Summer Haute Route – 10 Days

Europe > Switzerland

The summer Haute Route Trek is one of the world’s great multi-day treks.

 

The route links two renowned alpine mountaineering centres, Chamonix in France, home to Mount Blanc and Zermatt in Switzerland, home to the Matterhorn. The path passes through breathtaking alpine scenery and you will enjoy stunning mountain panoramas every step of the journey.

Spectacular views are standard on this trek and it is a great stepping stone for the trekker to experience the High Alps and its glaciers. The summer haute route trek is for hill walkers and trekkers keen to get higher in the mountains and experience some higher altitude. The hiking route follows a network of well-marked and signposted trails that stays below 3000m and takes advantage of the popular mountain huts and small inns and hotels in the charming villages along the way. In the spring, summer and fall, the route is safe, entirely non-technical and while challenging because of its daily elevation gains and distances, is achievable by any hiker in reasonably good physical condition.

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Day 1: CHAMONIX

Upon arrival into Geneva airport you are met and transferred to your accommodation in Chamonix. This evening there is a welcome dinner and briefing.

Overnight Hotel (Dinner)

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Day 2: TRIENT

You start by taking a short bus ride to Montroc where you ascend to the Col du Balme via the beautiful Aiguillette des Possettes. Crossing the border into Switzerland and descend to the Swiss village of Trient. Distance: 14km Height Gain: +1,100m Descent: -1,000m

Overnight Village Hotel / Mountain Hut (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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Day 3: CHAMPEX-LAC

Depending on weather or how you feel after day one, you have a choice of two routes today. (1) Via Bovine: Making an early ascent to the Col de Forclaz just above Trient you then continue to climb steadily to the Alpage Bovine 1987 meters and enjoy fabulous views over Martigny and the Swiss Valais. A long yet steady descent is then made to the picturesque village of Champex-Lac. Distance: 18km Height Gain: +950m Descent: -750m (2) Via Fenetre d’Arpette: Leaving Trient you climb steeply to the Fenetre d’Arpette. A tricky descent over boulders leads you to pastureland and to the picture postcard village of Champex-Lac. Distance: 14km Height Gain: +1,400m Descent: -1,200m

Overnight Mountain Hut (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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Day 4: CABANE DU MONT FORT

Descending into the Orsiere Valley and through the Swiss villages of Sembrancher and Chable. From Chable you take the cable car to Les Ruinettes within the Verbier ski area an hour walk after that will take you to our destination for the night. Distance: 17km Height Gain: +350m Descent: -500m

Overnight Mountain Hut (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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Day 5: CABANE DE PRAFLEURI

Making your way to our destination via 3 mountain cols, Col du Termin, the rocky Co de Louvie and Col de Prafleuri. Traversing below the Grand Desert Glacier you pass a series of small tarns before ascending once more to the Col de Prafleuri and descending steeply to the Cabane de Prafleuri. Distance: 14km Height Gain: +850m Descent: -1,400m

Overnight Mountain Hut (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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Day 6: AROLLA / LES HAUDERES

Passing over the Col des Roux you descend to the Lac Dix and contour its shore for several kilometers before rising again to the Col de Riedmatten. From the col you descend to a small alpine village of Arolla. On arrival in Arolla you take a bus a short distance to Les Hauderes. Distance: 17km Height Gain: +850m Descent: -1,400m

Overnight Village Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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Day 7: ZINAL

You climb steadily to the Col du Torrent, descend to Lac de Moiry before climbing again towards Col de Sorebois. Descend steeply through the ski area where you take the cable car to Zinal and our accommodation for the next two nights. Option to take the bus from the barrage to Zinal to shorten the route and reduce the height gain and descent. Distance: 18km Height Gain: +2,000m Descent: -900m

Overnight Village Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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Day 8: GRUBEN

A steady climb through woodland to the high mountain pastureland passing the remote Barnueza Alpage. You reach the Col du Forcletta and then descend to the small village of Gruben. Distance: 14km Height Gain: +1,200m Descent: -1,000m

Overnight Village Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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Day 9: ST NIKLAUS

Another steep climb leaving Gruben to high level pastures to the Augustbordpass. Descending steadily towards Jungen you take the little cable car to St Niklaus and get in to your accommodation for a shower and farewell dinner. Distance: 16km Height Gain: +1,100m Descent: -1,000m

Overnight Village Hotel (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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Day 10: ZERMATT / DEPART

This morning there is an excursion into Zermatt by train. You explore and get some photos of the Matterhorn. Later you take the train back and are transferred to the Geneva airport for departures.

(Breakfast)

Accommodations

 HOTEL AIGLONS

Completely renovated in 2017, the 4-star Le Refuge des Aiglons is a real social network all by itself. Much more than a cozy bed and a well-stocked minibar, Le Refuge des Aiglonsoffers a fun and trendy concept for everyone.

HOTEL MORGANE CHAMONIX

At the heart of the winter sports season or in the middle of summer, this hotel is the ideal accommodation to live the mountain in the best conditions. Charm, upscale services, a pampering atmosphere and attentive staff, all come together for an enchanting stay. The hotel has 56 rooms all equipped with a balcony or terrace with a breathtaking view of Mont Blanc or Brévent.

CABANE DU MONT FORT

You are in a mountain hut somewhere in the Verbier ski area in Switzerland. Nature at your feet from the trail of chamois , the Marsh Patiefray, a few minutes from the cabin.

  • Trained mountain guides & support team
  • Vehicles & professional drivers
  • All relevant Park fees & rescue fees
  • Emergency medical evacuation
  • Supplemental oxygen & pulse oximeters
  • All accommodation and meals as described in the itinerary
  • Transfers as described in the itinerary
  • Drinks on the hike (potable water, tea, coffee & hot chocolate)
  • International flights
  • Entry visas
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Alterations to this itinerary (i.e. if different accommodations and services are provided then the price will most likely vary up or down)
  • Laundry
  • Beverages in hotels
  • Hospital bills and international evacuation in the event of an emergency

Pricing starts at:

$3,000

Pricing
FOR 2 PEOPLE

$3,000

per person

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