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Haute Route Ski Tour

"The Haute Route is the most famous ski tour in the world and a classic great mountain journey. Connecting the two alpine centres of Chamonix and Zermatt, the route offers everything you'd expect on a high mountain ski tour - with amazing scenery, tough climbs and big ski descents."
7 days
Dates: 12 - 18 Mar '17 19 - 25 Mar '17
  26Mar-1Apr '17 02 - 08 Apr '17
  09 - 15 Apr '17 16 - 22 Apr '17
Price: £1250
Ski Ability: 2-4
Fitness: 3+
Experience: You need some previous ski touring experience to join this tour.
The Haute Route is a popular classic ski tour involving glacier terrain every day and an high mountain journey between two famous resorts in the Alps - Chamonix & Zermatt.

Our experienced ski guides are all ski touring specialists and know the Haute Route intimately. Like most high altitude ski tours, reasonable weather conditions are required on critical sections of the route in order to complete the tour.

NB This is a 7 Day Tour - not the usual 6 - which greatly increases your chances of reaching Zermatt.

Type of Ascent - ~30% uplift and 70% skinning.
Skinning vs Skiing - 4350m skinning up, 7300m skiing down on the tour, plus a lift assisted day tour/off piste on day 1.
Recent Trip Reports - April 2015, April 2014, Apr 2013, Mar 2013, Apr 2012, Mar 2011, April 2009
  Early Bird Discount  
  The first 3 bookings on each Haute Route Ski Tour receive a £100 discount - please contact us for your discount code before you book online.  
Starting Point
The famous ski capital of Chamonix. The resort can be reached easily via airport transfer from Geneva.
Sample Itinerary

Please Note: there are numerous different combinations of huts and accommodation along the route and we frequently vary our itineraries to make best use of bookings and current weather and snow conditions. For example – if there is a significant fresh snowfall, the guide will often re arrange hut bookings in order to keep the team safe and increase the chances of success.

Subject to weather and snow conditions, we aim to take the Skiers Verbier Route which gives the most reliable passage to Zermatt:

haute route ski tour itinerary
Day 0 - Sat Travel to Chamonix, to arrive in time for the Evening Briefing.

Your guide will run through kit checks and safety routines, as well as hand out any rental equipment, before going on to discuss the current weather and mountain conditions and how these affect our plans. 

We'll have maps and guidebooks of the area to show you, so if you've any further questions or last minute requests, then this is the ideal time to bring them up.

PM Overnight in the valley.

Day 1 - Sun
Training Day
Ski touring in the Mont Blanc Massif. Looking at various touring skills including skinning, ropework and avalanche training. Typically ~400m ascent, 2000m descent ~5-6hrs - [read more]
Day 2 - Mon
Grand Montets to the Trient Hut
Early start from the Grand Montets lift system, skin up to the Col de Chardonnet or Col du Passon, then traverse into Switzerland and stop at the newly upgraded Trient hut. 1050m ascent, 1200m descent ~7-8hrs - [read more]
Day 3 - Tue
Val D'Arpette - Verbier - Prafleuri Hut
Ski down the Val d'Arpette to Champex. Short road transfer, before lunch in Verbier and on to the Prafleuri Hut. 700m ascent, 2400m descent ~8-9hrs.
Day 4 - Wed
Prafleuri - Dix Hut
After a short climb at the start, we make a long descending traverse above the Lac des Dix, before climbing up to the Dix Hut itself. 900m ascent, 600m descent ~5-7hrs - [read more]
Day 5 - Thur
Pigne D'Arolla - Vignettes Hut
The highest point reached on the trip. Traverse of the Pigne d'Arolla (3790m) and on to either the Vignettes (950m ascent, 700m descent ~4hrs) or Nacamuli Hut (1250m ascent, 1350m descent ~6.5hrs) - [read more]
Day 6 - Fri
Final Day to Zermatt
Crossing the Col de L'Eveque, Col du Mont Brule and the Col Valpelline, before a huge descent down past the Matterhorn to Zermatt. 750m ascent, 2400m descent ~8-10hrs from the Vignettes (or 650m ascent, 7-8hrs from the Nacamuli) - [read more]
Day 7 - Sat

Spare day to allow for weather delays. We've been guiding the Haute Route for many years now and our guides are well aware that having an extra day in the itinerary greatly increases your chances of completing the route.

It makes the trip a little more expensive, but you get 7 days skiing instead of 6 and it's definitely worth it if you are serious about reaching Zermatt.  If we reach Zermatt on Friday, then this day will be spent glacier skiing above Zermatt.

PM Transfer back to Chamonix

haute route ski tour
Why Ski The Haute Route With Alpine Guides?
Ski Touring Specialists
We are the only UK ski guiding company that specialise exclusively in ski touring - our guides are experts who know the Haute Route intimately.
Proven Track Record
Our record of success on the Haute Route speaks for itself - we have a much higher than average completion rate for the route.
Friendly Guides
Our team are all well known for their enthusiasm, patience and good humour on the hill - things that make a big difference during a hard weeks touring.
Well Balanced Groups
We vet people carefully before allowing folk to join each group - this means that everyone is able to ski at a similar pace and enjoy the trip.
Private Itineraries
As well as our scheduled trips, we regularly run private Haute Route tours for groups of friends and individuals each season.
  • Guides fees and all guides expenses
  • 3 nights accommodation in the Chamonix valley, including breakfast.
  • 4 nights accommodation in mountain huts, including breakfast and 3 course evening meal.
  • 1 nights accomodation in Zermatt, including breakfast.
  • Evening meals in the Chamonix valley and Zermatt
  • Cable cars and taxis
  • Lunches and drinks
  • Travel to resort
  • Insurance
  • Equipment hire
Food and Accommodation
8 nights accommodation (B&B in the valley, half board in huts) are included in the price. We work with a number of 2/3* hotels and chalets who are well used to the needs of the ski touring community, providing a warm and cosy base usually with good access to nearby shops and services, and serving a generous breakfast and evening meal. Rooms are provided on a twin (or occasionally triple or quad) sharing basis, but If you wish to book a single room please let us know at the time of booking and we will provide a quote. All hotels have ski and general storage facilities, so any extra luggage can usually be left in the hotel, or else in the guide’s vehicle until your return to resort at the end of the week. NB Huts offer either smaller shared rooms or dortoir style bunk rooms depending on the location.
Chamonix is easily reached via airport transfer from Geneva (bookable online). We will arrange any transport needed during the tour, including the return transfer back from Zermatt to Chamonix - you simply pay for these items direct as we go along.
Ability and Experience
You need to be a competent off piste skier (see ski ability level 2-4), with with some previous ski touring experience already under your belt to join this trip - if you are unsure about your experience, then please contact us for a chat. The Haute Route is a demanding week, which requires good levels of fitness (see fitness level 3) - so we advise you to prepare well in advance with regular cardiovascular training and ideally some skiing.
Due to the altitude of much of the route, arriving a couple of days in advance to acclimatise can be useful (Chamonix has plenty of high altitude skiing at this time of year). 
We will supply you with a full kit list. You are responsible for bringing personal clothing, a rucsac and ski mountaineering skis, boots and kit (local hire is available). We are delighted to be working on this tour with Backcountry UK, who provide excellent service and advice as a leading retailer of ski mountaineering equipment in the UK.
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