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Haute Route

The Details

Location: Chamonix, France to Zermatt, Switzerland
Duration: 8 days
Cost: $3800
Dates: April 10 - 17, 2019
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The Skier’s Classic

The classic Haute Route is a premiere ski touring journey and a must-do for all backcountry skiers. Travel through the high alpine in the scenic European Alps for 6 days and spend each night at a classic European hut situated high in the mountains. Not only is this one of the most memorable ski experiences you will ever have, but a cultural experience that cannot be matched by anywhere else in the world.

Read more about the Haute Route HERE.

Epic peaks, remote huts, and refined Swiss/French mountain culture – the ultimate backcountry bucket lister.

This trip requires good ski skills and moderate fitness. We will take the Verbier route, one of the two Haute Route options, which means we get to do much more descending than climbing due to the use of lifts along the way. That being said, some of the terrain is steep and much of it is on glaciers, but the route is well defined and easily managed. The maximum vertical on the longest day is 1250m of climbing over 4 – 6 hours of travel. We are able to keep our packs light with only day gear because of the amenities at the huts we will stop at each night.

Whitecap and Whitecap International cannot make exceptions to the cancellation policy for any reason, including personal emergencies and weather.

All cancellations must be received in writing. If we receive your cancellation more than 10 weeks prior to the start of your trip, you have two options:

a) We are happy to rebook your reservation if you find an alternative date of the same season at Whitecap and McGillivray Pass Lodge, or Whitecap International.

b) We provide a full refund, less a $400 administration fee

If notice is received less than 10 weeks prior to the starting date, no money will be refunded.

For more information about our cancellation policy, please contact us by calling toll-free at 1.604.862.9757 or by email at info(at)whitecapalpine.ca

We strongly recommend that all guests purchase trip cancellation insurance and most importantly trip medical and evacuation insurance.

The specific is evacuation and repatriation insurance coverage, most travel policies do not cover this, please check with your provider to see if you are covered.

For the Switzerland portion of the route, coverage is available for Switzerland only through becoming a REGA Patron https://www.rega.ch/en/support-rega/become-a-rega-patron.aspx.

This covers evacuation only and guests must have appropriate Medical and Accident insurance otherwise.

In France rescue is free in most cases but the coverage after is not. Proper medical and accident insurance coverage for France is highly encouraged as well. Please see https://www.globalrescue.com and https://ss.globalrescue.com/partner/whitecap/index.html

Mountaineering Checklist

  • Harness
  • Ice axe
  • Crampons
  • Helmet
  • 3- non-locking carabiners
  • 2- Locking carabiners
  • Belay/Rappel device
  • 1- double length sewn sling
  • 1- 5 meter/7mm cordelette
  • 1-3 meter/ 6 or 7mm cordelette
  • Headlamp and spare batteries

Ski Equipment

  • Ski boots (well-fitting, ski-touring boots recommended)
  • Skis or splitboard snowboard
  • Ski poles (adjustable type recommended)
  • Adhesive climbing skins (Fitted to width and length of your skis/board)
  • Backpack capacity: 30-40 litre (2000-2400 cubic Inches)
  • Avalanche probe
  • Snow Shovel
  • Avalanche Transceiver (457 KHz single frequency)
  • Spare transceiver batteries (purchase new ones & check for correct size)
  • Ski goggles
  • Glacier glasses/sunglasses
  • Insulated water bottle (Camelback or other hydration system)
  • Small thermos (optional)

Ski Clothing

  • All-weather ski pants (Schoeller type fabric)
  • Long underwear, shirt and bottoms (poly-pro/wool blends)
  • Fleece tops and bottoms (wind-stopper)
  • Warm socks (3 Pair)
  • Ski gloves / Mitts / Waterproof Outers (2 pair)
  • Gore-tex outer jacket / parka (with hood)
  • Gore-tex over pants
  • Down/Synthetic jacket (warm, “puffy” type jacket)
  • Neck gaiter/tube
  • Toque (ski hat)
  • Sun hat (baseball cap or sombrero) & bandana

Other Important Stuff

  • Personal first-Aid & blister Kit (second skin, compeed, athletic tape, personal medications, Ibuprofen, etc…)
  • Earplugs
  • Sun block (high SPF rated or zinc-type ointment)
  • Camera & film (spare camera batteries and/or charger for digital cameras, plus USB connector)
  • Repairs & spares kit (for own model of A/T, telemark, or snowboard binding Systems)
  • Personal liquor supply, wine preferably in boxes (due to weight restrictions, beer is available at Lodge)
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Reading materials, notebook, pencil, map of Area (small one provided for use)
  • Sleeping bag

A certified UIAGM/ACMG Mountain Guide

Transport – while on traverse

Food – while on traverse

 

We will meet at Hotel Gustavia in Chamonix on April 10.

Have Questions?
Call us at 604-728-6359 or email us at info@whitecapalpine.ca