Chamonix-Zermatt Haute Route
Mont-Blanc and Valais - Swiss
Price :From 1112 €
Physical Condition :
Technical level :
Group :From 6 to 8 personnes
Duration :7 jours
Since the creation of our Summer High Route Chamonix-Zermatt, more than 95 % of our groups, despite atmospheric conditions sometimes quite bad, have reached Zermatt. This is the token of the qualities of our program and of our Mountain Guides, and of your very good physical and mental preparation to this splendid tour in the heart of the Alps.
Linking the two famous cities of Mountaineering, Chamonix and Zermatt, through the "Haute Route Chamonix Zermatt", the dream of all hikers.
From 4,600 feet to 12,218 feet asl, from the huge Swiss glaciers to the mountain pastures of Champex and Zmutt, Chamonix - Zermatt High Level Route offers a superb tour, close to the most famous summits of the Alps: Chardonnet, Mont-Blanc, Argentière Peak, Hérens Peak, Matterhorn.
Seven days within a wild environment, in full harmony with nature, to appreciate the authenticity of the mountaineers' welcome and of the Swiss mountain huts. The two last stages of the tour, linking Arolla glaciers to Zermatt glaciers, are known worldwide as the most beautiful stages of all the Swiss Glacier treks.
Meeting place at Le Tour (Chamonix valley) at 8.30 a.m. , Charamillon cable-car, Balme chair-lift (7,152 feet), Albert 1er hut (8,865 feet) / Tour pass (10,768 feet), Orny pass (10,164 feet), Trient hut (10,400 feet) / Breya chair-lift, Champex / Transfer in private minibus to Mauvoisin dam, Chanrion hut (8,077 feet) / Otemma glacier, Chermotane pass (10,016 feet), Vignettes hut (10,361 feet) / Evêque pass (11,128 feet), Bertol hut (10,863 feet) / Tête Blanche (12,218 feet), Schonbiel hut / Zermatt (5,302 feet), separation at Zermatt in the morning. From Zermatt, trains to Lausanne, Geneva and Paris, and buses to Chamonix.
* The price includes :
- guiding by a mountain Guide, and all his expenses (food, lodgings, transfers)
- the following group equipment: radio linked to the relief organization, pharmacy, survival blanket, ropes, maps, compass, GPS, altimeter
- the loan of a mountaineering harness
- transfers by private minibus or cable car related to the normal course of the program
- the reservation of the places in the mountain huts and lodge
- lodging and half-board in the mountain huts and lodge from Day 1 dinner included to Day 7 breakfast included (dinner and breakfast are prepared and served by the hut-keepers)
- you can fill freely your water bottle with hot tea when leaving Vignettes hut and Bertol hut
* The price does not include :
- optional insurances EUROP ASSISTANCE
- your lunchs
- your drinks in the huts and lodge (in a few huts, where water is not pure, you can buy mineral water or tea to fill your water bottle)
- your personal expenses
- the personal equipment and the technical equipment required for this tour
- additional transfers related to a modification of the program
- transfer from your residence to MontRoc, and from Zermatt to your residence
- generally speaking, all the expenses not indicated in the paragraph " the price includes "
During all the Haute Route, Le Pays d'En Haut will loan you freely a mountaineering sit-harness. Please, take care of this safety equipment, and, when you do not use it, store it in your mountaineering backpack.
You can rent in any sports shop in Chamonix the following technical equipment: mountaineering shoes, ice axe, crampons. Ask the shop assistant to show you how to put on your crampons, and ask him to adjust them perfectly to your shoes.
