The Haute Route, also know as the High Level Route or Mountaineer’s Route, is the ski tour or hiking route linking Chamonix in France with Zermatt in Switzerland.
Originally, it was a summer mountaineering route, first completed in mid-19th century by members of English Mountain Club. It wasn’t until 1911 when the Haute Route was undertaken on skis for the first time. Since then, it has become one of the most popular ski challenges in the Alps. Long and physically demanding ski days, varied and often challenging snow conditions and exposure to high altitude demands high requirements from the skiers. Very good fitness, expert off piste ski level and crucial ski touring experience are all pre-requisites to be eligible to sign up for one of our Haute Route ski trips.
There are many hut to hut itineraries referred to as a Haute Route today. However, the Chamonix to Zermatt HR is the original. It leads across the most dramatic alpine landscapes, over mighty glaciers, around & over high Alpine peaks with overnights in high mountain huts. It starts and finishes with views of the two most iconic peaks of the Alps: Mont Blanc and Matterhorn.
There are many variations of this ski tour leading from Mont Blanc to Matterhorn each taking slightly different routes across the high mountains. Each variation can also have many optional passages and summits to climb if the team are strong and motivated. Our guides will be more than happy to customise your HR trip with any little add-on’s and variants when and where possible.
We run our Haute Route trips on both a group and private basis. If you are a single traveler and wish to share this unique ski experience with other people, please check our itineraries and dates available by clicking on the icons below. If you are a group of friends and prefer to have your own private guide, contact us for a customised itinerary.
All our haute Route packages are all inclusive. We take care of all the logistics (transport, lift passes, booking of the huts, etc) for you to just relax and enjoy the amazing skiing. Your trip with us starts and ends in our offices in Chamonix. There are no hidden costs. The only expenses you have to calculate with are packed lunches, drinks & snacks on the huts. If needed, you can store your luggage in our offices while you are on the trip.