Discover the highlights of the classic Haute Route hike from Chamonix to Zermatt with a fully qualified UIAGM mountain guide. This incredible high alpine trek from France to Switzerland takes you from the foot of Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn over 10 days.

Traverse High Peaks & Deep Valleys with a Hiking Guide
An iconic alpine route adapted to suit hikers rather than mountaineers
Fully Supported & Guided Trekking Tour
Accommodation, food, transport & luggage all taken care of
Tread in the Footsteps of 19th Century Explorers
Hike all the highlights of the Haute Route from Mont Blanc to Matterhorn

HIKER’S HAUTE ROUTE

Hike from Mont Blanc to Matterhorn, following in the footsteps of the famous Haute Route

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Price per person for group of 5 people minimum

   

Intermediate tech level

 

Group Size: 5 to 10

 

10 Days Hiking

 

IML Guide

 

Comfortable Accommodation

 

Half-Board Catered

 

Hiking at 2000-3000m

 

Mont Blanc to Matterhorn

This legendary trekking tour traverses some of the most beautiful peaks and valleys in the Alps, from Chamonix in France to Zermatt in Switzerland. Inspired by the famous Haute Route, the itinerary has been adapted to follow lower trails that are more suited to hiking than to mountaineering, allowing you to enjoy all the highlights without needed any technical alpine experience.

On this tour you will stay some nights in high mountain huts where you can admire sunsets over majestic alpine landscapes. Other nights will be spent in basic but comfortable hotels or hostels, usually in small Swiss villages where you can sample local cuisine and enjoy the simple pleasures of life in the Alps.

Along the route you will have time to get acquainted with the mountain environment, becoming adept at traversing high ridges and climbing steep cols 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.This legendary trekking tour traverses some of the most beautiful peaks and valleys in the Alps, from Chamonix in France to Zermatt in Switzerland. Inspired by the famous Haute Route, the itinerary has been adapted to follow lower trails that are more suited to hiking than to mountaineering, allowing you to enjoy all the highlights without needed any technical alpine experience.

On this tour you will stay some nights in high mountain huts where you can admire sunsets over majestic alpine landscapes. Other nights will be spent in basic but comfortable hotels or hostels, usually in small Swiss villages where you can sample local cuisine and enjoy the simple pleasures of life in the Alps.

Along the route you will have time to get acquainted with the mountain environment, becoming adept at traversing high ridges and climbing steep cols as you pass through diverse and beautiful landscapes. All this will be done under the guidance of one of our highly qualified and experienced trekking 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.

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 10 – Gruben to St. Niklaus

Plenty of variety today as we start by hiking through woodland, to reach high pastures, continuing up through a dramatic rocky landscape, before reaching our final col at Augstbordpass (2894m). Take a moment to absorb some of the most stunning scenery in the Alps from this elevated viewpoint before we drop back down through the delightful alpine hamlet of Jungu and on to St. Niklaus. Our accommodation for tonight is in a hotel.

Distance: 18km
Ascent: 1450m
Descent: 2200m
Hiking Time: 7-8 hours
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/559941968

Day 9 – Zinal to Gruben

Another long day but with much less ascent makes today feel a lot easier than yesterday. We start with a steep but short climb up through a larch forest to a plateau where the trail levels out into a gentle traverse across alpine meadows. We follow an undulating trail across the mountains until we come to a decision between crossing either Col de la Forcletta (2874m) or Meidpass (2790m). Both routes are incredibly beautiful and your guide will decide which one offers the best conditions on the day. The descents from either route offer wonderful views of the surrounding peaks and glaciers, passing down through summer pastures and larch forests, hiking past ancient farmhouses into the Turtmanntal valley and the village of Gruben, where we stay in a hotel for the night.

Distance: 18km
Ascent: 1450m
Descent: 1300m
Hiking Time: 9 hours
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/559940199

Day 8 – Col de Torrent to Zinal

We make up for yesterdays leisurely hike with an early start and two big climbs today. The first is Col de Torrent at 2912m, a long but steady climb with good conditions underfoot. A descent down to Lac de Moiry gives us the chance to rest and stop for lunch, before we tackle the second steeper climb up to Col de Sorebois, just shy of 3000m at the summit. Magnificent views of the Weisshorn, Dent Blanche, and Zinalrothorn surround us from our high viewpoint. A two hour descent brings us down to our hotel in Zinal, where can fall into bed knowing that the hardest day of the tour is done.

Distance: 23km
Ascent: 2000m
Descent: 2000m
Hiking Time: 9 hours
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/604466716

Day 7 – Arolla to La Sage

A beautiful day of lakes and forests awaits us today. We enjoy a gentle stroll through woodland to Lac Bleu, and then make an easy descent through a splendid gorge to reach the pretty little village of Les Haudères. We’ll stop for lynch here before making a short climb up to the quaint commune of La Sage, where we will stay in a gite. A nice easy day with no big climbs or long distances!

Distance: 12km
Ascent: 650m
Descent: 1000m
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/559938859

Day 6 – Prafleuri to Arolla

We start the day with a short steep climb up to Col des Roux at 2804m, before dropping back down to the water’s edge at Lac de Dix. We follow the lake around until we reach another steep trail that leads us to the foot of Col de Riedmatten, where we can choose between two options: either climb the col or follow an impressive series of ladders to Pas de Chèvres. Whichever option we choose, we will still be treated to breathtaking views of Glacier de Dix and the Pigne d’Arolla. We follow a trail back down to Arolla and settle into our hotel accommodation.

