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Duration: 2 days
Price from: 450 €


The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix is made up of ski mountaineering specialists. They can help you to prepare for the famous “Patrouille des Glaciers” ski mountaineering race which links the cities of Zermatt and Verbier. With a length of 53kms and a height difference of more than 4000m, this race is made for skiers who practice specifically for this goal and have a really good experience of ski mountaineering. We propose a two-day preparation course, with a night in Arolla.



Day 1 : Departure from Zermatt. Going up on Zmutt glacier - Tête Blanche (3650m) - Col Bertol (3279m) - Plans Bertol (2664m) - Arolla (1980m). Night in Arolla (hotel).
Vertical ascent : 2100m - Vertical descent : 1700m.

Day 2 : Col de Riedmatten (2919m) - Pas du Chat (2581m) - La Barma (2581m) - Rosablanche (3160m) - Col de la Chaux (2940m) - Les Ruinettes (2195m) - Verbier (1520m). Going back down to Verbier using the lifts.
Vertical ascent : 2180m - Vertical descent : 2300m.

This program is meant as a guide only. Depending on the abilities of the group and the conditions in the mountains, your mountain guide may alter the route.
The next Patrouille des Glaciers will take place from April 27 to May 03 2020. You can hire a guide from The Compagnie des guides de Chamonix to be part of your team which ensures your registration for the race. Registration opens : September 01 2019.


This ski tour is accessible only on private guiding. No collective group.

Private guiding

Private guiding is the historic relationship between a guide and their clients. It allows you to be alone or in a group of friends with your guide where the guide organizes your outing to suit your specific needs. It is undoubtedly the ideal formula with which you can realize your projects and you are guaranteed a maximum of comfort. You are free to choose your departure date (depending on availabilities in the accommodation).

Dates 2020 : on demand.
Prices 2020 :
1 person : 1470€ per person
2 persons : 790€ per person
3 persons : 565€ per person
4 persons : 450€ per person
Included in the package :
- IFMGA English speaking mountain guiding service
- Half-board in Arolla Day 1 (dinner, breakfast and night)
- Ski lift access as per program
- Rental of full safety kit (avalanche transceiver/DVA, shovel, probe) and harness.
Not included in the package :
- Take out lunches and daily snacks
- Personal drinks and other personal expenses (we recommend you bring Euros)
- Cost of getting to meeting point and cost of getting back
- Personal technical equipment

Further information

Meeting point : In Zermatt Day 1 at 5am or the evening before (If you wish to stay the night before in Zermatt). Possibility to meet your guide at the train station of Visp the day before.

Ability level : An appropriate choice of destination is essential for you to properly enjoy your holiday. To get the most out of your trip we recommend you take regular exercise throughout the year and, where necessary, undertake specific training a few months before you leave. Try to avoid last minute training that can lead to injury. It is important you do not overestimate your abilities and you understand that the weight of your backpack, the altitude and the snow conditions can negatively impact on your normal skiing ability.
Technical level : For experienced ski touring skiers. Varied slopes, a few technical sections (slopes up to 35º). Solid technique in all snow conditions. Mastery of basic mountaineering techniques (walking with crampons and ice axe) and kick turns.
Fitness level : For experimented skiers able to follow a rhythm of 500-600 metres per hour. Vertical ascent of up to 2000m per day. Ten hours of activity per day. Your backpack will carry your mountaineering equipment (crampons and ice axe) and your skis (during certain parts of the day) so you need to be able to do this with a full backpack. Altitudes above 4000m.
Guiding policy : Maximum 4 people per guide. The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix's guiding policy is one of the strictest in the mountain guiding business. It guarantees the most balanced groups as possible as well as high-quality personalized advice.
Accomodation : During the trip: half-board in hotel in Arolla.
Before & after the trip: We have some hotel partners in Chamonix with special prices for our customers.
Documentation : Participants must have mountain sports insurance with repatriation cover. We strongly recommend that this also includes cancellation cover. You can take out insurance offering both of these types of cover 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.

- Comfortable frameless rucksack of 35l on which you could fix your skis & ice-axe,
- Ski touring skis & shoes,
- Adhesive climbing skins & ski knifes adapted to your skis,
- A pair of poles with large discs,
- A security pack including harness, DVA, shovel & probe - this pack will be lend by your guide.
- A pair of light crampons & an ice-axe.

- Waterproof and windproof, non-insulated parka with hood (Gore-tex or equivalent),
- Waterproof and windproof, non-insulated pants,
- Thick polar-pile fleece jacket or equivalent,
- A light down jacket,
- 1 long-sleeve shirt,
- Medium weight thermal underwear (top + bottoms, silk or polypro, double as pyjamas),
- Warm ski socks,
- Warm ski hat and light sun hat with brim,
- Warm ski gloves or mittens,
- A pair of adjusted gloves (in leather or fleece),
- Neck protection,
- Spare thermal underwear (for sleeping and change).

- High-altitude sunglasses (grade 4 is recommended),
- A goggle,
- 1.5 quart water bottle,
- An isotherm bottle,
- A mini toilet bag including: sun block for face and lips, aspirin, elastoplast, 2nd skin kit, earplug, toilet paper,
- A headlamp with spare batteries,
- A cotton or silk sleeping sheet: compulsory in every hut. - Hut provide blankets, slippers or clogs
- A plastic bag contains your ID card & Euros for extras.

Partners : You can rent your equipment with our rental shops partners and benefit from special price Sanglard SportsRavanel & Co .
A 10€ discount voucher coming from the shop Au Vieux Campeur will be given to the first 500 clients from the ‘Cie des Guides’ (voucher to be collected at our office). Closest shop ‘Au Vieux Campeur’ : Sallanches.

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