Hike the original Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt - the classic high Alpine trek that links Mont Blanc with the Matterhorn across a series of the most spectacular peaks and mountain passes in Europe. Stunning scenery every step of the way!

CLASSIC HAUTE ROUTE HIKING TOUR

Hike the High Alpine Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt in 2 weeks

From 2,745.00€

Price per person for groups of minimum 5 persons

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Advanced tech level

 

Available June - August

 

10 nights in mountain huts

 

1 night in a chalet

 

1 night in a hotel

 

Groups of 5 - 6

 

11 days of hiking

This is the original Haute Route, the great classic high Alpine trek from Chamonix to Zermatt. This trip links two of the most iconic mountains in the world - Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn - and will take you over a spectacular series of high mountain passes and vast glaciers from France to Switzerland.

First completed by the English Alpine Club in the 19th century, this classic trek, “The High Level Route”, is 120km long and covers over 10 000 vertical metres of ascent and descent. You will complete the hike over 12 challenging but incredibly rewarding days. Please see the 'Level Requirements' section below to see if you have the necessary strength and fitness to join us on the Haute Route tour.

Along the Haute Route you will stay in high mountain huts where you can admire sunsets over majestic alpine landscapes. You will have time to practice and bring to perfection the fundament skills of mountaineering and glacier travel, as you pass through diverse and beautiful landscapes.

All this will be done under the guidance of one of our highly qualified and experienced mountain guides, who will not only lead the way but will also share their expert knowledge of the area with you, making it a unique and unforgettable experience.

 

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Classic Haute Route Hiking Tour dates - 2020

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June 21, 2020
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July 05, 2020
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July 19, 2020
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August 02, 2020
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Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival day

Arrival day at your chalet in Argentiere, you will be welcomed by the Yeti Lodge team and shown to your room. You can then either relax at the chalet or go for a stroll around Argentiere until the rest of your group arrives. You will meet your group and guide in the evening for a briefing about the itinerary, the weather and conditions. You can check with your guide if you have all the equipment required and ask any questions. The trip package begins with a three-course dinner at Yeti Lodge.

Day 2 - Argentiere to Albert 1er Hut

A short cable car ride up from Le Tour and a hike of 2-3 hours brings us to the Albert Premier hut at 2720m. This is the perfect place to practice crampon and ice axe techniques in the afternoon. We will have dinner at the hut and spend the night here.

Distance: 4km
Ascent: 600m
Descent: 80m
Hiking Time: 2 hours
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/407273053

Day 3 – Col Superior du Tour to La Fouly, via Cabane d'Orny

We leave the Albert 1er hut early in the morning when the snow is still frozen, to catch the best conditions underfoot. Making our way across the Col Superior du Tour (3289m) into Switzerland. From here we cross the glacial terrain of the Trient Plateau, before dropping down the Orny Glacier to the Cabane d’Orny (2831m) where we enjoy a short break and wonderful scenery. A pleasant descent of about 2 hours brings us to the La Breya chairlift, which takes us down to the pretty lakeside village of Champex where we take a taxi to La Fouly and lay our heads for the night in dormitory accommodation. There is a small supermarket here to stock up on trail snacks and essential items.

Distance: 12km
Ascent: 850m
Descent: 1300m
Time: 8 hours
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1907686493

Day 4 – Col du Neve de la Rousse to Bourg Saint Pierre

A gentle walk out of La Fouly leads to a steeper trail up to Col du Neve de la Rousse at 2752m, a tranquil spot where you have a good chance of spotting marmots, chamois, bouquetins, and other alpine wildlife. From this elevated pass you can also take in wonderful views of the Mont Blanc massif and across to the Grand Combin. A long but steady descent takes us past the snowy waters of the wonderfully-named lake Gouille du Dragon (dragon’s puddle!) and on to Bourg Saint Pierre. We stop here for the night - make the most of your last chance for a hot shower! You'll also be able to buy a few snacks and delve into your trek bag for a change of clothes and any items that you might want.

Distance 16km
Ascent 1350m
Descent 1140m
Hiking Time: 7-8 hours
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/407275921

Day 5 – Col de la Vuardette to Cabane Brunet via Mont Rogneux

We start today with a long but gradual climb towards Tour des Combins. Shortly after crossing Col de La Vuardette at 2440m we traverse across to Pointe de Boveire at 2493m. A descent along a lesser-trodden trail brings us into the La Chaudiere valley and then up again to the west ridge of Mont Rogneux, where we have some fun scrambling over easy terrain to the summit cross at 3083m. We descend via the east ridge, passing a lake on the way down to Pindin where we pick up the 4x4 track that takes us easily down to Cabane Brunet at 2103m – our home for tonight.

