Haute route

  • 120 km of incredible journey
  • most famous hut to hut travel in the world
  • stunning mountain cols and glaciers
  • amazing week of ski touring
  • incredible views and unique experience
Haute Route I (59)
Day 4 Col de Serpentine

Haute Route is big classic tour, which every skier should have in his skiing diary. It is great as name it self, challenging and spectacular. Amazing route that connects Chamonix and Zermatt, Mont Blanc and Matterhorn. The High Level Route was first time traveled on skies in 1911. Since than it became the most popular ski tour in the world. Mountain huts allow skiers to travel as light as possible, our backpacks are almost as light as for daily tours. In decades of traveling along Haute Route, it always inspired us. Every time it is unique and new, but from the other view it is an old charming lady.

Although Haute Route is very popular trip, it is not crowded, while mountain huts in the area can overnight up to 120 people. Mountaineers are dispersed in immense distance between huts during the day, so you will join them only at dinnertime.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive at the hotel in Chamonix and meet with your mountain guide. Equipment check and introduction to the plan for the week.

Day 2:  Warm-up day on Les Grands Montets ski area or skiing Vallée Blanche. Avalanche transceiver training, using of crampons and ice axe. Overnight in hotel.

Day 3: Ascent with cable car to Les Grands Montets, skin up to Col du Passon and skiing to Trient hut (3170m) in Swiss.

Day 4: After breakfast skiing trough Val d’Arpette to Champex. Taxi drive to Verbier and with cable car to Mont Fort. Skinning to Rosablanche, our first mountaintop. Fantastic ski to Prafleuri hut (2662m).

Day 5: Long traverse beside Lac des Dix and reaching Dix hut (2928m) situated under Mont Blanc de Chelion, where we spend night.

Day 6: Early start, climb up to the highest point of our trip – Pigne d’Arolla (3796m) and stunning ski to Vignettes hut (3160m).

Day 7:  Royal day in front of us. Passing 3 Cols, skiing down Stockli and Zmutt glacier, under famous north wall of Matterhorn to center of Zermatt. Taxi to Chamonix.

Day 8: Depart after breakfast.

Breithorn Extension: from Zermatt with lifts up to Kleine Mattrehorn, overnight in Testa Grigia (3497m) hut. Early breakfast and skinning to Breithorn (4164m), descent to Shwarztor saddle between Breithorn and Pollux. Amazing slopes of Schwarzt glacier with final skiing trough narrow gorge will lead us directly to the hart of Zermatt. Drive back to Chamonix.

Dates and prices

 

  • 8th – 15th March 2014 (Sat-Sat)            6 guided days
  • Price: 659 € (euro)

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  • 15th – 22nd March 2014 (Sat-Sat)            6 guided days
  • Price: 659 € (euro)

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  • 19th – 26th April 2014 (Sat-Sat)            6 guided days
  • Price: 659 € (euro)

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Booking Procedures:

We offer you two possible ways to do your booking: by online booking safety system or via e-mail and Paypal/bank transfer. Our online booking process using PayPal is straight-forward and provides you a simple, understandable, and safe way to book the trip. Before you make your booking make sure, that you read our Terms and coditions.

All of our prices are quoted in Euros – if you wish to use our currency conversion facility, then current daily exchange rates will be applied. Unless otherwise stated, we require a deposit of €470 (approx. £400) per person per course at the time of booking, and the final balance is due eight weeks prior to the start of the course. For bookings made less than 8 weeks before the course start date, full payment is required at the time of booking.

Booking via e-mail/phone and Paypal/Bank Transfer

                        • send us e-mail or give us a call to confirm dates and itinerary
                        • check price details, terms and conditions
                        • make a payment to confirm your booking
                        • arrange your insurance policy that to cover all relevant hazardous activities and include search and rescue, medical expenses, repatriation and cancellation cover

Making Payment:

Please Pay by Bank Transfer to the following Alps Adventures bank account: Klemen Gricar s.p.

