Guidebook

The Epic "Plateau du Couloir" Haute Route Variant

An adventurous and rightly popular variant to the classic Chamonix - Zermatt Haute Route ski trip.

Description

If the Haute Route through Verbier doesn't sound adventurous enough for you, this is a ideal variant to spice things up. It takes in the legendary Plateau du Couloir day, which is both serious and stunning, but can still be squeezed into 6 days (weather permitting). For the sake of comparison, here is the guidebook to the Verbier Haute Route.

https://fatmap.com/guidebooks/30/chamonix-to-zermatt-haute-route

It shares roughly half of the terrain with the Verbier Haute Route but deviates during the middle section of that route to seek out some more challenging terrain. As with the Verbier route it takes you through some massive scenery and to some lovely mountain huts.

If this route still isn't enough of a challenge, why not check out the St Bernard variant?

https://fatmap.com/guidebooks/9517/the-chamonix-zermatt-haute-route's-%22st-bernard%22-variant

Les Grands Montets to Trient Hut
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Les Grands Montets to Trient Hut

Chamonix
5 - 6 hrs
11.0 km
1,170 m
1,273 m
43 °
The first day of the Alps' most famous ski tour
Difficult
Private
Trient Hut to Champex
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Trient Hut to Champex

2 - 3 hrs
8.2 km
41 m
1,712 m
52 °
A big descent down the Val d'Arpette and out to Champex
Moderate
Private
Bourg St Pierre to Valsorey Hut
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Bourg St Pierre to Valsorey Hut

5 - 6 hrs
7.2 km
1,392 m
30 m
41 °
A crucial link day between the two major mountain areas on the Grand Lui Variation
Difficult
Private
Valsorey Hut to Chanrion Hut (via Plateau du Couloir)
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Valsorey Hut to Chanrion Hut (via Plateau du Couloir)

5 - 6 hrs
12.1 km
1,046 m
1,614 m
41 °
A committing day crossing the 'Plateau du Couloir'
Severe
Private
Chanrion Hut to Vignettes Hut (via Pigne d’Arolla)
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Chanrion Hut to Vignettes Hut (via Pigne d’Arolla)

6 - 7 hrs
11.4 km
1,597 m
929 m
37 °
A modern variation via Les Portons and Pigne d'Arolla
Difficult
Private
Vignettes Hut - Zermatt
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Vignettes Hut - Zermatt

1 day +
28.3 km
1,289 m
2,817 m
22 °
THE big day on the classic Haute Route all the way to Zermatt
Difficult
Private