Haute Route ski tour: Chamonix to Zermatt via Bourg St Pierre

The Haute Route via the village of Bourg St Pierre is designed for experienced skiers and strong mountainers with solid knowledge of using crampons and skiing in steep slope with big daily gain of elevation.

This beautiful alpine itinerary will lead you at the bottom of the south face of Grand Combin, one of the major 4000 Swiss peaks and is definitely more alpine and technical than the classic one. If you have already undertake severals ski tours in the Alps, this itinerary of Chamonix Zermatt is your next challenge.It is also less crowded than the classic one via Verbier ski resort.

 

Haute Route Day by Day Itinerary

Subject to change depending on weather / mountain conditions and participants fitness.

Evening before, meet your guide at your hotel in Chamonix centre (3* Hotel Pointe Isabelle) for a briefing and gear check. Your guide will bring you your gear you have requested from us, or accompany you if you need to purchase or rent any additional gear.

Your night in the hotel, with breakfast, is included.

 

Day 1: Grands Montets to Albert 1er Hut

From the top station of les Grands Montets cable car we descend from the Rognons glacier on to the Argentière glacier.

We head to the col du Passon through easy south and sunny slopes, a beautiful climb facing the impressive north face of the Argentière basin.

Once at the bottom of the couloir, we put our skis on our back-pack, put crampons on and ascend the 80m of couloir, to arrive at the col du Passon (3030m.)

Here we can admire the Tour Glacier and the north face of the impressive Chardonnet mountain.

We ski down to Albert 1er hut by crossing the glacier plateau.

This first day is not that long and will be a good occasion to practice our ski touring skills and avalanche safety.

Hours: 4 to 5

Altitude range: -900m / +540m

 

Mont Blanc range

 

Day 2: Albert 1er to Champex village

We climb the Col supérieur du Tour pass (3388m) then have an easy ski down the Trient glacier into Switzerland to reach the col des Ecandies (2796m).
Here we have some short steep sections and we will most likely use ropes and crampons.  A superb ski descent takes us to the picturesque lakeside village of Champex where we will spend the night.
Hours: 5 to 6
Altitude range: +1041m/ -1100m