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Haute Route Ski Tour

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"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."
6 days
Dates: 23 - 28 Mar '14
  30Mar - 04 Apr '14
  13 -18 Apr '14
Price: £665
Ski Ability: 2-4
Fitness: 3+
Experience: You need some previous ski touring experience to join this tour.
Included: Guiding Fees and Expenses.
Other Costs: Hut nights, food, travel and uplift during the tour ~ £500
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.
Recent Trip Reports - Apr 2013, Mar 2013, Apr 2012, Mar 2011, April 2009
Starting Point
The famous ski capital of Chamonix. The resort can be reached easily via airport transfer from Geneva.
Sample Itinerary
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]

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.
Food and Accommodation
We run all of our ski tours on a guiding & instruction only basis. Our recommended hotel in the Chamonix valley is the friendly Hotel Les Lanchers** in Chamonix Les Praz - if you'd like to stay here, just let us know when you book and we'll reserve you a room (we can also arrange a twin room with a fellow course member if you like). You are however free to make other accommodation arrangements if you choose (Chamonix has numerous hotels and gites available at a wide variety of prices - click on 'reservation' at the Chamonix website for more details). The guide will book all hut accommodation for the tour - you pay for these direct as we we go along.
Chamonix is easily reached via airport transfer from Geneva (bookable online). Again, we will arrange all 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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