The world famous 18km journey with 2800m of vertical descent through some of the most stunning glaciated alpine scenery rarely disappoints!
Start altitude (Aiguille du Midi): 3777m
Finish Altitude (Chamonix): 1050m
Vertical Descent: 2727m
Season: Usually January to April
Time: Varies according to skiers ability and priorities but commonly 4-5 hours
This magnificent ski journey can be done in a short day by confident black slope skiers. Thanks to the height gain (2742m) given by the Aiguille du Midi cable car. The descent of the Vallee Blanche is often the highlight of a ski trip to Chamonix!
We provide fully qualified (IFMGA) Mountain Guides who work hard to ensure, that you have a safe, enjoyable and interesting descent. We are also able to offer interesting variations on the descent. Would you like to choose steeper lines? Or include a short ski tour across to the Italian side before skiing down the classic route to Chamonix.
Requirements to ski the Valle Blanche:
If you ski confidently on a black slope you will be ready for THE Vallee Blanche with us!
(* up to 6 skiers)
Included in the Price: UIAGM / IFMGA mountain guide – a fully qualified and experienced Patagoniatiptop guide will accompany you, we provide you with an avalanche beacon and harness.
Not included in the price: Cablecar ride up to Aiguille du Midi
Bad weather option:
If the weather or snow conditions are not suitable to ski the Vallee Blanche, we will not cancel the trip but follow an alternative off-piste skiing program. Chamonix offers perfect terrain for a guided off-piste skiing day.
A lift pass to access the Aiguille du Midi cable car and the Montenvers train is needed, the Mont Blanc Unlimited is the best option as it covers both.
Have a look at our video showing the Valle Blanche skiing:
Our guests left their impressions on an interesting blog, read ithere.
Our Chamonix Freeride weeks are a dream come true for everyone interested in backcountry skiing.
What to expect:
During the week you’ll get a chance to experience the scenic backcountry around Mont Blanc in the company of a mountain guide or ski instructor. The Chamonix Mont Blanc area will leave nobody cold. The most experienced free riders from all corners of the world come to ski this ski areas. A real skier’s paradise!
Our guides know the backcountry terrain and weather conditions extremely well and will make sure you’ll ski the best spots.
Arrival day: Meet and greet in Chamonix, Equipment Check
Day 1: Les Grands Montets, Argentière We will ski at the Grands Montets, Chamonix most famous off-piste ski area. This ski resort has an immense range of off piste skiing. The snow stays light and fresh, due to the North Face of the Aiguille Verte which shields it from the sun.
Day 2: Brévent – Flégere ski areas
We will check out the snow at Brévent – Flégere ski area accesible from Chamonix town today.
Day 3: Courmayeur Courmayeur (ITA) is just a 20 Minutes drive trough the Mont Blanc tunnel away from Chamonix and offers very nice Off piste options. A real Italian ski day!
Day 4: Le Tour – Balme This small ski area has always some good snow to offer. If conditions allow we can ski a couloir down to the Swiss village of Trient.
Day 5: Vallee Blanche
We’ll ski one of the most legendary Glaciers of all time – the Vallée Blanche route, where you get to see the most amazing views of Mont Blanc.
2 skiers: 1’200.00€ per Skier 3 skiers: 800.00€ per Skier 4 skiers: 600.00€ per Skier
Included in the price: Organisation, 4 days with a certified ski instructor, 1 day with a UIAGM-mountain guide for the Valle Blanche
Not included in the price: Lift passes, snow safety equipment, personal insurances, transportation
We require all participants to carry full avalanche safety equipment (beacon, probe, shovel) and to obey given instructions to ensure amazing powder days.
Do you only have a day or two for skiing in Chamonix? We are happy to offer you a great shorter off-piste experience! Let us know.
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Impressive 4-day trekking traverse trough Bariloche’s nicest mountain ridges and mountain valleys, in the heart of Nahuel Huapi National park, in North Patagonia. On the shore of lake Nahuel Huapi, the city of Bariloche is the entrance door to the Patagonian Lake District. While crossing forests and valleys, we will appreciate beautiful views of the different lakes and volcanoes in the area.
For this trip, we’ll stay at the mountain huts Frey, San Martin and Italia. Although there are no showers, there are a lot of beautiful Lagunas to take a swim each day. As for each day meals, we will carry our lunches in our backpacks but enjoy dinner and breakfast from the huts.
