Trip Itinerary – The Haute Route
Itinerary Chamonix – Zermatt Haute route
2014 Haute Route Tour dates:
- March 15-21, 2014
- April 12-19, 2014
Day 1: Welcoming in Chamonix. Prepare equipment and review tour.
Day 2: A perfect way to acclimatize for the Haute Route is to ski the Vallee Blanche. Although this run can be accessed by lifts, it is rugged glacial terrain that will allow the skier to prepare for the type of necessary along the Haute Route. Spectacular views of some of the worlds best know mountains are an added treat.
Day 3: Leave Chamonix to go to Argentière and ascend the Grand Montet by gondola. From the top, we will ski down and skin up to the Argentière Hut (2,771 m / 9,089′)
Day 4: Departing from the Argentière Hut, we will climb the Chardonnet Pass take in the spectacular views before skiing to the Trient Hut.
Day 5: This day sports a descent starting in the high mountains and finishing on the Rhone valley floor via Champex. Transportation will be provided to Verbier with the day ending at the Mt. Fort Hut.
Day 6: The Rosablanche will be our high point for this day followed by a marvelous alpine descent of this snow and glacier clad mountain, finishing at the Prafleuri hut.
Day 7: Traverse from Prafleuri hut to les Dix hut via the col des Roux, lac des dix and the pas du chat ( the cat step )
Day 8: The climb to the top of the Pigne d’Arolla provides splendid views and leaves us, after a pleasant descent, perched at the Vignette Hut.
Day 9: After ascending the Tête Blanche via Col Brulé and col de L’Eveque we will enjoy the thrill of our final Haute Route descent into Zermatt.
Ski Tour Difficulty
This is a strenuous tour and requires a high level of fitness. Participants must be strong skiers able to perform strong stem christies while carrying a pack in variable conditions: Powder, hard spring snow, crud and everything in between. Basic mountaineering skills are helpful, we may use a rope, ice axe, and crampons. Your guide will be happy to teach you these skills during the tour.