European Haute Route

The Haute Route Chamonix, France to Zermatt, Switzerland

A high alpine tour from Chamonix, France to Zermatt, Switzerland over a period of 7 days, the Haute Route is the classic and most renowned ski traverse in the world.  Crossing some of the most spectacular mountain terrain anywhere on earth, this route travels through high mountain passes and wild broken glaciers. We mix perfect alpine descents with European comforts and flare that cannot be found on any other ski trip in the world.

The Goods

Length: 7 Days

Elevations: 1200m - 3800m

Terrain: Open bowls, glades, pillows, alpine faces and couloirs.

Season: Scheduled Dates or Custom Trips on Demand

Max Guide to Guest Ratio: 6:1

Highlights: Serpentine Col and descending into Zermatt

Is This for You

The Haute Route is a good option for skiers or boarders who have a good base of backcountry travel and alpine riding and want to push their fitness and stamina on a week-long adventure. Good fitness is needed as the largest day requires 1400m of climbing over 3000m elevation.  Although lots of the terrain is in the "blue square" run range (intermediate), there are steeper pitches similar to double black at most ski resorts.

  • Previous Ski Touring Experience
  • Advanced Ski Ability (Black Diamond Runs)
  • Stamina for Consecutive Ski Touring Days
  • Enjoys Genepi and Rosti

The Route

A legendary 120km high alpine tour from Chamonix, France, the birthplace of modern alpinism and ski mountaineering, to Zermatt, Switzerland in the shadow of the iconic Matterhorn over a period of 7 unforgettable days.

Following the footsteps of the pioneers, you will be crossing some of the most spectacular and exciting mountain terrain anywhere on earth.  High mountain passes, wild broken hanging glaciers and vistas of the giants of the Alps - Mont Blanc, Grand Combin, Monta Rosa and Matterhorn - from every possible angle.

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MAP

Day 1

Day 1

The MER DE GLACE!!  It is in full caps because it is awesome. Not a hard day, but a mandatory classic lap to shake the jet lag and stretch the legs

Day 2

Day 2

Grand Montets - Cabane du Trient

Ascent: 1100m

Decent: 1600m

Length: 10km

Highlights: Aiguille du Chardonnet

The Haute Route starts in the deep end with one of the biggest days of the week first. From the Grand Montets lift system we ski down the Argentier glacier, here two options exist: the classic through the col du Chardonett or alternatively through the col du passon, both line are similar in length and involve a steep snow section. Once through the col its fairly smooth sailing over the Trient hut.  The Trient hut is one of the highest on the routes at 3200m.

 

Day 3

Day 3

Cabane du Trient - Verbier

Ascent: 200m

Decent: 1800m

Length: 10km

Highlights: col des ecandies, fun evening in Verbier

A gentle day to recover from the last, A short glacier ski through wild glaciers takes us to the most technical climbing section of the route, col des ecandites.  A 200m boot pack sets up for a 1600m cruiser down the Val de Ferret to the Swiss town Champex.  A one-hour taxi takes us to Verbier, where either we spend the night.

Day 4

Day 4

Refuge Verbier - Refuge Prafleuri

Ascent: 1200m

Decent: 1550m

Length:11km

Highlights: Summiting Rosablanche 3300m

After a hearty breakfast in Verbier, we will catch the first lifts to the top of Mont Gele. A quick skin up the piste and over the Col de la Chaux. From the col a quick traverse and descent lead to the lac du petit mont fort. From here we start the long climb up to the summer of the Rosablanche before a long descent to the Prafleuri for evening beers and the night.

 

Day 5

Day 5

Refuge prafleuri - Cabane des dix

Ascent: 1000 m

Decent: 700 m

Length: 9 km

Highlights: The spectacular lac dix, afternoon rosti on the patio of best hut on the whole trip!

A quick early morning climb up the col des roux sets up for a long traverse above lac dix. From the edge of the lake a long sunny skin takes us to what we consider the best hut of the trip, cabane des dix.  Once at the hut we have two options: beers and rosti or more northing ski runs.

Day 6

Day 6

Cabane des dix - Cabane des vignettes

 

Ascent: 1000 m

Descent: 750 m

Length: 9 km

Highlights: Passage de la serpentine, Summiting the pigne d'arolla

This day is a big up followed by a big down. First, we head up the glacier de tsena refien over the spectacular passage de la serpentine and finally to the summit of the pigne d'arolla.  Here we with joy shed our skins for good and embark down the glacier de piece to the steps of the Cabane des vignettes for the evening.

 

Day 7

Day 7

Cabane des vignettes - Zermatt

Ascent: 1700 m

Descent: 3200 m

Length: 29 km

Highlights: The long descent into Zermatt, its unforgettable!

The sting in the tail. This big day will certainly have you feeling you deserve that celebratory beer and fondue.  Passing over 3 cols, 7 glaciers, 3200 of descending and 29 km of epic alpine goodness. 

Topping out the Col du Passon - Day 1
Topping out the Col du Passon - Day 1

Scheduled Trip Dates

April 4 - 10, 2018$2950 /person

8 Spots Available

April 11- 17, 2018$2950 /person

8 Spots Available

Custom Date & Duration

Prices in CAD and subject to 5% GST

Add-Ons

Warm Up Session

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Chamonix Accomodation

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What's Included

What's Included

  • 7 day guided skiing with an IFMGA guide (Ross Berg)
  • Pre-trip logistics and Altus concierge support
  • Transportation during ski week
  • 6 nights of accommodation
  • All breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Lift tickets
  • One heck of a good time
Not Included

Not included

  • Alcohol or additional beverages and treats
  • Transportation to and from Chamonix
  • Dinner while in Verbier
  • Dinner while in Zermatt
  •  Travel insurance
  • Rescue insurance (needed for skiing in Switzerland)
Gear list
Prerequisites
Prerequisites
  • Advanced ski ability (black diamond runs)
  • Previous ski touring experience
  • Moderate fitness (ability to walk up hill for 4 - 6 hours)
  • Eagerness for adventure
  • Powder skiing experience (minimum 20 days)

Still Have Questions or Concerns?

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns or requests on how we can make this the best trip ever!!!

About Ross Berg

Ross has guided, climbed and skied in the European Alps for the last several seasons. When he's at home he can be found working as a heli ski guide in winters and climbing alpine rock routes in summer.