Haute Route Cross Country Skiing

From Chamonix to Zermatt, the skiers Haute Route (aka High Route or Mountaineers Route) glacier trek is a multi-day backcountry route along Alps with stays in catered huts. Along the way, you will be treated with huge glacial views, rugged peaks and beautiful valleys. It generally takes about a week of hut-to-hut skiing (along with some crampon hiking) to complete. The huts are managed by the Swiss Alpine Club. A guide is highly recommended.

Keep in mind that this route is not the same as the so-called Hikers Haute Route which is a lower level travers on hiking trails with lodging mainly in hotels instead of high altitude huts.

The winter Haute Routes 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 Fenetre du Saleina to the Trient hut.

Day 2: Champex-Lac via the Val dArpette. Bus or taxi to Bourg-St.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 Vignette hut.

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

As an alternative, there is the Verbier Variation which offers the purest skiing line, and the most frequently done:

Day 1: Argentière, France, over the Col du Chardonnay and the Fenetre du Saleina to the Trient hut.

Day 2: Champex-Lac via the Val dArpette. Bus or taxi to Verbier and the Mont Fort hut.

Day 3: Over the Rosablanche to the Prafleuri hut.

Day 4: Around Dixence reservoir and up to the Dix hut.

Day 5: Over the Pigne dArolla to the Vignette hut.

Day 6: A long day to Zermatt over the Col de lEveque, Col du Mont Brulé and Col de Valpelline, then a long descent under the shoulder of the Matterhorn and Dent dHerens.

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

Note: Most of the maps of this route are compiled using the Swiss Grid with the CH-1903 map datum. Make sure to set your GPS unit accordingly.

Skiers Haute Route

Skiers Haute Route

MORE INFORMATION

Local Contact(s):  Local Tourism (0033) 45053-0024; Central Reservations (01133) 45053-0763; French Tourism, US (212) 838-7800; Mountain Weather 450530340; Mountain Rescue 450531689; American Alpine Adventures (011) 33-450-588-354

Recommended Book:  "Basic Cross-Country Skiing" from J Scott McGee

Best Season:  Dec. - Mar.

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Base Camp:  Hotel Morgane 45053-5715; Vallee Blanche (011) 33-450530450; Hotel Excelsior

Luxury Loding:  Auberge Du Bois-Prin 45053-3351; La Hameau Albert 45053-0509; The Clubhouse (011) 33-450-909-656; Grand Hotel des Alpes

Breakfast Restaurant:  L'M, Chamonix

Local Website:  click herehttp://www.ontopmountaineering.com/hautes.php

Date Published:  

Date Updated:  7/23/2016

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