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Grande Lui Haute Route Ski Tour

Ski the integral Chamonix - Zermatt Haute Route in 7 days.

 

The most technically and physically demanding variation of the Haute Route. It is also the most scenic and least crowded variation. You efforts will be rewarded by amazing views and great skiing. There are no taxis or lifts involved in this itinerary, you will complete the whole trip on foot - an excellent choice of itinerary for those who wish to ski the ‘real thing’. 

This itinerary involves long ski days, on average 8 hours per day in good conditions. There are no easy stages and some of the passages are relatively steep and technical. 

We run these trips in smaller groups, maximum 4 skiers per guide. This Haute Route variation is for expert skiers with lot of ski touring experience and very good level of fitness with strength and endurance. 

 

Why book your Haute Route with Chamex guides? 

  • Our trips are all inclusive - even the transport from Zermatt is included. 
  • The only costs you have to add to your budget are packed lunches, snacks and drinks on huts. 
  • Guaranteed pre-reserved places on huts.
  • Flexibility - we will adjust the itinerary in case of bad weather. 
  • We work with fully qualified UIAGM mountain guides, local to Chamonix with years of guiding experience.
  • All our guide speak English. 
  • We are locally run and fully French registered business based in Chamonix. 

 

Description

Level Requirements

  • Expert off piste ski level, you have to be comfortable / quick / efficient skiing in all snow conditions. You have to confident skiing on steep terrain. 
  • Very good ski touring experience is also required. You need to be quick and efficient in skinning, be confident to do kick turns on varied and steep terrain. 
  • Experience in using boot crampons, ski crampons and ice axe. 
  • You should have already completed at least one hut-to-hut ski tour. 
  • High level of fitness and good endurance. 

Chamex Haute Route Packages

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. 

Prices

  • Group of 2 skiers : 3150€ per person
  • Group of 3 skiers : 2350€ per person
  • Group of 4 skiers : 1990€ per person

Prix

1990€

Price per person for a group of 4 skiers. 

Date des Stages

2018
Start Date End Date Spaces
18 mar. 24 mar. 4
26 mar. 1 avr. 4
15 avr. 21 avr. 4
22 avr. 28 avr. 4

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  The Course is guaranteed to run


Inclus

Guide Fees

7 days of guiding and instruction by a UIAGM qualified mountain guide.

Accommodation (half-board)

6 nights accommodation in mountain huts with breakfast and dinner included.

Remontées mécaniques

Le prix pour toutes les remontées mécanique nécessaires lors du déroulement du stage.

Transport

Any transport that is required during the course including the return trip from Zermatt to Chamonix.

Equipement collectif

Cordes, mousquetons, pharmacie et matériel collectif seront pris en charge par les guides de haute montagne

Support logistique et implantation locale au coeur même de Chamonix

Notre société est basée dans un superbe environement au pied du téléphérique de l'Aiguille du Midi à Chamonix.

Notre équipe est à votre disposition pour tout renseignement et pour vous assister lors de votre stage avec nous.

Non Inclus

Accommodation in Chamonix

Any accommodation additional to that provided during the course. If you wish to stay in Chamonix for a few days before or after your trip, we will be happy to help you find and book accommodation on request.

Packed Lunches, Snacks & Drinks

The course includes breakfasts and evening meals each day. You will need to provide and carry your own packed lunches, snacks, drinks and any additional food that you may wish to bring. On some days we may have the option of buying lunch at a mountain refuge or nearby restaurant.

Equipement

Merci de cliquer sur l'onglet "EQUIPEMENT" pour voir la liste de matériel dont vous aurez besoin pour le stage.

Tous ce que vous n'avez pas en votre possession vous pouvez louer sur Chamonix avec notre magasin partenaire.

Se rendre à Chamonix

Le tarif ne comprend pas les transferts jusqu'à et depuis Chamonix mais nous pouvons vous assister selon que vous arriviez par train, avion ou bus. N'hésitez pas à nous demander notre asssistance.

Assurance Secours et rapatriement

Nous vous incitons fortement à souscrire une assurance Secours & Rapatriement pour votre stage. Nous pouvons souscrire une assurance pour vous via notre partenaire assistance. Merci de le demander lors de votre inscrition sur le stage.

