Monte Rosa Ski touring Loop

Dates for private tours: January – middle of April
  • 2 days ski touring in Switzerland and Italy
  • 1 night in an Italian mountain hut
  • 6000 vertical meter ski descent
  • 1300m vertical ascent with skis and skins
  • + 4500m vertical ascent with cable cars

Our Monte Rosa ski touring loop brings you to the most stunning and beautiful mountain world that Switzerland and Italy have to offer. We spend the night in a mountain cabin on the Italian south side of Monte Rosa and ski over 6000 vertical meters in two days. Ideal for fit, expert ski tourers. The Monte Rosa massif, flanked by glaciers, is the highest mountain in the Swiss Alps. Depending on the method of counting, it has ten peaks higher than 4,000 m, and lies partly in Italy.

Skier on the Monte Rosa Skitouring loop in Zermatt

Itinerary Monte Rosa Ski touring Loop
Day 1: Zermatt to Cabanna Gnifetti

We meet in Zermatt (1600m) in the morning to catch the first lifts up to Klein Matterhorn. Zermatt offers much more than only the famous Matterhorn. Thanks to a great network of cable cars it’s possible to access glaciers and ski slopes at almost 4000m. Once up on Klein Matterhorn (3883m), we ski down the slopes to Colle Superiore delle Chime Bianche on the Italian side. After skiing down over 2000 vertical meters on great off piste terrain we reach Val d’ Ayas (1600m). A couple lifts make it easy for us to reach the next Valley, Val di Gressoney. Once there we catch a cable car up to Punta Indren (3275m) and skin up to Cabanna Gnifetti (3625m) for the night (+350m).

Day 2: Refugio Gnifetti – Zermatt

After the breakfast we skin up to Lysjoch (4152m) a pass between Italy and Switzerland (+950m). From there it’s relatively easy to reach one of the many 4000m peaks in the area. Now a superbe descent over the Grenz glacier lies ahead of us. We pass Monte Rosa hut and continue on the Gornergletscher. If conditions are good we can ski trough the Gorner gully all the way down to Zermatt.

Costs: (Max. 6 skiers)
  • 2 Skiers: 864.00€ per Skier
  • 4 Skiers: 599.00€ per Skier
  • 6 Skiers: 519.00€ per Skier

Included in the price: Organisation, 2 days IFMGA mountain guide, lift pass up to Klein Matterhorn, ski pass on the Italian side, night at Gnifetti mountain hut with half board

Not included: Personal insurance (travel, annulation etc.), personal skiing equipment, lunches, beverages at the hut

Map of the Monte Rosa Ski touring loop
Map of the Monte Rosa skitouring loop from Zermatt to Val d'Ayas, Val di Gressoney and Gnifetti hut for the night.
Or check out this interactive map!


Certified IFMGA mountain guide

Meeting point Zermatt and how to get there

Zermatt in the Swiss Valais Alps can be reached by train. You will meet your guide at the train station in Zermatt.

Find the schedule here.

Who is this for?

This tour is for expert skiers that ski comfortable on a black slope as well as off piste in all diferent snow conditions. If you also have some ski touring experience, than this tour is perfect for you.

Skiers at the Monte Rosa Skitouring Loop
Foto: Felix Ortlieb

Packing list
  • Complete ski touring equipment (Skis, Skins, Boots, Poles)
  • Ski touring clothing for 2 days
  • Harness
  • Backpack
  • Avalanche safety equipment
  • Liner or thin sleeping bag for the hut
  • Thermos bottle
  • Valid Passport
  • € to pay your drinks at the hut and the lunch
  • Sun protection

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Ski touring Haute Route Chamonix – Zermatt

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.

  • 7 skitouring days
  • 6 nights in typical mountain huts

Daily itinerary

Day 1: Chamonix – Refuge d’Argentière
Chamonix – Refuge d’Argentière
Elevation gain: 700m
Vertical loss: 700m

Day 2: Refuge de Trient
Ref Argentière  – Refuge Trient
Elevation gain: 1100m
Vertical loss: 300m

Day 3: Refuge Prafleuri
Refuge Trient – Refuge Prafleuri
Elevation gain: 900m
Vertical loss: 2700m

Day 4: Cabane de Dix
Refuge Prafleuri  – Cabane de Dix
Elevation gain: 800m
Vertical loss: 660m

Day 5: Cabane des Vignettes
Cabane de Dix – Pigne d’Arolla – Cabane des Vignettes
Elevation gain: 894m
Vertical loss: 728m

Day 6: Cabane Bertol
Cabane des Vignettes – Cabane Bertol
Elevation gain: 1098m
Vertical loss: 853m

Day 7: Cabane Bertol – Zermatt
Cabane Bertol – Zermatt
Elevation gain: 610m
Vertical loss: 2270m


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.


map of the haute route Skitour from chamonix to zermatt

  • 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.

Level requirements

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!

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