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DIFFICULTY:
Haute Route
Regular Itinerary:

Stamina required
Up to 10 hrs/day
Mid-size backpacks
Steep, glaciated terrain
Difficult skiing
Rapelling Section

Haute Route
Classic Itinarary:
As above but more strenious, hazardous and more exposed climbing with crampons required

PRICE:
€ 1390
US$ 1980

Single room: €70

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2015 DATES:
8 Days,
(6 days of touring)
Sunday to Sunday except Easter WE

Mar 1 - 8
Mar 8 - 15
Mar 15- 22
Mar 22 - 29
Mar 29 - Apr 5
Apr 5- 12
Apr 12 -19
Apr 19 - 26
Apr 26-May 3
May 3 - 10

Custom trips any time, duration and itinerary!

GROUP SIZE
3 - 5 clients/guide

Client Sites
Jacques Chiasson's 2007 Haute Route trip journal


SIMILAR TRIPS

Austria:
Oetztal Traverse

Italy:
Ortler Traverse

Canada:
Wapta Traverse

Bugaboos Rogers Pass
Monashees Traverse

CUSTOMIZE TRIP

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Haute Route Ski Traverse
Alps/France & Switzerland

6 Days - Hut to Hut Ski Touring / Backcountry Skiing in the Alps from Chamonix to Zermatt
Optional: Mont Blanc Ski Ascent or Valley Blanche Descent
Highlights:
- Most classic ski traverse of all!
- Stunning, glaciers of the Alps
- Awesome Huts around 3000 m
- Matterhorn and Mont Blanc
- Manageable backpacks
- Great food & wine!
- Chamonix and Zermatt

The Haute Route, the High Route between Chamonix, France and Zermatt, Switzerland is "the mother" of all ski touring traverses. From Europe's tallest mountain, the Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn, our route leads along some of the most exciting mountain scenery to be found anywhere. After spending a week in the winter backcountry of the Western Alps walking down Zermatt's bustling main street will feel like returning into a different world.

We offer both, the "easier" and nowadays more popular Verbier variation (i.e. "Regular Haute Route")as well as the classic Haute Route via the Valsorey. On a custom trip basis, we invite you to take advantage of your good acclimatisation after the Haute Route and do some ski ascents of the high peaks, such as the Monte Rosa or even the Mont Blanc! Or why not extend your trip by two days and finish off in Saas Fee after a day of resort skiing in Zermatt?

We will lodge in remotely and spectacularly located huts of the Swiss and French Alpine Club. The food is good and plentiful, the dormitories clean - but you should be able to survive without a hot shower for three days in a row.

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Haute Route Ski Traverse - Hut to Hut through the Heart of the Western Alps
 

Trip Details and Small Print - Haute Route Ski Traverse

Can I do it?
Strenuous backcountry ski tour in alpine, mostly glaciated terrain on alpine touring (randonnée) or sturdy telemark equipment.
You must be able to ski safely and controlled at all times while wearing a mid-weight backpack (7-10 kg /15 lb-22 lb).
Depending on the conditions, we might have to rope on while skiing both up and downhill. You need to be in very good physical and mental condition, ready to be on your feet for about
8 - 10 hrs including, steep, continuous uphill climbs of up to 1200 meters (4100 ft) on some of the days. Being on your feet every day for 7 days requires a good deal of stamina! If in doubt wether you have the required skills and fitness level, feel free give us a call to discuss your options!

We do not recommend this trip for backcountry ski touring beginners!

Optional Ascent of Mont Blanc (two additional days):
The Mont Blanc ascent is technically more difficult than the Haute Route, implies more objective dangers and requires a client to guide ratio of two to one. Please inquire for a quote.

Meeting Point:
Either Geneva International (closest Airport) for airport shuttle transport or at our Hotel in Argentiere, located at the beginning of the traverse (about 15 min. upvalley from Chamonix, hotel night included in our trip package)

Season, Climate, Weather, Temperature:
Beginning of March - Mid May, with April being the most popular time. Avoid the long easter weekend as well as starting the trip on a weekend to skip the crowds.
Late winter season makes for more settled weather, more settled snowpack and better coverage on the glaciers (less crevasse issues!).
Temperatures can vary hugely: If wintery weather patterns prevail, you can expect temps between -5 C and -22 C. In spring the temperature spread increases from -10 C overnight to +15 C, especially on sunny days and when descending to the valleys.

Services Included in the Total Price:
Guiding by an internationally (UIAGM/IFMGA) certified, multilingual, mountain guide or guide aspirant under supervision, all guide expenses. All lodging: Double room in 2 and 3 star hotels in Argentiere, Champex and Zermatt with breakfast; dormitories in huts of the French or Swiss Alpine Club with half-board dinners and breakfast, transfer from Champex to either Verbier or Bourg St. Pierre by taxi or bus, Grand Montets gondola in Argentiere. Use of technical equipment: Harnesses, crampons, rope, carabiners, avalanche transceivers, shovels and probes.

Additional Trip Services Available:
Airport shuttles Geneva to our Hotel in the Chamonix Valley: from Euro 40/ person
Luggage Transport from our Hotel in the Chamonix Valley to Zermatt: Euro 60 / bag
Lodging in Zermatt: Double room B&B, clean two star standard: From Euro 50 / pers.
Lodging Chamonix Valley: Double room B&B: From Euro 50 / person

Not Included Are:
Air fares, rental of ski touring equipment (we can provide you with a discounted rate with our partner shop in the Chyamonix Valley), lunch (Sandwiches, snacks can be purchased in the huts or in the valley), drinks (beer is about CHF 7/ can, wine starts at CHF 30 / bottle), dinner while lodging in Zermatt and Argnetiere (2 nights), gondola cost for the Verbier resort (CHF 60) or for the Furi Gondola in Zermatt (CHF 15), should the snow coverage not be sufficient to ski all the way into Zeramtt, single room supplement for all lodging in the valleys, any additional transport or lodging cost due to unforeseen itinerary changes.

What if the Weather is Bad or Avalanche Hazard is High?
Nobody can guarantee excellent weather and low avalanche hazard throughout the Haute Route traverse! Generally, we manage to move on to our next hut destination even in relatively bad weather, if our clients are up for it. Avalanche hazard can be a larger problem (and it often goes hand in hand with bad weather) and may cause delays or itinerary changes. Should itinerary / schedule changes be necessary, (1) we sometimes rearrange hut reservations and make up for a lost day or (2) we may have to skip a day or two by using public transport and pick up again at trailheads in either Verbier, Bourg St. Pierre, Evolene or Arolla, depending on the itinerary chosen. To give an estimate, about 80% of our Haute Route trips run in accordance with the schedule and in about 20% itinerary changes are necessary, more often due to lack of fitness and pepration on our client's side than weather and avalanche hazrd issues.

 

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