CHAMONIX-ZERMATT HIGH ROUTE

Day 1 :

Traveling to Chamonix. Meeting in the afternoon.

 

Day 2 :

Argentière (1250m) -Grands Montets Cable car (3275m) - Descent to the Argentière Glacier - Chardonet Pass (3323m) - Saleina Glacier - Fenetre de Saleina (3263m) – Trient Hut (3170m)

Hours : 6h

Elevation gain/loss : + 965m / - 940m

 

Day 3 :

Trient Hut(3170m) - Champex (1466m) - Transfer to Verbier - Cable car to Col des Gentianes (2980m) - Mont Fort Hut (2457m)

Hours : 4h

Elevation gain/loss : + 100m / - 900m

 

Day 4 :

Mont Fort Hut (2457m) - Col du Chaux (2940m) - Col de Momin (3003m) - Prafleuri Hut (2662m)

Hours : 5h

Elevation gain/loss : + 700m / - 900m

 

Day 5 :

Prafleuri Hut (2662m) - Col des Roux (2804m) – Crossing at Lake Dix - Pas du Chat (2386m) – Dix Hut (2928m)

Hours : 5h

Elevation gain/loss : + 850m / - 400m

 

Day 6 :

Dix Hut (2928m) – Serpentine Glacier - Pigne d Arolla (3796m) - Vignettes Hut (3160m)

Hours : 5h

Elevation gain/loss : + 850m / - 640m

 

Day 7 :

Vignettes Hut (3160m) - Col de l Eveque (3392m) - Col de Mont Brullé (3213m) - Col de Valpelline (3568m) - Zmuttgletscher - Zermatt (1600m)

Hours : 6h

Elevation gain/loss : + 1173m / - 2670m

Included:

  • UIAGM/AEGM mountain guide.
  • Personal advises prior the trip.
  • Safety equipment for the whole group.
  • Reservations management services.
  • Half-board hut accommodation during the route.

 

Not included:

  • Travelling to Chamonix.
  • Transfers or/and cable cars.
  • Snacks and beverages during the stages.
  • Extra expenses due to program variations of members and guides.

 

General information:

  • Each group member taking part in the ski route is required to possess an at date license issued by the Mountaineering Federation valid in the Alps.
  • Mountain skiing is an extraordinary pass time but it involves risks. Each member of this journey takes full responsibility of what could happen.
  • The mountain guide reserves the right to modify the program depending on weather conditions, weather, group factor or any other cause that in his opinion may be decisive.
  • Touring skis (adjusted bindings)
  • Touring ski boots
  • Telescopic touring ski poles
  • Skins
  • Wax for limiting the snow to build up under the skis
  • Anti snow plate crampons. Preferably made of steel
  • Ice ax
  • Helmet (optional)
  • Ski crampons
  • Snow shovel
  • Probe 240cm
  • Transceiver (batteries in charge)
  • Sunglasses
  • Goggles
  • Sun cream 50+
  • Lip balm 50+
  • Thin ski gloves
  • Thick ski gloves
  • Replacement gloves
  • Medium thickness socks + spare
  • Touring ski pants
  • Thermal underpants
  • Gore-Tex ski pants
  • Gore-Tex ski jacket
  • Fleece
  • Primaloft
  • Thermal undershirt + spare
  • Buff
  • Hat
  • Cap
  • Backpack 40l max.
  • Snacks (sandwich, dry nuts, cereal bars,...)
  • Water bottle 1.5l or Camelback bag
  • Medicines for personal use
  • Headlight + batteries
  • Light harness
  • Dyneema ring 120cm
  • Ice screw
  • Two screw-lock carabiners
  • Silk sleeping bag
  • Isothermal blanket
  • Watch / altimeter
  • Mobile phone
  • ID
  • Cash (provide foreign currency)
  • Mountaineering license valid for the Alps.
  • Abroad Health insurance
  • Camera
  • For the outdoor activity that you plan to be successful it is very important that it accommodates to your level, both physical and technical. Here we present some guidelines so that you can get an idea of what your level is according to the programs we propose. However, we recommend reaching to us so we can help you personally and adapt the program to your conditions.

     

    Ski touring & Freeride

     

    • Technical Level
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    • 1 - Beginner. Never ski toured before. Frequent skier that goes off-piste not very often. Never used skins before.
    • 2 - Intermediate. Ski tours occasionally (5 to 10 days a year). Know the basics using skins, correct kick turn on slopes up to 35º. Capable of placing ski crampons without any help. Be able to ascend through all kinds of snow following a trace. Skis efficiently on all kinds of snows.
    • 3 - High. Big expertise in all types of ascents with skis. Knows and masters several climbing techniques with skins, kick-turn both back and to the valley. Can go easily forward skating. Ski tours quite often (more than 15 days a year). Familiarized with the use of ice axes and crampons in different terrains. Be able to use ropes for belaying. Has been in high routes in the Alps. Training in self-rescue.
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    • Fitness Level
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    • 1 - Being able to walk in the mountains for 3 to 4 hours gaining 800 meters of altitude with a lightweight backpack of about 5 kg.
    • 2 - Walk along itineraries in the mountains for 4 to 6 hours gaining 1000 meters of altitude with an 8 kg backpack.
    • 3 - able to make mountain itineraries for more than 8 hours and ascending 1500 meters or more, loaded with a backpack of 10 kg.

    Description

    The Chamonix-Zermatt is the most famous of all the Alpine High Routes, its history and its impressive stages have made that recognition well deserved.

    The so-called Classic Route, is the most popular of the two variations and it only differs from the Original in a couple of stages in the middle of the tour. It runs through the Dix and Prafleuri huts by the Roseblanche and the Mont Blanc Cheillón joining the Original in the emblematic Vignettes hut. Both finish in the great stage that crosses numerous glaciers, three mountain pass and concludes in Zermatt after a long descent by the North face of the Matterhorn.

    LEVELS :

    FITNESS
    2
    TECHNICAL
    2

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