The Haute Route – Ski Tour from Chamonix to Zermatt

  • Season: Winter

  • When: 8 days, 7 nights

  • Adventure: 1 Pragmatist

  • Difficulty: 2 Moderate

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The Haute Route – Ski Tour from Chamonix to Zermatt


The ultimate ski classic in the Alps! Stunning combination of breathtaking views, endless glaciers and amazing spring skiing.

The Haute Route (High Road) is the name given to the unique Alpine traverse between Chamonix and Zermatt, crossing the three largest mountain massifs of the Alps – Mont Blanc, Grand Combin and Monte Rosa. It was created as a hiking trail at the end of the 19th century and crossed with ski for the first time in the early 20th century, this is the ultra-classic of the alpine ski tours. Its length is just over 120km and 86 of them we will do on skis. The route goes through over 20 glaciers and numerous passes, including climb of several peaks above 3700 m above sea level.
Come with us to this unforgettable ski touring experience in the heart of the Alps.

The mountain huts in this program provide cozy atmosphere and great variety of food that is a must for completing such a demanding tour. Overnight stays are in dorms.

This program is suitable for people with good stamina and at good level of backcountry skiing, and ready for getting some adrenaline. If you are not sure if this program is right for you, we recommend to contact us in advance in order to help you making a decision.

Note: This trip can be done with only 3 overnight stays in huts by well-prepared people (days with + 2000m climb) in case of a short window of good weather.

* Minimum number of participants – 4; maximum – 6.

* Reservation should be no later than 30 days before the program. Reservation is considered confirmed if payment is processed within 3 days after booking.

Photos from previous adventures

Day 1: Sofia – Chamonix
An early morning start from Sofia to Chamonix with a bus. Overnight stay in Argentier.

Day 2: Argentiere hut
After the last check of the gear, we take the Grand Monte lift up to 3300 m. From there we continue with a short climb, followed by a descend to the Argentiere Glacier before reaching the hut called after the Glacier (2771m).
Climb: 250 m / Descent: 700 m / Highest point of the day: 3500 m / Duration: 4 hrs.

Day 3: Trient hut
We will reach Trient hut (3170m), located on the same called glacier, through one of the both saddles Passon (3028m) or Chardonnay (3323m).
Climb: 1020m / Descent: 300m / Highest point of the day: 3323m / Duration: 6 hrs.

Day 4: Plaflori hut
We start by descending on the Trient Glacier, followed by a short, technical climb with crampons to the Ecandy saddle (2796m) and a great descent into the Arpet valley, which takes us to Champaign (1470m). From there, we reach Shabble by car. The lifts in the resort will take us to Mont Gele (3023m). Crossing under Rosablanche Peak we descent to Plaflori hut (2662m).
Climb: 500 m / Descent: 2100 m / Highest point of the day: about 3300 m / Duration: 7 hrs.

Day 5: Dix hut
A morning ascent (30-40 min) to the Ru saddle (2804m) and traverse along Lake Dix to the hut (2925m).
Climb: 680 m / Descent: 410 m / Highest point of the day: 2925 m / Duration: 4-5 hrs.

Day 6: Vignettes hut
A day among the Alps Glaciers – an ascent to Pin d’Arola (3796m), the highest point of the entire route following by a descent to the Vignettes Hut (3158m).)
Climb: 850 m / Descent: 630m / Highest point of the day: 3796m /Duration: 5 hrs.

Day 7: Chamonix
The longest and probably the most memorable day. We are crossing several glaciers, passing through saddles of Evek (3392m) and Brule (3578m). From the last one we are going to ski all the way down through the fabulous 18-kilometer descent to Zermatt, passing under the northern wall of the Matterhorn. Return to Chamonix by train.
Climb: 566 m / Descent: 2116 m / Highest altitude: 3578m / Duration: 8-9 hrs.

Day 8
A spare day in case of bad weather

Day 9
Departure to Bulgaria

Note: We keep the rights to change the program in case of force majeure circumstances.


Ivo Stoilkov
Languages: English, German, French, Russian and Bulgarian

Mountain guide with almost two decades professional experience in leading ski touring, hiking, snowshoeing and ice climbing trips.


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