VIP Haute Route - Guided Ski Touring Chamonix to Zermatt

12 Day Trip
Per Day Price Level $$$$
Per Day Budget $ 725
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$$$$ $250-500
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$$$$ $750+
  • The Haute Route has been on the adventurers’ check list for over a century; the famed route from Chamonix to Zermatt across the Alps’ highest peaks remains a serious winter endeavor. Traverse the borders of France, Italy, and Switzerland, moving from refuge to refuge. Warm up on the slopes of Chamonix and practice glacier travel and mountaineering skills with a local UIAGM mountain guide before departing for the 7 day/6 night adventure.
  • Skiing under the giants of the mountain world, from Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn & Monte Rosa
  • Luxury spa accommodations at the beginning and end of the tour
  • Stay at authentic Alpine Club cabanes or refuges
  • End your trip with a day of guided skiing with a local Zermatt guide and a fantastic on-mountain lunch
  • Opportunity to add-on helisking in Zermatt

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  • Itinerary Summary

    Day 1 : Arrive GVA Geneva International Airport

    Your VIP driver will meet you just outside of customs to assist with luggage, transfer to Chamonix (1h). Meet & greet with Epic Europe; assistance with check-in @ your hotel. Resort orientation, assistance with gear if required, and “apéro” to discuss the daily itinerary and answer any questions you may have. Dinner at your hotel. Overnight Hameau Albert 1er 5*, Chamonix

     

    Accommodation: Hameau Albert 1er 5*

    Day 2 : Ski Chamonix

    Ski Chamonix, UIAGM guided skiing Chamonix resorts or Aiguille de Midi - Valley Blanche. Overnight Hameau Albert 1er 5*, Chamonix

     

    Accommodation: Hameau Albert 1er 5*

    Day 3 : Free ski Chamonix

    Freeski Chamonix - no guiding. Afternoon meeting with the guide for trip briefing, equipment check. Overnight Hameau Albert 1er 5*, Chamonix

     

    Accommodation: Hameau Albert 1er 5

    Day 4 : Start of the Haute Route

    Cable car to the Grand Montet (3300m), descent to the Argentière Glacier (about 2700m) and traverse across the glacier to the Argentière hut (2770m/9085ft). 170m/560' climb, 650m/2130ft descent, 4 km, 2.5 hrs. In the afternoon instruction on crampon use and kick turn refresher on the slopes around the hut.
    Overnight Argentière Hut, 2770m

     

    Accommodation: Argentière Hut

    Day 5 : Col du Chardonnet to Trient

    Climb to the Col du Chardonnet (3323m), which marks the border to Switzerland. Short descent and back up to the narrow notch of the Fenêtre de Saleina (3267m). Descent and traverse to the Cabane de Trient (3240m). 1000m/3300ft climb, 550m/1800ft descent, 10km, 6 hrs.
    Overnight Cabane de Trient, 3240m

     

    Accommodation: Cabane de Trient

    Day 6 : Trient Glacier, Val d’Arpette & Verbier

    Descent of the Trient Glacier to the Fenêtre Chamois (2985m) towards Val d’Arpette. Opportunity to ski the Arpette couloirs with a short 45m boot pack. Finish in the little village of Champex (1470m). 1570m/5150ft descent, 9 km, 3 hrs. Taxi Ride to Verbier (1 hr). Opportunity to restock on snacks and/gear for final part of the trip or drop off unwanted gear/waste. Gondola ride to the top of the Mont Fort. Ski run (within the Verbier Ski Resort 1000m 3280ft) to the Cabane Mont Fort (showers available).

    Overnight Cabane Mont Fort, 2457m

     

    Accommodation: Cabane Mont Fort

    Day 7 : Rosablanche & Prafleuri

    Short climb to the Col de la Chaux (1hr) small descent and climb to the Col de Momin and on to the summit of the Rosablanche. Fantastic north facing ski descent down the Prafleuri Glacier to the Prafleuri Hut. 1100m/3600ft climb, 900m/2950ft descent, 10.5 km.

    Overnight Cabane Prafleuri, 2662m

     

    Accommodation: Cabane Prafleuri

    Day 8 : Col du Roux & Cabane des Dix

    Short climb to the Col du Roux, short descent followed by a long level traverse (2.5hrs) above the Lac Dix. Arrival at the Pas du Chat and on to the Cabane des Dix 2990m/9800ft, our favorite hut along the Haute Route, in spectacular setting. 800m/2620ft climb, 350m/1150ft descent, 9 km, 5 hrs. In the afternoon, optional ascent of La Luette, an easy ski touring peak with good views above the hut with a light pack.

