8 – 15 April 2024

Pure Haute Route

Many are called, few are chosen

From Chamonix to Zermatt. The mother of all summit tours. It is as demanding as it is known and is on every skier’s bucket list. We take the Verbier variant, the cleanest option with the most skiing. But the high road makes demands on you, both up and down. The goal is not everything, the path is what matters.

The Pure Haute Route is an Out of Bounds trip with longer days and more demanding tours. It is often just a group with a mountain guide, which means that there are no different degrees of difficulty on the tours. However, this smaller format gives us greater mobility to explore more distant mountain peaks. We sometimes cook our own food and the accommodation is simpler. Given that the altitude meters are more, you need to have previous experience of ski touring tours and your backpack should only contain the bare essentials to minimize weight.

Mountain &
Guides

The Original

The Chamonix-Zermatt Haute Route is probably the most well-known and desired ski tour in the world. Haute Route means “the High Road”, and winds its way between the most dramatic peaks in the Alps, from Mont Blanc in France, to the Matterhorn in Switzerland. This tour was completed for the first time on skis back in 1911. During winter one expects to take seven days to complete this tour (we’ll do it six days). It is 180km connecting the two historical mountaineering hubs, Chamonix and Zermatt via a sequence of 3,000m passes and a summit of 3,800m.

The spectacular environment throughout the mountain landscape makes it an absolute must for any aspiring skier. We’ll cover some of the most outstanding parts of the Alps, crossing glaciers and steep ridges which place high demands in terms of alpine climbing experience, fitness and skiing ability. On average, we’ll ascend 1,300m per day, and the views at our lunch stops are unbeatable.

Rasmus Krogerus

Rasmus Krogerus is a certified IFMGA mountain guide, born in Helsinki, Finland. Rasmus has always enjoyed nature and spending time outdoors, and apart from being a mountain guide he’s also a wilderness guide. From his early teens he made a habit of regular ski trips to the Alps and Norway. He’s spent a lot of time in Narvik, Verbier, Engelberg and Chamonix.

Rasmus has worked with Pure Ski Touring since 2013 and has guided for us in Senja, Lyngen, Andermatt, Abisko, Jotunheimen, Tarfala and Iceland. Since a few years back, Rasmus has made the French mountain village of La Grave his home with his wife and two children.

Mountain & guides
Travel & 
Accommodation

Chamonix and Zermatt

Our start point is the high-alpine village of Chamonix, which is actually called Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. It’s situated in the region called the Rhône-Alpes in eastern France, right at the foot of Mont Blanc (4,810m), the highest summit in the Alps. Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix is renowned for its gondola and its spectacular scope for off-piste skiing. The inaugural Winter Olympic Games were held in Chamonix in 1924.

Our destination and end station is Zermatt, the ski resort at the foot of the beautiful and majestic mountain of Matterhorn (4,478m) in Switzerland. The village is an historical ski-, and climbing resort in the Alps. Zermatt sits at an altitude of just over 1620m and is surrounded by multiple peaks above 4,000m, including Monte Rosa (4,634m), the highest summit in Switzerland.

Accommodation

We’re doing the so-called “Verbier-variant”, also known as the “skier’s variant”. It differs from the classic variant by moving to Les Chables, Switzerland, on day two and then transfer to Verbier by tram. On day three we ski to the Prafleuri hut and on day four to the Dix hut. The two variants come together either at the Vignettes Hut or at the summit of Pigne d’Arolla. Our huts, in order, are Trient (3,170m), Prafleuri (2,662m), Dix (2,928m) and Vignettes (3,157m). The first and last nights we stay at Hôtel La Croix Blanche in Chamonix (where you can stash a bag with a change of clothes during the time we’re out on the mountain). Breakfast and dinner are served in the huts. We make up our own packed lunches from the breakfast supplies. 

Travel

You can choose to travel by rail or air to and from our destination. You’ll get the same amount of skiing whichever option you pick. You can also make your own travel arrangements to and from Chamonix, and we’ll meet up at a pre-arranged location (in which case we’ll obviously reduce the package costs accordingly).

Rail
If you choose to travel by rail your journey starts in the evening at Stockholm Central. You travel southwards, through Germany and arrive in Chamonix the following day. Our hotel is centrally located in Chamonix and the Alpbus stops by the hotel. Your guide will meet you at the hotel. The return journey follows the same route. You arrive back at Stockholm Central the following day. Please indicate at the time of booking if you wish us to make train travel arrangements on your behalf, or if you will make your own arrangements.

Air
If you choose to fly, your trip starts early in the morning at Arlanda Airport, Stockholm. We land in Geneva around four hours later, via Frankfurt. From there we’ve arranged seats on the Alpbus service to Chamonix, which stops right outside our hotel (transfer time is around two hours). The return journey follows the same path, taking the early morning Alpbus from the hotel to Geneva Airport. We arrive back at Arlanda, Stockholm later on the same day. We can also arrange flights from either Gothenburg or Malmö: please reach out to us on info@pureskitouring.se.

Itinerary: 
SAS, Apr 8th, Stockholm, Arlanda – Geneva 07:00-12:25
SAS, Apr 15th, Geneva – Stockholm, Arlanda 11:05-15:40

Accommodation & Travel
Knowledge &
Equipment

Mid-difficult hut-to-hut tour. Some steep, exposed passages. We cover between 800 and 1,500 vertical meters of ascent per day. Max 6 participants per guide.

  • Very good fitness is required, capable of sustaining an ascent rate of 450m/h
  • Off-piste skiing in all conditions, on slopes up to 35 -40 degrees
  • Experience with ski touring technique and equipment, how to walk and kick-turn with climbing skins
  • Experience in using axes, crampons and ropework a plus.
  • Age limit 18 years old (16 years old if accompanied by legal guardian)

Mandatory equipment.

