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One Week Haute Route Hiking Tour

Hike the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt & see all the highlights in 1 week

The Haute Route is one of the most spectacular high mountain trek itineraries in the world, winding its way over remote alpine passes, traversing glaciers and passing beneath towering alpine peaks.

First completed by the English Alpine Club in the 19th century, the original Haute Route itinerary is 180km long and takes about 12 days to complete. Our 1 week Haute Route hike is thus designed for those who don’t have the time to do the full Haute Route or for those who would simply prefer to do a shorter trek. This magnificent alpine trekking tour is completed in 6 days without missing any of the highest points of the route and includes one short taxi transfer between Champex and Mauvoisin.

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.

From the start in the Chamonix Valley in France to the end in the famous Swiss town of Zermatt, you will accumulate about 8000 vertical metres of ascent and descent over the course of 6 unforgettable days.

Description

Accommodation

The first night will be spent at Yeti Lodge in Argentiere (see the additional information section). The remaining 5 nights will be booked in comfortable but often simple hotels, 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 all 8 days of the trip are included in the price. Packed lunches can be bought at the mountain huts 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 the everyone the option to eat wherever they like.

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.

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 planning your trip!

The minimum age on these trips is 16 years. 

Price

1795€

Price per person for a group of minimum 4 persons

Course Dates

2018
Start Date End Date Spaces
Jul 21 Jul 28 10
G
Aug 18 Aug 25 Full

G
  The Course is guaranteed to run


Included

Mountain Guide Fees

Our course includes 6 days of guiding and instruction by experienced UIAGM qualified mountain guide.

All our guides have been chosen for their lovely personality and high standard of skills.

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 Aiguille 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

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 persoanlised kit list.

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.

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.

Day 1

Meeting with your group and guides at the Yeti Lodge Chalet in Argentiere. The trip package starts with the dinner.

Day 2

A lift from Le Tour and short hike will take you to the Albert per hut (2 720m). You will practice crampon and ice axe techniques in the afternoon. Night in the hut.

Day 3

An early start from the hut allows us to make use of the best snow conditions underfoot, whilst the snow is still frozen. Today we cross over into Switzerland, by way of the Col Superior du Tour (3289m). At the col there are great views of the Mont Blanc range on one side and of the peaks of Switzerland (Valais Alps) to the other. We then cross the at, glaciated, Trient Plateau and descend to the Cabane d’Orny (2831m) for lunch. After lunch we follow a pleasant footpath, traversing the hillside to the small chairlift station of La Breya, from where we take a ride down to the idyllic village of Champex where we will meet with our transfer to the Canrion Hut (2462m) 

Day 4

Our route today ascends the Otemma Glacier, which runs through the heart of the Valais Alps. To reach the glacier we rst descend a short way to a gorge to access the Otemma Glacier which is stone covered initially. Now we can enjoy a long and easy-angled ascent, amongst spectacular mountain scenery, to reach the broad Col de Chermotane 3053m at the head of the valley. From here it is a steeper ascent to the Vignettes Hut (3160m) below the Pigne d'Arolla. The hut is in a very dramatic location surrounded by glaciers. We can see the next day's route over the Col de L'Eveque and the Bertol hut on the skyline across the valley. 

Day 5

Today we cross beneath the north face of the Petit Mont Collon on glaciated terrain to reach the Col de L'Eveque (3386m). This takes 3 hours. From here, we descend onto the Haute Glacier d'Arolla,

traversing snow slopes and then bare glacier. At the snout of the glacier, we pick up a trail leading towards a bergerie Plan de Bertol on the eastern slopes of the valley. Beyond this, we are faced with a 600 metre ascent to the Col de Bertol (3268m). Our overnight halt is at the Cabane de Bertol (3311m), which is spectacularly located at the col. Access to the hut is via an exciting series of ladders - a sting in the tail! This is a basic mountain refuge with no running water. There are good views eastwards to the Matterhorn and the Dent Blanche. 

Day 6

This is our crux day and involves another early start. (Note: we do need good weather to climb the Tete Blanche and then make the descent down the heavily crevassed Stockji Glacier). We descend the ladders from the hut, rope up and start the long, gentle ascent of the Mont Mine Glacier, heading for the easy snow peak of the Tete Blanche (3724m). This takes 3 to 4 hours and as a reward for the ascent we are treated to even more impressive views of the Matterhorn. We descend by way of the complex and heavily crevassed Stockji Glacier to our exit point at the Stockji (a rocky island in the middle of this glaciated terrain). Here, we pick up a narrow trail which traverses steep slopes, leading to an alpine path on a moraine on the north side of the valley. This nice path does not last for long! Now we have to cross the huge rock-covered glacier below the Zmutt Ridge of the Matterhorn and pick our way up steep moraines to the Schonbiel Hut, a welcoming but basic hut in green meadows. The hut has washing facilities but no showers. We take lunch at the hut and have the afternoon on the sunny terrace, spotting climbers on the Matterhorn. 