    Overnight Cabane des Dix, 2990m

     

    Accommodation: Cabane des Dix

    Day 9 : Pigne d’Arolla glacier & Vignettes hut

    Spectacular climb through the rugged glacier to the Pigne d'Arolla 3800m and descent to the Vignettes Hut 3157m/10360 ft, 900m/2950ft climb, 640m/1340ft decent, 7km, 6 hrs.

    Overnight Cabane des Vignettes, 3157m

     

    Accommodation: Cabane des Vignettes

    Day 10 : Three-Col-Traverse & Zermatt

    Three-Col-Traverse with Matterhorn view, probably the best day of the whole trip! Via Col de l'Evêque (3392m), Col du Mont Brulé (3213m) and Col de Valpelline (3568m) and a long, glaciated descent underneath the impressive North Face of the Matterhorn, all the way into Zermatt, for a restful night at a 4*sup hotel. 1120m/ 3675ft climb, 2670m/8760ft decent, 25km, 8 hrs.

    Overnight Backstage Hotel 4*sup, Zermatt

     

    Accommodation: Backstage Hotel 4*sup

    Day 11 : Zermatt skiing

    Guided skiing Zermatt Matterhorn region. Our local UIAGM guide will show you the best of the Zermatt/Cervinia area; long glacial descents and option to heliski for an additional fee.

    Overnight Backstage Hotel 4*sup, Zermatt

     

    Accommodation: Backstage Hotel 4*sup

    Day 12 : Guest Departure

    Private transfer from Zermatt to GVA Geneva International Airport.

     

  • Duration
    12 days
    Difficulty
    Challenging
    Primary Activities
    Skiing
    No. of travellers
    Min. 4
    Other Activities
    None
    Children Allowed
    Yes
  • Comfort
    Learn more

    Includes rustic mountain refuges at high elevation

    Super luxury

    Our highest-end category of accommodation, Super Luxury is defined by top quality customer service and premium amenities. Hotels in this exclusive category include the Aman resorts, Oberoi Vilas hotels, and certain independent purveyors.

    Luxury

    Luxury Hotels meet the standards of most well-known 5-star hotel brands around the world, and include premium accommodations and amenities. In some cases our Luxury category overlaps with the "boutique" hotels, many of which are equally luxurious and accommodating.

    Boutique

    Boutique hotels are typically smaller, or independently owned hotels that offer top-end service and amenities equivalent to luxury providers. Boutique hotels often differentiate themselves from bigger hotel brands through their unique character, location, or history.

    Glamping

    Glamping (short for “glamorous camping”) and lodges denotes outdoor-focused accommodations that combine the best of nature with a designer / comfort angle in mind, so customers can get the best of both worlds.

    Camping

    Camping refers to a wide range of tented accommodation, which will most likely apply to outdoor / adventure trips like trekking, hiking, etc.

    Others

  • Price Details (per person)

    High Season Dec to Apr $ 8,700 $ 725 per day
    Low Season Apr to Nov $ 8,700 $ 725 per day

    * All Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Some savings may be available for larger groups.

Cost Includes
  • Arrival & departure transfers: GVA Geneva International Airport to Chamonix & Zermatt to GVA. VIP van

  • Epic Europe meet & greet, assistance with gear & resort orientation

  • 3 nights Hameau Albert 1er 5*, Chamonix, double occupancy

  • 2 days ski pass “Mont Blanc Unlimited”: good for all Chamonix resorts, Aiguille de Midi & Courmayeur

  • 1 day UIAGM guided skiing Chamonix

  • 7 days UIAGM guided skiing for the Haute Route traverse

  • 6 nights half board accommodation in French & Swiss Alpine Huts. Half Board: includes breakfast and set dinner menu.

  • All taxis, lift transport and transportation during the Haute Route Traverse

  • Luggage transfer Chamonix - Zermatt

  • 2 nights Backstage Hotel 4*+, Zermatt, double occupancy

  • 1 day ski pass Zermatt/Cervinia International

  • 1 day UIAGM guided skiing Zermatt, Possibility to heliski for an additional fee

  • Epic Europe pre-trip planning and onsite assistance.

