See the major highlights of the Haute Route hike from Chamonix to Zermatt in 1 week with a fully qualified UIAGM mountain guide. This high alpine trek from France to Switzerland will take you from the foot of Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn over 6 days

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ONE WEEK HAUTE ROUTE HIKING TOUR

Trek the Haute Route from Mont Blanc to Matterhorn

From 1,795.00€

Price per person for a group of minimum 4 persons

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Advanced tech level

 

Guiding ratio 1:6

 

Groups of 6 maximum

 

6 days of hiking

 

7 nights in huts and hotels

 

Available June - September

Ideal for hikers who want to pack as much adventure as possible into a short time frame.

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 meters of ascent and descent over the course of 6 unforgettable days.

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!

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.

Additional Services

Equipment hire

Please see the list of recommended equipment on the other tab. Most technical equipment can be rented here in Chamonix, please contact us if you would like prices and advice on whatever you need. Chamonix has dozens of outdoor shops selling everything from basic head torches to expedition standard sleeping bags, so whatever you don't already have you can find it here.

Insurance

We highly recommend that you take out specific insurance for mountain activities. We can organise this at a cost of 8€ per day for EU citizens and 12€ per day for non-EU citizens. This will cover you for search and rescue services, evacuation by helicopter and emergency medical treatment. You should also make sure that you have adequate travel insurance that covers you for the usual things such as cancelled flights, lost luggage, hospital treatment, etc. Please contact us to organise mountain rescue insurance for your trip.

Airport transfers

We can help you to organise your transport to/from Chamonix. We work with well-established airport transfer companies which use new and comfortable vehicles and which have the capacity and know-how to handle everything from delayed and cancelled flights, to unexpected traffic jams with professionalism and efficiency.

To book your transfer, we will need the following:
  • Your full name
  • Mobile phone number
  • Email address
  • Your destination address
  • Your flight details (date, time and flight number)
SHARED TRANSFERS:

This is the most economic and ecologically friendly way of travel. The driver will meet and greet you at the airport, gather you and the rest of the passenger group together and then head off to your chosen destination. The door-to-door service means that you will be dropped off and picked up right at your hotel /chalet / apartment. From 40€ per person for one-way and 80€ per person for a return trip.

PRIVATE TRANSFERS:

Private Transfers are the quickest way to get to and from the airport. Your driver will meet and greet you at the airport and guide you to your vehicle. There is no waiting for other passengers. Private transfers are available for one to eight person bookings and travelling together and you are guaranteed sole occupancy of the vehicle for your transfer. And, of course, it's a door-to-door service, so you won't be lugging any bags very far. 250€ per car for one-way and 500€ per car for a return trip.

Practical Information

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 teveryone the option to eat wherever they like.

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!

Spending Money

You should make an allowance for additional snacks, drinks etc. Note: bottled water, if bought in the huts, is very expensive. 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

For this holiday you should take one piece of luggage and a daypack (of around 30 - 40 litres). For international flights please check your baggage allowance with your airline. Since group members will carry all personal equipment during the trek, 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 10 kg.

Whilst in the mountains you will leave your main bag and travel clothes in the group’s hotel/chalet in Argentiere and these will be transported to your final hotel in Zermatt. Luggage with wheels can be useful for this holiday.

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival day

Meeting with your group and guides at the Yeti Lodge Chalet in Argentiere. The trip package starts with the dinner (the dinner is not included in the trip price).

Day 2 Argentiere to Albert 1er hut (2702m)

A cable car lift from Le Tour to Col du Balme, followed by a short hike will take you to the Albert per hut (2 720m). You will practice crampon and ice axe techniques on the Glacier du Tour in the afternoon. Night in the hut.

Ascent 600m

Descent 80m

Distance 4km

Day 3 Col Superior du Tour (3289m) and to Chanrion hut (2462m)

Hike up to the Col Superior du Tour (3 289m) and down to the Cabane d’Orny in Switzerland and lift down to Champex. Night in a gite with a dormitory type accommodation. 

Ascent 760m

Descent 640m

Distance 9km

Day 4 Otemma Glacier to the Vignettes Hut (3160m)

We will ascend the Otemma Glacier, which runs through the heart of the Valais Alps. To reach the glacier we first 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.

Time 5 – 6 h

Day 5 Cabane de Bertol (3311m)

Hike up to the Col de L’Eveque (3 392m), across the glacier Arolla and up to the Bertol glacier with overnight at the Bertol hut. 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.

Ascent 1230m

Descent 1070m 

Distance 14km

Day 6 Tete Blanche (3724m – optional), Stockji Glacier to Schonbeil hut (1608m)

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). 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. 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.

Time 7 – 8 h

Day 7 Breithorn (4164m summit) and to Zermatt

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 (the dinner is nit included in the trip price). 

Time 6 – 7h

Day 8 Leaving day

This holiday package ends with breakfast.

Dates

One Week Haute Route Hiking Tour dates - 2018

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July 21, 2018
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1,795.00€
August 18, 2018
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1,795.00€
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Fully Booked
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Included or not

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

5 nights on half board basis and 2 nights on B&B basis (Arrival day and D7)

Group Equipment

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

Lift passes

The cost of any lift access that is required during the course for the itinerary described above. 

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. 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 perdoanlised kit list.

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.

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.

Insurance

Search and rescue insurance is obligatory on these trips. Please check that your insurance will cover your chosen activity. 

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

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