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Haute Route

Haute Route
Duration: 6 + 3 days

First successfully completed in 1911, The Haute Route ski tour is likely the most famous and coveted ski tour in the world. Using high mountain huts to allow skiers to stay high and cover substantial distances, it winds through the highest, most dramatic peaks of the Alps from Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn. It requires good weather, favourable snow conditions and strong effort to complete this line. There are many variations of the Haute Route that work their way between Chamonix and Zermatt. It is also possible to add ascents of a number of excellent ski peaks to any of the routes. The winter Haute Route deviates from the summer route to avoid terrain that is dangerous or impassible when snow covered. Many people will also ski the Haute Route in the opposite direction, by variations that select better ascent and descents.

Classic Route:

The winter Haute Route's original line which involves long climbs and mountaineering with ice axe and crampons.

Day 1: Argentiere village, France, over the Col du Chardonnet and the Fenêtre du Saleina to the Trient Hut.

Day 2: Champex-Lac via the Val d'Arpette. Bus or taxi to Bourg-Saint-Pierre.                                         

Day 3: Long climb up to the Valsorey Hut on the shoulder of Grand Combin.                                          

Day 4: Over the Plateau du Couloir and down the Glacier du Mont Durand to the Chanrion Hut.               

Day 5: A long climb up the Otemma Glacier to the Vignettes Hut.                                                         

Day 6: A long day to Zermatt over the Col de l'Evêque, Col du Mont Brulé and Col de Valpelline, then a long descent under the shoulder of the Matterhorn and Dent d'Herens.                                                         

Day 7: Optional extension to Saas-Fee over the Adler Pass.



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