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Traversing the Sky on the Tour du Ciel Ski Tour

The aptly named "Tour of the Sky" is an epic high mountain journey between Zermatt and Zinal.

Description

Starting in a legendary alpine town, finishing in a lesser-known but equally scenic Swiss village and passing through the most famous peaks in the Alps en route, this is a classic high mountain ski tour.

The scenery on this tour is scarcely believable, and the peaks you pass by on all 5 days will be familiar to all keen ski mountaineers. Much of the tour takes place at high altitude and this is an adventure that should only be attempted with a perfect weather forecast. The added bonus of doing the tour with blue sky above you is that you will be able to get great photos of those legendary peaks you are skiing beneath!

Tour de Ciel: Zermatt to Schonbiel Hut
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Tour de Ciel: Zermatt to Schonbiel Hut

Zermatt - Breuil-Cervinia
2 - 3 hrs
5.8 km
568 m
100 m
29 °
A warm up day that can be lift assisted, travelling under the awe inspiring N face of the Matterhorn to the traditional Schonbiel Hut, well off the beaten track.
Difficult
Private
Tour de Ciel: Schonbiel Hut to Mountet Hut
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Tour de Ciel: Schonbiel Hut to Mountet Hut

7 - 8 hrs
13.6 km
1,483 m
1,293 m
38 °
Starting with an amazing backdrop of the Matterhorn in the morning light this unforgettable traverse takes you over a high pass into remote mountain wilderness to the N.
Difficult
Private
Tour de Ciel: Mountet Hut to Arpitettaz Hut
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Tour de Ciel: Mountet Hut to Arpitettaz Hut

5 - 6 hrs
10.7 km
1,143 m
1,244 m
35 °
This is well known as one of the best high summits in the Alps to do as a ski mountaineering traverse, with significant exposure on the E ridge.
Difficult
Private
Tour de Ciel: Arpitettaz Hut to the Tracuit Hut
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Tour de Ciel: Arpitettaz Hut to the Tracuit Hut

2 - 3 hrs
4.3 km
744 m
278 m
38 °
A relatively easy day after the previous two, but every bit as spectacular.
Difficult
Private
Tour de Ciel: Tracuit Hut to Zinal
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Tour de Ciel: Tracuit Hut to Zinal

6 - 7 hrs
17.4 km
1,034 m
2,608 m
28 °
Well acclimatised now you can relish this ascent of one of the highest peaks in the Alps you can get to on skins.
Difficult
Private