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Chamonix-Zermatt ski tour Chamonix-Zermatt ski tour

INTRODUCTION

The most famous ski touring raid and surely the most frequented: from Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn. This is a route connecting the 2 capitals of skiing and mountaineering. A prestigious trek which deserves its fame. 
 
This raid is without doubt a truly magical voyage between France and Switzerland with various glacial surroundings.

PROGRAM

This program may change depending on snow conditions and refuge availability.
 
Day 1: Meeting in front of the Argentiére lift at 8:30 am. We will take the lift up to the Aiguille of Grand Montets (3295 m), trek down to the Glacier of Argentière (2600m) and then up to the Col of Chardonnet (3323m). Here there is a short descend to the Glacier of Saleina to reach its view point (3267m); short quiet trek to reach the Trient Hut (3170m). Hike 1000m; descend 1085m. 
 
Day 2:  Descent of the Glacier of Trient, a short hike up take us to the col of Ecandies (2796). This is followed by a long descend to the valley of Arpette to reach Champex (1490m). Transfer to Châble to take the Montfort lift (2208m), hike up to Rosablanche (3336m) and quiet descend to the Prafleuri Hut (2662m). Hike 800 m; Descend 2600m
 
Day 3: hike to the lake of Dix (2390m) by the Col of Roux (2804 m) followed by a quiet trek along the lake to reach the passage of Chat to the Refuge of Dix (2928m), Hike 700 m; descend 400m. 
 
Day 4: Reach the Pigne of Arolla (3796m) by the famous wall of the Serpentine: morning hike along the shady north face to then get the sun along the summit.  The Vignettes hut (3160m) awaits for the final descend the next day. Hike 1000m; Descend 650m.
 
Day 5: Trek across the Col of Evêque (3380m), Col of Collon (3802m) to descend to the high Glacier of Arolla until the base of Bertol (2600m). Hike back up to the hut of Bertol (3311m). H:1150m; D:1000m.
 
Day 6: quiet hike to the view point of the Tête Blanche (3710m): Matterhorn, peak of Hérens, peak Blanche… Here you would admire the long descend to the Glacier Stocki, which directs you to Zermatt where you will be able to enjoy a nice beer on the sun. H: 500m; D: 1700. Transfer back to Chamonix in the evening. 

FOR WHO - LEVEL

Although there is no extreme technicality to this raid, it is necessary to have previous ski touring and mountaineering experience and to be in good physical condition.

EQUIPMENT

technical equipment     
clothes & accesories additional equipment
 touring skis  sunglasses/goggles  crampons
 ski poles with large basket  gloves  ice axe
 skins and couteaux  technical base layer  harness*
 touring ski boots  mountaineering trousers  food and drinks  
 shovel, probe transceiver*  fleece jacket and windproof jacket  
 rucksack  beanie, hat, peaked cap  

* supplied by the guide

A more complete list can be supplied by your guide before your departure. You can hire the technical equipment such as mountaineering shoes, crampons and ice axe at the local shops.

INFORMATION

*Participants: Maximum of 6 people per guide
 
*Period: From mid-march to end of april (according to snow conditions). 
 
Also available with a private guide.
 
It is possible to take different routes, however it is important to have previous mountaineering and ski touring experience.
 
The classic route does not represent great technical difficulties. 
 
You will meet your guide the day before to revise the route, prepare your tour and check any questions you might have. 

RATES

From 1320 € per person in a group

This rate includes: the guiding fee, the security equipment, 1/2 board accomodation in mountain refuges, packed lunches, transfers and lifts as described in the program

It doesn't include: first day picnic, drinks, equipment

 

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Contact

EVOLUTION 2 CHAMONIX
350 avenue de la Plage
74 400 CHAMONIX

planning.chamonix@evolution2.com
Tél : 0033 4 50 55 90 22