Distance: 14km
Ascent: 1400m
Descent: 1000m
Hiking Time: 8 hours
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/407276432

Day 6 - Cabane Brunet to Cabane Panossière

Today is a relatively easy day, starting with a leisurely breakfast at the Brunet hut before setting off along a pleasant hillside trail and crossing over a pretty stream. The route continues past some old “bergeries” (shepherds' huts) at La Maya and then begins to climb up to another bridge, this one crossing the flowing melt water of theCorbassièreglacier. We carry on to Plan Gali and make our last ascent of the day up to Cabane Panossière at 2669m. We'll spend the afternoon enjoying a late lunch and relaxing on the terrace with a magnificent view of Grand Combin. The hut has a free open air shower, complete with mountain view, or you can pay to use the new indoor showers.

Distance: 8km
Ascent: 880m
Descent: 340m
Hiking Time: 3-4 hours
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/407277621

Day 7 – Col des Otannes to Cabane de Chanrion

A bright and early start today, beginning with a climb up to the Col des Otannes at 2846m, where in good weather we have fantastic views across the crevasses of the Corbassière Glacier to the impressive summit of the Grand Combin. We then drop down to the Mauvoisin dam where we can refuel with coffee and cake! We continue across the top of the dam to follow a long but gentle ascent alongside the lake to Col de Tsofeiret. From here it is a short sharp descent to our night stop at the Cabane de Chanrion, a beautiful place amid summer pastures and surrounded by mountain lakes where you can enjoy a refreshing dip, if you're brave enough. Our trek bags will be available if we want a change of clothes.

Distance: 18km
Ascent: 1900m
Descent: 2100m
Hiking Time: 7-8 hours
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1907666787

Day 8 – Cabane de Chanrion to Cabane des Dix via 4 Cols

Today is a big day in which we cross no less than four mountain passes, leaving behind the green landscape of the lower Alps to enter into the rocky and icy terrain of the glaciers. We start by climbing back up to Col de Tsofeiret into a more rugged environment, with the spectacular view of the Brenay Glacier in the distance. The second climb up to Col de Lire Rose (3115m) is a good place for seeing the famous edelweiss flower and spotting ibex. A steep descent brings us to the boulder-strewn glacier, before climbing back up to Col de Mont Rouge at 3325m; we may need to use crampons at this point to get across the steep snow slope. The final climb brings us across the Gietro Glacier to reach the Col de Cheilon then it's a short glacial descent to the Cabane des Dix (2928m), a comfortable hut renowned for serving good food. If we make good time we may arrive in time for a hot lunch and then we can relax and enjoy the surroundings. This hut has a basic 'panoramic' open-air shower.

Distance: 10km
Ascent: 900m
Descent: 450m
Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/1907670870

Day 9 – Pigne d’Arolla to Cabane des Vignettes

Another early start today, in preparation for the reaching the highest point of our route at almost 4000m. The day starts with a short descent from the Cabane des Dix hut to the Glacier de Cheilon, where we put on our crampons and rope ourselves up ready for a glacial traverse. The climb up to Col de la Serpentine is a dramatic one, surrounded by deep crevasses and looming rocks. Once at the col we'll take a quick breather and take in the incredible view of the Matterhorn and the Dent d’Herons before ascending a short but steep ice slope. From here we reach the easier upper slopes of the Pigne d’Arolla as we hike up to the summit at 3796m, 360 degree views make it worth the effort. After a short glacial descent we should arrive at the Vignettes hut (3160m) in time for lunch, then we can spend the afternoon relaxing in impressive surroundings before settling in for the night.

Distance: 8km
Ascent: 1140m
Descent: 700m
Hiking Time: 6-7 hours
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/407281559

Day 10 - Col de l'Évêque to the Cabane de Bertol

From our resting place at the Cabane des Vignettes, we traverse glacial terrain beneath the north face of Petit Mont Collon to reach Col L’Évêque at 3386m. The icy adventure continues as we cross the snowy slopes and bare glacier of the Haute Glacier d’Arolla, descending to a small trail at the snout of the glacier. Following the trail across the eastern slopes of the valley towards Plan de Bertol, we then have one last climb of about 600m to reach Col de Bertol at 3268m where we will find our lodging at Cabane de Bertol. Reaching the hut is via a series of ladders, an exciting way to end one of the routes more challenging days!

Distance 14km

Ascent 1230m

Descent 1070m

Hiking Time: 8-9 hourshttps://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/407282420

Day 11 – Stockji Glacier to Schönbiel Hutte

Another early start today so that we have the opportunity to ascend Tête Blanche if conditions are good. We start by clambering back down the ladders from the Bertol hut and then roping up to traverse the Glacier du Mont Miné and summit the snow-topped peak of Tête Blanche at 3724m – a beautiful but easy ascent rewarded by magnificent views of the Matterhorn. To descend we must navigate the deep crevasses of the Stockji Glacier until we reach a narrow trail that takes us across steep slopes traversing the glacial moraine on the north side of the valley. Crossing beneath the Smutt Ridge of the Matterhorn, we eventually reach our destination and enjoy lunch on the sunny terrace of the Schönbiel hut, surrounded by green alpine meadows.

