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The Haute Route

From Chamonix to Zermatt In 10 Days

Connecting the Mont Blanc (the highest peak in Europe) with the Matterhorn (the most beautiful peak in the Alps), the Haute Route is one of the top 10 treks in the world and probably the most scenic trail to do in the Alps!

The Haute Route traverses below the summits of 10 out of the 12 of the highest peaks in the Alps.  Within 10 days of hiking, there are some challenging mountain passes to climb. You will get amazing views over some impressive glaciers and 4000-meter peaks. The path leads through beautiful meadows with flowers, animals and crystal clear lakes. In the evenings we will rest and stay in some traditional mountain villages where you can enjoy history, culture and great food!

Our Haute Route avoids glaciers and sections where technical climbing skills are needed. However, it covers over 180+ kilometers in distance and the daily elevation change is substantial with more than 12,000 meters of elevation ascents & descents for the entire trek. To participate in the Haute Route, you have to be physically fit and be able to walk at least 20 kilometers a day with 1500 vertical meters. We tailored the Haute Route to be completed in 10 days using transfers as little as possible. We are flexible and can walk different variations of the route to match the abilities and fitness level of our group members as closely as possible.

If departing/returning to Singapore, the total number of days required will be 13 days (1 extra day to go, 2 extra days to return).  The most popular point of entry is Geneva, from where you transfer to Chamonix, the world-famous resort and mountaineering center in France. For the return, you can make your way to either Geneva or Zurich.

Zermatt is probably one of the most beautiful alpine villages in the world. Nestled just beneath the famous East face of the Matterhorn, the village is at 1600m (5,250 ft). Cars are not allowed in the village so the air is always clean and the streets quiet.

*  Accommodation during trek in common-sharing hut dormitories
*  Qualified international mountain leader (IML)
*  All meals during actual trek
*  Transfers by bus, cable cars, etc. as described in itinerary
*  Pre-trip briefing and informative AQ trip guide

*  International flights & all airport taxes
*  Airport transfers from to Chamonix and from Zermatt
*  Accommodation the night before and the night after the trek
*  Beverages during meals
*  Visa if required
*  Luggage transfers
*  Unplanned transfers
*  Equipment rental
*  Travel insurance, medical immunizations, personal travel / trekking gear

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North Face of Matterhorn The North Face of the Matterhorn

Best Season : late Jun - late Sep

Maximum Altitude: 2965-m


Minimum Group Size:  4 persons

2017 Price    
Group Size 11-Day 10-Day
4-5 persons $2950 $2750
6-7 persons $2850 $2650
8 or more persons $2800 $2600
2017 Trek Dates:
11-Day Trek 10 - 20 Jul 2017
10-Day Trek 11 - 20 Sep 2017 
Private Group
of minimum 4 persons possible outside of the above dates. Please check with us for availability of dates Haute Route Map

Day 0 Day 0 Arrive in Geneva and transfer to Chamonix.
Day 1 Day 1

We take a train from Chamonix to Montroc le-Planet where we start hiking across the Col de Balme across the border to Trient. We will spend the first night in a chalet where you will be treated to a home-cooked meal.

Day 2 Day 2

A long walking day from Trient to Champex with a view of the Arpette Valley below.

Day 3 Day 3

We take a bus from Champex to Orsieres where we transfer to a tiny mountain village called Fionnay. From here, we hike up along a scenic trail to the Cabane de Louvie, right next to the crystal clear Lake Louvie.

Day 4
Day 4

Leaving at sunrise, we trek across high mountain passes today including the highest point of this trek, Col de Prafleuri at 2965m. The walk takes us through rugged alpine terrain where we will have a good chance of spotting animals like marmot and even ibex.

Day 5
Day 5

Continuing our trek passing a dam and lake, crossing mountain pass and being surrounded by famous peaks in the region. We arrive at Arolla, our halfway point. Enjoy a refreshing hotel stay and take in the atmosphere of the traditional alpine village.

  Day 6 Rest day at Arolla.
Day 6 Day 7

One of the most challenging days of the Haute Route. We take the bus from Arolla to La Sage, where we ascend to Col de Torrent (2918m). Descend to Val de Moiry and take a dip in the lake to freshen up for the trek towards Zinal.

Day 7 Day 8

We start easy walking through alpine villages before climbing to a pass that will bring us into the Turtmanntal region. It boasts one of the most unspoilt landscapes in Switzerland and lets you catch a glimpse of the first 4000m peaks. We spend the night at Gruben.

Day 8
Day 9 Enter the Mattertal region and be awed by more 4000m peaks. Overnight at St Niklaus
Day 9 Day 10

We take a bus early in the morning from St Niklauns to Gasenried where to start our ascent. Today we approach the famous Europahutte and get great views of the Matterhorn Valley and the Matterhorn in the distance to inspire us on this challenging walk.

Day 10 Day 11

On our final day, from the Europahütte, we pass along many high mountains as we approach closer and closer to the Matterhorn, towards our final destination, the tiny mountain village of Zermatt.

Day 1x Day 1x Transfer to Zurich or Geneva for flight home or extend your stay.
For 11-Day trek, the extra day is a rest day Arolla.

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Question Answer
Transfers between Geneva and Chamonix NOT included in the tour price.  Transport can be arranged in mini-bus on shared-basis with other travellers.
Accommodation before & after trek NOT included in the tour price.  There are many types of accommodation available at Chamonix and Zermatt, ranging from budget hostels, B&B to deluxe 5-star hotels.  Prices range from around $45 (dorm bed with BB) to over $450 (4 stars hotel room) per night.
Meals on trek All meals during the trek from day 1 to 10 are included.
Luggage transfer on/during trek Not included in the tour price. Hikers are expected to carry their own luggage (backpacks).  This service is very expensive and can be included at an additional surcharge of $700 per person.  Hence hikers are encouraged to carry their own backpacks.
How tough is the trek?

The Haute Route is a strenous and demanding trek; tougher than the Tour du Mont Blanc.  Compared to the TMB, the Haute Route climbs to higher passes, tackles looser and rockier terrain, and spends more time in wild locations where walking experience is key. Some days are long and demanding involving 2000m+ altitude and high mountain passes on trails & terrains with exposed and difficult sections.  This is a hiking tour for more seasoned and well-trained hikers with solid experience in alpine trekking, and demands serious pre-trip training & preparations.

To participate on the Haute Route you should have a high fitness level and be able to walk up to 25 km each day with a loaded backpack (up to 10kg without luggage transfers).  The terrains are undulating with up to 1200 meters ascent AND descent each day.

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