For last minute bookings please use our Paypal account: info@alps-adventures.com

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What is included?

                        • 6 full days of professional guiding by a IFMG mountain guide
                        • Huts booking and planning course

What is not included?

                        • Travel to and from Chamonix
                        • Travel insurance
                        • Equipment hire
                        • Accommodation and meals
                        • Your and your guides’ lift passes and any extra transport costs

The costs for accommodation in mountain huts and transport are about 400£. Half-board in hut per night is 50-60eur and price for guide is aprox. 40eur (split between clients). Huts guardian will appreciate if you will pay in Euros. Lifts during whole week will cost you approx. 80eur and about 40eur for guide. (split between clients).

Transport
Chamonix is just an hour away from Geneva International Airport. If you need any help we will be happy to arrange transport to Chamonix for you.

Food and accommodation
Course starts and ends in Chamonix. We recommend you stay in the comfortable Hotel de l’Arve, 5 minutes walk from the centre of Chamonix. This central position will give you a chance to discover the bars and restaurants and enjoy the atmosphere of Chamonix in winter. If you prefer chalet-based accommodation, Chalet Tissières is perfect for you. We will be glad to help you with reservations.

Finess and ski level
To join this trip you should be an intermediate skier, capable of skiing in all tipes of snow conditions.  Various experience in offpiste skiing and ski touring are recommeded. You should be capable of skinnig 4-6 hours (800 – 1000m) per day.  You should also be aweare that you will be carrying your backpack all the time. Your fitness level should be very good. We recommend some activities like running, Nordic walking or cycling for 1-2 hours two or three times per week, and also a couple of days skiing, in the months before this course.

Equipment
See our list of equipment and contact us if you need to hire any kit.

Travel insurance
Ski touring is a potentially dangerous activity. Before you start the course you must have travel insurance which includes mountain rescue in case of emergency, in order to avoid expensive charges. There are plenty of options, for example, OEAV Sektion Britannia, The British Mountaineering Council or  Snowcard. If you have an Alpine Club membership card you will also enjoy a discount in mountain huts.

The guide: participant ratio is 1:6.

This equipment list will help you ensure you have all the important things which might be needed. When packing, please have in mind, that your backpack should be as light as possible, while you will carrying it all week long. We recommend you to pack minimum weight; snacks and extra drinks can be bought in mountain huts, so traveling along Haute Route will be most comfort for you. On the first day with your guide you will test your equipment and get feeling how to pack your backpack most effective way.

                        • Base layer clothes
                        • Thermal layer
                        • Fleece jacket
                        • Ski (waterproof) jacket
                        • Ski trousers
                        • Light down jacket
                        • Socks
                        • Warm hat
                        • Sunglasses
                        • Goggles
                        • Thermal gloves
                        • Warm and waterproof over gloves
                        • Head torch (with spare batteries)
                        • Camera (optional)
                        • Sun protection cream, lip salve
                        • Water bottle (1 litre)
                        • Dry bags, for packing clothes in you backpack
                        • Small towel
                        • Backpack (30-40 liters), with option of attaching skis on it
                        • Ice axe
                        • Crampons (should fit on your ski boots and should have anti-bots)
                        • Climbing harness
                        • Ski Helmet (recommended)
                        • Skis (with ski-touring bindings)
                        • Ski touring boots (compatible with bindings)
                        • Skins
                        • Crampons for skis – harscheisen
                        • Ski poles
                        • Avalanche transceiver
                        • Avalanche shovel
                        • Avalanche probe
                        • First Aid kit (personal medicine, blisters, etc)

Technical gear such as crampons, ice axe, climbing harness, avalanche kit and backpack can be hired from Alps Adventures (see equipment hire). You can hire all ski equipment (skis, ski boots etc.) in Chamonix. Please let us know if you have to hire any equipment, so we can help you.