The legendary Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt. A must-do for every lover of hiking. Join me on a guided tour and cross the Alps from one to the other capital of alpinism within 10 days.
Our itinerary avoids glaciers and sections where technical climbing skills are mecessary. To join us for the Haute Route hiking program you should be in a good physical condition and also be able to walk at least 15 kilometers a day.
I have arranged the Haute Route itinerary in order to complete the entire tour in 10 days minimizing the transfers.
It can be adapted based on the time you have, your wishes, your abilities and the fitness level of the group members.
Please find below the 10-day program from Chamonix to Zermatt:
Day 1: Chamonix to Trient
We will meet in Chamonix. Then, we take the train from Chamonix to Montroc Le Planet where we start hiking. Ascending the Col de Balme we reach soon the Aiguilette des Possettes. On the top of this summit we will be rewarded by an amazing view on the Chamonix Valley and the Swiss Alps. Afterwards we walk to Trient where we spend a night in a hikers hostel.
Day 2: Trient to Champex-Lac
A challenging day in the nature is waiting for us. We walk from Trient to the Fenêtre d’Arpette, a wild and untouched mountain pass which gives us the access to the Arpette Valley. Then, We walk besides a beautiful landscape towards Champex-Lac. We spend the night there.
Day 3: Champex-Lac to Cabane de Louvie
We wake up early and take a transfer from to Orsières where we catch a bus which brings us up to a mountain village called Fionnay. From there we walk along a stunning path up to the Cabane de Louvie, next to Lake of Louvie.
Day 4: Cabane de Louvie to Cabane Prafleuri
Traverse through some passes such as the Col de Louvie and the Col the Prafleuri. Walking slightly down to the Cabane de Prafleuri, where we stay overnight. During our hike we have good chances to spot animals like marmots or if we are lucky a few ibex in an alpine terrain.
Day 5: Cabane de Prafleuri to Arolla
The day begins hiking to Arolla. Passing the massive dam of the Lac des Dix, we climb up the Col de Riedmatten in between the Val d’Hermence and the Val d’Arolla. We will be surrounded by the Mont Blanc de Cheillon and the Pigne d’Arolla, two of the most famous climbing summits in this area. Once in Arolla, we will enjoy the traditional mountain village. Arolla is also the finish point for those hikers who would like to do just the half of the Haute Route.
Day 6: Arolla to Zinal
Today we take the bus from Arolla to La Sage. From La Sage we walk up to the Col de Torrent. Descending to the Val de Moiry we will pass the Lac the Moury which invites us to a cold and fresh bath to tickle more energy out of us to complete the track towards Zinal. Once we arrive at the Corne de Sorebois a stunning point of view which gives us a complete insight to the Val d’Anniviers and Val de Zinal, we take the gondola down to Zinal where we stay for the night.
Day 7: Zinal to Gruben
On day 7 we take it easy. We start from Zinal towards Anniviers passing several authentic mountain villages. After the short warm-up we go steep and walk up the Col de la Forcletta which allows us the access to the famous Turtmanntal. We enter in a fascinating panorama and can get some stunning views of the first 4000 meters peaks which are surrounding Zermatt and the Matterhorn Valley. Through untouched meadows and mountain farms we arrive in the early afternoon in Gruben where we stay for the night.
Day 8: Gruben to Saint Niklaus
This is one of the most exciting day of the tour. We are reaching the famous Mattertal which is the direct access to Zermatt and all the stunning 4000 meter peaks. Climbing up to the Augstbord pass we reach after the traditional Swiss Alps Village St. Niklauswhere we spend the night in a hotel.
Day 9: Saint Niklaus to Europahütte
We take the bus early in the morning from St. Niklaus to Gasenried. On a high altitude we approach to the famous Europahütte. We get a great view to the Matterhorn Valley and the Matterhorn from distance during our whole challenging walk.
Day 10: Europahütte to Zermatt
Our final day leads us from the Europahütte to the Zermatt village. Traversing aside many high mountains we are closer and closer to the Matterhorn.
Interested by this wonderful hike ? Please get in touch with me and let’s plan it together.
Price per person
- Guiding fee
- Half-board meals during trip