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Haute Route: Chamonix – Zermatt (Walkers Route)

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10 days
Availability : July - October
Chamonix-Mont-Blanc / Zermatt
Max People : 12
Tour Details

The Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt is a classic and challenging long distance hike crossing the heart of the Alps. Connecting two of the most famous mountains in the Alps the Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn, this trip is prominently ranging in the top 10 long-distance hikes in the world! You’ll hike through rugged alpine terrain surrounded by beautiful and impressive mountain peaks. Each day your climbing up to almost 3000m above sea level. You will visit traditional mountain villages and enjoy a spectacular landscape. The „Walkers Haute Route“ does not require any technical gear like crampons, harness etc. The trip is done within 10 days.

Departure & Return Location

Chamonix-Mont Blanc (Google Map)

Zermatt (Google Map)

Departure Time

08:00 AM

Price Includes

  • Full qualified International Mountain Leader (IML)
  • 9 nights accommodation (according to itinerary) with half-board
  • A rich and healthy lunch pack on each stage
  • All planned transportation according to the itinerary
  • Direct luggage transfer from Chamonix to Zermatt

Price Excludes

  • Pre- / post-trek accommodation
  • Extra services (luggage transfer / private accommodation)
  • Private expenses (souvenirs, drinks, etc.)
  • Airport transfers

Complementaries

  • Luggage Transfer
  • Private Accommodatio
  • Airport Transfers
  • Pre- / post-trek accommodation
What to Expect

The Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt is one of the most impressive multi-day tours in the Alps. The route is characterised by the rugged alpine terrain and the great diversion of every Swiss mountain valley which you’ll pass. Culturally the route has many highlights to offer and you can find out many interesting facts about the people and their stories.

  • Trek through France and Switzerland
  • Get the best views on the Mont Blanc
  • Get those award winning photos of the famous Matterhorn
  • Enjoy Swiss perfection on the entire tour
  • Taste some real Swiss chocolate or a traditional fondue en route
  • Swim in crystal clear mountain lakes
Itinerary

Day 1Chamonix > Trient

You’ll get picked up at your hotel. Together with your guide you’ll take a short transfer to the departure point from where you’ll start the hike and your Haute Route adventure for the next 10 days. The first day is fairly easy and crosses from France into Switzerland.

On a nice, gradually ascending trail you’ll climb up to the Aiguillette des Possettes, a peak high above the Chamonix valley which offers great views on the Mont Blanc and further over the big Emosson lake on the Swiss side. From the summit an easy trail is leading over to the Col de Balme, the Franco-Swiss border. The hut on the pass is the perfect stop for a cold drink before you’ll tackle the descent to the small Swiss village Trient. The descent is fairly easy and brings you to the upper end of the village where you’ll spend the night in the guides own refuge.

The dinner party in the yurt with homemade drinks and food are an excellent finish for a first day full of good memories!

Transfers
Route
Accommodation

Transfer: Chamonix > Col des Montets

Col des Montets – Aiguillette des Possettes – Arolette – Col de Balme – Trient
Distance: 12.64 km / Ascent: 1032m / Descent: 1190m

Cosy hikers accommodation in shared bedroom / dormitory
Half-board (breakfast, 3 course dinner)

Day 2Trient > Champex-Lac (Verbier)

A challenging day is waiting for you! The second day of the Haute Route is the perfect test to see if you are ready for the next few days. You’ll ascend the Fenêtre d’Arpette a narrow mountain pass in the Trient valley. After a rich breakfast you’ll take the easy road up to the Chalet du Glacier at the bottom of the big Trient glacier. Behind the chalet you can already spot the steep ascent through rugged terrain. Step by step you’ll make your way up to the notch. Shortly before the top the trail is very blocky and you’ll need to use your hands to get over the big boulders. From the top you’ll be able to enjoy nice views on the Trient glacier and with good weather conditions you can already have a first glance at the Matterhorn far in the distance! The descend into the lonely Arpette Valley is steep and difficult at first, but becomes easier the further down you go. At the end of the day you’ll arrive in the so called „Little Canada“, a small mountain resort (Champed-Lac). A refreshing swim in the crystal clear lake in the village center and an ice cream are a good finish for the second day. After a relaxing moment at the lake you’ll take a transfer to Verbier (or Le Chable) where you’ll spend the night.