  • Skis with touring bindings
  • Climbing skins, contour-cut to your skis
  • Ski boots
  • Ski poles with baskets of a diameter of at least 6cm
  • Avalanche transceiver (not analog), shovel, probe. Check batteries.
  • Helmet
  • Avalanche backpack with inflatable airbag, 30-45l capacity
  • Shell jacket and trousers. Wind-, and waterproof.
  • Mid-layer in wool or fleece
  • Insulated jacket. Synthetic or down. Alternatively an extra fleece.
  • Base layer, top and long-johns. Wool or synthetic
  • Ski socks, wool
  • Underwear, wool or synthetic
  • Gloves or mittens, one pair of thick, one pair of thin
  • Hat and balaclava or Buff to cover your face
  • Sunglasses and goggles
  • Sun cream
  • Water bottle
  • Head torch
  • Passport and money
  • Travel insurance
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Personal snacks (chocolate, nuts etc) for touring

Haute Route specifics


  • Crampons
  • Ice axe
  • Harness
  • 1 screw gate karabiner
  • Ski crampons (Harscheisen)
  • Travel sheet or sleeping bag liner

Good to have.

  • Thin windproof/soft shell jacket
  • Soft shell trousers
  • Extra base layers
  • Extra underwear (wool/synthetics)
  • Extra ski socks (wool)
  • Day wear/civvies (to be left in Nikkaluokta)
  • Normal shoes (to be left in the Nikkaluokta)
  • Hut slippers
  • Thermos
  • Camera
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Toiletries bag
  • Ear plugs
  • Blister tape

Always aim to minimise weight when packing.
If you’re missing some of the equipment listed above, we’ll be happy to help arrange equipment hire or purchase. Contact us on info@pureskitouring.se for details.

Knowledge & Equipment

Reserve

Price &
Itinerary
  • Package, excluding travel

Included:

  • 6 days’ ski touring with certified IFMGA mountain guide
  • Avalanche safety training with certified IFMGA mountain guide
  • Ski touring technique skills with certified IFMGA mountain guide
  • Equipment orientation with certified IFMGA mountain guide
  • Personal account access to Pure Ski Touring’s website
  • Mechanical uplift in conjunction with the tour
  • Hotel accommodation in Chamonix, 2 nights
  • Hut accommodation, 5 nights
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner, 5 days
  • Evening dinner at Chamonix hotel, 2 evenings
  • Bedding, towels and exit day clean (hotel)
  • Storage, 1 bag/person during the tour (hotel)
  • Air fare, Stockholm, Arlanda – Geneva, return
  • 1 checked baggage, 23kg and 1 carry-on baggage, 8kgs
  • 1 ski baggage, 23 kgs (ski bag + boot bag)
  • Transfers, Geneva – Chamonix, return
  • Alternatively:
  • Rail journey, return (upon request)

  • Monday, Apr 8th

    • 07:00 Depart Stockholm, Arlanda
    • 10:25 Arrive Geneva
    • You’ll travel with our pre-booked bus transfer to Chamonix and our hotel
    • Our mountain guide is already present and will greet you in the hotel foyer.
    • 18:30 Check-in and information on the upcoming ski touring days
    • 18:30 We have dinner together in the village
    • Vi går ut i byn och äter en middag tillsammans
  • Tuesday, Apr 9th

    • 07:00 Breakfast served in the hotel
    • Check-out (you may leave one bag, as we’re coming back after the tour)
    • We’ll have an avalanche safety briefing with our guide
    • We start our tour and head for the high road to Zermatt!
    • Argentiere - Trient hut. First day. We take the Grand Montet lift and get to enjoy a run of 800m vertical.
    • Joint dinner in the hut before bed.
  • Wednesday, Apr 10th

    • 06:30
    • Trient hut - Prafleuri hut. We start the day with a short descent, followed by a short, steep ascent with crampons to Col des Ecandies, then Val d' Arpette (1300 m ascent), and onwards to the summit of Rosablanche, 3,336m asl.
  • Thursday, Apr 11th

    • 06:00 Waking up in Cabane de Trient is a wonderful experience
    • Breakfast in the hut
    • Joint dinner in the Prefleuri hut and a debrief on today’s experiences.
  • Friday, Apr 12th

    • 06:30 Breakfast in the hut
    • Prafleuri - Dix hut. The day kicks off with us skinning up to Col de Roux, 2,804m asl, and then down to La Barma, onwards over Lac des Dix to Pas Ni Chat. After around five hours of skiing we’ll eventually reach the cozy Dix hut.
    • Joint dinner in Dix hut, a hut which really is something special.
  • Saturday, Apr 13th

    • 06:30 Breakfast in the hut
    • Dix hut - Vignettes hut, via Pigne d’Arolla. Today we’ll claim the summit of Pigne d’Arolla, 3,796 m asl.
    • Joint dinner in Col des Vignettes hut.
  • Sunday, Apr 14th

    • 06:30 Breakfast in the hut
    • Bertol hut - Zermatt. Today we ascend 500m up onto Tete Blanche and then an amazing run all the way down into Zermatt.
    • In the evening we take a transfer back to Chamonix and our hotel
  • Monday, Apr 15th

    • 06:30 Breakfast served in the hotel
    • Checkout from our hotel in Chamonix
    • You have a pre-booked seat on Alpbus which will take you from the hotel to Geneva Airport.
    • 11:05 Depart Geneva
    • 15:40 Arrive Stockholm Arlanda
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