Hiking the Haute Route

The walker's Haute Route - Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn


Trip Details

Location France and Switzerland
Length 12 days
Grades Strenuous, Strenuous Plus
Accommodations Hotel, Mountain Hut
Group size 6-12
Dates Aug 9, 2019 - Aug 20, 2019
Land Cost $4,350.00
Single Supp Cost $550.00

Hiking Trip Summary

The Haute Route was established almost a hundred years ago as a high mountaineering route that linked together two of Europe’s premier mountaineering centers, Chamonix and Zermatt. It was then developed into a ski route and more recently a high-level alpine hiking route.

Few long distance hikes offer the variety and grandeur of landscape as the Walker's Haute Route. Beginning in Chamonix at the foot of Mont Blanc, Western Europe’s highest peak, the Haute Route winds its way through the Swiss canton of Valais. Taking in what is thought to be the greatest collection of four thousand meter peaks in all the Alps, it culminates at the foot of the Matterhorn in Zermatt. As we leave Mont Blanc behind us, we will become familiar with other equally impressive peaks such as the Grand Combin, Mont Blanc de Cheilon, Pigne d’Arolla, Dent Blanche, and the Weisshorn. This hike is nothing short of fantastic!

As with all of Europe’s long distance footpaths, this route offers the rewarding experience of traveling by foot.  We will hike beneath imposing peaks and glaciers of the Swiss Alps, wander though alpine meadows and larch forests, cross high, barren passes and descend into lush green valleys. We’ll picnic beside cool mountain lakes, stay in remote mountain huts, visit bustling Swiss villages, and relax in the tranquility of isolated old-world hamlets. Join us for this classic hike through the heart of the Swiss Alps on the Walker's Haute Route. 

 


Itinerary

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Additional Information

SINGLE TRAVELERS

 If you wish to have your own room, there is a single supplement charge. However, single rooms are not available at the cabanes – Louvie, Prafleuri, Moiry - or at the hiker’s hotels at Trient or Gruben.

 If you are traveling alone and would like to share a room, we will match you with a roommate. If a roommate is not available we will not charge extra for this “forced single.” 

INCLUDED

  • All accommodations
  • Group transfer from the Geneva Airport on day 1
  • All breakfasts
  • All dinners except 1
  • All group transfers on ski lifts, buses and trains as described in the itinerary
  • Luggage transfer for 1 bag per participant to Zermatt
  • Guide/s
  • Great hiking and memories!

NOT INCLUDED

Air fare, lunches, 1 dinner, individual transfers from Zermatt, extra nights in Chamonix or Zermatt, optional excursions, unexpected or unplanned transfers, extra luggage transfer costs, items not on set dinner menu, beverages, insurance, tips to guides/leaders, items of personal nature. (phone calls, laundry, postage, excess baggage charge, passport fees, etc.).

LUGGAGE

This hike is not vehicle supported. You will need to carry a moderate sized pack with only the clothing and accessories you will need for the duration of hike. (See our sample packing list.) With advances in synthetic clothing and other travel gear, it’s possible to keep your pack weight less than 20 lbs. including lunch and water. Any extra luggage or belongings not needed on the hike will be in Zermatt when we arrive.

ACCOMMODATIONS AND FACILITIES

Hotels: In Chamonix, Champex, Evolene, Grimentz and Zermatt we stay at comfortable hotels with private baths.

Hikers’ Hotels or hostels: We spend two nights in hiker’s hotels or hostels, Trient and Gruben, They offer private double/twin rooms with shared facilities. These hiker’s hotels offer simple, though comfortable accommodations.

Cabanes or Refuges: Louvie, Prafleuri and Dix . They are high mountain huts and have shared bunkrooms, called dortoirs. Each bunk has blankets and pillows. The shared facilities include washing and bathroom areas. All have hot showers except Cabane des Dix which has a cold water outdoor shower! The cabanes are rustic, but wonderful. You should be prepared to share bunk rooms with other hikers.

Breakfasts and dinners are served at the hotels or refuges and lunches are picnic style along the trail.

TRAVEL

It is easiest to fly to Geneva where we will rendezvous at 1:00 pm on the first day for transfer to our hotel in Chamonix. This is included in the cost of the trip. It is possible to fly to Zurich or Paris, be sure to allow for travel time.

MEETING POINT

Day 1 at 1:00 pm at the Geneva Airport.

ENDING POINT

The hotel in Zermatt the last morning. From Zermatt it will take about 3 1/2 hours to reach either the Geneva or Zurich Airports. The earliest train departs Zermatt at 5:40 am arriving in Geneva or Zurich at about 9:30 or 9:15 respectively. Depending on your flight times it may be necessary to plan an extra night in either of these cities.

WHO WOULD LIKE THIS TRIP?

Our Haute Route is a great trip for strong hikers looking for a fantastic long distant route. It is a challenging and varied route including many passes over 9,000′. The accommodations include hotels as well as high mountain cabanes.

WHY TRAVEL WITH DISTANT JOURNEY?

The founders and staff plan the trips, talk to prospective hikers on the phone carefully answering any questions or concerns. We want you to take a trip with us that is suited to you. All this allows for flexibility, value, personal attention and safety. We are very proud of our trips and our high return rate of hikers. Please ask us for a list of past participants as they will give you honest insight to Distant Journeys.

MORE INFORMATION

If you would like register, would like to receive more information including a detailed itinerary (including elevation gains, loss and distance) and/or request a list of past participants please contact us and specify which trip.

Reserving a Trip

A deposit of $400 along with your completed registration forms will reserve a space on your requested trip. We accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express card as well as personal checks. To make a deposit, you may either follow one of the “Reserve a Trip” links below, give us a call at 1-888-845-5781, or include your payment information in the area provided when completing your registration forms.

The balance is due 60 days prior to departure for most of our trips. When applying less than 60 days prior to departure, full payment is due. For final payments, we accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express, as well as personal checks.

As confirmation of receipt of your deposit and registrations, we will send you a comprehensive packet of information pertaining to your trip, an invoice for final payment and additional information including release agreement form, medical information form, travel information, and packing list. Upon receipt of final payment, you will receive trip rendezvous information and a list of accommodations. Returning trip participants will receive a 5% discount on most trips.

Receipt of all forms will finalize your registration.

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