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.
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.
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.
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.
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. We have family Haute Route trips for families with children under 16 years old, so please enquire directly for further details.