Ski tour from Chamonix to Zermatt with Chamex Mountain Guides
The Haute Route is the classic ski touring adventure that links the two Alpine centres of Chamonix-Mont Blanc in France and Zermatt in Switzerland. The main Haute Route season runs from mid march to late April when the mountain huts are open and the glaciers are safely snow-covered.
It was first completed as a glacier trek during the summer of 1861 by the British Alpine Club, then first skied in 1903 by a group of Frenchmen who translated the name to the Haute Route ski tour. It has since become part of ski mountaineering history and remains one of the most famous and most coveted ski tours in the world, with fantastic scenery and exhilarating skiing.
The Haute Route will test your stamina and endurance and is by no means a walk in the park as it will entail long days at high altitude on mountain glacier terrain, so a good level of fitness and ski touring experience is needed. You will, however, be rewarded with exhilarating scenery and a close up view of magnificient alpine peaks such as the Dent Blanche and the Matterhorn.
You will start your journey at Les Grands Montets in Argentiere at the northern end of the Chamonix valley before crossing over a number of stunning alpine cols into Switzerland and the canton of Valais. At the end of each day you will stay in warm and cosy mountain huts such as the Trient, Prafleuri, Dix and Bertol as you cross glaciers, skin up mountains, ski fabulous off-piste terrain as you get ever closer to the magnificent Matterhorn.
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.
This is ski touring at its best; high in the mountains, from refuge to refuge, with long climbs and stunning descents. There are constantly changing views of Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, Grand Combin and Monte Rosa.
Starting in the heart of the Mont Blanc massif and ending up in the shadow of one of the most famous mountains in the Alps, the Matterhorn, this is a journey that every experienced ski tourer should undertake at least once in their lives.
Chamonix Experience’s Haute Route consists of 7 days of ski touring. The itinerary has been updated this year to ensure maximum descent and to stay in the most spectacularly located mountain huts along the way.
This is an all-inclusive ski touring trip. There are NO HIDDEN COSTS such as taxis, lifts or huts added on to your expenses during the trip. Everything is taken care of by your mountain guide, so you can just relax and enjoy the fantastic ski touring. The only thing you should budget for are your daily lunches and drinks. Your mountain guide will make sure that you have time to pick up what you need during the trip.
Prices:Group of 3 skiers : 2 250€ per person Group of 4 skiers : 1950€ per person Group of 5 skiers : 1690€ per person Group of 6 skiers : 1550€ per person
Level requirementsThis trip is for experienced ski tourers who have already done at least one hut-to-hut tour or a multi-day ski tour. You should be able to do up to 5 hours skinning with up to 1100m vertical gain per day, at a good steady pace. You have to be good and efficient in your skinning technique and confident moving over a steep and exposed terrain. You are expected to be comfortable and safe doing kick turns on slopes of over 35 degrees. You have to be skilled using ice axe and crampons and be happy to climb over steep, snowy and rocky terrain. You have to be an excellent off piste skier, confident and efficient in skiing in all snow conditions without stopping or losing control over your skis. You have to be confident and safe skiing on slopes of 40 degrees. You have to be physically fit, ready to hike and ski for up to 8 hours per day without being too tired the next day. You have to be able to move reasonably fast (climb 400m/h). We recommend our ski mountaineering course as a preparation for the Haute Route. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the ski & fitness levels for this trip, we will be happy to help.
Ski the Haute Route as a Private Trip
If you are travelling with a group of friends or just wish to ski the Haute Route on your own, let us know! We will be delighted to organise a custom made, private Haute Route guided ski tour for you.
Don’t hesitate to contact us and let us know the dates of your holidays, your previous ski touring experience and your expectations. We will create and organize a tour that suits you and your friends the best!