Refuge Albert 1er (2707 m)

Can be done in one day when proper acclimatized, or with an overnight on Refuge Albert 1er or Refuge Argentière to acclimatize. The Refuge Argentière was fully closed in 2022 (including the emergency shelter) though. 

No drinking water on the hut except for the purchases.

Cabane du Trient (3170 m)

What's nearby:

[ASSIGNMENT]: We don't have enough beautiful photos to illustrate mainly the huts and steep passes. 

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Credits: most of the pictures of the huts are from their homepage. I unfortunately did not have a big camera on this trip and did not photograph diligently. Submit better photos if you have! 

Mont Vélan from Cabane de Valsorey and descent to Cabane du Vélan. 

– on crampons and ladder and iron chains on top to Col de Gouille (3150 m)

→ Col de la Grande Lui → La Fouly (3400 m)

5 days: Vélan – Chanrion – Dix – Bertol – Zermatt

Sidetrip: Mont Vélan (3731 m) from Valsorey


Roughly half of the skiers do not complete the tour due to a weather. Have a day or two spare and plan in advance. 

Avalanche equipment, training and experiences needed. Crampon, ice axe, rope (30 m is OK) and basic climbing skills necessary. 

La Chamoniarde can share information of actuall conditions including of reports of last visitors.

Avalanche risk: Meteo France or Avalanche.report.


Bus or taxi is needed a 2nd day to move to Bourg-Saint-Pierre of the classir route. Alternative through Col de la Grande Lui.

Maps and huts

Swiss topo map with ski tours (app with offline maps Android, iOS). I consider this map the best ever and Swiss administration offers it even for free! 

General info

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