Chamonix - Zermatt, THE Haute Route in Ski Mountaineering
From Mont-Blanc to Matterhorn, this is THE great classic of ski touring. Linking 2 historical capitals across high pass over 3000 m., it deserves fully its reputation. many varaitions are possible according to your capicity... and snow conditions. The program below is the easiest one... , and the most confortable with 2 nights in hotel.
D1: meeting at 12 at the Grands Montets telepherique sation in Argentiere Village. From the top, (3297m), descent to Argentière glacier and skin up (1h) to Refuge d'Argentière (2771m).
D2: small descent in morning fresh air and skin up (3h) to col du Chardonnet (3323 m.), then (1h) to Fenêtre de Saleina (3261m), Plateau du Trient traverse and 20mn. up to Col des Ecandies (2796m). Great descent behind, through the Val d'Arpette, to Champex village (1466m). Confortable night on the lake side at the Club Alpin Hotel.
D3: Bus transfer to Verbier station, lift up to 2700 m., then skin up (45 mn.) to Col de la Chaux (2940m), downhill to 2750 , then up (3h.) across Col du Momin (3003m) , then Rosablanche top (3336m) . Downhill to Cabane de Prafleuri (2624m).
D4: skin up (30mn) to Col des Roux (2804m), downhill to Lac des Dix (2928m) end, up (2h30) through the Pas du Chat till Pas de Chèvre (2855m) and downhill till village d'Arolla (2000m) . confortable night at the Hotel du Glacier.
D5: skin up (5h) to the non-guarded Cabane des Bouquetins (2980m).
D6: skin up (1h30) to Col du Mont Brulé (3213m), then (2h) to Col de Valpeline (3568m), uis, Great descent till Zermatt along the bottom of the famous Matterhorn North Face
Dates: beginning march to end of april.
level / difficulties: n° 2, classical difficulties, compensed by 2 confortable nights in hotel accessible to ski touring beginners, in good shape and good pist-skier.
Prix: 1275 € / person (on 4 persons basis per guide).
including: - organisation and guiding by an IFMGA mountain guide
- Half board in mountain huts and hotels.
- lift up and bus transfer as planned in the program.
- Individual rescue insurance.
Details file on demand.