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Haute Route - Chamonix to Zermatt

Advanced Level - 7 days | Prices from £1,800.00

The Haute route is probably the most famous hut to hut ski tour in the world. Every year it is attempted by hundreds and hundreds of ski mountaineers from around the whole world.

The classic Haute Route passes through some of the most impressive Alpine landscape anywhere in the world. When it was first pioneered by the Victorian explorers it was thought to be impossible and even today the sheer ingenuity and complexity of the route continues to impress and inspire.

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Dates & Prices

Cost (with accommodation): £1,800.00

Course Content

Sample programme:

Please Note: This sample programme is subject to changes as determined by weather and conditions and the groups capability.

Saturday: Meet at the hotel 18:00hrs to sort equipment and discuss plans for the tour.

Sunday: This day is about getting our ski legs back, a local tour, or if conditions allow, a quick trip down the Vallee Blanche. Return to the hotel.

Monday: Leaving after a reasonably early breakfast we will ski down the glacier before beginning our climb to the Col du Passon 3028m. From the col we will cross the Glacier du Tour and make our second climb to the Col Superior du Tour, squeezing through the large boulders at the top we will be able to see the Trient hut, our home for the night. A final short climb and we will be able to enjoy a drink on the terrace.

Tuesday: If it’s a powder day we will fight our way out the door as early as possible, so that we can make tracks as we descend the Val d’Arpette. If on the other hand, there is no fresh snow, then we have a leisurely breakfast and saunter over the Col des Ecandies so that the snow softens enough for a pleasant ski. All too soon we will be enjoying a second breakfast in the pretty village of Champex before a taxi takes us to La Chable and the Verbier ski system. Access to the Mont Fort cabanne is unusually from above; a huge cable car lifts us to just below the summit of Mont Fort before we ski down to our home for the night. We have the option of resting for the afternoon or dumping some kit at the hut and going for a ski around the vast Verbier resort.

Wednesday: After an early breakfast we will pay for yesterday’s fun by having to skin up the frozen pistes in darkness, arriving at the Colde la Chaux around first light. A short descent and we will begin to climb again, heading for the Col de Momin, as we cross this Col the views of the Mont Fort are spectactuar. A gently rising skin now leads us on the glacier below the Rosablanche 3336m. The summit of the Rosablanche is so close that an ascent is compulsory!  From just below the summit we can now ski down the length of the glacier de Prafleuri to the comfy Prafleuri hut, arriving in time for a late lunch.

Thursday: Today we will need a very early start and be as efficient over the ground as possible if we are to traverse above the Lac des Dix and cross the infamous Pas du Chat before the daytime temperatures make the slopes dangerous. We will leave the hut in the dark, starting with a bit of steep skin to the Col des Roux (or the Col des Rude  as last years group renamed it!).  From the Col we will begin traversing towards the Pas du Chat, trying to keep as much height as possible till we are forced to skate and pole to the end of the Lac des Dix. The Pas du chat is a short, steep climb and is over quick enough but must be completed quickly to minimise any risk. We will arrive at the Cabanne Dix just in time for lunch, traditionally a Swiss Rosti with egg!

Friday: Today we will aim to traverse the Pigne d’Arolla, the highest point on the Haute Route. From the Dix hut we first ski down to the glacier before skinning up to the Col de la Serpentine. A final pull and we are on the summit to admire the views. A quick break and we are ready to ski down to the Cabanne Vignettes, which is perched on a rocky ridge above a dramatic cliff. We will spend the afternoon at this hut resting and recharging for the following day.

Saturday: Today is potentially the longest day of the tour. We will leave in the dark after a breakfast which famously includes pancakes!  We must cross 3 cols before we descend to Zermatt. The first is the Col de l’Eveque 3382m and we will reach this at first light. A short ski and we begin our climb to Col number 2, Col du Mount Brule. The slopes leading up to this col are too steep to skin so we will boot pack with the skis on our rucksacks. Our final col is tantalisingly close but the long glacier is one of the highest on the whole tour and the effects of altitude and tiredness make reaching the Col de Valpelline 3562m often the crux of the whole trip. From this col it is all down hill to Zermatt, skiing down the Stokl glacier is a just reward for all the hard work. We join the piste at the little hamlet of Fury before skiing right the edge of the village for a well earned drink. We then return to Argentiere by private taxi.

Sunday: Depart after breakfast.


What Will I Need?

Equipment List:

Glenmore Lodge is in a unique position of being to offer clients equipment at no extra charge. We do however, strongly encourage clients to have their own equipment, especially suitable ski mountaineering boots.  Please ensure that your boots have been fitted to your feet by a competent professional. If you have any questions about kit or you are about to buy your own then please contact Glenmore Lodge and we will try and answer all your questions and offer advice where possible.

If you are intending to borrow kit from Glenmore Lodge, then we recommend that you visit us before the course and try on our boots and skis, that way we can guarantee to have the best items for you when you arrive in country.