The fantastic atmosphere in the Argentinean refuges. People are very welcoming, friendly, relaxed and open minded. Sometimes they even play music.
The chance to admire some breathtaking views along the way. One of the most beautiful is the one of the Nahuel Huapi from Mount Lopez and Cerro Tronador, an old sleeping volcano.
Our last stop in Colonia Suiza. This beautiful village is preserved like it was 150 years ago in Switzerland.
Hiking Itinerary trekking Bariloche:
Arrival Day: Meet your UIMLA hiking guide in Bariloche and enjoy a dinner together. Night at a hotel in Bariloche (D)
Day 1 – Cerro Catedral – Refugio Frey (1700m) Our trekking starts at the feet of the ski area Cerro Catedral, one of the most known ski areas in South America. We’ll follow the “picada del Frey” up to Refugio Frey (1700 m) next to the Toncek Laguna. It’s surrounded by nice granite towers which are famous for rock climbing. Night at Refugio Frey (B,L,D)
Total ascent: 750 m / Distance: 12km
Day 2 – Refugio Frey – Refugio San Martin (1650 m) We walk up to la arrest del Cerro in-between the granite towers (los Catedrales) and down to Rucaco valley. After reaching Brecha Negra pass it’s only an hour down to Refugio and Laguna San Martin. Night at the beautiful and new Refugio San Martin (B/L/D)
Total ascent: 743 m / Total descent: 917 m / Distance: 9.5 km
Day 3 – Refugio San Martin – Refugio Italia (1650 m) A technical trail brings us up to Cerro Navidad. From here we descent the Goyes valley for a bit an take a short ascend up on the Laguna Negra trail to the Refugio Italia. Night at Refugio Italia (B/L/D)
Total ascent: 850 m / Total descent: 840 m / Distance: 10 km
Day 4 – Refugio Italia – Refugio Cerro Lopez – Bariloche Last trekking day with great views over the Nahuel Huapi Lake. We leave the Laguna Negra behind us and climb up to Cerro Baileys on an easy trail. On our way down to Bariloche we will stop at Refugio Lopez (1670 m) for a drink. After a refreshing beer in Colonia Suiza we take the bus back to the Hotel in Bariloche. Night at Hotel in Bariloche (B,L,D)
Total ascent: 750m / Total descent: 1100m / Distance: 16km
Included in the price: Organisation, local UIMLA-mountain leader guiding for 4 days, 3 nights in mountain huts with half board, pick nick lunches, transportation from Bariloche airport to Bariloche airport or town
Not included in the price: First and last night at Hotel in Bariloche, Drinks, personal insurances, equipment
You need to be in good physical shape for this trip. You should be able to walk around 6hrs each day with your backpack with a sleeping bag, some extra cloth and your lunch/drink.
Area map with the 4 mountain huts and Bariloche:
1. Hiking start at Cerro Catedral
2. Refugio Frey
3. Refugio San Martin/Jacob
4. Refugio Italia / Laguna Negra
5. Refugio Lopez
6. Bariloche with the Bus terminal and the airport
Dates: Summer Mountaineering: November – April Ski Mountaineering: September – November
Monte Tronador, an old sleeping volcano with 3 different peaks, is the most appealing mountain for mountaineering in the Nahuel Huapi National Park. It bears a total of eight glaciers, which is why the mountain has become a mecca for mountaineers. It is named for the thunderous sound the volcano made before it went extinct, but the name (Thundering Mountain) is still apt, for the rumbling icefalls as giant pieces of ice shed from the glacier, which are audible at a safe distance. We will attempt to climb the Pico Argentina, which is the summit that lies completely in Argentina.
We offer this tour also as a Ski Mountaineering tour. The itinerary is the same.
