Haute Route Chamonix - Zermatt (Ski)

Chamonix - Zermatt is one of the most beautiful classics in ski touring, linking two climbing capitals: Chamonix and Zermatt.

From Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn, it is the most beautiful 4000 that we meet along these six unforgettable stages.

The atmosphere is "high mountain", the landscapes are superb and the refuges are authentic and comfortable Swiss cabins. A must !

On the program: grandiose panoramas and passes over 3000 m. Each pass reveals a new vision, Dantesque and striking mountains. The first night the hallucinating profile of the northern faces of the Argentière basin haunts the dreams of the sleeper. Then the next day, the caravan, turning its back to Mont Blanc, will fraternize with the great glaciers, far from the slopes .... Cabane de Prafleuri, Cabane des Dix, cabane des Vignettes: our itinerary continues with a series of steps in comfortable mountain refuges. The culminating point of the course will be the Pigne d'Arolla and its 3796 m before concluding with an anthology stage to Zermatt.

Itinerary

  • Day 1Chamonix - Argentière shelter

    Meet early in the morning in Chamonix with the group and your guide. Presentation of the raid and verification of technical equipment, rental if necessary. Departure by the vehicles of the participants to join the village of Argentière : we take the cable car to the top of Grands Montets (3233 m) and ski descent on the glacier of Argentière. Small final climb to the refuge, with a reminder exercise on the use of the DVA en route.

    Denivelation + : 250m
    Denivelation - : 850m
    Altitude Max : 3233m
    Accommodation : evening meal and night in the Argentière shelter
    Activity hours: 4h to 5h

  • Day 2Argentière shelter - Champex

    Depending on the conditions we will climb to Col du Chardonnet (3323 m) or Passon Pass. The stage is beautiful, in a circus very 'high mountain'. This will allow us to reach the window of Saleina (3267 m). To pass the Col des Ecandies, we take off and climb a short but steep snow couloir. Then, through the Val d'Arpette, long and beautiful downhill on the small Swiss village of Champex.

    Denivelation + : 1150m
    Denivelation - : 2235m
    Altitude Max : 3323m
    Accommodation : evening meal and night in a gite in Champex
    Activity hours: 9h à 10h

  • Day 3Champex - Prafleuri hut

    The connection with Verbier is provided by vehicle to Châble, then Jumbo cable car to Col des Gentianes. Col de la Chaux (2940 m), Col de Momin (3003 m) and ascent of the Rosablanche (optional). We then reach the Prafleuri hut at 2622 m.

    Denivelation + : 990m
    Denivelation - : 1150m
    Altitude Max : 3336m
    Accommodation : evening meal and night in the Prafleuri hut
    Activity hours: 7h

  • Day 4Prafleuri hut - Les Dix hut

    Col des Roux, the Barma (2458 m) overlooking Lake des Dix. After a crossing over the lake, we climb to the cabin of the Dix (2928 m) by the Pas du Chat. Overnight at the Cabane des Dix, at the foot of the impressive north face of Mont Blanc de Cheilon (3870m).

    Denivelation + : 850m
    Denivelation - : 500m
    Altitude Max : 2928m
    Accommodation : evening meal and night in the Les Dix hut
    Activity hours: 6 h

  • Day 5Les Dix hut - Pigne d'Arolla - Les Vignettes refuge

    Beautiful course on a very glacial terrain with the passage of the Serpentine. Ascent of Pigne d'Arolla (3796 m), classic belvedere but with extraordinary views. Nice descent on the hut Vignettes (3158 m).

    Denivelation + : 1030m
    Denivelation - : 750m
    Altitude Max : 3790m
    Accommodation : evening meal and night in the Les Vignettes refuge
    Activity hours: 6h

  • Day 6Les Vignettes refuge - Tête Blanche - Zermatt

    Very nice stage, one of the most endearing of this raid, by the Col de l'Evêque (3392 m), the Mont Brûlé pass (3213 m) and the Valpelline pass (3568 m). Great view of the Matterhorn. Descent on Zermatt. Return to Chamonix by taxi-minibus.

    Denivelation + : 1290m
    Denivelation - : 2270m
    Altitude Max : 3724m
    Activity hours: 7h

Important :

Please note that although the itinerary presented here is the one we intend to follow there is a high chance that variations may be necessary. Many factors can affect climbing in high mountains. Mountain adventures are weather and conditions dependent, individual members abilities vary, as does their ability to assimilate the skills needed.The guide's main aim will be to ensure your safety and the maximum chances of success of the trip.Please use this outline itinerary as a guide to the types of route / activity that you will attempt.
For 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 request 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.

