Mythical Chamonix Zermatt
Chamonix - Zermatt is one of the most beautiful ski touring classic routes, connecting two mountaineering capitals : Chamonix & Zermatt.
Day 1 Chamonix - Argentière refuge
We meet early in the morning in Chamonix with the group and our guide. he will brief us on our raid and check our personal equipment (renting is posisble).
We start by a short personal car transfer to the village of Argentière. We will then take the Plan Joran cable car, and gently descend to Lognan before climbing back up on the glacier with our skins on to the Argentière refuge
Positive difference in altitude : around 850m | Negative difference in altitude : around 150m | Altitude Max : 3233m | Accommodation : Argentière refuge
Day 2 Argentière refuge - Champex
According to weather & mountain conditions, we'll climb to the Chardonnet pass (3323m) or to the Passon pass. Today's step is magnificent, in a very "High Mountain "environment. We'll then join the Fenêtre de Saleina (3267m). To pass the Ecandies pass, we'll take our skis off and climb on foot on a short but steep snowy corridor. Then, by the Val d'Arpette, long and beautiful hilly descent to the Swiss village of Champex.
Positive difference in altitude : around 1150m | Negative difference in altitude : around 2535m | Altitude Max : 3323m | Accommodation : Lodge
Day 3 Champex - Prafleuri hut
The connection with Verbier is assured in vehicule to Châble, then by the Jumbo cable car to the Gentianes pass. We'll cross the chaux pass (2940m), the Momin pass (3003m) and ascend Rosablanche (optional). We will then rejoin the Prafleuri hut at 2622m.
Positive difference in altitude : around 990m | Negative difference in altitude : around 1150m | Altitude Max : 3336m | Accommodation : Prafleuri hut
Day 4 Prafleuri cabin - Dix hut
Roux pass, the Barma (2458m) dominates the Dix lake. After crossing over the lake, we climb to the Dix hut (2928m) by the Pas du Chat.
We spend the night in the Dix mountain hut, at the bottom of the impressive North face of Mont Blanc (3870m).
Positive difference in altitude : around 850m | Negative difference in altitude : around 500m | Altitude Max : 2928m | Accommodation : Dix mountain hut
Day 5 Dix hut - Pigne d'Arolla - Vignettes hut
Nice path on the very glacial terrain with the crossing of Serpentine. Pigne d'Arolla ascent (3796m), classic belvedere but the extraordinary view will amaze us. Beautiful descent towards the Vignettes mountain hut (3158m).
Positive difference in altitude : around 1030m | Negative difference in altitude : around 750m | Altitude Max : 3790m | Accommodation : Vignettes hut
Day 6 Vignettes hut -Zermatt
Very nice step today, even one of the most charming of this raid. We'll cross the Evêque pass (3392m), the Mont Brûlé pass and the Valpelline pass (3568m). Superb view on the Matterhorn. We will then descend to Zermatt and return to Chamonix in a minibus.
Positive difference in altitude : around 1290m | Negative difference in altitude : around 2770m | Altitude Max : 3568m
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Trip code: SRCZ
- The technical organisation of the trip
- A high mountain guide's supervision
- Cable cars and movements necessary to the normal progress of the program
- Accommodation in refuges half-board
- Lunch picnics
- Transfer from Zermatt to Chamonix
- The collective technical equipment (ropes, ice axes)
- Individuel technical equipment : harness, crampons, ice axe
- Safety equipment : DVA, shovel & probe
- Ski touring equipment : shoes, skis, skins, knives, sticks
- Registration fees
- Drinks & personal expenses
- Snacks (cereal bars, dried fruits, chocolate bars, etc.) according to your own convenience
- Insurance : helicopter research and rescue in high mountain in Switzerland is mandatory, hospitalization and repatriation
- Travel expenses to the meeting point and dispersion point
Terms and conditions
- More than 30 days before departure, you will be charged for the amount of 50€
- From 30 to 21 days before departure, you will be charged for the amount of the deposit (30% of the trip’s price)
- From 20 to 14 days before departure, you will be charged for 50% of the trip’s price
- From 13 to 7 days before departure, you will be charged for 75% of the trip’s priceLess than 7 days before departure, you will be charged for the whole trip’s price
- Airline fixed costs: plane tickets are bought in advance to avoid too high airline prices, however they are non refundable in case of cancellation or plan changes. In that case, the charges above apply to the price of your trip without the plane ticket’s price
- Ground fixed costs: you will be charged for the fees that were paid early
- Insurance fees: Insurance fees will not be refunded if you have subscribed to a multi-risk or cancellation insurance. The specific conditions will be written on your subscription confirmationIf you have no choice but to cancel your trip before departure, you must inform Montagne Expeditions and your insurance provider with a written statement as soon as possible, you will get a receipt.
