CHAMONIX-ZERMATT / ZERMATT-CHAMONIX
The tour begins in Chamonix, France nestled at the foot of Mont Blanc, which at 4,807 meters is the highest mountain in the Alps. The huts are all located in the midst of spectacular mountain and glacial terrain.
You'll witness an amazing mixture of cultures while staying in these huts as you socialize with ski mountaineers from around world who are also taking on the challenge of the Haute Route. Our tour will finish in the beautiful Swiss village of Zermatt.
Anyone with any experience of climbing or skiing will be thrilled by the views of the famous Matterhorn towering over the village. Because you'll be staying in Alpine huts each night you'll be able to travel during the day with light packs, making the most of the longest and most amazing ski descents you'll ever do.
The Haute Route is a tour for skiers with advanced skills who are able to ski in variable snow conditions. Skiers should be able to ski "off piste" in all types of snow. Also, for our climbs, skiers should be able to execute uphill kick-turns without difficulty. This is a challenging tour which requires skiers to be in excellent shape not just for the downhill skiing but also for the uphill sections. A basic knowledge of general mountaineering techniques is helpful but not necessary. Any specialized mountaineering techniques required for this tour can be learned from our Guides during the first couple days of the trip.
We will meet in Chamonix on the afternoon or evening before the tour begins to answer questions, begin packing and finalize other logistics.
Cost includes: overnight-stay in hut, lifts, breakfast,evening-meal, taxi (campex/vierbier), guiding fee (UIAGM), guide's expenses, harness, avalanche transceiver.
Min 5 pers Max 6 pers (optimal - 5 pers)
Date Mid March - End April
Price does not include : drinks, lunch , insurance , overnight stay in chamonix (day 1 ) .
Minibus availability possible (please ask for information)
The Ortler are a group of high peaks nestled between the Bernina group of St Moritz to the west and the Dolomites to the east. If you look on a map, you can find the Ortler just south of the point where Italy, Switzerland and Austria come together.
The tour lies within the Cevedale region, and winds among and occasionally climbs some remarkably high peaks. The fact that several summits come close to the magic number of 4000 meters, but do not quite reach it, means that it is somewhat less crowded than parts of the Alps further west, but also that the terrain is big and high with many large glaciers.
There are several peaks of which we hope to make ski ascents with summits close to 3800 meters. Our tour begins and ends in the ski town of ST Caterina Valfurva, The tour allows for many potential variations. The most ambitious takes in a number of ski summits, while a milder form forgoes a few of the peaks and concentrates on the fine high touring.
If conditions allow, we of course plan on bagging as many great summits as we can (mostly for the sake of the great descents!). The tour is really very adaptable, with easier and harder variations for most days.
ARRIVAL FORNI HUT/HOTEL (by car)
DAY 1 BRANCA HUT
DAY 2 PIZZINI HUT
DAY 3 MARTELLO HUT
DAY 4 MARTELLO HUT
DAY 5 CASATY HUT
DAY 6 BRANCA / HOTEL ST CATERINA
DEPART FOR HOME
Cost Ask for Details
Cost includes: overnight-stay in huts, breakfast, evening-meal, guiding fee (UIAGM), guide's expenses, harness and avalanche transceiver.
Dates: march - mid may
Minimum 5 pers max 6 pers (optimal 5 pers)
Mini bus availability possible ( please ask for information )