Dates & prices

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Trip reference: SRCZ


Price includes :
- Supervision by a High Mountain guide.
- Collective equipment.
- Full board accommodation.
- All cable cars (necessary for the normal program).
- Transfert from Champex to Verbier

Price does not include :
- All transports around the valley.
- 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)
- Flights.
- Transfers from/to Geneva airport
- Safety equipment: DVA - Victims Detector in Avalanche (batteries not included), shovel and probe
- Batteries for DVA (4 LR03 AAA)
- Insurance and assistance
- All the drinks and personal expenses
- Race food: dried fruits, cereal bars, chocolate bars, etc ..
- Individual equipment : moutaineering shoes, crampons, helmet, harness, ice ax, sticks, backpack, etc...
- Application fees (18 €).
- Anything that is not mentioned in the "price includes" section.
- Supplement starting at 4 persons: 270 € per person

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 journey.

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. 


Equipment

Supplied equipment

- Collective equipment (ropes,  avalanche transceiver).
- Slippers while in huts.

Rented equipment

- If necessary, you can rent the following individual technical equipment : mountaineering shoes, ice axe, crampons, harness, helmets, head lamp, backpacks. Ask us for prices.

Technical equipment

- Ski touring shoes.
- A pair of touring skis with skins and knives.
- A pair of skiing sticks
- Safety equipment: DVA - Victims Detector in Avalanche, shovel and probe
- A comfortable mountaineering backpack (40/50L) that you can fix your skis onto.
- A light classical ice axe.
- A pair of light crampons.
- Harness with carabiners
- Helmet

Individual equipment

- 1.5L thermos bottle.
- A warm hat.
- A sun hat and/or a scarf.
- Sun glasses for glacier, cat. 4 sun protection that are closing well on the sides + ski goggle.
- a pair of warm gloves.
- a pair of fleece or wool gloves.
- a pair of warm mittens.
- 2 breathable undershirts, preferably long sleeves (e.g. Capilene or polypro)
- Fleece or heavy jacket.
- Down jacket (optional but highly appreciated if the weather turns very cold).
- 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 warm socks.
- Gaiters.
- Light-weight sleeping bag liner, preferably silk (optional : wool covers are provided by the hut).
- Toiletries : only toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Sun cream (face and lips) + after-sun cream
- A head lamp with spare batteries and bulb.
- Pocket knife.
- A rain cover for your backpack (optional).

Luggage

- During the training and the climb, you will carry our own personal equipment and packed lunches in your backpack (40/50L).
- The rest of your luggage will stay in Chamonix and can be kept in another bag (travel bag).

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 :
- Analgesic (avoid aspirin).
- Anti-inflammatory (pills and cream).
- bandages and second skin.- elastoplast (excellent to prevent blisters).
- sun cream, Biafine cream.
- pills to cleanse the water (e.g. Aquatabs). Water in bottles is VERY expensive in huts.
- Light sleeping drug (if you need some) and/or Quies ear plugs.
- you own medecine...

Practical information

Accommodation

All shelters the route are comfortable and warm. The dormitories for 8 to 10 people and are equipped with blankets or duvets for the night (bring a cloth bag for questions hygiene). Slippers or Crocs are available in shelters, no need for trainers. Provide means of prevention against noise: earplugs, etc ... No showers possible except in Champex valley: no running water in shelters except the one who descended from glaciers.  Some electrical outlets available in shelters, but plan rather spare battery for the camera and turn off your phone during the day.

Framing

Our journey is framed by a mountain guide who you provide the technical elements needed to conduct stay. The guide may need to change the program to ensure safety according to the conditions weather, the mountains or the condition of the participants.

Shifting touring skis.

Personal belongings (bag 8 to 10kg).

Food

- Picnic lunch.
- Dinner in shelters.
- Remember to bring food to your taste runs before departure.
Ability to make additional purchases in Champex.
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 and no 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 "Test your aptitudes" 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 ...  

Individual pharmacy 

Your guide has a first aid kit. 
In consultation with your doctor prepare your personal pharmacy: 
- personal 
– medications 
- anti-pain medications (paracetamol)
- double-skin 
- elastic adhesive tapes 
- bandages 
- local 
- disinfectant 
- anti-inflammatory 
- antispasmodic 
- anti-diarrheal pills
- intestinal 
- eyewash 
- light tranquilizers and sleeping pills 
- earplugs 

PRACTICAL INFORMATION ABOUT DESTINATION

Formalities: Therefore would be wise to check with your consulate in the month preceding your visit.