Changes to travel contract
- Lunch picnics
- Diners : meals prepared by shelter keepers
- Take some race food according to your own tastes (cereals bars, chocolate bars, dry fruits,…). You can buy some in Champex village if you need.
- Water is not for free in refuges (from 5 to 8 euros one bottle). We advise you to bring some water purification tablets (Aquatabs or Micropur) in order to drink tap water.
- Bring some Swiss francs for coffees, fruit juices, coke or beers during breaks… Shelters usually don’t accept bank card payments and Euros.
- In refuges, dormitories are from 8 to 10 people and are equipped with blankets and duvets for the night (plan to bring your personal sleeping sheet for hygiene reasons).
- Slippers are at your disposal in refuges, it is thus not necessary to bring trainers.
- Plan to bring noise disturbances prevention : ear plugs, sleeping pills, etc.
- No showers except in the valley of Champex for the classic Chamonix-Zermatt : there is no running water in refuges except from the one coming from glaciers.
- A few electric plugs are available in refuges, but plan a second battery for your camera and switch off your phone during the day.
Budget & exchange
- Collective equipment (ropes) is provided
- Slippers, blankets and covers are at your disposal in refuges
- Individual safety equipment (DVA batteries not included, shovel, probe) : thank you for letting the agency know if you have your own.
- A pair of sharpened touring skis with adapted fixations as well as a break or safety straps
- A pair of ski touring shoes with VIBRAM soles
- A pair of adhesive seal skins adapted to your skis
- Knives adapted to your fixations
- Large washer sticks
- Safety equipment : DVA, shovel, probe
- Crampons with "Antibott" system
- Ice axe
- Harness and screw carabiners
- Survival blanket
- A head lamp with extra batteries and bulbs
- A pocket knife
- A thermos or a reusable bottle
- A bonnet
- A hat or a cap
- A scarf or a "buff" neck strap
- Sunscreen and lip protection
- Glacier sunglasses category 4 + ski goggles
- 2 technical and breathable long sleeves underclothing type "Carline" : no coton that takes time to dry
- 1 technical and breathable undershirt
- 1 thick fleece jacket
- 1 down jacket
- 1 wind-stopper and waterproof jacket type Goretex
- 1 pair of mittens (fleece or wool)
- 1 pair of wind-stopper gloves (fleece or wool)
- 1 pair or under-gloves
- 1 pair of technical and breathable tights type "Carline"
- 1 pair of comfortable mountain trousers
- 1 pair of wind-stopper and waterproof trousers type "Goretex"
- 1 pairs of socks : 1 thin and 1 thick
- 1 sleeping sheet for nights in refuges
- 1 small toilet bag
- 1 small fast drying towel
- Biafine (for sunburns)
- Reusable toilet paper
- 1 or 2 100L plastic bags and a bag cover to protect your belongings and your backpack
- 1 waterproof folder in which you will put you identity papers, your phone, your money and your insurance contract with all of your emergency phone numbers
- A comfortable mountaineering 40L backpack with attachments for your skis
- A second bag that will stay at the hotel with your replacement clothes
- Personal medication
- Pain killers (preferably Paracetamol)
- Double skin
- Elastoplast (excellent to prevent blisters)
- Intestinal antiseptic
- Eye drops
- Light sleeping pills
- Ear plugs
- Up to 90 days visit in Switzerland : citizens from most countries do not need a visa to visit Switzerland.
- Over 90 days visit in Switzerland : non-EU or non-EFTA citizens must have a visa to visit Switzerland over 90 days.
Health information & recommendations
- It is important to consult your doctor for medical travel information well before departure.
- We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements. Please keep in mind that we are often in remote areas, away from medical facilities.
- Please carefully read the brochure and itinerary when selecting your trip, to make sure our style of travel suits you.
- Please note you will travel to high altitude. Most people can travel to 2 500m with minimal effects. However, everyone reacts differently to altitude and altitude sickness can occur.
- Most of our accommodations are run by locals, thus ensuring that the largest part of the revenue generated through your trip will stay within the region.
- France is known for its exquisite cuisine. The art of cooking and the joy of eating are part of everyday life. Each region has its particular foods and flavors which we would like you to explore and appreciate.
- Water is a precious and rare good. Our team and those travelling with us are thus advised to use it with consideration and avoid excessive water use where possible.
- Please try to recycle your waste whenever possible, even though recycling may not be a well-known concept in all areas.
- Be cautious and respectful when hiking. Make sure to wear suitable footwear and avoid picking flowers, moving stones or lighting fires.