1. Day Bariloche – Refugio Meiling Meet your UIAGM-mountain guide in Bariloche and check the equipment.
The hike up to Refugio Meiling starts at the hamlet of Pampa Linda. We get there after a 1.5hr drive from Bariloche trough the National Park and along the pale blue Gutierrez and Mascardi lake. First trough a forest and later reaching the hut over a ridge with great views over the glaciers and waterfalls. Night at Meiling hut (D)
Total ascent: 900m / Distance: 10km
2. Day Refugio Meiling – Pico Argentino 3187m We start very early this morning after a breakfast at the hut. The whole trek leads over glaciers. The last bit from the Blanco Pass to the summit gets a bit steeper, but no climbing techniques are required. The average time for this mountaineering day will be about 8-10 hours. Night at Meiling hut (B,L,D)
Total ascent:1200m / total descent: 1200m / Distance: 8,5 km
Day 3: Refugio Meiling – Bariloche We walk/ski back down to Pampa Linda and drive back to Bariloche (B)
Total descent: 900m / Distance: 10km
1 guest: 1’450.-USD 2 guests: 1’000.-USD/ guest
Organisation, 3 days IFMGA-mountain guide, transportation from Bariloche – to Bariloche, 2 nights at Meiling mountain hut, meals as mentioned above (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
Personal equipment, drinks, personal insurances
We offer this tour for safety reasons with max. 2 people per Guide.
Map that shows Cerro Tronador:
A bit of history of the mountain
Many of the first saddlers where struck by the snow-capped, volcanic Cerro Tronador that they could see as they arrived at Bariloche. Tronador means “thundering” because of the sound of ice cracking in its many glaciers. This peak, holy to the Mapuche Indians, separates Chile from Argentina. For a long time it was seen as invincible, especially as a German mountaineer called Federico Reichert tried and failed eight times to scale it. Only in 1934 Hermann Clausen finally climbed to the top, alone. He spent the night there after cutting ice steps up the sheer face of the needle. He left a piece of deer skin on a wire and his name and a line from a poem carved into press wood. In 1937 one of the area’s most famous climber, Otto Meiling, scaled Cerro Tronador, aged eighty. The sacred Tornador did have an Indian name, Tralca Mahuida.
Your perfect place to rest before or after the tour
If you’re looking for a wonderful place to enjoy Bariloche we recommend this peaceful, quite house in the forest:
March – April, please choose your date for privat tours
From the French to the Swiss historical alpine capital
This seven day Ski tour on glaciers for the most part, offers exceptional beauty of the landscapes. It traverses the crest of the Western Alps and passes through some of the most stunning mountain scenery in Europe. We start in Chamonix, at the foot of Mont Blanc and ski across the Wallis glaciers of Switzerland. The tour ends with a unique ski descent on the foot of the Matterhorn down to Zermatt.
This spectacular tour can be done in many different ways. Adding more peaks or changing tour route with other huts. Please contact us for more informations.
2 Skiers: 3’596.00€ per Skier
4 Skiers: 2’189.00€ per Skier
6 Skiers: 1’720.00€ per Skier
Included in the price: Organisation, 7 days IFMGA mountain guiding, Private Transport Champex – Verbier on Day 2, 6 nights at huts with half board, 6 pack lunches, tea for the tour Not included in the price: Drinks, Lift tickets, personal insurance*, personal equipment
*We strongly recommend the purchase of a cancellation, accident, travel insurance.
This trip is for experienced ski tourers who have already done at least one hut-to-hut tour or a multi-day ski tour. You should be able to skin up to 5 hours with up to 1100m vertical gain per day, at a good steady pace. Efficiency in your skinning technique and confident moving over a steep and exposed terrain should be no problem. You are expected to be comfortable and safe doing kick turns on slopes of over 35 degrees. Are you an excellent off piste skier, confident and efficient in skiing in all snow conditions without losing control over your skis? Skiing on slopes of 40 degrees is not a problem of you? You should be physically fit, ready to hike and ski for up to 8 hours per day without being too tired the next day. You have to be able to move reasonably fast (climb 400m/h).
Haute Route Mont Blanc Extension
Why not benefit from your fitness and acclimatization and climb Mont Blanc with skis following your completion of the Haute Route? Take a look at our program!
Best time for this tour is February, please contact us.
What to expect:
Imagine waking up in a traditional Yurt, in the middle of the snow caped Tien Shan mountains. You are ready for a day of ski touring with your friends…! Your dream can come true.
We would like to introduce you to a fascinating country. Kyrgyzstan, a country of nomads, in the heart of Central Asia. Largely unexplored mountains offer a wonderful playground.
We take you to yurt camps in snowy summer pastures. That offers us immediate access to endless skiing terrain with mountains up to 3,400-3,600m.
Traditional, cosy yurts will be ready for us swell as a traditional Russian Sauna next to a river with refreshing spring water. All yurts are heated by wood burning stoves.
10-day program / 7 skiing days:
Arrive early in the morning at the airport in Bishkek. Meet with the group and join the privat transfer to Karakol (6hrs). We drive along the north shore of Issyk Kul lake, the second biggest alpine lake in the world.