Transfers
Route
Accommodation

Transfer: Champex-Lac > Verbier (or Le Châble)

Trient – Chalet du Glacier – Fenêtre d’Arpette – Relais d’Arpette – Champex-Lac
Distance: 13.95 km / Ascent: 1377m / Descent: 1265m

3-Star Hotel in double / twin or triple room with shared bathroom on the floor
Half-board (breakfast, 3 course dinner)

Day 3Verbier > Cabane Prafleuri

After a good breakfast you’ll walk together with your guide through the town center of Verbier to reach the cable car station. You’ll the cable car up to La Chaux (or Col des Gentianes depending on weather and season) from where you’ll start the hike. The trail is rugged, steep, long and remote but a true adventure in the high mountains. First you’ll ascent the Col de la Chaux, a narrow notch just in between the Mont Fort and Bec des Rosses. From the Col you’ll descend for a little bit and you’ll reach the crystal clear Petit Mont Fort lake which offers great opportunities to take photos. After a short break at the lake you’ll take the next stretch and climb up to the Col de Louvie. Up there the first big portion of the day is done and you’ll enjoy your well deserved lunch. From the pass you’ll take a short but steep descent over some loose rocks to reach the so called “Grand Desert” (= great desert), a rocky moon-like landscape. From there you’ll see some last remaining patches of the Prafleuri glacier. Over the open desert you’ll take a nicely ascending trail to the Col de Prafleuri. Once you’ve reached the Col de Prafleuri pass you can already spot the mountain hut where you’ll spend the night. A short steep and technical descent brings you down to the Letio d’Allèves plateau from where you reach the Cabane du Prafleuri soon.

At the hut you’ll enjoy an authentic experience in a cozy atmosphere. With a bit of luck you’ll see ibex just outside the hut once it gets dark.

Transfers
Route
Accommodation

Cable Car: Verbier > Les Ruinettes > La Chaux > Col des Gentianes (weather / season depending)

Les Ruinettes / Col des Gentianes (weather / season depending) – Col de la Chaux – Col de Louvie – Col de Prafleuri – Cabane de Prafleuri
Distance: 13.14 km / Ascent: 1347m / Descent: 958m

Cosy hikers accommodation in shared bedroom / dormitory
Half-board (breakfast, 3 course dinner)

Day 4Cabane Prafleuri > Arolla

After a cozy night at the mountain hut another great day is waiting for you. From the Cabane du Prafleuri you’ll walk a short bit up to the Col des Roux. From the pass you’ll enjoy nice views over the famous Grand Dixence lake (dam). After a short descent you’ll walk on an easy trail along the lake until you reach its upper end. From there a nice trail climbs up to the lower end of the Dix glacier. The last part of the uphill is steep and difficult and the final meters are climbed over a ladder. Your guide will be there to help and assist and to create a safe environment. From the Pas des Chèvres (or Col de Riedmatten) a nice and easy trail is leading down to Arolla. In Arolla you’ll spend the night in a nice and comfy hotel.

Transfers
Route
Accommodation

No transfers available on this stage!

Cabane Prafleuri – Col des Roux – Grand Dixence – Pas des Chèvres – Arolla
Distance: 18.29 km / Ascent: 930m / Descent: 1579m

3-Star Hotel in double / twin or triple room with private en-suite bathroom
Half-board (breakfast, 3 course dinner)

Day 5Arolla > La Sage

It’s half-time and so there is some time to take it easy for a day after a few long days before. After a nice and long breakfast you’ll head off to one of the most beautiful mountain lakes on the entire tour. From Arolla a nice trail leads up through a fairytale forest to the Lac Bleu (blue lake). Around the lake there are plenty of good photography opportunities and if you are brave enough you can also dip into the cold water and have a swim! From the lake an easy trail is leading through traditional villages. On the tracks of the famous black cows (Reines d’Hérens) you’ll walk through Les Haudéres and finally up to La Sage, where you’ll reach the hotel in the early afternoon. If you are still energized a short hike to a nice chapel with a viewing point is possible. If you are more interested in culture and food, local made cheese and sausage can be tried in the local grocery store just behind your hotel.

