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Val d'Anniviers Imperial Crown Tour - Switzerland - 7 Days

This amazing ski tour takes you to remote places and is a change from the normal classic itineraries. This tour can either be split into two separate tours (one 4 day tour and one 3 day tour) or combined to make one incredible week long ski and ski mountaineering tour (7 days ski touring). There is also a 6 day circuit option available.

Surrounded by stunning mountains like the Weisshorn, Zinalrothorn and Dent Blanche you will skin and ski big and remote glaciers, climbing some interesting mountains, in particular the Bishorn 4,153 meters, one of the few peaks over 4,000 meters in the Alps easily accessible with skis.

The first part is not technical and gives you the opportunity to train and get confident with the area and the altitude; the second part is more difficult with bigger verticals, some technical climbing and skiing sections along impressive glaciers.

Arriving at the Col Durand the view of the Matterhorn North face will leave you breathless and if conditions permit and you have the chance to ski the wonderful Glacier Ferpecle - it will be the classic cherry on the cake at the end of an incredible week long ski tour which really makes this a distinguished tour!

Region: Val D'Anniviers - Arolla
Time of Year: End March - End April
Grading: Read about our grading classifications
Skiing Grade: 3
Fitness Grade: 4
Mountaineering Ability & Experience: 2
Number of Days skiing: 7
Logistics: One Way Tour/Circuit: One way tour
Ratio of Guide to No. of Clients 1:5
Base Price: Please contact Zuba Ski for this seasons prices. Our pricing is per person based on the max guide to client ratio.
What does this include?

Itinerary Overview

Metres Ascent Metres Descent
Start Location: St Luc village
Day 1
Meeting in the hotel (possibly the Hotel Weisshorn mountain hotel) in St. Luc, introductions by your guide, equipment check and discussion on the program.
Accommodation: Hotel Weisshorn 2,337metres
Day 2
Departure in the morning with the lift system to the Bela Tola - skiing down to the Turtmanntal - short ascent to the Turtmannhutte 2,519metres 589m 1,095m
Accommodation: Turtmannhutte 2,519metres
Day 3
Early departure from the hut - ascent of the Brunegghorn 3,833 meters - a very enjoyable descent along the Brunegggletscher and second ascent to the Cabane de Tracuit 3,256 meters 1,775m 1,000m
Accommodation: Cabane de Tracuit 3,256 meters
Day 4
Early departure from the hut - ascent of the Bishorn 4,153 meters (this is the higest point of the tour with an amazing view of the Weisshorn north ridge) - descent to Cabane de Petit Mountet (2142 m) crossing the roc de la Vache. 997m 2,111m
Accommodation: Cabane de Petit Mountet
Day 5
Relaxed departure from the hut - along the last part of the Val d'Anniviers and the Zinal Glacier you will reach the Cabane de Mountet 2,886 meters 774m  
Accommodation: Cabane de Mountet 2,886metres
Day 6
Early departure from the hut - ascent to the Col Durand 3,443 meters (ski depot) - climb of the Mont Durand 3,611 meters and return to the Col - descent south facing along the Howanggletscher to the Schonbielhutte 2,694 meters 725m 917m
Accommodation: Schonbielhutte 2,694 meters
Day 7
Early departure from the hut - ascent to the Tete Blanche 3,710 meters along the Stockjigletscher - depending on the glacier conditions from here two different possibilities: (A) with really good conditions descent along the Glacier del Ferpecle to Ferpecle and finally to Les Hauderes; (B) descent to Arolla crossing the Col del Bertol 1,016m (A)1,910m
Finish Location: Arolla village

This is the suggested itinerary, this programme could change depending on weather conditions prevailing at the time, the guide will have the final say in this matter.

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