All the highlights of the famous Haute Route alpine trek, condensed into a shorter and more accessible package for keen hikers and ramblers.

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

THE MONT BLANC TO THE MATTERHORN - THE WALKER'S HAUTE ROUTE

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

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Advanced tech level

 

Available June - September

 

Group Size: 5 to 10

 

10 Days Hiking

 

Comfortable Accommodation

 

Fully qualified IML Guides

 

Half-Board Catered

 

Hiking at 2000-3000m

Famous as a ski touring itinerary in winter, the "Walker's Haute Route" takes in the same spectacular peaks but on summer hiking trails rather than snowy tracks.

This trip offers hikers and ramblers the opportunity to experience the high mountains of the Alps in all their glory, without requiring any technical mountaineering skills. This version of the Haute Route stays on lower trails than the classic version and follows a more linear passage, making it a great option for experienced walkers who want to enjoy the incredible scenery without tackling extreme terrain.

Starting off from the famous French ski resort of Chamonix Mont-Blanc, the route traverses the spine of the European Alps, passing through the delightful village of Arolla, to finish up in the mountaineering mecca of Zermatt in the shadow of the illustrious Matterhorn. Along the way you will pass lush meadows, snow-capped peaks, dense pine forests, magnificent glaciers, authentic mountain refuges, and charming villages.

Each day you will cover approximately 16km (10 miles) over undulating alpine trails, with some challenging ascents and steep descents. You'll traverse stunning high mountain passes at up to 3000m altitude, with absolutely breath-taking views from the top. Keen hikers with a good level of fitness will be in their element in this natural paradise.

Small groups sizes of up to just 10 people ensures that we can stay at authentic alpine huts, cosy gites, and friendly family-run hotels - making it a more personal and genuine experience than if we were restricted to big characterless hotels and restaurants. Your trip will be lead by English-speaking and fully qualified IML guides, with a great knowledge of the mountain environment, flora and fauna.

Dates

The Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn - The Walker's Haute Route dates - 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 guide and other group members 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, while you get to know your hiking companions.

Day 2 – Argentiere to Trient

A hearty breakfast will set you up for your first day on the trails. We leave the chalet behind and hike along the Petit Balcon Nord to Le Tour, where a gradual ascent brings us to the alpine pastures of Col du Balme (2186m), before dropping down into Switzerland on the other side. A simple hotel in the hamlet of Trient is our home for the night.

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

Day 3 – Col de Forclaz to Champex

Today starts with a quick ascent of the Col de Forclaz to the Chalet des Glaciers, where we can enjoy a morning coffee with a magnificent view of the Trient Glacier. Our first tough climb takes us through forests before opening out at the Fenetre d'Arpette, a high mountain pass with stunning views across the glaciers of the Trient Plateau. A steep drop down through the Val d'Arpette brings us to the pretty lakeside village of Champex, where we rest for the night.

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

Day 4 – Champex to Verbier

A relaxed start to the morning with a gentle hike through alpine meadows into Val des Bagnes, where we enjoy a cable car ride from Le Chable to Verbier. From the top of the cable car it is just over an hour's walk to Cabane du Mont Fort - an impressive old stone refuge with unbeatable views from its vantage point of 3330m. We will enjoy a traditional meal and watch the sun set over the mountains before falling into our bunks for a good night's sleep. 

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

Day 5 – Three Cols from Verbier to Prafleuri

One of our favourite days, this section offers dramatic views from beginning to end. We start by dropping down from Cabane du Mont Fort beneath towering cliffs, following the trail back up to our first of three cols - Col Termin at 2648m. From here we reach Col de Louvie at 2921m and then sharply downwards onto the edge of the Grand Desert Glacier, before heading back up to Col de Prafleuri at 2624m. It is then a short descent of about 360m to the Cabane de Prafleuri, where we spend our second night in a typical mountain hut.

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

Day 6 – Prafleuri to Arolla

We start today with a short sharp climb up to Col de Roux, overlooking the impressive Grande Dixence Dam and its reservoir "Lac des Dix". The trail then brings us gently down beside the lake and we follow it round to the far end, where we have another steep ascent up to the foot of Col de Riedmatten. From here we can either continue to the top of the col, or we can go for the more exciting option of the Pas de Chevre ladders to another col, before dropping down into our final destination of Arolla. Today's route offer splendid views of the Glacier des Dix, the distinctive pyramid of Mont Blanc de Chelion, and the famous ski touring terrain of the Pigne d'Arolla.

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

Day 7 – Arolla to La Sage

Halfway to our destination, we enjoy a nice leisurely day today with a gentle route through shaded woods to the beautiful waters of Lac Bleu. The trail continues gradually downhill, passing via a splendid gorge to pause for lunch in the charming hamlet of Les Hauderes. A short climb from here brings us to our stop for the night in the small farming village of La Sage.

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

Day 8 – Col de Torrent to Zinal

Feeling refreshed from our easy day yesterday, we step it up again today with the longest section of the route and two high cols to cross. First of the two is Col de Torrent, a long but gradual ascent up to 2912m, then we drop back down to Lac Moiry where we can picnic beside the incredibly scenic lake with views of the Dent Blanche (white tooth). From here we have another climb up to Col de Sorebois at 2835m, greeted at the top by amazing views of the Weisshorn and Zinal Rothorn. Take a few moments to enjoy the scenery and rest your legs, because we have a long steep descent down to Zinal before we can put our feet up for the day.

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

Day 9 – Zinal to Gruben

We start today with a steep but short climb up through a beautiful forest of larch before the trail mellows out to a gentle gradient, passing through lush meadows with wonderful views across the valley. We have the option of two routes today - either a traverse of the Col de la Forcletta (2874m) or of the Meidpass (2790m) - both excellent routes with stunning views glaciers. Your guide will decide which option is the best on the day, depending on the mountain conditions. Either way, you'll descend to Gruben via bucolic farmland and pretty alpine pastures before arriving at the quaint village.

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

Day 10 – Gruben to St. Niklaus

One of the most spectacularly scenic days of the trek, today we set off through fragrant forests and continue up to high mountain pastures. Our surroundings become more rugged and wild as we emerge into a rocky landscape, which opens up to absolutely breathtaking views as we continue onwards to Augstbordpass at 2894m. A steep descent takes us to our resting point in the popular ski town of St Niklaus.

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

Day 11 – Taschalp to Zermatt

Today we start with a taxi transfer to the remote cluster of cottages at Ottavan, high up in the Taschalp valley (2214m). This "shortcut" affords us more time to enjoy the wonderful high altitude trail that traverses the valley towards Zermatt and the incredible view of the Matterhorn, looming ever larger as we get closer to the end of our trek. We arrive in Zermatt in time to drop our bags at the hotel and explore the town before celebrating our adventure with dinner at a restaurant.

Distance: 12km

Ascent: 500m

Descent : 1100m

Day 12 – 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!

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

T-shirts

T-shirts

Technical gear

35 - 45 litres rucksack

35 - 45 litres rucksack

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

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.

Food & Drink

All meals are included except for lunches. Packed lunches can often be purchased at your accommodation, or we will pass shops and bakeries along the way. There may sometimes be the option to enjoy 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 each day.

Transport

All necessary transport as in the itinerary.

Transfer of luggage

Transfer of luggage between overnight accommodation (except for 2 nights spent in mountain huts)

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

Travel Insurance

It is an essential condition of joining our trekking trips that you have a valid travel insurance policy to cover 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.

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.

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!