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Haute Route (France-Switzerland)

March and April are the ideal times to head across the pond for the hut-to-hut-tour to end all hut-to-hut tours: the Haute Route. The Haute Route, or High Route, traverses from Chamonix, France to Zermatt, Switzerland. It usually takes seven to ten days to travel through 60 miles of the most stunning scenery in the world: glaciers, mountain passes, and 14,000-foot peaks in every direction.

As the most revered ski tour in the Alps, the Haute Route is the lifelong dream of fanatical off-piste skiers everywhere. Most everyday powder hounds, however, think of the Haute Route as strictly an elitist affair – made for expert backcountry skiers.

The route starts under the shadow of Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Western Europe, and ends with a panorama of the Matterhorn.

The Haute Route takes you through some of the most awe-inspiring mountains in the world, and it provides a uniquely European experience. It’s not uncommon to ski 4000 vertical feet of creamy snow down to a hamlet in the Swiss Alps for some Gluhwein and wurst.

Difficulty: ADVANCED
The Haute Route is a challenging ski tour and only suitable for those who have previously completed at least 1 previous multi-day ski tour.
Advanced off-piste skiing ability in all conditions is essential.


The traverse starts in Chamonix/Argentiere and finishes in Zermatt. These famous towns are lively, bustling places, full of excellent restaurants, outdoor shops and attractions. Chamonix is the centre for alpinism in France, and Zermatt the centre of all the early mountain exploration in Switzerland. Both attract many mountaineers, skiers and walkers throughout the year and are fitting start and finish points for the tour.

The Classic itinerary follows the route that was originally pioneered by the early ski mountaineers at the start of the 20th Century. This route includes the ascent of the Plateau du Couloir, a steep and intimidating slope that is only suitable for experienced ski mountaineers who are comfortable on steep snow. This is a higher altitude route with more glacial terrain. It requires good snow and stable weather and to ensure our groups safety on the steeper ground.

    8 days skiing programme
Many interesting and varied options exist including the Classic, Verbier and Grand Lui variations. The chosen route will depend on the weather and snow conditions, the recommendations of the guides and the preferences of the group. Classic route, maximum ratio of 1:3 and 1:6 for the Verbier route.
    Dates & Duration
The season for skiing the Haute route is from april to middle may. We only guide private groups, so dates are available on request.
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