Personal Equipment (* Starred Items are available to borrow from GL Stores – see equipment request form)

  • Skis with touring bindings, skins and ski crampons*
  • Ski Poles – ideally fixed length*
  • Ski Mountaineering Boots – for example Scarpa Maestrale or Maestrale RS*
  • Helmet – Optional*
  • Harness with adjustable leg loops  – for example Petzl  Adjama or other similar*
  • 2 x prusik loops and 1 x snapgate karabiner – 5-6mm cord tied with a double fishermans to produce a 30cm loop*
  • 2 x HMS karabiners – for example Petzl Attache karabiner*
  • 1 x 120cm sewn Dynema sling*
  • 1 x Ice Screw 17cm plus karabiner*
  • Ice Axe 45cm– for example Petzl Snowracer*
  • Light weight Crampons – for example Petzl Vasak  (leverlock)*
  • Avalanche Transceiver – for example Peips DSP Sport or Pro*
  • 3m Probe and Shovel*
  • Hut Slippers – required for Austrian huts!

Personal Clothing

  • Waterproof Jacket  – breathable, Gore Paclite is ideal.
  • Waterproof  Ski Trousers
  • Thermal Bottoms x1
  • Thermal Tops x 2 – long sleeves
  • Mid Layers – Fleece or synthetic
  • Soft Shell or fleece Jacket
  • Lightweight Belay Jacket
  • Sun hut and Warm Hat
  • Sunglasses – CE Cat 4 rating for high altitudes.
  • Ski Goggles
  • Warm Gloves: Thick and Thin
  • Ski Socks
  • Compass and whistle – your Guide will have all the necessary maps and guidebooks.
  • Pen knife
  • Head Torch and spare batteries – for example Petzl Tikka or Tikka +
  • Rucksack – 35 – 45 litres*
  • Water bottle – 1ltr Nalgene, camelbaks tend to freeze and don’t handle boiling water very well.
  • Sun cream and Lip Salve – SPF 30 minimum
  • Personal first aid – some tape, Compeed, plaster for blisters and your own pain relief (aspirin, ibuprofen, paracetamol)
  • ‘Very Small’ wash kit for hut – wet wipes or facecloth including toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Sleeping bag liner – compulsory  mountain huts which supply blankets/duvet.
  • Ear Plugs – optional
  • Camera, Money, Passport.
  • Personal Clothing – for wearing in the valley.

Getting there – Our preferred hotel is the Hotel del La Couronne in Argentiere, although this is subject to change.  The final meeting point will be confirmed before the start of the course.



Course Documentation

What’s Included

  • All guiding costs and expenses
  • Half board accommodation, including hotels and mountain huts
  • Equipment hire – by prior arrangement
  • In course transport
  • Guiding ratio 1:6 maximum

What’s NOT Included

  • Travel to and from the start of the course
  • Lunches – these can be bought at the huts or in local supermarkets.
  • Up lift – use of cable cars and telephriques.
  • Drinks in hotel and huts


We use a 2 star hotel when in the valley.  Courses use twin accommodation in hotels and are based upon sharing with another course participant. The course normally meets at Hotel de La Couronne, Argentiere, but this is subject to change and will be confirmed closer to departure date.

Courses which use mountain huts will be typical Alpine mountain huts, utilising Alpine style bunk accommodation.  Typically multiple occupancy.


Travel to and from courses not included. Course participants are responsible for arranging personal travel as required.


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Bookings made through our website require payment in full. However bookings made by telephone with our Booking office can be made in full or secured with a 25% non-refundable deposit.  The full balance will be due 6 weeks prior to the intended arrival date.

Booking Conditions

All bookings are subject to our full booking conditions, which are available on our website.

British citizens require a British passport to travel to the international destinations we visit. Passports can take approximately 3-6 weeks to obtain and potentially longer if this is your first passport application.

There are currently no visa requirements for our Alpine courses.

In the event of any flight delay or cancellation at your UK or overseas point of departure, the airline is responsible for providing appropriate assistance as legally required by the Denied Boarding Regulations, where applicable.

Delays and cancellations to all travel to and from the course may affect your ability to join the course and in this instance, course participants would not be entitled to a refund or to re-arrange their course and will also be responsible for organising their own alternative travel arrangements.

Our courses may be subject to a minimum number of bookings to operate. This will be identified in the course description.  The deadline for deciding if a sufficient number of clients have booked to travel is usually no later than the date by which full payment of the course must be made.  In the event that minimum numbers have not been met, we reserve the right to cancel your holiday and refund all monies paid.

Cancellation by Client

Any changes or cancellations will need to be given to us in writing or by email. For courses based in the UK, these willl be subject to an administration fee of £35.  For cancellations made to overseas courses, the participant is liable for the non-refundable 25% deposit.

For any cancellations made within 6 weeks of the start of the course, participants are liable for the full course fee.


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