Haute Route -The Alpine Legend

Self-Guided

Trip Style

Mountainous

Availability

Mid-June to End of September

Highlight

Picturesque villages; Massive glaciers and Majestic Peaks

Price from

530 EUR

 

Grade

The Haute Route is a cross-country route running between Chamonix, France and Zermatt, Switzerland. First charted by English adventurers at the end of the 19th Century, this route follows the 100 km glacier walk or ski from the Chamonix valley; home of Mont Blanc, to Zermatt; home of the Matterhorn.

 

Our team has specially designed this trip for adventurous minded people that want a maximum of comfort during this hike. During 8 days you will discover the best of the famous “Haute Route” from Les Haudères to Zermatt: picturesque villages, massive glaciers, majestic 4000m peaks! During the day you will only have to take your day pack, as we transfer the rest of your luggage to the next stage (except day 2,4,6 where you will need your overnight gear).

PACKAGE DETAILS

Day 1: Arrive Les Haudres

After flying to Switzerland and making your way to the Val d’Hérens, you will spend your first night in a charming hotel in the Valaisan town of Les Hauderes.  Your hotel offers food typical of the valley and a good start would be to try a glass of Petite Arvine (white wine of the region) with some cheese fondue.

Day 2: Les Hauderes to Cabane de Moiry (12.5km 6h40)

The walk begins today with a climb up the teasing Tsaté pass (2868m) continuing through pastures and a rocky trail before the walk down will lay before you the Glacier du Moiry. You will be so close to the glacier that all its details will be visible on your way up to the “Classic” Cabane de Moiry. Good food and a great atmosphere are on the menu.

Day 3: Cabane de Moiry to Zinal (14km 5h30)

You will start today with a gentle walk overlooking the Lac de Moiry bringing you to its impressive dam. Then, after passing the Col du Sorebois (2896m) you descend accompanied by an impressive view over the Zinal Valley and the peaks of Les Diablons (3609m) and the Pointe de la Forcletta (3078m). The village of Zinal is small and quaint with charming Valaisan houses.

Day 4: Zinal to Gruben (19km 7h40)

Today you will begin walking through woodlands before reaching our cruise heights on a high Alpine trail up to the Hotel Weisshorn (2337m). Pasture lands will then bring you up to the Meidpass (2790m). There, the views on the Schwarzhorn, the Gletschhorn and the Weisshorn are stunning. On your way down, you will pass the Meidsee Lake before reaching the secluded village of Gruben; so remote that it is only inhabited from June to September!

Day 5: Gruben to St Niklaus (16km 7h00)

This stage, one of the finest of them all, has so many contrasts, so many features that capture one’s attention. Crossing your final pass is a highlight in every sense of the word. Never as demanding as the total height gain and loss might suggest, it leads through spacious woodlands, over high pastures and into a stony wilderness, but then opens to some of the loveliest views in all Switzerland. Then comes the descent, full of pleasures and the odd surprise, none greater or more beautiful than the discovery of the little hamlet of Jungen clinging to the desperately steep mountain slopes high above St Niklaus.

Day 6: St Niklaus to Europahutte (18km 7h40)

Today is another day of contrasts on this trail that only opened in 1997. Starting with a stiff walk up to the Statue of St Bernard, you will then experience walking through boulder fields; the remains of a massive rock fall in 1991. The footpath is demanding and is often secured with ropes and chains. A challenging, yet rewarding experience. The Europahütte for the night offers great comfort and views over the Weisshorn and its glacier.

Day 7: Europahutte to Zermatt (18km 6h30)

The scenery on the last day is stunning. At the beginning, the path alternates between boulder fields and forest. After a short climb uphill, you will enter Tachalp glen with fantastic views at its very end. Continuing on, the majestic Matterhorn will stun you as you get closer to Zermatt, following the gentle footpath. Zermatt is the place for mountaineering in Switzerland. The streets are busy and vibrant and your hotel is right in the heart of this buzz, making for a great night ahead!

Day 8: Zermatt – Check Out

After breakfast, we bid you farewell.
We recommend taking the famous Gornergrat railway to 3090m, and getting views of the spectacular Riffelalp glacier!

INCLUDED AND NOT

1 night in 3* hotel, 3 nights in 2* hotels, 1 night in a Hotel/Hut and 2 nights in mountain huts
Full-board except no dinner in Zermatt
4x Luggage Transfers – there is no luggage transfer to Cabane de Moiry and Europahutte
Detailed walking notes
  • Flights/trains
  • Insurance
  • Drinks
  • Swiss Pass – Transfers from/to the airport (included with the Swiss Pass)
  • Extra nights stay in Les Haudres or Zermatt
  • Transfer from/to Airport

Access

Way in/Way out:

To/From: Geneva or Zurich airport
All major airlines fly to Geneva and Zurich airports: Swiss Air, BA, Air France, American Airlines,
Continental, Aerlingus etc.

 

To the beginning of the trip
From both airports, you can take a combination of regular trains to Sion (2hrs) and then bus to
Les Haudères (50 minutes). You can buy your Swiss Pass or ticket at the ticket desk at the airport’s train station.

 

Back home

 

From Zermatt, a combination of regular trains will bring you to your airport (3hrs)

 

Swiss Pass

The Swiss Pass offers 3 days of unlimited travel in Switzerland by bus and train plus unlimited tickets at half-fare as well as many discounts in specific tourist attractions and shops. It is valid for 3 days (consecutive or not) during 1 month after purchase.

Buy online: http://www.swisstravelsystem.com or at Geneva airport.

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