/ Chamonix - Zermatt haute route
Does anybody know what the current conditions on glaciers along the Chamonix- Zermatt Haute Route are? We plan to do it in early August. A friend in Chamonix told us today that general conditions are unfavourable due to high temperatures implying that some parts of the route may be hard to pass (no snow, loose material).
I did it on skies in spring a few years back.
This must be a very very long walk without skies.
With high temperatures, thunderstorms, crevasses, loose rock, ... it seems to be quite dangerous and enduring.
Sorry that is not really the answer to your question.
You could keep an eye on this. It says a little bit about the Haute Route, but not much.
You could also ring the Chamonix Guides Office. Although, in my experience, they tend to err on the side of caution.
There was a report of some part having suffered major rockfall a few months ago.
I can't comment on current conditions, however it's worth noting that normally in very dry conditions it's always safer to avoid the classic Valsorey version as the section between the hut and the Plateau du Couloir is so exposed to rockfall. To avoid this, take a bus to Mauvoisin instead of Bourg St Pierre and walk up the true right bank of the lake to get to Chanrion. It's actually a beautiful walk and you'll see loads of wildlife.
Good idea. We called Valsorey today, and the guardian said that the section is still walkable.
We have also called mountain rescue in Chamonix. They see no significant obstacles on Haute Route.
We decided to be flexible, ready to change our plans.
Don't know if you're already on your way, but this might interest you: https://m.lematin.ch/articles/11133823 The site of the accident is a bit vague, but as I said above, in my experience the Valsorey side of the Combin becomes incredibly dangerous after long periods of hot weather and is best avoided.
The fatalities were on the Meitin ridge. Very loose at the best of times but your last line is spot on.
OK, thanks. Originally they simply said it was above the Valsorey hut. They bizarrely added that it was on the Swiss side of the mountain - which is a strange statement given that the mountain is wholly in Switzerland! Then that it was below the col de Meitin. Now it appears they must have revised it again, if it was on the ridge.
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