The Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt is a classic and challenging long distance hike crossing the heart of the Alps. During the whole trek you will be surrounded by beautiful and impressive mountain peaks and you will see traditional mountain villages as well as a spectacular landscape. The „Walkers Haute Route“ does not require any technical gear like crampons, harness etc. The trip is done within 10 days.


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  • Mountain

    Swiss Alps

  • Route

    Haute Route

  • Address

    Switzerland

  • Altitude

    2999m

Difficulty

HARD

Group size

4-10

Duration

10 Days

Itinerary


Day 1: From Chamonix to Trient

You’ll get picked up at your hotel. Together with your guide you’ll take a short transfer to the departure point from where you’ll start the hike. The first day is fairly easy and crosses from France into Switzerland. Great views on the Mont Blanc are included. The descent to the small Swiss village Trient is scenic. You’ll spend the night in the guides own refuge.
Detailed route:
• Transfer from Chamonix to Le Tour
• Hiking Route: Le Tour - Aiguillette des Possettes - Arolette - Col de Balme - Trient
Overnight stay at:
Refuge Le Peuty in dormitory incl. half-board (breakfast and 3-course dinner)
Shared bathroom on the floor


Day 2: From Trient to Champex-Lac

A challenging day is waiting for you! A great adventure over the Fénetre d’Arpette with a steep ascent through rugged terrain. The nice views on the Trient glacier makes it worth! At the end of the day you’ll arrive in the so called „Little Canada“, a small mountain resort (Champed-Lac). A refreshing swim in the crystal clear lake in the village center are a good finish for the second day. After a relaxing moment at the lake you’ll take a transfer to Verbier (or Le Chable) where you’ll spend the night.
Detailed route:
• Hiking Route: Trient - Chalet du Glacier - Trient Glacier - Fenetre d’Arpette - Relais d’Arpette - Champex-Lac
• Transfer from Champex-Lac to Verbier (or Le Châble).
Overnight stay at:
Hotel Les Touristes in private double / twin room incl. half-board (breakfast and 3-course dinner)
Private en-suite bathroom on the floor


Day 3: From Verbier to Cabane du Prafleuri

Together with your guide you’ll walk to the cable car station and take the cable car up to Les Ruinettes from where you’ll start the hike. The trail is rugged, steep, long and remote but a true adventure in the high mountains. In the afternoon you’ll reach the Cabane du Prafleuri where you’ll stay overnight.
Detailed route:
• Cable Car ride from Verbier to Les Ruinettes
• Hiking Route: Les Ruinettes - Col du Termin - Col du Louvre - Grand Desert - Col de Prafleuri - Cabane de Prafleuri
Overnight stay at:
Cabane de Prafleuri in dormitory incl. half-board (breakfast and 3-course dinner)
Shared bathroom on the floor


Day 4: From Cabane du Prafleuri to Arolla

After a cozy night at the refuge another great day is waiting for you. From the cabane you walk a short bit up to the Col des Roux and later along the famous Grand Dixence lake (dam). From there a nice trail climbs up to the lower end of the Dix glacier. The last part of the uphill are steep and difficult and the final meters are climbed with a ladder. Your guide will be there to help and assist and to create a safe environment. From the Pas des Chèvres (or Col de Riedmatten) a nice and easy trail is leading down to Arolla. In Arolla you can enjoy a cold drink just before you arrive at the hotel or go straight away to the nice hotel where you’ll spend the night.
Detailed route:
• Hiking Route: Cabane de Prafleuri - Col des Roux - Lac des Dix - Dix Glacier - Pas des Chèvres - Arolla
Overnight stay at:
Hotel du Glacier in private double / twin rooms incl. half-board (breakfast and 3-course dinner)
Private en-suite bathroom in the room


Day 5: From Arolla to La Sage

It’s half-time and so there is some time to take it easy for a day after a few long days before. After a nice and long breakfast you’ll head of to one of the most beautiful mountain lakes on the entire tour. From Arolla a nice trail leads up through a fairytale forest to the Lac Bleu (blue lake). Definitely worth to take some pictures and if you are brave enough you can also dip into the cold water and have a swim! From the lake an easy trail is leading through traditional villages. On the tracks of the famous black cows (Reines d’Hérens) you’ll walk through Les Haudéres and finally up to La Sage, where you’ll reach the hotel in the early afternoon. If you are still energized a short hike to a nice chapel with a viewing point is possible. If you are more interested in culture and food, local made cheese and sausage can be tried in the local grocery store.
Detailed route:
• Hiking Route: Arolla - Lac Bleu - Les Haudéres - La Sage
Overnight stay at:
Hotel de La Sage in private double / twin rooms incl. half-board (breakfast and 3-course dinner)
Shared bathroom on the floor