  • Emergency Helicopter Evacuation Insurance in Switzerland

 

  1. * Pricing includes everything above for the suggested itinerary. Depending on weather, or change of route for better ski descents and snow conditions, we will make every effort to substitute accordingly. Operater is not responsible for alternative plans made by the group that result in increased price of trip. These costs will be payable by the client at the time of service. 

 

Cost Excludes
  • Flights

  • 5 dinners on your own in Chamonix & Zermatt

  • Gear rental:

  • Lunches are not included, food & snacks can be purchased in Chamonix and Verbier and packed lunch can be bought in mountain huts.

 

Day 1 : Arrive GVA Geneva International Airport

Your VIP driver will meet you just outside of customs to assist with luggage, transfer to Chamonix (1h). Meet & greet with Epic Europe; assistance with check-in @ your hotel. Resort orientation, assistance with gear if required, and “apéro” to discuss the daily itinerary and answer any questions you may have. Dinner at your hotel. Overnight Hameau Albert 1er 5*, Chamonix

 

Day 2 : Ski Chamonix

Ski Chamonix, UIAGM guided skiing Chamonix resorts or Aiguille de Midi - Valley Blanche. Overnight Hameau Albert 1er 5*, Chamonix

 

Day 3 : Free ski Chamonix

Freeski Chamonix - no guiding. Afternoon meeting with the guide for trip briefing, equipment check. Overnight Hameau Albert 1er 5*, Chamonix

 

Day 4 : Start of the Haute Route

Cable car to the Grand Montet (3300m), descent to the Argentière Glacier (about 2700m) and traverse across the glacier to the Argentière hut (2770m/9085ft). 170m/560' climb, 650m/2130ft descent, 4 km, 2.5 hrs. In the afternoon instruction on crampon use and kick turn refresher on the slopes around the hut.
Overnight Argentière Hut, 2770m

 

Day 5 : Col du Chardonnet to Trient

Climb to the Col du Chardonnet (3323m), which marks the border to Switzerland. Short descent and back up to the narrow notch of the Fenêtre de Saleina (3267m). Descent and traverse to the Cabane de Trient (3240m). 1000m/3300ft climb, 550m/1800ft descent, 10km, 6 hrs.
Overnight Cabane de Trient, 3240m

 

Day 6 : Trient Glacier, Val d’Arpette & Verbier

Descent of the Trient Glacier to the Fenêtre Chamois (2985m) towards Val d’Arpette. Opportunity to ski the Arpette couloirs with a short 45m boot pack. Finish in the little village of Champex (1470m). 1570m/5150ft descent, 9 km, 3 hrs. Taxi Ride to Verbier (1 hr). Opportunity to restock on snacks and/gear for final part of the trip or drop off unwanted gear/waste. Gondola ride to the top of the Mont Fort. Ski run (within the Verbier Ski Resort 1000m 3280ft) to the Cabane Mont Fort (showers available).

Overnight Cabane Mont Fort, 2457m

 

Day 7 : Rosablanche & Prafleuri

Short climb to the Col de la Chaux (1hr) small descent and climb to the Col de Momin and on to the summit of the Rosablanche. Fantastic north facing ski descent down the Prafleuri Glacier to the Prafleuri Hut. 1100m/3600ft climb, 900m/2950ft descent, 10.5 km.

Overnight Cabane Prafleuri, 2662m

 

Day 8 : Col du Roux & Cabane des Dix

Short climb to the Col du Roux, short descent followed by a long level traverse (2.5hrs) above the Lac Dix. Arrival at the Pas du Chat and on to the Cabane des Dix 2990m/9800ft, our favorite hut along the Haute Route, in spectacular setting. 800m/2620ft climb, 350m/1150ft descent, 9 km, 5 hrs. In the afternoon, optional ascent of La Luette, an easy ski touring peak with good views above the hut with a light pack.

Overnight Cabane des Dix, 2990m

 

Day 9 : Pigne d’Arolla glacier & Vignettes hut

Spectacular climb through the rugged glacier to the Pigne d'Arolla 3800m and descent to the Vignettes Hut 3157m/10360 ft, 900m/2950ft climb, 640m/1340ft decent, 7km, 6 hrs.

