All-inclusive guided hut to hut ski touring trip Haute Route Chamonix-Zermatt

Ski touring at high altitude on the wild glaciers in the heart of the Alps. Also known as the haute route, this raid allows you to cover about 70 km as the crow flies between Chamonix and Zermatt. A ski touring adventure in altitude between the 2 world capitals of mountaineering and mountain skiing, allowing you to ski some of the main glaciers of the alpine arc between Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn.

Level / 5


Price: 1320€

Valid until: 15/02/2021


Price: 1320€

Valid until: 15/02/2021

Valid until: 15/02/2021


Cross over twenty wild glaciers between Chamonix and Zermatt on ski touring.

This high altitude trip allows you to ski some of the main glaciers of the alpine arc between Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn.

For the first three days, we will take the original itinerary of the first ski crossing made by Dr Payot and his guides in Chamonix from January 16 to 19, 1903.

From the fourth day on, there are many options before reaching Zermatt via the Zmutt glacier at the foot of the Matterhorn. Passing through Valsorey and the southern slope of the Grand Combin, the raid is wilder and a little more technical but also allows you to get off the beaten track and experience the isolation and calm that Dr Payot and his guides must have encountered.


What you will do during your trip

You will spend several days in high mountainintotal immersion in the glacier paradise.

Climbing a few summit of 4000 mts highcrossing twenty glacier in the heart of the Alps.

Meeting skiers from all over the world when stopping for a well deserved break in the cabanes*.
*(swiss mountain hut.)

Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

As we travel by plane, boat, car or minibus, space is often at a premium. So it’s best to keep your luggage small and easy to carry. We advise you to travel with a soft duffel bag with wheels, a soft ski sleeve without wheels and a separate ski boot bag.

BACKPACK (25 / 35 liters with carrying strap for skis) for the day’s essentials:
– warm down jacket at the bottom of the bag,
– goggles with a screen for bad weather,
– neck warmer against wind, cold, powder and sun,
– high-protection sun cream for face and lips,
– spare gloves if you fall down a lot, or mittens if you’re afraid of the cold,
– thermos flask if it’s cold or camel bag if it’s mild,
– dried fruit, chocolate, energy bars,
– survival blanket, shovel and probe.

You’ll spend a lot more time in ski clothes than in après-ski gear.
At any time of year, the weather can be fine and mild, or extremely cold, snowy or rainy.

Make sure you wear weather-appropriate clothing: During a snowstorm, skiing is fantastic in the forest. Pack an extra layer of clothing in your daypack to adapt to any changes in temperature. Temperatures vary with altitude, on the order of 10°C per 1000 meters. As a result, the difference in temperature between the valley and the summit can vary by 20° or more with the effect of the wind.

If you’re properly equipped, you’ll enjoy skiing whatever the weather. We ski in all weathers.

Yes, and that’s all we’ll be doing – there won’t be any ski lifts around!

If you have an avalanche transceiver, we advise you to bring it with you. If it’s an old model, it’s a good opportunity to check that it’s working properly, and to practice with it. If it’s brand new, it’s important to use it as often as possible to familiarize yourself with its operation. Regular training is the only way to be efficient when you need it! If you don’t have a transceiver, please let us know on the registration form and we’ll provide you with one when possible.

The 9V guides use and recommend 80 mm to 95 mm wide touring skis, depending on your build. Fitted with pin-type touring bindings, preferably with ski stops, these skis are light enough for climbing with skins on, and a joy to ski down. We recommend 3 or 4-hook touring boots with 60° of travel.

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DAY 1: Meet at the Chamoniard Volants hostel
Meeting with your guide, check everyone’s equipment and distribute the safety equipment provided. Overnight at Le Chamoniard Volant.

DAY 2: Grands Montet – Argentière
Departure from the top of the Grands Montet cable car. Warm-up at the Grands Montet and first ascent to the Argentière refuge at an altitude of 2771 mts .

DAY 3: Argentière – Trient
Departure for the Chardonnet pass at 3323 mts, Saleina window and Trient refuge at 3170 mts high. Ascension / Descente : +900 mts, – 1000 mts, 5 to 6 hrs.

DAY 4: Trient – Bourg St Pierre – Valsorey
Descent to Champex via the Arpette valley, taxi to Bourg St Pierre, then ascent to the Valsorey hut at an altitude of 3030 mts. Ascent / Descent: +1500 mts, – 1000 mts, 6 to 7 hrs.