Day 6: From La Sage to Zinal

A long and challenging day is waiting for you. From La Sage a nice trail over open meadows is leading up to the Col de Torrent. Along the way up you’ll have magnificent views over many 4000 meter peaks. From the Col de Torrent a nice trail is going down to the Barrage de Moiry where you can also stop for nice and refreshing drink. From the barrage another climb up to the Col de Sorebois is waiting. On the top of the Col de Sorebois a short descent brings you to the mid-station of the Zinal ski resort from where you will descent by cable car to Zinal.
Detailed route:
• Hiking Route: La Sage - Col de Torrent - Barrage de Moiry - Col de Sorebois - Sorebois - Zinal
• Cable car descent from Sorebois to Zinal
Overnight stay at:
Hotel Pointe de Zinal in private double / twin rooms incl. half-board (breakfast and 3-course dinner)
Private en-suite bathroom in the room


Day 7: From Zinal to Gruben

Day 7 of the Haute Route adventure brings you over the Col de Forcletta from the French speaking part of the canton of Valais to the Swiss-German speaking part. The first part of the hike is easy and you’ll walk along a nice traverse through alpine meadows. From the top of the Col de Forcletta a remote and lonely descent brings you into the rural Meid-Valley and the village Gruben.
Detailed route:
• Hiking Route: Zinal - Barmeutza - Col de Forcletta - Gruben
Overnight stay at:
Hotel Schwarzhorn in private double / twin rooms incl. half-board (breakfast and 3-course dinner)
Shared bathroom on the floor


Day 8: From Gruben to St. Niklaus

An easier day is waiting for you and finally you’ll be reaching the Matterhorn Valley. Over the Augstbordbass you’ll reach a small hamlet high up in the mountains called Jungu. From Jungu you’ll take the cable car down to St. Niklaus.
Detailed route:
• Hiking Route: Gruben (Hotel Schwarzhorn) - Oberstafel - Augstbordpass - Jungu - St. Niklaus
• Cable car descent from Jungu to St. Niklaus
Overnight stay at:
Hotel La Réserve in private double / twin rooms incl. half-board (breakfast and 3-course dinner)
Private en-suite bathroom in the room


Day 9: From St. Niklaus to Europahütte

It’s time to walk the famous Europaweg from Gasenried to Zermatt. In the morning you’ll take the bus up to Gasenried where you’ll start the hike. Along a very nice and sometimes exposed trail you’ll reach the Europahütte, a basic hut for hikers and mountaineers high up on the trails with amazing views on all the 4000m peaks.
Detailed route:
• Bus ride from St. Niklaus to Gasenried
• Hiking Route: Gasenried - Europaweg - Europahütte
Overnight stay at:
Europahütte in dormitory incl. half-board (breakfast and 3-course dinner)
Shared bathroom on the floor


Day 10: From Europahütte to Zermatt

The last day of the Haute Route trip is filled with highlights. On this stage you’ll walk over the longest suspension bridge (almost 500m long) in the world, you’ll see many famous peaks such as the Weisshorn, the Dom and finally the Matterhorn.
Detailed route:
• Hiking Route: Europahütte - Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge - Täschalp - Zermatt
Overnight stay at:
No accommodation booked on behalf of Happy Tracks.



PRICE INCLUDES
A rich and healthy lunch pack on each stage
Accommodation (shared bedroom / dormitory)
All planned transportation according to the itinerary
Full qualified international mountain leader (IML)
Half-Board (breakfast, 3 course dinner)
Private Accommodation (twin / double)
PRICE EXCLUDES
Airport transfers
Equipment rental
Luggage Transfer (max. 15kg per unit)
Pre- / post-trek accommodation
Private expenses (souvenirs, drinks, etc.)
Personal travel insurance (very important)