Overnight Cabane des Vignettes, 3157m

 

Day 10 : Three-Col-Traverse & Zermatt

Three-Col-Traverse with Matterhorn view, probably the best day of the whole trip! Via Col de l'Evêque (3392m), Col du Mont Brulé (3213m) and Col de Valpelline (3568m) and a long, glaciated descent underneath the impressive North Face of the Matterhorn, all the way into Zermatt, for a restful night at a 4*sup hotel. 1120m/ 3675ft climb, 2670m/8760ft decent, 25km, 8 hrs.

Overnight Backstage Hotel 4*sup, Zermatt

 

Day 11 : Zermatt skiing

Guided skiing Zermatt Matterhorn region. Our local UIAGM guide will show you the best of the Zermatt/Cervinia area; long glacial descents and option to heliski for an additional fee.

Overnight Backstage Hotel 4*sup, Zermatt

 

Day 12 : Guest Departure

Private transfer from Zermatt to GVA Geneva International Airport.

 

Cost of the entire itinerary

High Season Dec to Apr $ 8,700 $ 725 per day
Low Season Apr to Nov$ 8,700 $ 725 per day
Cost Includes
  • Arrival & departure transfers: GVA Geneva International Airport to Chamonix & Zermatt to GVA. VIP van

  • Epic Europe meet & greet, assistance with gear & resort orientation

  • 3 nights Hameau Albert 1er 5*, Chamonix, double occupancy

  • 2 days ski pass “Mont Blanc Unlimited”: good for all Chamonix resorts, Aiguille de Midi & Courmayeur

  • 1 day UIAGM guided skiing Chamonix

  • 7 days UIAGM guided skiing for the Haute Route traverse

  • 6 nights half board accommodation in French & Swiss Alpine Huts. Half Board: includes breakfast and set dinner menu.

  • All taxis, lift transport and transportation during the Haute Route Traverse

  • Luggage transfer Chamonix - Zermatt

  • 2 nights Backstage Hotel 4*+, Zermatt, double occupancy

  • 1 day ski pass Zermatt/Cervinia International

  • 1 day UIAGM guided skiing Zermatt, Possibility to heliski for an additional fee

  • Epic Europe pre-trip planning and onsite assistance.

  • Emergency Helicopter Evacuation Insurance in Switzerland

 

  1. * Pricing includes everything above for the suggested itinerary. Depending on weather, or change of route for better ski descents and snow conditions, we will make every effort to substitute accordingly. Operater is not responsible for alternative plans made by the group that result in increased price of trip. These costs will be payable by the client at the time of service. 

 

Cost Excludes
  • Flights

  • 5 dinners on your own in Chamonix & Zermatt

  • Gear rental:

  • Lunches are not included, food & snacks can be purchased in Chamonix and Verbier and packed lunch can be bought in mountain huts.

 

Climate

Physical Fitness/Skills

Skills Required: This ski tour requires a high level of fitness and excellent skiing abilities. Skiing skills need to be at an advanced to expert level. The reason for this has more to do with the conservation and expenditure of energy over a long day than the technical difficulty. Skiers must be able to manage poor snow conditions.

There are sections on this tour where we will be skiing slopes of up to about 40 degrees in steepness. This is quite steep, and usually in this terrain we will be traversing or perhaps side slipping down to easier ground. However, we also need to be able to do turns on these very steep slopes, usually parallel hop turns, or other quick turns where little momentum is generated. These are generally considered no fall zones

Previous mountaineering skills are useful, but not required. If you are an expert skier, who regularly enjoys black or double black runs in most western American ski areas, you will not have difficulty picking up these new skills, as you will already be comfortable on very steep slopes. If you tend to stick to the groomed slopes and find the wild untracked a bit intimidating this is probably not a good tour for you.

 

 

Recommended Packing List

Required Equipment: Touring skis and lightweight touring boots, climbing skins, extendable poles, backpack, harness, avalanche beacon, shovel, probe, crampons, ice-axe. You will receive an extensive list of suggested items after booking, and we will be happy to assist with renting or sourcing any equipment you may need.

Meals provided

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Operator ID

7765

Operator Profile

This duo team has spent the last 15 years in the Alps searching for new experiences in skiing, hiking and mountain-biking, just so they can share them with you. She is a champion freeride skier, an ace coach and a nature guide. He is one of the best Alpine guides in the world, has worked with top ski-photographers and filmmakers, and is equally passionate about mountain biking and hiking in summer. A team you can depend upon.

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