DAY 5: Valsorey – Chanrion
Climb with crampons to the Meitin pass at 3664 mts high, Sonadon pass, Mt Durand glacier and Chanrion hut at 2462 mts high. Ascent / Descent: +900 mts, -1500 mts, 5 to 7 hrs.

DAY 6: Chanrion – Les Vignettes
Ascent to Pigne d’Arolla at an altitude of 3,796 mts high descent to the vignette hut, a veritable sanctuary above the glaciers at an altitude of 3,194 mts. Ascent / Descent: +1300 mts, -600 mts, 5 to 6 hrs.

DAY 7: Les Vignettes – Zermatt – Chamonix
Col de l’Evêque at 3392 mts high, Col du Mont Brûlé at 3213 mts, Col de Valpeline at 3570 mts and long descent via the Stockji and Zmutt glacier to Zermatt. Return to Chamonix by taxi minibus. Ascent / Descent: +800 mts, – 1900 mts, 5 to 6 hours of skiing + 2:30 hrs by taxi. End of the trip.

The program is subject to change depending on the conditions on the ground and the fitness of the participants.

Hotels and Huts

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Hotels and Huts


Le Chamoniard Volant hostel has existed since 1929 and the place has been welcoming climbers for around 90 years now. In recent years, several renovations have been carried out to improve comfort. Night in a room of 4, 6 or 8 people.


Mountain hut in Switzerland are called “cabanes”. The rooms are dormitories. The meals are plentiful and varied. The service is identical to classic mountain huts (there is no shower). Every morning you can fill your thermos with hot tea for the day.


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Full-time supervision for 6/7 people by a fully qualified UIAGM / IFMGA mountain guide.


1 day at the Grands-Montet.


6 nights in dormitories :

-1 night in half-board at Le Chamoniard Volant hostel.
-5 nights full board (drinks not included) in Swiss cabanes, equivalent to classic alpine mountain hut.


Transport of skiers to Bourg Saint Pierre and for the return from Zermatt to Chamonix.


You don't have the famous avalanche beacon, shovel, probe triptych? We can lend it to you. If you have your own safety equipment bring it!

Each guide will have all that is necessary for the safety of his group in his rucksack.

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Compulsory for all trips. A good contract covers mountain rescue, transport to the nearest hospital and repatriation. Check your personal insurance contract which may include this risk.

Considering the costs incurred, this insurance is strongly recommended. A personal contract can be subscribed individually. The cancellation to be covered may be the cancellation of the stay or the refund of the remainder of the stay in the event of an interruption. Check your credit card policy. Payment by credit card, Visa Premier or Gold MasterCard, may provide cancellation insurance.

For this ski tour, the 9V guides recommend and use skis of 85 mm under the foot, equipped with light touring bindings, climbing skins in good condition and ski crampons for hard snow.

Bring in good condition sealskins, ski crampons for hard snow, harness and crampons.

Provide cash for drinks in the cabanes (mountain hut).


Bring your favorite dried fruits, cereal bars, energy bars to keep fit during the climbs.

Meeting point

le Chamoniard Volant hostel - 45 Route de la Frasse, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France

Highway A40 to Le Fayet then RN 205 to Chamonix.

SNCF train station in Chamonix. TGV to Fayet on weekends then connections to Chamonix. Le Chamoniard Volant is located 5 minutes walk from the train station.

Geneva International Airport 88 kms and Lyon-Saint-Exupéry 220 kms (Bus connections).



It is not advisable to start ski touring with the Chamonix-Zermatt Haute Route ski raid. It is a physically and technically demanding ski raid. Each day represent 6 to 8 hours of effort on average. Prepare yourself several months or even years in advance by regularly practicing off-piste skiing and ski touring. If you practice endurance sports outside of winter, this will undoubtedly be a plus and you will enjoy your ski tour even better.


Don’t bring a big and heavy backpack 35 liters is a maximum and take only what is strictly necessary. The sum of the little things results in a bag that is too heavy. Do not hesitate to contact us to discuss what clothes to take. Your guide will check everyone’s bag before leaving in order to eliminate anything that is not necessary …


Provide cash for drinks in the cabanes. Drinks are not included in evening meals.


You will be able to park your personal car in front of Le Chamoniard Volant hostel for the duration of the trip.



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+33(0)4 79 24 30 94

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