Bernese Alps West Haute Route Ski Touring Trip

5 Days

Trip Facts

  • Group
  • Mountain Huts
  • 5 Days
  • Breakfast & Dinners
  • Moderate
  • Friends
  • Ski Holidays
An exciting and varied 5 day, 4-night tour across a little known and underappreciated mountain range with wonderful ascents and descents. Many ski tourers prefer this trip to the ‘classic’ Chamonix to Zermatt Haute Route. It is much quieter, less stressful, and at a slightly lower elevation, so your breathing and sleeping will benefit. This tour has advantages of wonderful mountains, varied refuges and great descents. We highly recommend it! Easy access to start and finish by public transport ensure your time is well spent skiing and not travelling. You will learn glacier travel technique and develop your ski touring and decision making.
Your small team and guide will work together to enjoy the mountain environment and stay at secluded high mountain huts.

Itinerary

Meeting in Villars at 09:00 we will check equipment and then head into the ski system to warm up our legs and revive our skiing skills. We will swing by the avalanche training venue to practice transceiver searching . We will then traverse the skis area, skiing on and off-piste to Les Diablerets and pick up the bus to Col de Pillon. From there we will take the Glacier 3000m cable car, enjoy the Peak Walk before a skinning ascent of Les Diablerets summit,the highest point in Canton Vaud. We will then descend to the Diablerets Hut for dinner and our first night on the mountain.

Dinner

An early start will allow us to take the first lift back to Sex Rouge. Then we will ski down to the foot of the Tsanfleuron glacier to the Col de Sanetsch. We will be following the ridge of Arete de l’Arpille. This is a very varied ascent with skinning, and some ice axe /crampon hiking to reach to the stunning Arpelistock (3035m).

We will then be rewarded with a wonderful North facing descent to the Gelten Hut (2002m).

Breakfast, Dinner

The day starts with reclimbing our descent from yesterday for 500m. A nice morning warm up! Before we turn away towards the Col du Brochet, on to the Audannes glacier and then up to the Wildhorn summit (3247m).

Descending on the East side will ski around the crevasses to reach the hut at Wildhorn refuge at 2303m.

Breakfast, Dinner

This day has two peaks in it but has some of the least climbing of the tour.

The Schnidehorn (2937m) is our first objective. We need to carry skis and probably put on crampons for this short ascent. More skills to develop and learn.

From the summit, we can ski nicely to the Plan des Roses and on to the Rawil alpage. This leads to the Wlidstrubel Hut (2791m) where we can refresh before knocking off the Weisshorn (2948m).

 

Breakfast, Dinner

This day has several options depending on the weather, conditions and energy of the group. However, the aim is simple, make the most of it before descending to one of the resorts on the Northside of the Rhone Valley before catching the bus back to Sierre and the train home to complete a fantastic tour.

Breakfast, Dinner

Included

  • Guiding from UIAGM Swiss and British Mountain Guide
  • Skills training, avalanche awareness, rescue, glacier travel and ski touring skills
  • Logistics and booking
  • Summits
  • Fun and Stories
  • Specialist equipment loan if required (Avalanche rescue gear, crampons, axe)
  • Accommodation and Food (dinner and breakfast)

Not Included

  • Travel to from the beginning / end of the tour. ( approx Allow 100 chf for lift for day 1, and train return at the end)
  • Uplift (as some will have this with a Magic Pass).
  • Insurance, which is compulsory, including rescue insurance.
  • Your bar bill at the huts!
  • Ski equipment.
  • Lunches, which can be carried or purchased from huts.
  • A full kit list will be sent out before the trip.

Where we'll meet

Meeting in Villars at 09:00 on Day 1.

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Bernese Alps West Haute Route Ski Touring Trip
From CHF1,300
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