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Ski Tour Walliser Haute Route

On the Valais Haute Route you will meet ski tourers from all over the world. This shows the worldwide popularity of this unique and beautiful skitour across the Alps. With the skis we move from Zermatt through the Valais to Italy and on the last day we finish our tour in France - From Zermatt to Chamonix in six days. Impressive ascents and long descents await us every day. In addition to exciting transitions, we also climb one or the other summit and enjoy the magnificent view over the snow-covered mountain range.

Tour Details

You have prior ski touring experience and enjoy skiing off-piste.

Group Tour (4-6 participants)

CHF 1995 per person  
   

Private Tour

1 person CHF 5995
2 people CHF 3295 per person
3 people CHF 2495 per person
4-6 people CHF 1995 per person

 

To book a private tour please contact us:

0041 (0)33 224 07 01

info(at)outdoor.ch

Day Elevation + Elevation - Kilometers Walking time
1 550m 450m 7km approx. 3-4 hours
2 1300m 2000m 16km approx. 6-7 hours
3 1000m / 600m* 100m 6km / 4km* approx. 3-5 hours
4 1000m 1400m 14km approx. 5-6 hours
5 650m 1550m 10.5km approx. 5-6 hours
6 100m 1500m 15km approx. 3-4 hours

*if the ski lift is still open

 

Day 1: Ascent to the Schönbiel hut 2694m

Meet your guide in Zermatt and take the train to Schwarzsee. After a short descent you’ll mount your skins and ascend to the Schönbiel hut. From the terrace you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Matterhorn and the Dent d'Hérens.

Day 2: Over the Tête Blanche 3724m to Arolla

Early in the morning you’ll climb steeply over the "Stockij" towards Tête Blanche. The view from the top will be a generous reward for your efforts. After another short ascent to the Col de Bertol, you’ll descend to Arolla and spend the night in the cosy Valais mountain village.

Day 3: Ascent to the Pas de Chèvres

We recover from yesterday‘s demanding tour and head off, on more gentle terrain, to the Pas de Chèvres. In the valley below we see Switzerland’s biggest dammed lake; the Grand Dixence. Passing some ladders we get down to the Glacier de Cheillon. We cross it and soon reach the Cabane de Dix at 2928m.

Day 4: Ascent of the Pigne d'Arolla 3796m

After a steady climb through the impressive glacier bowl below the Ptes. de Tsena Réfien, we reach the Col du Brenay and then the summit of the Pigne d’Arolla. If the conditions are good, we will enjoy a sensational descent to the Cabane de Chanrion at 2462m.

Day 5 : Across the Fenêtre Durand at 2797m into the Aosta Valley

Today’s ascent is less strenuous and a long descent into the remote and rugged Valpellline valley lies ahead. Having arrived at the village of Glacier, a taxi will transport us to Courmayeur, a picturesque town on the foot of Mont Blanc, where we spend the night.

Day 6: By cable car to Helbronner at 3466m and ski the famous Vallé Blanche to Chamonix

On the last day we ski the spectacular Vallé Blanche to Chamonix. This long descent through some spectacular glacier terrain wraps up our week of skiing below the biggest peaks of the Alps. After a short stop-over in Chamonix we return with Mont Blanc Express train to Switzerland. Journey home from Martigny in the late afternoon.

Season March - May
Departures for official tours See "Closest Bookable Dates"
Departures for private tours Private tours can be booked daily
Meeting point 10:15am at the train station in Zermatt

 

  • Guiding from a licenced mountain guide/ aspirant guide
  • His or her expenses
  • 5 nights in bunk room with half-board
  • Tea for the next day

  • Your expenses
  • Snacks
  • Rental equipment
  • Costs for cable cars, ski lifts
  • Costs for a taxi (guests pay for the guides share)

Backpack

  • 30-35l

Clothing

  • Warm, functional clothing
  • Rain jacket
  • Rain pants
  • Mountaineering or hiking pants
  • Sunhat
  • Gloves (ideally one thin and one thick pair)
  • Beanie or headband
  • Extra underwear and socks
  • Thermal underwear 

Footwear

  • Ski touring boots or snowboard boots

The basics

  • Sunglasses (category 3 or 4)
  • Sunscreen lotion and lip balm (minimum factor 30, 50 better)
  • Thermos flask, drink bottle
  • Silk sleeping bag liner
  • Headlamp
  • Toiletries
  • Identity Card / Passport
  • SAC/DAV permit (if you have one)
  • GA or Half Fare Travelcard (if you have)
  • Earplugs (optional)
  • Camera and binoculars (optional)

Technical Equipment

  • Harness
  • Crampons with anti-snow plates
  • Ice axe
  • Locking Carabiner
  • 120cm sling
  • Ski touring skis or splitboard with skins and tele crampons
  • Ski poles (preferrably telescopic)
  • LVS (avalanche transceiver)
  • Avalanche probe
  • Avalanche shovel
  • Avalanche airbag (optional)
  • Ski helmet (optional but recommended)

Quick Facts

 Ski Tour Walliser Haute Route
 6 Days
 Experience Level: Competent
 Fitness Level: Sporty
 Groups of max. 6 people
 5 overnight stays in mountain huts / hotel included

From 1995 CHF

From 1995 CHF

Closest Bookable Dates

Dates Available seats
19.03.23 - 24.03.23 more than 3
01.04.23 - 06.04.23 more than 3
16.04.23 - 21.04.23 more than 3

General Information for Mountaineering School

Our team is here for you. If you have any questions, please contact us or visit us in our shop in Grindelwald. We are happy to help!

OUTDOOR - Mountaineering School Grindelwald

Dorfstrasse 103
3818 Grindelwald
Switzerland

0041 (0)33 224 07 01

info(at)outdoor.ch

Trip status for group courses

1-2 days before your tour or course we will review the weather forecast and conditions with the mountain guide to determine if we can operate. We will contact you by phone with an update.

Minimum of participants (group tours)

As soon as the minimum number of participants is reached, we will send you a confirmation by email.

Cancellation

If we have to cancel your tour, you have the option to reschedule to a new date, or you will receive a full refund.

Equipment

Please refer to the equipment list for your tour or course. At our shop in Grindelwald, you can purchase technical equipment, mountain clothing, shoes, and backpacks. We also have technical equipment available for rent.

Clothing

Choose functional clothing that is moisture-wicking and quick-drying. Dress in layers so you can easily react to temperature changes. The range at our shop in Grindelwald is tailored to mountain tours and our expert staff are happy to advise you on the best clothing for your tour or course.

Lunch

Lunch is not included in the offer. We recommend bringing bars, dried fruits, nuts, or a sandwich. The amount you will need to drink depends on your individual needs and the length of the tour. We recommend .75 -1.5 liters of water, warm tea, isotonic drinks, or whatever you prefer. We also recommend that you hydrate enough the day before, so your body is well prepared for the tour.

Huts

A mountain hut is not a hotel. Running water is not guaranteed and electricity is not available everywhere, so it is not always possible to charge batteries or phones. If you have special dietary needs, please inform us in advance so we can make arrangements with the hut.

Safety

Our tours and courses are led by IVBV certified mountain guides or mountain guide aspirants. We prioritise your safety by requiring regular training to ensure our guides have relevant, up to date knowledge. Outdoor is certified by the Swiss Council for Accident Prevention (BFU) and our safety and emergency concepts are audited by this organization annually.

General terms of contract

Our General Terms and Conditions apply. 

General Terms and Conditions

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