Transfers
Route
Accommodation

Transfer: Bus transfers available along the entire route (optional)

Arolla – Lac Bleu – Louché – Les Haudéres – La Sage
Distance: 11.33 km / Ascent: 653m / Descent: 989m

3-Star Hotel in double / twin or triple room with private en-suite bathroom
Half-board (breakfast, 3 course dinner)

Day 6La Sage > Zinal

A long and challenging day is waiting for you. From La Sage a nice trail over open meadows is leading up to the Col de Torrent. Along the way up you’ll have magnificent views over many 4000 meter peaks. From time to time you’ll pass by an old farm building which are still used by the local farmers. The nicely maintained trail climbs gradually up to the mountain pass which is already visible from the bottom. Shortly before you reach the top, the trail gets quite steep.

At the top of Col de Torrent you’ll be rewarded with a nice panorama and good views of the Moiry lake. A nice trail is leading down to the Barrage de Moiry the next waypoint of your tour. Half-way down you’ll pass by the Lac des Autannes, another mountain lake where you can enjoy an ice cold swim. Once you reach the Lac de Moiry, you’ll cross its magnificent dam. At the other end there is a small restaurant where you can stop for nice and refreshing drink.

From the barrage another short but challenging climb up to the Col de Sorebois is waiting. Energized you’ll take the trail which ascends in many serpentines the top of the Col de Sorebois. A short descent brings you to the mid-station of the Zinal ski resort from where you will take cable car to Zinal.

In Zinal you’ll have some time before dinner to check out the cute town center.

Transfers
Route
Accommodation

Cable Car: Sorebois > Zinal

La Sage – Col de Torrent – Lac de Moiry – Col de Sorebois – Zinal
Distance: 18.48 km / Ascent: 1874m / Descent: 1103m

3-Star Hotel in double / twin or triple room with private en-suite bathroom
Half-board (breakfast, 3 course dinner)

Day 7Zinal > Gruben

Day 7 of the Haute Route adventure brings you over the Col de Forcletta from the French speaking part of the canton of Valais to the Swiss-German speaking part. The first part of the hike is easy and you’ll walk along a nice traverse through alpine meadows. From the top of the Col de Forcletta a remote and lonely descent brings you into the rural Meid-Valley and the village Gruben.

In Gruben you’ll spend the night in the one only hotel Hotel Schwarzhorn. Their nice terrace is inviting for a nice glass of Swiss wine or a refreshing Frappé.

Transfers
Route
Accommodation

No transfers available on this stage!

Zinal – Barmeutza – Col de Forcletta – Gruben
Distance: 17.49 km / Ascent: 1444m / Descent: 1293m

Alpine Hotel in double / twin or triple room with shared bathrooms on the floor
Half-board (breakfast, 3 course dinner)

Day 8Gruben > St. Niklaus

An spectacular day is waiting for you and finally you’ll be reaching the Matterhorn Valley. You’ll start your day directly behind the accommodation and take the nice trail through the light forest towards the Augstbordpass. The sleepy Gruben valley has a magnificent atmosphere and you’ll enjoy the first sun rays of the day whilst your ascending further up to the pass. From the Augstbordpass you’ll descend on a nice trail into the Augstbordtal. After a nice lunch break you’ll take a blocky traverse over a magnificent trail built into a steep slope over to the Jungtal. The last part of the hike follows along an interesting nature trail with many information about the local flora and fauna. Happy but tired you’ll reach the small alpine village Jungu from where you’ll take the cable car down to St. Niklaus. From the bottom a short walk through the village brings you to your accommodation for the night.