Distance 13km

Ascent 890m

Descent 1440m

Hiking Time: 6-7 hours

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/407282979

Day 12 - Schönbiel Hutte to Zermatt

We finish the trip with an easy hike from the hut down to the town of Zermatt. This is a lovely 4 hour descent through alpine meadows, pretty woodland, and charming little hamlets – all overlooked by the imposing north face of the Matterhorn. We’ll arrive into Zermatt in time for lunch and then the afternoon is free to relax with a celebratory drink or to explore the town before dinner. Our last night is spent in a hotel in the town.

Distance 7km

Ascent 150m

Descent 790m

Hiking Time: 4 hours

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/407283606

Day 13 – Leaving Day

Enjoy a last breakfast with your Haute Route companions. Don’t forget to swap email addresses so that you can share photos of your trip!

Level Requirements

This is a high alpine trek involving scrambling, climbing over snow slopes and travelling roped-up over glaciers using crampons and ice axes. You will walk an average of 6-8 hours each day at altitudes of over 3500m, you should be fit and able to hike challenging terrain for up to 8 hours without getting too tired. You will carry all your personal equipment (a well packed rucksack should not exceed 8kg). It is essential that you prepare yourself for this trip by regularly practicing any kind of endurance sport such as ski touring, hiking, running, biking or swimming. We also recommend core strength exercises - Pilates and yoga are perfect.

Equipment

Clothing

Mountaineering boots

Mountaineering boots

Warm hat

Warm hat

Thermal underwear

Thermal underwear

Fleece or woollen layers

Fleece or woollen layers

Light puffer jacket

Light puffer jacket

Windproof and waterproof jacket

Windproof and waterproof jacket

Windproof and waterproof trousers

Windproof and waterproof trousers

Thin gloves

Thin gloves

Gaiters

Gaiters

Sun hat

Sun hat

Hiking trousers

Hiking trousers

Warm gloves

Warm gloves

Technical gear

Ice Axe

Ice Axe

Harness

Harness

Telescopic poles

Telescopic poles

Climbing helmet

Climbing helmet

35 - 45 litres rucksack

35 - 45 litres rucksack

Crampons

Crampons

25-30 litres rucksack

25-30 litres rucksack

Screwgate carabiner

Screwgate carabiner

Other essentials

Sunglasses

Sunglasses

Water bottle - Ideally two 1L bottles

Water bottle - Ideally two 1L bottles

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Headlamp with fresh batteries

Headlamp with fresh batteries

Washbag and toiletries

Washbag and toiletries

Earplugs

Earplugs

Optional items

Sleeping bag liner

Sleeping bag liner

Included or not

Included

Guide Fees

12 days of guiding and instruction by a UIAGM qualified mountain guide.

Accommodation

All accommodation, as described in the itinerary.

Group Equipment

Ropes, safety equipment, etc will be provided when needed by your guide.

Office Support

Our team is based at the foot of the Aiguillle du Midi cable car and will be happy to help you with any questions you may have before, during or after your trip to Chamonix.

Not Included

Personal Equipment

Please see the "Equipment" tab to find out what you will need on this trip / course.  For private customised guiding, please contact us directly to confirm your personalised kit list.

Insurance

Travel insurance including a mountain search and rescue insurance is mandatory on all our trips (we can organise the mountai search and rescue insurance for you on request). We highly advice to have a policy covering the cost of medical treatment and to protect the value of your holiday in the event of cancellation. When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary.

Food & Drink

The price does not include lunch or snacks. You can bring your own food and we can stop for a picnic, or there may be the option to buy lunch at a mountain hut. Please make sure that you are carrying sufficient water and snacks as we will be in the mountains for a number of hours.

Accommodation in Chamonix

Accommodation in Chamonix is not included in the price but we would be happy to advise or organise it on request.

Travel to Chamonix

The price does not include flights, airport transfers or any other travel to/from Chamonix. However, we can organise airport transfers for you on request, please contact us for details.

Practical Information

Accommodation

The first night will be spent at Yeti Lodge in Argentiere, enjoy the luxury of the hot tub and sauna before you embark on your adventure! The remaining 12 nights will be booked in comfortable but often simple lodgings, and the final night will be in a hotel in Zermatt. This is an alpine trek where accommodation options are limited but sufficient; mountain hut accommodation is on a mixed, dormitory-style basis. The washing facilities and mobile phone coverage are limited and there is no internet access. No sleeping bag is needed as warm covers are provided. For hygienic reasons, sleeping bag liners are obligatory.

Food

Breakfast and dinner for the 12 days of the trip are included in the price. Food in the mountain huts is usually simple but always tasty and filling, expect to discover many local dishes and alpine specialties. Most dietary requirements can be catered for, please let us know in advance. Packed lunches can be bought at the mountain huts or along the way and on most days there will be the possibility of having a hot lunch either at a hut that we pass on the route or a late lunch at our overnight hut, depending on your choice you should allow €10-20 or CHF15-30 per lunch. Snacks can also be bought at the huts, or you can bring your own with you. Dinner on the last evening in Zermatt is not included in the price in order to give everyone the option to eat wherever they like.

The tap water in towns and villages is clean and safe to drink. Mountain huts generally have a limited supply of tap water and so drinking water is sold in plastic bottles; a filter bottle or purification tablets are a good idea for refilling from streams during the day.