People per Guide
May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Type of Trip
This trail course on the legendary Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt will take you through valleys and mountain passes. In this way, it unites indeed the two cult places of alpinism. Run from Chamonix station at the foot of the Mont Blanc to Zermatt at the foot of the Matterhorn. In fact, you will thrive in magnificent high mountain landscapes across two countries in the company of Jules-Henri, 2011 winner of Tor des Géants. Enjoy discovering this legendary route and the exceptional nature surrounding it all along this journey!
This program is quite unique for the following reasons:
– The presence of Jules-Henri, team SALOMON athlete
– The mythical journey from Chamonix to Zermatt
– The discovery of wilderness in a mineral world
– Professional advice to progress while having fun
-Perfectly organized logistics: transfer, luggage transport, accommodation and meals
– Running with a light bag!
Our housing will be in cottages and hotels (accommodation in dormitories and shared rooms).
Does this beautiful 6-day program from Chamonix to Zermatt sound interesting? Then I invite you to contact me so we can discuss your trail level and the next departure dates. If this tour does not suit you, I will of course present you other trail programs. For example, you can go for a challenge and Train for the famous Ultra in Chamonix!
Price per person
- Guiding fee
- All meals during trip
- Luggage transfer during the trip
What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.
What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).
What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.
Chamonix - Champex
33km, D+ 2500m, D- 2300m, around 9-10 hiking hours.
8AM: meeting at the train station in Chamonix. During the first stage of the Haute Route we leave Chamonix valley by the Balme pass, from where we reach Switzerland. The imposing glacier faces us at the small valley of Trient. Then it is time to leave the forest and climb towards the Fenêtre d’Arpette. This path becomes more and more mineral and the arrival to the mountain pass offers beautiful landscapes. Finally, a technical descent brings us to the Arpette plateau, right above Champex for the end of this stage. Dinner and overnight in a cottage.
Champex - Fionnay
30km, D+/- 2100m, around 8-9 hiking hours.
We will start the second day by descending. After traversing Champex we will dive right into the chef-lieu Orsières. It is then time to climb and visit the small Valais villages Reppaz and Commeire. The ascent continues towards Mont-Brulé amongst meadows and pastures, and then we move to the ridge between the Val de Bagnes and Val d’Entremont. After one more effort we reach the Mille pass where there is an exceptional 360˚ panorama. The last effort of the day is the traverse heading to the Cabane Brunet before ending the day at Fionnay! Dinner and overnight in a hotel.
Fionnay - Arolla
34km, D+ 2700m, D- 2300m, around 8-9 hiking hours.
The day begins with an ascent towards the Cabane de Louvie and its alpine lake. We reach from there the mineral world by the Louvie pass and the Prafleuri pass. We are on the tracks of the Patrouille des Glaciers, the famous Swiss ski alpinism race. Then we walk along the Grande Dixence dam, before reaching the Riedmatten pass. A final descent remains to find ourselves in the nice village of Arolla at the Val d’Hérens. Dinner and overnight in a hotel in dormitories.
Arolla - St Jean
32km, D+ 1700m, D- 2300m, around 8-9 hiking hours.
We start descending the Val d’Hérens towards Haudères where we can see the houses that are typical to this region. We continue by climbing regularly through the villages of Sage and Villaz before switching through the Torrent pass to the Val d’Anniviers. The landscape on the summits here is imposing. We reach the Moiry dam before ending the day at St Jean cottage further down the valley. Dinner and overnight in a cottage.
St Jean - St Nicolas
34km, D+ 2800m, D- 2900m, around 9-10 hiking hours.
This great stage of Chamonix-Zermatt will lead us to the German-speaking part of Valais. The first ascent of the day is the Meidpass, through which we leave the Val d’Anniviers. We are now in the wild Tourtemagne valley, then we start the second ascent of the day. Here is the last pass of our journey, the Augustbordpass, overlooking the Zermatt valley. We conclude with a beautiful descent to finally arrive at St Nicolas. Dinner and overnight in a hotel.
St Nicolas - Zermatt
20km, D+ 750m, D- 200m, around 4-5 hiking hours.
For the grand finale, we will run in the Matterhorn valley. During the ascent, the famous mountain will gradually present itself to us and we will be able to admire its North face. It is a steady ascent and we will find this mythical station, hot spot of alpinism, 6 days after our departure. Return to Chamonix by bus late afternoon.
In cottages and hotels.
(Chamonix - Zermatt: La Haute Route)
- Regular practice of running and other endurance sports : 3-4 times a week for at least 1:15h
- Regular practice of running in varied terrain, experience & participation in races or nature trails 20 to 40km
- Occasional practice of mountain hiking
- Be able to progress at a minimum speed of 600m D + / hr for 1 hour
- Mountain environment Knowledge
- During the day: a light backpack with a waterproof jacket, a long sleeve warm fleece type, a survival blanket, a whistle, an individual pharmacy kit*, a cap or headband, a hat and thin gloves, sunglasses suitable for running, long tights if you are wearing shorts to run, cereal bars and energy drinks, a plastic bag for waste, biodegradable toilet paper, a headlamp, a minimum reserve water of 1.5L, an elastic strapping strip and some cash
- To wear: running short, a short-sleeved t-shirt, running socks and already worn trail shoes
- For the whole stay: a silk sheet, spare clothes for 6 days, a towel, a personal hygiene kit, spare shoes, a spare water socket, spare batteries for the headlamp, a pair of spare laces, a pocketknife and earplugs
- Recommended additional equipment: poles and camera
* Individual pharmacy kit: anti-friction cream, sunscreen, double skin dressings, elastic band, paracetamol, anti-diarrheal, antiseptic and personal drugs
About the Guide
I hold the State Certificate of Mountain Leader (UIMLA), Athlete of Team Garmin Adventure. I won many trail competitions such as Oxygen Challenge, The Glaciers Tour of Vanoise, Albertville Trail, Drayes Blanches of Vercors, the Frison Roche Beaufort, Run and skate of Chamonix… I have also some racing podiums such as the Saintélyon, the Lyon Urban Trail, the Causses Marathon, the Allobroges. I am an ex-sportswoman of high level in rowing (World Championships, World Cups, France Championships). I have a mastery STAPS (Sport) and BEES First degree in rowing.
I organise and supervise many trail courses in the Alps with a pro team, a friends group with whom we have a mission: Run and enjoy! I invite you to contact me if you want to train and/or discover these incredible massifs.
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