The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix proposes a quick version of the Haute Route Chamonix Zermatt over 3 days. This ski tour is an introduction to ski mountaineering, an activity born from ski touring. It consists in skiing long distances in a short time in the high mountains. It is suitable for people wishing to focus on the athletic dimension of ski touring, but also for people preparing for ski mountaineering races. To join this programme, you need to be used to daily elevation gains of around 1500m.
Thanks to the experience of our ski mountaineering team, consisting of specialist and ex-athletes, we will bring you on some legendary races such as Patrouille des Glaciers, Pierra Menta and Mezzalama... Take advantage of the personalised training programmes, as well as the dietary advice. For further information, please contact our advisors.
This ski tour is only possible for private groups.
Start at the Grands Montets station - Argentière. Plan Joran ski lift, then the Herse. Descent on piste all the way to the refuge de Lognan (2 050m). Crossing of the Argentière Glacier up to Col du Passon (3 028m). Crossing with skins of the Glacier du Tour to reach Col supérieur du Tour (3 289m). Crossing of the Trient Plateau then short skinning up to Col des Ecandies (2 796 m). Descent of Val d’Arpette to Champex (1 480m). Transfer to Châble (Verbier). Night at the comfortable Cabane de Montfort (2 457m).
Elevation gain: 1600m - Vertical loss: 2100m
Info: In case of warm weather conditions, you could need to leave before the opening of the Grands Montets station (extra positive elevation gain: 800m) or to sleep at refuge de Lognan on the previous night (not included in the price).
Starting from the Mont-Fort hut (2 457m) - La Chaux mountain pass (2 940m) - Momin mountain pass (3 015m), we reach the Momin-Rosablanche mountain pass ( 3 336m). Then we continue to skin up to La Barma (2 458m)- Riedmatten mountain pass (2919m) and ski down to Arolla (2 006m).
Elevation gain: 1707m - Vertical loss: 2070m
Starting from Arolla (2 006m) we skin up to the Berthol pass (3 268m)- Tête Blanche (3 707m). A long descent to Zermatt (1690m).
Elevation gain: 1707m - Vertical loss: 2017m
This program is a general guideline for the trip. The guide alone can decide and apply changes in the program during the trip, according to weather and terrain conditions, skiers physical condition and skills.
A private booking is the historical relationship that binds a guide to his/her client. It allows you to be alone, or in a constituted group, with your guide that meets your specific needs. It is undoubtedly the ideal formula to realize your projects because it guarantees you a maximum of comfort. You are free to choose your departure date (depending on the availability of the huts) and the itinerary can be adjusted, according to your specific expectations.
Dates 2022 : On request.
Prices 2022 :
1 person : 2595€ per person
2 persons : 1445€ per person
3 persons : 1060€ per person
4 persons : 870€ per person
Included in the package:
- Mountain guiding service,
- Half-board in mountain huts (dinner, breakfast and night),
- Lift access and shuttles during the tour,
- Transfer from Champex to Le Chable
- Avalanche transceiver (DVA), shovel, probe and harness rental.
Not included in the package :
- Take out lunches and daily snacks,
- The ride back from Zermatt to Chamonix.
- Personal drinks,
- Personal technical equipment, personal expenses (bring some extra cash: euros and swiss francs)
- personnal gear
In this section, find all the information about this activity. For further information, please contact our advisor (contact details above).
Meeting point : The day before, meeting with the mountain guide to organize it.
Ability level : For people who have an excellent physical ability. You can complete long ski tours, often at high altitude (above 13000ft), including strenuous mountaineering difficulty and vertical gain.
Technical level : For experienced ski tourer and people who are able to deal with exposed sections, side slipping and the use of a rope. Your skills include cramponing up/downhill, skiing efficiently in all types of snow and you feel secure with skiing across an exposed ski slope (up to 40°).
Guiding policy : minimum 1 to 4 participants per guide.
In terms of group size, the Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix's guiding policy is one of the strictest in the mountain guiding industry.
Accommodation : In catered mountain hut and hotel in Arolla (nights in dormitory).
Documentation : Participants must have mountain sports insurance with repatriation cover. We strongly recommend that this also includes cancellation cover. You can take out insurance when you sign up. Participants must also take valid ID with them.
Preparing for the trip : One week before the trip, the mountain guide will be in contact to answer any questions you may have.
We recommend you to pay particular attention to the choice of your equipment. It contributes greatly to the success of your stay. Weight is decisive: you always have to evaluate the ratio weight/comfort, to find the best compromise. In a general way, it is better to pile up several light coats rather than wear one big clothing.
- Alpine touring skis with specially adapted bindings : permit free-heel position for climbing, lock
down for descent. If you choose telemark skis, don’t forget to put in blocks for climbing.
- Adhesive climbing skins
- Ski knifes : please check they’re adapted to your bindings
- Ski poles (avoid telescopic poles)
- Rucksack (for your comfort internal frame or frameless, approx 35-40 l. with proper waiststrap,
sternum straps, ski straps)
- Alpine touring ski boots with vibram soles
- Light harness
- Crampons and ice axe
- DVA, shovel & probe.
Bring functional, breathable, quick drying material provinding minimum weight / maximum protection.
- A race ski suit or a classic ski suit pant/polar-pile fleece,
- Waterproof and windproof, non-insulated parka with hood (Gore-tex or equivalent)
- synthetic jacket or down or equivalent
- Warm ski gloves or mittens and lightweight gloves
- Warm ski hat or balaclava
- light sun hat with brim
- A cotton or silk sleeping sheet is compulsory (Huts provide blankets, slippers or clogs).
- High-altitude sunglasses
- Head lamp
- 1 Camelbag or bottle (2 liters),
- Toilet Kit (pre-moistened towlettes, T.P., tissues, aspirin, elastoplast,
2nd skin kit, ear plugs and sleeping pills are optional) -
- Refuges don’t have running water - soap and shaving gear are unnecessary
- Personal prescription medicines
- Sun block for face and lips
- Pocket money for drinks in refuges
- Energetic foods for the 3 lunches
- ID card or passport
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