|Mountain:||Mont Blanc (4 810 m / 15 781 ft), Matterhorn (4 478 m / 14 692 ft), Pigne d'Arolla (3 796 m / 12 454 ft)|
|Activity type:||Backcountry Skiing|
|Elevation:||3 000 m / 9 843 ft|
|Expenses:||from$ 2 000|
Chamonix to Zermatt, Haute Route Ski Tour
|Type of Climb:||
Europe, France, Switzerland
|First Ascent:||Please update|
3 000m / 9 843 ft
5 100m / 16 732 ft
120km / 75 miles
01 Mar-15 May;
Descent to the Argentiere Glacier.
Early morning start from Argentiere village. Gondola to the Grand Montet (3300 m) and descent to the Argentiere Glacier (about 2700 m) then traverse across the glacier to the Argentiere Hut (2770 m=9085 ft). Vertical gain is 170 m = 560ft, descent is 650 m = 2130 ft, total length is 4 km, 2.5 hrs. Night in the Hut.
Early morning departure. Short run down the Argentiere Glacier, then up the Col de Passon (3028 m), towards the top often crampons required. Short descent underneath the Aiguille du Chardonnet north face and skin across the Tour Glacier and up to the Col Superieur du Tour (3289 m), which marks the border to Switzerland. A long descent across the Trient glacier, followed by a short climb to the Col des Ecandies (2 796 m) opens up a magnificent run into Val d'Arpette, and the quaint village of Champex (1480 m). Lodging in town. Vertical gain is 1020 m = 3345 ft, descent is 2345 m = 7692 ft.
Taxi ride to Verbier (1 hr). Gondola ride and descent in the Verbier Ski resort. Climb to the Col de la Chaux (2940 m), short descent and another climb to Col de Momin (3003 m). Optional ski ascent of the Rosablanche (3336 m) and beautiful ski run to the Prafleuri Hut (2662 m) - showers available. Vertical gain is 900 m = 2950 ft, total descent is 900 m = 2950 ft not counting the descent in the Verbier resort.
Short climb to the Col du Roux, short descent and then follows a long level traverse above the Dix Lake. After about 2.5 hrs, climb up to the Pas du Chat and on to the Dix Hut (2990m = 9800ft), probably the nicest of all huts along the Haute Route in spectacular setting. Vertical gain is 800 m = 2620 ft, descent is 350 m = 1150 ft, total length is 9 km, up to 5 hrs. In the afternoon, optional ascent of La Luette, an easy ski touring peak with good views above the hut with a light pack.
Spectacular climb through the rugged glacier to the Pigne D'Arolla 3800m and descent to the Vignette Hut (3157m = 10360 ft), vertical gain is 900 m = 2950 ft, descent is 640m = 1340' decent, total length is 7km, up to 6 hrs.
Arriving to Zermatt.
Today waits the famous Three-Col-Traverse with Matterhorn view, probably the best day of the whole trip! Via Col de l'Eveque (3392m), Col de Mont Brulee (3213m) and Col de Valpelline (3568m) and a long, glaciated descent underneath the impressive North Face of the Matterhorn all the way into Zermatt. Vertical gain is 1120 m = 3675 ft, descent is 2670 m = 8760 ft, total length 25 km, up to 8 hrs.
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