Arrival day in Chamonix

The group will meet at our office in Chamonix Sud the evening before the first day of the trip. You will have an informal chat with your guide about the week ahead, weather, conditions, itinerary, etc. The guide will also want to check all of your equipment and make sure everything is in order.

Day 1: Argentiere to Trient hut

Early morning start to catch the first lift up to Grands Montes. Ski down to Argentiere glacier and skin up via Col du Passon (3 028m) to the Col Supérieur du Tour (3 289 m).  Then the route takes you across the magnificent Trient plateau and up to the Trient hut where you will spend the night.

Descent 1100m - Ascent 650m - Time 6 - 8 h

Day 2: Ski to La Fouly

Ski from Trient hut by the Fenetre de Saleina and Col de la Grande Lui (optional: Grande Lui summit) to La Fouly for the night. 

Descent 2 100m - Ascent 600m - Time 5 - 6 h

Day 3: Ski to the cabane Plan du Jeu

Ski from La Fouly to to the cabane Plan du Jeu for the night

Descent 880m - Ascent 1 350m - Time 6 - 8 h

Day 4: Ski to cabane de Valsorey

Ski from the cabane Plan du Jeu to to cabane de Valsorey

Descent 780m - Ascent 1 750m - Time 8 - 10 h

Day 5: Ski to cabane de Chanrion

Ski from the cabane de Valsorey to cabane de Chanrion via the Plateau du du Couloir. 

Descent 1 500m - Ascent 910m - Time 7 - 9 h

Day 6: Ski to the cabane des Vignettes

Ski from the cabane de Chanrion to the cabane des Vignettes via the Pigne d’Arolla.

Descent 630m - Ascent 1 330m - Time 7 - 9 h

Day 7: Ski to Zermatt

Ski from the cabane des Vignettes to Zermatt via Col de l'Eveque, Col du Mont Brule and Col de Valpelline. A private minibus will take you back to Chamonix. 

Time 8 - 9 h

Vêtements

Bonnet

Bonnet

sous - vetements thermiques

sous - vetements thermiques

T-shirt et couches respirantes (laine ou synthetique)

T-shirt et couches respirantes (laine ou synthetique)

Doudoune legere

Doudoune legere

Veste etanche et coupe-vent

Veste etanche et coupe-vent

Pantalon etanche et coupe-vent

Pantalon etanche et coupe-vent

Gants chauds

Gants chauds

Gants techniques (fins)

Gants techniques (fins)

Casquette

Casquette

Equipement technique

Piolet

Piolet

Baudrier

Baudrier

Batons telescopiques

Batons telescopiques

Masque de ski

Masque de ski

Mousqueton a vis

Mousqueton a vis

Sangle de 60 - 120 cm

Sangle de 60 - 120 cm

Casque d'escalade

Casque d'escalade

Peaux de phoque et couteaux

Peaux de phoque et couteaux

Sac a dos de freeride (sangles d'attache pour ski ou snowboard)

Sac a dos de freeride (sangles d'attache pour ski ou snowboard)

Crampons

Crampons

Skis de randonnee

Skis de randonnee

Chaussures de ski de randonnee

Chaussures de ski de randonnee

Ski / splitboard crampons

Ski / splitboard crampons

Equipement de sécurité

DVA (detecteur de victimes d'avalanche), pelle, sonde

DVA (detecteur de victimes d'avalanche), pelle, sonde

Extras

Lunettes de soleil

Lunettes de soleil

Bouteille d'eau 1 litre minimum

Bouteille d'eau 1 litre minimum

Creme solaire haute protection (visage et levres)

Creme solaire haute protection (visage et levres)

Lampe frontale avec piles neuves

Lampe frontale avec piles neuves

Drap de sac de couchage

Drap de sac de couchage

Washbag and toiletries

Washbag and toiletries

Towel

Towel

Food

This trip includes breakfast and dinner every day. You will responsible for organising your packed lunches, drinks and snacks. You will need to bring some cash to pay for these, about 20€ and 200CHF should be sufficient for the trip.

We suggest you bring plenty of snacks that you can take into the mountains with you each day; things like cereal bars, dried fruit and nuts, chocolate, sugary sweets or your favourite trail snacks are ideal. You can buy all of these things in Chamonix.

