Zermatt to Chamonix Haute Route

Do the Haute Route backwards!  Zermatt to Chamonix in 6 days (7 nights)

The Matterhorn Chalets team love ski touring and this April we are organizing Haute Route groups to travel from Zermatt to Chamonix during the last two weeks of April 2017.

The Haute Route is one of the most famous of high mountain ski tours linking the Alps’ two most iconic resorts – Zermatt and Chamonix.

The dates will be from April 16-23 and April 23-30, depending on demand.


The Route

The provisional route will take in the following overnight stops in mountain refuges where accommodation will be in multi-person dormitories, and both evening meals and breakfast will be provided:

– Cabane de Bertol
– Cabane des Vignettes
– Cabane  de Chanrion
– Bourg St Pierre
– Cabane de Trient

Depending on conditions and the group’s progress, the route may be modified to include a shortcut through Italy to Courmayeur, with the final descent to Chamonix via the Vallée Blanche. Regardless, the first and last nights will be spent in hotel accommodation in Zermatt and the Chamonix valleys.


The Haute Route route from Zermatt to Chamonix


Why Zermatt to Chamonix? 

Although the Haute Route is better known and more popular from Chamonix to Zermatt, doing it in the opposite direction has the significant advantage of missing the crowds both on the way and in the refuges, except possibly at the crossover point at either Vignettes or Chanrion.

Professional Guides

The tour will be lead by fully qualified and experienced UIAGM high mountain guides, with the number of guides appropriate for the number and ability of the participants.



Experience and Equipment

Extensive ski touring experience is not essential, but participants should be confident skiers, able to deal with most conditions, and have a good level of physical fitness. All the necessary specialist equipment can be rented in Zermatt, and we can arrange to return it for you at the end of the tour.


The total cost of the tour, including overnight accommodation, with breakfast and dinner in the refuges, local transfers and guide fees, will be approximately CHF1800 to 2000 per person, depending on numbers.

Not included in the price are evening meals in Zermatt and Chamonix, lunches, drinks, equipment rental, lift tickets when needed, personal insurance, transport to Zermatt and from Chamonix.

Register your interest

To register your interest for either week, please contact Ed Mannix at Matterhorn Chalets in Zermatt at mannix@matterhornchalets.ch or by telephone on +41 (0)79 247 1588.

Please note the details and exact route are subject to change, and the tour may be postponed if there are insufficient numbers.

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