Guidebook

The Legendary Chamonix to Zermatt Haute Route

The most famous ski tour in the World, taking you from Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn.

Description

There are longer, tougher and more extreme ski tours out there but this route, from Chamonix to Zermatt, is without doubt the most celebrated and historic ski journey in the World. There are several variations on the route but this option (via Verbier) is one of the most aesthetic and logical ways to do the trip.

It's possible to ski the Haute Route throughout March and April and whilst you are unlikely to have it to yourself, the popularity of the route means that there will almost always be a skin track to follow and the prevalence of other skiers increases your safety margins somewhat. That said, the terrain is glaciated and much of it is quite featureless so to attempt this tour you need to be confident finding your way through serious, high mountain terrain in all conditions.

Provided you have the pre-requisite skills and experience, this adventure is well worth the hype. It starts under the highest mountain in the Alps, finishes under the most recognisable peak in the World and has some fabulous ski touring in between.

Les Grands Montets to Trient Hut

Les Grands Montets to Trient Hut

Chamonix
11.0 km
The first day of the Alps' most famous ski tour
Private
Trient Hut to Champex

Trient Hut to Champex

8.2 km
A big descent down the Val d'Arpette and out to Champex
Private
La Châble - Mont Fort Hut

La Châble - Mont Fort Hut

Verbier
2.0 km
A short section linking the Verbier Lifts to the well situated Mont Fort Hut
Private
Mont Fort Hut to Prafleuri Hut (via Rosablanche)

Mont Fort Hut to Prafleuri Hut (via Rosablanche)

Verbier
10.3 km
One of the big days on the Haute Route taking in the summit of the Rosablanche
Private
Prafleuri Hut to Dix Hut

Prafleuri Hut to Dix Hut

11.6 km
A long traverse along the side of Lac des Dix to the well positioned Dix Hut
Private
Dix Hut to Vignettes Hut

Dix Hut to Vignettes Hut

7.7 km
One of the major days on the classic Haute Route traversing the Pigne d'Arolla
Private
Vignettes Hut - Zermatt

Vignettes Hut - Zermatt

28.3 km
N, NE, E, W
THE big day on the classic Haute Route all the way to Zermatt
Private