Night near Karakol in a privat home, dinner cooked by the family
Day 2: Yurt arrival
We skin up to the yurt today, do some avalanche training and get installed for the next 5 days.
Day 3 – 7: 5 complete days of skiing
Yurt based skiing days in Jyrgalan and Aksuuvalley
Day 8: Ski and back down to Karakol
We ski in the morning and go back down to Karakol in the evening.
The night is spent in Karakol
Day 9: Travel to Bishkek:
You will have some time to explore Karakol in the morning before we travel to Bishkek. Hot spring visit.
Last night and farewell dinner in Bishkek
Day 10: Back home
Flight back home
Prices per skier:
2495€ (minimum 4 skiers)
Included in the price: Guiding with IFMGA mountain guide Federico Arletti, organization, all accommodations as mentioned in the program (Hotel, guest house Yurts), all meals, all transportations from/to Bishkek
Not included in the price: Flights, personal insurances, alcoholic drinks, personal equipment
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Kyrgyzstan… a fascinating country in central Asia:
A welcoming landlocked oasis located at the heart of Central Asia. It’s surrounded by Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and China. Kyrgyzstan is a in a remote, always fascinating, sometimes volatile, and oftentimes misunderstood part of the world. With an average elevation of 3,000m (9,840ft) and 30% of its landmass buried under permanent ice and snow. The country’s landscape and people are defined by a ruggedness utterly unique to the highlands of Central Asia. The republic is a little smaller in area than the UK minus Northern Ireland.
Home sweet yurt
Yurts are the archetypal shepherd shelters. Circular homes made of multilayered felt stretched around a collapsable wooden frame. The outer felt layer is coated in waterproof sheep fat, the inner most lined with woven grass matting to block the wind. Long woolen strips secure the walls and poles. The interior is richly decorated with textiles, wall coverings, quilts, cushions, and ornately worked chests. Floors are lined with thicket felt and covered with bright carpets and sometimes yak skin. Look up: the central wheel-like tuneup that supports the roof is none other than the design depicted in the middle of Kyrgyzstan’s national flag.
Native Kyrgyz make up around 70% of the country’s population. The remaining percentage made up mostly of Uzbeks and Russians. Kyrgyzstan gained its independence from the former Soviet Union in 1991. Many Kyrgyz today follow the nomadic traditions of their ancestors, erecting hand-crafted yurts in the high mountain pastures above their villages. There they graze their animals and live for the summer.
The central Tien Shan mountains
This region offers many superlatives of Central Asia. The highest mountains, the coldest temperatures, the longest glaciers and the strangest natural phenomena. It’s a region of ice, snow and unexplored peaks. The world’s fourth longest glacier and an amazing disappearing lake can be found here. You will be discovering the valleys close to Karakol where the temperatures are more pleasant. The Chinese were the first to explore this foreboding mountain zone, but it was not until the middle of the 19th century that European explorers penetrated the region. The snow that falls on this former Soviet state is particularly light and fluffy. This, combined with the country’s mountainous geography, makes it something of a paradise for powder-loving backcountry skiers.
All food is prepared by local chefs. Our breakfast menu is Western-inspired, featuring omelets, frittatas, burritos, pancakes and french toast, and always the option of muesli or porridge. The dinner menu highlights traditional Kyrgyz cuisine.
Getting to Kyrgyzstan by airplane
Bishkek’s Manas airport is the main hub with relatively inexpensive international connections on Turkish and Pegasus (via Istanbul), Flydubai (via Dubai), Ukrainian International (via Kiev) and Aeroflot (via Moscow).
Around 60 nationalities can stay for 60 days or longer without a visa. Citizens of most major Western and former Soviet countries are included in those.
Kyrgyz is a Turkish language that has the usual characteristics of that language group. Most notably vowel harmony, which is strictly adhered to. As part of the Kyrgyz-Altay group of Turkic languages, it is most closely related to the Altai language and fairly similar to Kazakh. Russian is also an official language and Uzbek is widely spoken in the south.
Patagoniatiptop guides a large variety of trips to the Alps and the Andes and teaches you skills to improve your outdoor abilities. As a small company, we are able to provide highly personalised services and set the highest quality standard for your trip.
All of our mountain guides are certified UIAGM-IFMGA and our mountain leaders are certified UIMLA. We encourage you to explore our site and to contact us with any questions or thoughts about our guiding and teaching services.