Your clothes :
* for your head :
- a scarf
- a balaclava or a high quality woollen hat
- a cap for the sun
- a pair of high quality sun glasses
* for your upper body :
- warm underclothing (wool, or light polar fur)
- a warm long sleeve shirt: on a glacier, the underarms must be protected from the sun rays
- a thick and warm polar fur, or a high quality pullover sweater, or a down jacket
- to protect you from the wind or from bad weather : a Goretex mountaineering jacket, with a hood (you may use a high quality windproof and waterproof skiing jacket)
* for your legs :
- warm sports skin-tights
- light cotton mountaineering trousers (to wear in a hut, or while walking on the footpaths)
- windproof and waterproof Goretex trousers (you may use high quality windproof and waterproof skiing trousers)
* for your feet :
- two pairs of woollen socks, a pair of cotton socks
- a pair of mountaineering gaiters
* for your hands :
- a pair of silk undergloves
- a pair of high quality mountaineering gloves (you may use high quality skiing gloves), waterproof and windproof, designed to endure a temperature of - 10 Fahrenheit degrees
In your mountaineering backpack :
- additional underwear
- a few toilet paper sheets
- tooth paste, tooth brush, light razor
- large plastic bags to store your clothes in your bag pack in case of rain (no backpack is perfectly hermetic)
- a very light LED Head Lamp. Place a new alkaline battery in your head lamp, and bring with you an additional battery.
- to sleep in the huts, do not bring a sleeping bag. The hutkeeper will deliver you woollen blankets.
For Glaciers Treks in Switzerland (including Chamonix-Zermatt Haute Route), Italy and Austria, you must bring a silk or cotton sheet (obligation imposed by the hut-keepers).
- a water bottle ( 1.5 liter minimum ), light, isothermal (thermos)
- a pocket knife
- sun cream, lipstick
- medicines : "Compeed" to prevent blisters, Aspirins, eye-drop lotion, earplugs (many people snore in the huts !), personal drugs, elastic adhesive wrap (3-Cut tape)
- a survival blanket (made of aluminium)
- a hermetic bag containing : your passport, Euros (for your drinks in the huts; most of the huts do not accept Visa or American Express Cards), your Alpine Club Card (if you are a member of this Club, tell it to your guide )
Technical equipment :
- a mountaineering backpack with a volume between 50 and 60 liters. For your comfort, your backpack should have broad and comfortable straps to carry it, and small straps on its back to fix your ice-axe when you will be walking on footpaths.
- a light ice axe (length between 60 and 70 cms). Do not choose a technical ice axe, choose a ice axe designed for beginners.
- a pair of crampons with automatic bindings. Your crampons must be perfectly adjusted to your shoes (this is the job of your shop-assistant). Choose crampons of category C 2 : semi-flexible crampons that can be used for both walking and climbing at harder grades, suitable for most alpine routes.
Your crampons must imperatively be equipped with "Anti-balling plates" (plastic sheets placed under the crampons, in contact with the snow when you walk and climb). These "Anti-balling plates" will prevent the wet snow from sticking to your crampons, and will avoid accidents due to this hoof of wet snow covering the pins of the crampons, transforming them into skis ... All the good mountain sports shops hire only crampons with "Anti-balling plates".
- a pair of mountaineering boots , with Vibram stiff soles. We advise you to test your boots before your training course, and to protect the zones of friction on your feet with "Compeed". Choose boots of category B 2 : stiff 4-season boots with a supportive upper, having facility for heel clip bindings to be fitted.
Boots designed for hiking, even expensive hiking boots are inefficient and dangerous when climbing or walking on glaciers.
- telescopic walking sticks, if you are used to bring them when you go hiking.
A participant in this training course not equipped with mountaineering boots, or not equipped with "Anti-balling plates" on his crampons will not be authorized to attend the course. In this event, no refund will be made by Le Pays d'En Haut.
5 nights in comfortable mountain huts, in dormitories. One night in Champex lodge, in dormitory.
- technical level : you are a complete beginner in Glacier Trek and mountaineering, but you are used to hike through hills and low-altitude mountains. Your Mountain Guide will teach you the basic techniques of mountaineering, to walk safely with your crampons, linked with the rope to the other members of your roped party (two roped parties will be formed).
- fitness level : you practise twice a week either walking, running, or biking. The average pace is 1,000 feet of rise per hour, with a difference of level climbed each day rising from 1,902 to 3,770 feet. The average time of walking is 5 hours and 15 minutes per day.
- each Summer, we have to stop in Champex 1 or 2 participants which level of fitness is clearly inadequate, thus endangering the security of the group. You imperatively must have the fitness level required. If you have a doubt about your fitness level, please call us to take stock