CHAMONIX-ZERMATT GLACIER HAUTE ROUTE

Day 1:

Trip to Chamonix –Meeting the guide at 19h00 to review the gear needed and finalize the details of the week – Group dinner (optional) –Night in Hotel in Chamonix

 

Day 2:

Transfer to Le Tour small village (1450m) – Lift to near Col de Balme (2100m) – Tour Glacier – Albert I Hut (2702m) – Short walk and crampon training – Night in Albert I Hut

Duration: 2-3h

Elevation gain/loss: + 600m / - 0m

 

Day 3:

Albert I Hut (2702m) – Col Supérieur du Tour (3288m) – Plateau de Trient – Breya Chairlift (2200m) – Champex (1500m) – Night in Champex

Duration: 6-7h

Elevation gain/loss: + 650m / - 1100m

 

Day 4:

Transfer to Mauvoisin dam (1850m) – Tsofeiret alpine meadow – Col de Tsofeiret (2628m) – Chanrion Hut (2462m) – Night in Chanrion Hut

Duration: 4-5h

Elevation gain/loss: + 800m / - 250m

 

Day 5:

Chanrion Hut (2462m) – Otemma Glacier – Col de Charmotane (3037m) – Col des Vignettes (3190m) – Vignettes Hut (3160m) – Night in Vignettes Hut

Duration: 6-7h

Elevation gain/loss: + 800m / - 200m

 

Day 6:

Vignettes Hut (3160m) – Col de l’Évêque (3377m) – Col de Charmotane (3024m) – Arolla High Glacier – Plans de Bertol (2510m) – Bertol Hut (3311m) – Night in Bertol hut

Duration: 7-8h

Elevation gain/loss: + 1200m / - 800m

 

Day 7:

Bertol Hut (3311m) – Col de la Tête Blanche (3600m) – Tête Blanche (3707m) – Stockji Glacier – Schönbiel Glacier – Schönbiel Hut (2694m) – Night in Schönbiel Hut

Duration: 6-7h

Elevation gain/loss: + 600m / - 1300m

 

Day 8:

Schönbiel Hut (2694m) – Zmutt Glacier with the astonishing North Face of the Matterhorn within reach – Zmutt (1936m) – Zermatt (1608m) – Transfer to Chamonix (2h30) – Farewell dinner in Chamonix – Night in Hotel in Chamonix

Duration: 3-4h

Elevation gain/loss: + 0m / - 800m

 

Day 9:

Trip back

Included:

  • UIAGM/AEGM mountain guide services
  • Advices prior the trip
  • Safety gear for the whole group
  • Reservations management services
  • Half board huts accommodation
  • Breakfast and accommodation in hotel in Chamonix

 

Not included:

  • Travelling to Chamonix
  • Transfers, cable cars and/or chair lifts
  • First and last night dinners
  • Snacks and drinks during the stages
  • Members and guides extra expenses due to possible program variations

 

General information:

  • Each group member taking part in the program is required to possess an at date license issued by the Mountaineering Federation valid in the country/countries where the program takes place.
  • Glacier trekking 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, group factor or any other cause that in his opinion may be decisive.
  • Hiking boots
  • Antiboot crampons
  • Telescopic poles

 

  • Backpack 35-40 l. max
  • Backpack rain cover
  • Headlight (batteries)
  • Light harness
  • Helmet

 

  • 2 screw-lock carabiners
  • 1 x 6mm dyneema sling 1,2m long

 

  • Appropiate pants for high mountain hiking
  • Gore-tex jacket
  • Thin Gore-Tex pants
  • Fleece / Polartec
  • Primaloft
  • Thermal t-shirt + spare
  • Thermal pants

 

  • Medium thickness socks + spare
  • Thin gloves
  • Thick gloves for cold temperatures
  • Buff
  • Hat

 

  • Cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream factor 50+
  • Lip balm factor 50+

 

  • Snacks (chocolates, cereal bars, dry nuts, ...)
  • 1,5 L water bottle

 

  • Silk sleeping back (optional)
  • First aid kit

 

  • ID
  • TSE (European Health Card)
  • Mountaineering Federation License at date and valid for the Alps
  • Cash
  • Mobile phone
  • Chargers

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.

 

Trekking

 

    TECHNICAL level

  • 1 = Beginner. No previous trekking experience. Has only hike on flat terrain and well-marked trails.
  • 2 = Starter. Occasional hiker with experience on single-day treks. Accustomed to walk on varied terrain and across scree slopes.
  • 2 = Intermediate. Occasional hiker with experience on single and multi-day treks. Accustomed to walk on varied terrain where it may be necessary to cross a scree slope, a névé or to scramble.
  • 4 = Advanced. Regularly hikes and climbs in the mountains. Experience on multi-day routes. Capable of walking on rough terrain, across scree slopes, up on steep hillsides and traversing névés. Ability on unstable terrain (gravel, rock blocks) is required.
  • 5 = Very advanced. Frequently hikes and climbs in the mountains. Experience on multi-day routes spending the night in a hut or a tent. Skilled on rough terrain: scree slopes, steep hillsides, névés and glaciers. Basic knowledge of rope work.
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    PHYSICAL level

  • 1 = Able to walk for 3 hours and 600 meters elevation gain carrying a light backpack of about 5 kg.
  • 2 = Able to hike in the mountains for 4 to 5 hours and 800 meters elevation gain with a backpack of about 5 kg.
  • 3 = Able to hike in the mountains for 5 to 7 hours and 1000 meters elevation gain with a backpack of about 7 kg.
  • 4 = Able to hike in the mountains for 8 hours and 1200 meters elevation with a backpack of about 8 kg, being in high altitude (over 4000m) intermittently.
  • 5 = Able to hike in the mountains for 8 hours and 1500 meters elevation gain with a 10 kg backpack, being in high altitude (over 4000m) intermittently.

Next Dates :

July to September

Description

From Chamonix, at the foot of Mont Blanc, to Zermatt, facing the Matterhorn, the whole History of Mountaineering can be felt on this glacier route.

The program follows the classic route through mountain passes above 3000m and a summit at 3800m. It cuts across the inside of the French and Swiss Alps: two distinctive cultures with something in common, the spectacular nature of its mountains. The beauty of the landscapes that is observed makes it a mandatory and unmatched goal for all mountain lovers. It assembles all the attractiveness of a High Route: mountain huts, impressive views, landscapes to forever be remembered and breaks by the amazing lakes in some of the visited valleys.

Most of the route follows the itinerary that is carried out with skis in winter, but the blue sky is more likely and at the rhythm of the crampons we can enjoy even more the surroundings, the silence, the grandeur of the mountains and the feeling of fascinating solitude.

 

Levels

Fitness
4
Technical
4

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