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The Haute Route is probably the most well known and undoubtedly the most scenic ski tour in the world. Starting in Chamonix, the High Level Route travels from France into Switzerland through impressive high mountain glaciated terrain staying in catered huts. The final day involves an incredible ski descent under the North Face of the mighty Matterhorn down into Zermatt.
Based on more than 20 years experience of skiing the High Level Route our seven day guided ski tour is designed to make your trip as relaxed and enjoyable as possible.
Once in the resort of Chamonix our tour will include all your accomodation, guide's fees and expenses, your personal safety equipment (transceivers, shovels, probe, harness) and all lift passes as well as taxi transfers required on the programmed route.*
We include seven days of guided ski touring.
We start with a day of skiing and touring from the Chamonix valley to test your equipment, gain your ski legs and brush up ski touring skills.
After a comfortable night in your Chamonix hotel we have six full days for the HLR. We believe that with this approach, you will be ski touring up and skiing down at the right times of day for the best mountain and skiing conditions. back to top
Arrival and meeting on the day prior to the programme start to meet the guide, talk through the route and make an equipment check.
The first day we warm up skiing in the Chamonix valley where we also check out our ski touring equipment and work on basic safety skills. The night is spent in a hotel in the Chamonix valley.
We start the High Level Route from Argentiere where we ski down onto and across the Argentiere glacier. We then ascend the Chardonnet or Le Tour glaciers and make our way to the Trient hut at 3170m, and a warm welcome from the hut guardians.
From the Trient hut we have a long ski descent to the village of Champex and take a taxi to the Verbier ski area to access the Mont Fort hut at 2457m. This hut is situated in the Verbier ski area.
From the Mont Fort hut we climb the Rosablanche 3386m with its amazing veiws and then descend to the Prafleuri hut at 2981m. This a new and modern hut a great improvement on the unmanned hut before!
After a short skin up to the Col de Roux, we descend to the Lac de Dix and enjoy a scenic skin alongside the lac followed by steeper terrain to the Dix hut at 2928m.
An early start enables us to traverse the Pigne d'Arrolla 3796m which is one of the high points of the tour. From the summit on a clear day we can see the Matterhorn, Mont Blanc, the Dente Blanche and hundreds of other majestic peaks. From here we descend to the amazingly situated Vignettes hut at 3194m.
This is the longest day on the tour, and another early start. From the Vignettes hut we travel over three cols and onto to our final descent to Zermatt passing under the incredible North Face of the Matterhorn. Normally we will have time for a late lunch in Zermatt before our taxi transfer back to the Chamonix Valley. back to top
*If adverse weather or conditions cause a change in the itinerary additional charges may apply.
The Haute Route is a challenging ski touring journey involving some long ascents and equally some incredibly long descents. Overnights on the route are spent in mountain huts and, ideally, you will have experienced a hut night before. You should have some touring skills and experience; it's not the time to be learning kick turns! You should be a confident off-piste skier, able to ski in control in most snow conditions. You will be carrying a rucksack containing personal safety equipment, some group equipment and minimum personal gear. back to top
Participants must be able to ski all runs confidently, including black, and have some ski touring and off-piste experience. A good level of fitness is desirable. For more information on being fit for winter in the Alps click through to our fitness for off piste skiing and ski touring guide.
"Doing the Haute Route has been an ambition of mine since 1984. It has taken a long time to achieve and something that would not have been possible without yourself and particularly your good choice of guides"
• Saturday 23 March - 31 March 2013
• Saturday 06 April - 14 April 2013
• Saturday 21 April- 28 April 2013
Private group quotes on request.
• £1395.00 per person
• Minimum group size - 4 people
• Maximum group size - 6 people
• Equipment: harness, probe, shovel and transceiver
• Half board accommodation in mountain huts for five nights
• Bed and breakfast accommodation in Chamonix for three nights
• Lift passes
• Mountain guide fees
• Transfers: Champex to Verbier and Zermatt to Chamonix.
• Ski equipment
• Travel to and from Chamonix
For more information about skiing the Haute Route or if you would like to book a guide, telephone +44 (0) 330 321 1017
or email info at Mountain Adventure Guides