Haute Route Chamonix Zermatt

Mont Blanc Massif


In 1860 a group of English friends put their tracks for the first time on the glaciers to reach Zermatt from Chamonix and explore this wild corner of The Alps. The enterprise was quite tough because most of the glaciers where still unknown and there was not any mountain hut or good place to sleep on the way. You can imagine how big the adventure was of Doctor Payot with Joseph Coutted, Alfred Simond and Joseph Ravanel “le Rouge” when in 1903 they did the first Haute Route Chamonix Zermatt in winter. Monsieur Payot and friends were probably the first people in The Alps to use skis (2,25 meter long!) bought from Norway and modified to be adapted to the rough terrain of the glaciers.

Haute Route Chamonix Zermatt
LocationChamonix to Zermatt
Level requiredAdvanced to Expert
Max group size7 per guide
Group of 7€ 1450 x person
We can help you to find the gear you need or you can take your own. You need a safety kit (with ABS), ski touring set with skins, harness, crampons and training shoes.

Day by day program Haute Route Chamonix Zermatt “classic”:

Meeting day: Meeting in Chamonix or Argentière in the afternoon to check together with the guide your gear, the weather forecast for the week and drink a nice beer.

1st day: We get the cablecar up to Lognan (1972m) from Argentière and then the chairlift Herse up to 2588 m, ski down and then skins up to the Argentière Glacier and climb up to the Col du Passon (3028 m). From here we ski down and traverse the Le Tour Glacier and we reach the Refuge Albert I (2702 m), (or directly Refuge du Trient)

2nd day: We climb up to the Col Superieur du Tour, we traverse the Plateau du Trient, ski down on the Glacier du Trient, climb up to the Col des Ecandies (2796 m) and we ski down to the Relais d’Arpette where we stay over night.

3rd day: Early taxi transfer and we reach Verbier. With the cablecar we go to Mont Fort, we ski down and skins on we climb up to Col de Chaux (2940 m) and after to the summit of Rosablanche. Ski down to Cabanne de Prafleuri (2624 m).

4th day: Climb up to col Col de Roux (2804 m), ski down and climb up to Cabanne des Dix (2928 m).

5th day: Climb up to the summit of Pigne d’Arolla (3772 m) and ski down to Cabanne des Vignettes (3158 m).

6th day: The last and the longest day!: we climb up to the Col de l’Evèque (3390 m), to the Col du Mont Brulé (3212 m) and finally to the Col de Valpelline (3568 m), before the long ski down all the way to Zermatt. From Zermatt we get the taxi back to Chamonix in the evening.

This is the “classic” program but other options are available and we can also tailor a program to suit you. All of these programs must be booked in advance in order to secure hotel and hut accommodation.

Please click here if you would like to have information about nutrition during your skiing days.

Detailed Pricing and Booking

Our guiding prices for this all-inclusive are based on the group size (I’ve seen it, take me to the BOOKING FORM)

Group sizePrice per person
2 people€ 2800
3 people€ 2150
4 people€ 1800
5 people€ 1600
6 people€ 1500
7 people€ 1450


Price Includes
– 6 days guiding with UIAGM mountain guide and expenses for the guide.
– 5 nights accommodation bed, breakfast and evening meal in mountain huts.
– transport from Champex to Verbier (or Bourg-Saint-Pierre) and from Zermatt back to Chamonix.

Not included
– Accommodation in Chamonix if needed
– Lift passes and extra transfer if we have to change the itinerary in case of bad weather.
– Lunches and drinks in the huts/hotel
– Mountain rescue insurance:

We highly recommend that you arrange your own personal insurance before undertaking any mountain activity.
You can have a look at your own country EUROP-ASSISTANCE, they normally have an outdoor insurance (Outdoor no problem), or we suggest to register as member of your country Alpine Club (like CAF or CAS or BMC, personal insurance is included and also discounted price at mountain huts. Here you can see the official list). If your country doesn’t have an Alpine Club you can also check out the Britannia Section of Alpenverein, that is now normally open also to non-resident in UK: www.alpenverein.at/britannia/membership/

– Avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe, backpack and glacier equipment if required.
– ABS backpack and the ski touring gear is not included but we can arrange for it
– We also recommend that you wear your helmet
– Taxi and transfer to/from Chamonix are not included but we can provide if necessary.

Download the recommended EQUIPMENT LIST for this program here: Haute Route and more days ski touring Equipment list Eng.

Group size: max. 7 people per guide. Private groups only.

Program in collaboration with OVERALP Tour Operator.

Monte Bianco glaciers