Day 7

Today, we make the easy, yet splendid 3-hour walk down to Furi. From where we take the Klien Matterhorn cable car to its top. From here we make an easy ascent of the Breithorn 4164m (2 hrs/ 360m ascent) returning by the same route. We take the cable car back down to Zermatt. From here an easy amble through Zermatt in time for a late lunch. After booking into our hotel in Zermatt there is time to look around or relax before dinner. 

Day 8

Leaving day. This holiday package ends with breakfast.

Haute Route hiking tour Chamonix to Zermatt
Haute Route hiking tour Chamonix to Zermatt
Haute Route hiking tour Chamonix to Zermatt
Haute Route hiking tour Chamonix to Zermatt
Haute Route hiking tour Chamonix to Zermatt
Haute Route hiking tour Chamonix to Zermatt
Haute Route hiking tour Chamonix to Zermatt
Haute Route hiking tour Chamonix to Zermatt
Haute Route hiking tour Chamonix to Zermatt
Haute Route hiking tour Chamonix to Zermatt
Haute Route hiking tour Chamonix to Zermatt
Haute Route hiking tour Chamonix to Zermatt
Haute Route hiking tour Chamonix to Zermatt
Haute Route hiking tour Chamonix to Zermatt
Haute Route hiking tour Chamonix to Zermatt
Haute Route hiking tour Chamonix to Zermatt

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

Technical gear

Ice Axe

Ice Axe

Harness

Harness

Telescopic poles

Telescopic poles

Screwgate carabiner

Screwgate carabiner

60 - 120 cm tape sling

60 - 120 cm tape sling

Climbing helmet

Climbing helmet

35 - 45 litres rucksack

35 - 45 litres rucksack

Crampons

Crampons

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

Sleeping bag liner

Sleeping bag liner

Argentiere accommodation

Yeti Lodge

Yeti Lodge are modern, comfortable chalets situated in a quiet hamlet of Argentiere.
This accommodation is on shared basis in twin rooms and includes breakfast and dinner.
Facilities include :

• Sauna
• Hot tub
• Parking
• UK Freeview and French TV
• Free WIFI
• Safe deposit boxes
• Ski Room
• IPOD compatible docking station

Staying in Mountain Huts

The high alpine huts are one of the big attractions to mountaineering or trekking in the Alps. They allow us the time to enjoy the mountains with only light packs and without having to worry about meals or finding somewhere to sleep! Most huts have only very basic facilities. Sleeping arrangements are in mixed sex dormitory-style rooms with bunks; there can be up to 20 people in one room.

Washing facilities are limited and generally there is no running water in any of the huts although this may vary in some huts. There are basins in which you can use bottled water to wash and clean your teeth, but they are NOT generally in private cubicles and are mixed sex. Toilets are generally septic-tank type (so non-flushing) and again mixed sex. You need to be prepared for simple living in the huts and appreciate they are located at high altitude and in inhospitable terrain.
A 3-course evening meal and breakfast are served by the guardian and his team and food is usually nourishing and filling. Beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks are also available. All food and drink in the huts is delivered by helicopter and consequently prices will be high e.g. between 3- 5€ or 8CHF for a 1.5 litre bottle of still water.

1) On arriving at the hut you must take off your boots and leave these together with your ice-axe and crampons in the foyer. Be sure to store these carefully as the hut is likely to get very busy and you’ll need to find all your kit in the morning rush!
2) House slippers are provided and must be worn in the hut
3) Your guide will register you with the guardian and will assign you your bunk
4) Follow the instructions of your guide and keep requests to the guardian and his team to a minimum – they are usually very busy sorting out groups, cooking meals, keeping the hut clean
5) In the morning your guide will often want to leave early – be sure to have all your kit ready to go the night before. Be organized and everything will be much easier!
6) It is recommended to bring ear-plugs for the nights – but make sure that you get up on time!

Mountain rescue insurance

We don’t include the mountain rescue insurance in any of our courses. A rescue may be very expensive, particularly if helicopters are involved. Check with your travel insurance provider if you are covered for the specific activity you are going to do with us.

However, we can organise the mountain rescue insurance for you.The cost is 8€ per person per day for EU residents and 12€ per person per day for non-EU residents. Details of the insurance cover are different for EU and non-EU residents, please contact us for more informations.