staff

This trip is supervised by a qualified High Mountain Guide whose main objective is to train you in basics technics (walk with crampons, and walk roped up) and to enable you to complete a safe/successful trip.

Accommodation

You will stay in mountains refuges which have mixed, shared, dormitorystyle accommodation but provide mattresses, pillows, blankets and even slippers. Toilet facilities are basic and washing facilities are ofen limited to coldwater throughs.

Food

Meals :Your breakfasts and evening meals will be traditional and copious prepared  by refuges' keepers.
Lunches : packed lunches.
Drinks :Water is very expensive in refuges
Personal drinks are not included in the course. Water is paid in shelters (between € 8 and €10 on average), remember to leave the money in Swiss Francs as not necessarily to the credit card machine, provide for such purifying tablets Micropur if you do not want to buy bottles of water (when there is water available, which is not always the case). It is customary in the mountains customers pay the drink guides: the best is to provide a pot for the group soon beginning of stay within the means of everyone. 


HEALTH

Recommendations

Before departure, it is important to have a good physical condition, corresponding to the requirements and activities of the program. Every day activity and the regular practice of a sport with elements of endurance is mandatory for high mountain activities. This sport can be jogging, cycling, swimming or hiking. For information about the levels of difficulty for our holidays, check the "Evaluate your abilities" sight. 
Thank you for informing the agency about your medical conditions and particularity concerning your health: food allergies, diabetes, heart and vascular accidents you might had have, asthma, etc ...  


Books / sheets / web :

Michelin sheets 1:200 000 n° 74 and 219
National Swiss sheets 1:50 000 n°282 (Martigny) and 283 (Arolla)