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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
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Les Grands Montets to Trient Hut

Chamonix
11.0 km1,171 m1,274 m44°
The first day of the Alps' most famous ski tour
Difficult
Private
Trient Hut to Champex
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Trient Hut to Champex

8.2 km34 m1,706 m52°
A big descent down the Val d'Arpette and out to Champex
Moderate
Private
La Châble - Mont Fort Hut
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La Châble - Mont Fort Hut

Verbier
2.0 km62 m336 m38°
A short section linking the Verbier Lifts to the well situated Mont Fort Hut
Moderate
Private
Mont Fort Hut to Prafleuri Hut (via Rosablanche)
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Mont Fort Hut to Prafleuri Hut (via Rosablanche)

Verbier
10.3 km1,145 m942 m37°
One of the big days on the Haute Route taking in the summit of the Rosablanche
Moderate
Private
Prafleuri Hut to Dix Hut
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Prafleuri Hut to Dix Hut

11.6 km830 m569 m33°
A long traverse along the side of Lac des Dix to the well positioned Dix Hut
Difficult
Private
Dix Hut to Vignettes Hut
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Dix Hut to Vignettes Hut

7.7 km965 m667 m34°
One of the major days on the classic Haute Route traversing the Pigne d'Arolla
Difficult
Private
Vignettes Hut - Zermatt

Vignettes Hut - Zermatt

28.3 km1,289 m2,817 m22°N
THE big day on the classic Haute Route all the way to Zermatt
Difficult
Private