Distance: 18km
Ascent: 1000m
Descent: 1600m
Hiking Time: 7-8 hours
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/559937348

Day 5 – Verbier to Cabane de Prafleuri

Today we cross no less than three high mountain passes, traversing through spectacular landscapes and rewarded by stunning views. Starting off beneath towering cliff faces, we hike up to Col Termin at 2648m, and on to Col de Louvie at 2921m, before pushing on up beside the Grand Desert Glacier to reach the Col de Prafleuri at our highest point of 2987m. From here it is a short descent to the Cabane de Prafleuri, our resting place until tomorrow. 

Distance: 12km
Ascent: 1200m
Descent: 1000m
Hiking Time: 8 hours

Day 4 – Champex to Verbier

A nice gentle day today, starting with a stroll through alpine meadows of Sembrancher and Le Châble into the Val de Bagnes. From Le Châble we take the cable car, riding high above the valley to reach Verbier (the cable car is occasionally closed during quiet periods, in which case we take a taxi). An hour’s hike brings us to the Cabane du Mont Fort, a traditional mountain refuge with magnificent views of the Massif du Mont Blanc and the Grand Combin. We stay the night in the mountains, enjoying a peaceful sunset and a good dinner before bed. 

Distance: 15km
Ascent: 600m
Descent: 1200m
Hiking Time: 5-6 hours
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/559931630

Day 3 – Col de Forclaz to Champex

A short climb brings us up to the Col de Forclaz, and then on to the Chalet des Glaciers, a little café where we can enjoy a coffee beside the impressive Trient Glacier. The trail then becomes steeper as we pass over varied terrain and enjoy increasingly elevated views of the valley, eventually reaching the Fenêtre d'Arpette. The stunning views across the Trient Plateau make the effort worthwhile. A steep descent brings us down to the lovely lakeside town of Champex, where we spend the night.

Distance: 18km
Ascent: 2000m
Descent: 1900m
Hiking Time: 8 hours
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/570899131

Day 2 – Argentiere to Trient

Setting off from Yeti Lodge after a hearty breakfast, we begin our tour on the pleasant Petit Balcon Nord, hiking north along the Chamonix valley to Le Tour. Our first ascent of the trip is up to the Col du Balme at 2186m, where we cross from France into Switzerland, dropping down through alpine meadows into the Trient Valley. We spend our first night in a simple hotel in this charming little village.

Distance: 15km
Ascent: 1350m
Descent: 1400m
Hiking Time: 6-7 hours
https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/559921896

Day 12 – Leaving Day

Enjoy a last breakfast with your hiking companions. The trip package ends after breakfast. Don’t forget to swap email addresses so that you can share photos of your trip!

Learning Outcomes

This trip does not require any prior alpine experience other than hiking and good physical fitness. As well as guiding you along the route, your trek leader will share their local knowledge and mountain expertise with you. It is a great opportunity to learn more about the alpine environment, for a & fauna, mountain safety, weather conditions, etc.

Level Requirements

This is a challenging and long-distance alpine trek; there is no technical terrain so you do need experience in rock climbing or traversing glaciers, but a good level of fitness is required. We recommend building up your endurance with a programme of sports such as running, cycling, or swimming as well as going on hikes over hilly terrain when possible.

Equipment

Clothing

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

Warm gloves

Warm gloves

Thin gloves

Thin gloves

Sun hat

Sun hat

Hiking boots

Hiking boots

Hiking trousers

Hiking trousers

Tshirt and shorts for hot weather days

Tshirt and shorts for hot weather days

Technical gear

35 - 45 litres rucksack

35 - 45 litres rucksack

Extras

Sunglasses

Sunglasses

Water bottle (1 litre minimum)

Water bottle (1 litre minimum)

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

Towel

Towel

Earplugs

Earplugs

Included or not

Included

Guide Fees

10 days of guided hiking by a qualified mountain leader.

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

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you take our Search and Rescue mountain insurance - we can organise this for you on request.

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.

Personal Equipment

Please see the "Equipment" tab to find out what you will need. Anything that you do not already have can be rented here in Chamonix, if there is anything you need then please contact us and we will be happy to organise it for you.

For private customised guiding, please contact us directly to confirm your personalised kit list.

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 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 & Drinks

Breakfast and dinner for the 10 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.

Spending Money

You should make an allowance for additional snacks, drinks etc. Note: bottled water is very expensive when bought in the huts. Beer, wine and soft drinks are available every night. Please note that almost the entire route is in Switzerland and you should take most of your money in Swiss francs. Approximately CHF150 plus around 50 Euros should adequately cover typical personal spending requirements. There are ATM's in Geneva airport where you can withdraw cash in either currency. There are also cash point facilities in Argentiere and in Zermatt. If you are intending to hire or purchase items of equipment, you should budget accordingly.

Baggage Allowance

You will need a daypack of around 30-40 litres as well as your luggage. For international flights please check your baggage allowance with your airline. Whilst in the mountains you will leave your main bag and travel clothes in your accommodation in Argentiere and these will be transported to your final hotel in Zermatt. During the trek you will carry all your personal equipment in your daypack, so it is important to keep the overall weight of this equipment to a minimum. Neither a sleeping bag nor a camping mattress is needed and it should be possible to keep the weight of your pack to under 10kg.

Private Haute Route

If you are traveling with a group of friends or just wish to do this trip on your own, we will be delighted to organise a custom made, private Haute Route hiking itinerary for you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us so that we can plan your trip!