Transfers
Route
Accommodation

Cable Car: Jungu > St. Niklaus

Gruben – Augstbordpass – Jungu – St. Niklaus
Distance: 13.85 km / Ascent: 1245m / Descent: 1093m

3-Star Hotel in double / twin or triple room with private en-suite bathroom
Half-board (breakfast, 3 course dinner)

Day 9St. Niklaus > Europahütte

Transfers
Route
Accommodation

Transfer: Chamonix > Les Houches
Cable Car: Les Houches > Bellevue

After more than a week of hard work, it’s time for a little bit an easier day so that you’ll have enough energy reserves for the last and final day. It is time to finally hike the famous Europaweg which travers high above the Matterhorn Valley into Zermatt. The first part of the hike from Grächen is not doable anymore, because the trail traverses some dangerous slopes where many landslides and rockfalls happened in the past.

Instead of getting into trouble you’ll take the nice valley hike from St. Niklaus to Randa. Along the way you get to see some traditional Swiss villages and many animals. In Randa you can stop for a coffee and a snack in a local bar before you take the steep zig-zag trail to the Europaweg. On your way up you can already take a glance at the famous Europa-Bridge which you’ll be crossing the following day.

The nice trail leaves Randa and brings you up to Chüebodmen (a small hamlet) and later to the Europaweg. Once you’ve reached the Europaweg you’ll take a short traverse to reach the Europahütte where you’ll spend the night.

The Europahütte, a basic hut for hikers and mountaineers high up on the trails with amazing views on all the 4000m peaks and especially the Weisshorn. If you’re lucky you can see some ibex right on the terrace of the hut in the evening, so make sure your camera is ready!

St. Niklaus – Randa – Chüebodmen – Europaweg – Europahütte
Distance: 12.80 km / Ascent: 1457m / Descent: 268m

Cosy hikers accommodation in shared bedroom / dormitory
Half-board (breakfast, 3 course dinner)

Day 10Europahütte > Zermatt

The last day of the Haute Route trip is filled with highlights. On this stage you’ll walk over the longest suspension bridge (almost 500m long) in the world, you’ll see many famous peaks such as the Weisshorn, the Dom and finally the Matterhorn.

After the breakfast you’ll take a short descent to the bridge. The Charles Kuonen Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in the world and the crossing will definitely raise your heartbeat. After crossing the bridge you’ll walk along the Europaweg to the Täschalp. Along the way you’ll have magnificent views on the famous Matterhorn, which will get closer with every step you’ll do! At the Alp you’ll stop by the Europaweghütte for lunch. Don’t forget to try some of their cake!

Energized you’ll takle the last part of your Haute Route adventure. Given the weather conditions your guide will choose one of the many trails into Zermatt.

Transfers
Route
Accommodation

No transfers available on this stage!

Europahütte – Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge – Täschalp – Zermatt
Distance: 18.85 km / Ascent: 1182m / Descent: 1844m

No accommodation included in the tour price.

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Hannah

Solo Traveller

The trip was very well organised and a great challenge from start to finish. It was made a trip of a lifetime by our guide Joel who was top rate and made sure we got the absolute maximum from each day. The group size and mix were also perfect and I’ve made some great friends

20. September 2019

Natalie

Solo Traveller

Our tour guide, the food, the accommodation were great (ESPECIALLY Refuge le Peuty which was just amazing).

6. September 2019

Craig

Solo Traveller

The hosts were all round amazing. They were the foundation of the whole entire trip. Also lucky to get to share my experience with a fantastic bunch.

25. August 2019

Sarah

Couple Traveller

Raphael was a truly amazing guide. He kept us safe and gave us so much information about the environment and local culture. The organisation was seamless and the places we stayed exceptional.

2. August 2019

Lisa

Solo Traveller

An all-around brilliant trip, with excellent guidance and hospitality. Would recommend to people of all hiking backgrounds!

18. July 2019
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