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9-Day Winter Haute Route Ski Tour

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Day 1 : Arrive in Chamonix

Visiting: Chamonix

Arrive in the Chamonix Valley.

  • Meals:
  • Standard Lodging: Les Aiglons or similar
  • Luxury Lodging: Morgane or Albert Premier

Day 2 : Ski from Chamonix to the Argentière hut

Visiting: Chamonix to Argentière hut

Meet your guide and group at 1 pm at the guide's office. From Argentière you'll take the Grands Montets cable car (10,810 ft / 3,295 m). From this altitude there are incredible views and the first descent of the tour is along the Argentière glacier. Night in the Argentière hut where the guide will explain the program for the week and talk about security in the mountains.

Altitude Gain: +200m / Altitude Loss: -700m

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Mountain Hut

Day 3 : Ski from the Argentière hut to Champex

Visiting: Argentière hut to Champex

Today you cross the Col du Passon and cross the Tour glacier to the Col Supérieur du Tour. After crossing the Trient glacier climb to the Col Ecandies, which opens to the Arpette valley and a long downhill to Champex.

Altitude Gain: +550m / Altitude Loss: -1800m

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Mountain Lodge with showers

Day 4 : Summit the Rosablanche and ski to the Prafleuri hut

Visiting: Col Gentianes to the Prafleuri hut

The day starts with a transfer to Chable at the Verbier ski resort and then a cable car to the col des Gentianes. After crossing several passes there is the option to reach the Rosablanche summit (10,945 ft / 3,336 m). You have an easy downhill to the Prafleuri hut.

Altitude Gain: +700m / Altitude Loss: -900m

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Mountain Hut with Showers

Day 5 : Ski to the Col des Roux and climb to the Dix hut

Visiting: Prafleuri - Col des Roux - Dix hut

You reach the Lac de Dix passing through the Col des Roux and climb to the Dix hut (9,606 ft / 2,928 m).

Altitude Gain: +850m / Altitude Loss: -400m

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Mountain Hut

Day 6 : Summit the Pigne d'Arolla and ski to the Vignettes hut

Visiting: Dix to Vignettes hut

Today you reach the highest point of the Haute Route: the summit of the Pigne d'Arolla (12,454 ft / 3,796 m) via the Tsena Refien glacier. Depending on conditions you will need crampons. You then have an easy and breathtaking downhill to the Vignettes hut. Overnight in the Vignettes hut.

Altitude Gain: +850m / Altitude Loss: -640m

  • Meals: BLD
  • Budget Lodging: Mountain Hut

Day 7 : Ski to the Bertol Hut via the Col de l'Evêque

Visiting: Vignettes to Bertol Hut

Today you have an outstanding stage: Col de l'Evêque to the impressive Bertol hut high on a rocky outcropping.

Altitude Gain: +980m / Altitude Loss: -1050m

  • Meals: BL
  • Budget Lodging: Bed and Breakfast

Day 8 : Ski from the Bertol Hut to Zermatt to Chamonix

Visiting: Bertol Hut to Zermatt

Across from the Dent Blanche you reach the summit of Tête Blanche (12,172 ft / 3,710 m). Then you have a long downhill on the Stöcki glacier to Zermatt with amazing views of the Matterhorn. In the distance you can see the Mont Rosa and the Mischabel. Once you reach Zermatt you have the choice of a transfer to Chamonix in the afternoon (extra cost) or to stay on in Zermatt.

Altitude Gain: +400m / Altitude Loss: -2100m

  • Meals: BL
  • Standard Lodging: Les Aiglons or similar
  • Luxury Lodging: Morgane or Albert Premier

Day 9 : Departure

Visiting: Chamonix or Zermatt

If you've transferred to Chamonix you can depart by shuttle bus to the Geneva airport (extra cost). If you've stayed in Zermatt you can take a train back to Geneva or elsewhere in Switzerland (extra cost).

  • Meals: B

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