Equipment rental

We highly recommend that you bring or hire modern and light ski equipment for this trip. Skiing with a heavy backpack is very difficult and tiering. We recommend using modern touring skis ideally 85 - 95 mm under foot - using skis that are too skinny will be hard work in deep powder and skis that are too wide are not great for skinning on a hard-packed snow. Prior to the trip, make sure that your equipment is freshly serviced (waxed and sharpened edges) and in good working order. 

If you need to hire your skis or other equipment, please let us know at least 2 weeks in advance as the hire shops can have limited availability in the busy season.

You can collect your equipment the evening before the start of the course and return it in the evening at the end of your course. We work with the following Chamonix ski hire and mountain shop :

• Concept Pro Shop which is conveniently located directly next door from our office. Open 7/7 08:00-19:00

Optional equipment


  • Thermos – not essential due to weight, but it can be comforting to have a hot drink on a cold day.

  • Water Bottle – should be at least 1.5 litres and durable. 

  • Camelbak hydration systems are good as long as they are kept clean, but not recommended as the tube tends to freeze up.

  • Extra Gloves - a pair of spare gloves is essential.

  • Extra Goggles - spare goggles are highly recommended.

Training for Haute Route

Haute Route and its variations are all physically and technically very demanding. 

You have to be able to hike and ski for about 6 hours without getting too tired the next day. Remember that skiing with a rucksack is more tiring than skiing without one. We will advise you how to reduce the size & weight of your backpack to minimum but you will still have to carry all the essentials. The snow may also not be the easiest to ski if windblown or crusty - you can expect all snow conditions along the way. In short, the fitter you will be more fun you will have on this trip. Best way to prepare is to regularly exercise - running, biking and uphill hiking will keep you stamina at a good level. 

You have to have very good skinning technique and know how to efficiently use your equipment (skis, skins, boot crampons and ice axe, ski crampons). Therefore it is very important that you have good ski touring experience and done some technical tours with use of crampons and ice axe. Ideally, you have already done one hut to hut tour and know how to be energy efficient while hiking and skiing. Since Haute Route season starts closer to the spring time, you have plenty of time to ski and ski tour prior the trip.

FAQ

Q1 I am a very strong off piste skier but have no ski touring experience. Can i join you for the Haute Route trip? 

No you can not. You will need very good skinning technique to be quick and to preserve energy - this can be achieved by extensive ski touring experience. You should also have previous hut to hut ski touring experience to join this tour. if you have never ski toured before, join our Introduction to Ski Touring course. If you did few day ski tours but no hut to hut trip yet, join our Introduction to Hut to Hut trip. 

 

Q2 I am on a snowboard. Can i join this trip? 

We do accept snowboarders on our Haute Route trips. You have to have good splitboarding experience and have already recently completed a hut to hut trip. Please note that we do not mix splitboarders and skiers on our collective trips. We will be happy to organise splitboard friendly itinerary for a private group. 

 

Q3 Do i need a sleeping bag for the huts? 

No, you just need a sleeping bag liner. All huts are equipped with warm covers but they do not have fresh linen. The liner serves as a personal linen, it is for hygienic purposes. 

 

Q4 How fit do i have to be? 

You will be skiing and hiking in hight Alpine environment for about 9h per day for 7 consecutive days. You have to be fit and strong to complete the day pitches without getting too tired the next day. 

 

Q5 When is the best time to ski the HR?

The Haute Route season starts mid March and ends at the beginning of May. The huts are closed outside of this time span and the snow conditions / weather are rarely favourable for this trip. If you enquire for this trip for a private group, you can chose any dates within this time-frame as long as you place your booking with us by the end of September. Check with us for later booking, we may still be able to reserve your places in huts. If you wish to book for a group trip, please check the dates we have on our website. 

 

Q6 What skis and other equipment should i take for this trip? 

You want to have as light gear as possible. Modern ski touring skis are light and still perform well in deep and varied snow. You want to have skis maximum 95mm under the foot fitted with a low tech bindings. You certainly want to take true ski touring boots - light and comfortable. If you wish to bring a helmet, bring a light climbing helmet instead of the heavy and hot ski helmet. 

 

Q7 Do i need a special insurance for this trip? 

Yes, a search and rescue insurance is obligatory on these trips. Contact us if you need help organising this prior your arrival. 

 

Q8 Is there wifi and mobile reception on the huts? 

There is no WIFI on the huts and the mobile reception is very limited.