Haute Route - Chamonix to Zermatt

Dates: Available upon request
Cost: TBA
Skill: Strong Beginner
Includes: Hotel in Zermatt, hut fees, most lifts, breakfast & lunch in huts, guiding, return transport from to Chamonix

Stunning scenery, great huts and great skiing. The Haute Route is perhaps the most classic hut to hut tour in the world!  We begin the adventure with a training day skiing the famous Vallee Blanche. From near the summit of the Aiguille du Midi we enjoy an 1800m run down to the rail station at Montenvers!

Over the remaining days we will ski hut to hut, climb over cols, see many of the Alps 4000m peaks and enjoy the adventure of a wild place. The huts range from spartan to palatial, and provide wholesome meals in a cozy atmosphere. This tour links some of the most stunning mountain scenery in the Alps!

Sample Itinerary:
Day 0 – meet at the Hotel de L’Arve in Chamonix, France in the evening
Day 1 – Ride the Aguilles de Midi teleferique and ski the Vallee Blanche to Montenvers; return to Chamonix
Day 2 – take the lift at the Grands Montet and ski to the Argentiere Hut followed by a short tour in the afternoon
Day 3 – ski over the Col du Chardonnay, the Fenetre de Salina and on the the Trient Hut
Day 4 – first the col des Escandies, then down the val d’Apette and onto Champex. From Champex we take a bus to    Verbier and ride the lift to gain access to the Mt. Fort hut
Day 5 – Mt Fort over the Rosa Blanche to the Prafleuri Hut
Day 6 – Prafleuri to Dix with fabulous views of the Grand Combin
Day 7 – From Dix over the Serpentine Glacier then on to the summit of the Pigne d’Arolla (3790m) for the descent to the flagship Vignettes Hut (aka Vladimirs Castle)…you will remember this place!
Day 8 – big day! Over several high passes we finally reach the col de Valpelline (3557m) with stunning views of the Matterhorn. After a break we begin the final 1950m descent to Zermatt (with rosti and beer en route!) for the night at the Hotel Alpenblick.
Day 9 – we begin on the cable car to the Grand Matterhorn Paradise, take a short detour to climb the Breithorn (near 4100m) and finish with a 2000m descent to Cervinia for a great Italian lunch. From there we get our pick up to take us back to Chamonix. An added bonus to the “standard” route!