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The Haute Route Trek

Trek the legendary trail from Chamonix to Zermatt

The Haute Route Trek is a 10 day adventure that takes you 200km across the Alps from Chamonix to Zermatt.

Experience one of the best treks in the world as you take on challenging mountain passes and find some of the most amazing views, impressive glaciers and 4,000m peaks! 

Join this guided tour today for an amazing trekking experience that should be on all hiking enthusiasts' bucket list!

Summary

DURATION

10 days

LOCATION

Europe

START & ENDS

Chamonix, Zermatt

DIFFICULTY

Easy Moderate Challenge Hard

Highlights

  • The Haute Route is one of the top 10 treks in the world
  • Experience one of the most scenic trails in the world combining Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn
  • Hike through beautiful meadows, and past crystal clear lakes
  • Rest and stay in traditional mountain villages and experience their history, culture and cuisines

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in CHAMONIX and trek to TRIENT

FOOD

TBC

ACCOMMODATION

TBC

ACTIVITY

Train, Hiking 

ELEVATION

Chamonix to Montroc Le Planet to Trient

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We begin the Haute Route in Chamonix Centre where we catch a train to Montroc Le Planet and our trekking begins.


We ascend the Col de Balme and soon reach the borders of the nature reserve, home to the great peak of Aiguilette des Possettes.


From the summit we are rewarded with an amazing view of Chamonix Valley and the Swiss Alps. We cross the border and head to Trient for our overnight stay in a real Gite d'Etape.


We rest and enjoy the evening in preparation for the trekking ahead. 

Day 2: Trek TO Fenêtre d'Arpette

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

TBC

ACTIVITY

Hiking TBC

ELEVATION GAIN

Trient to Fenêtre d'Arpette 

FENÊTRE D'ARPETTE

Today is a challenging day. We trek from Trient to Fenêtre d'Arpette.


This area is a wild and untouched mountain pass which gives us the access to the Arpette Valley.


We walk beside a beautiful landscape heading towards Champex-Lac for our overnight stay.

DAY 3: Trek To Cabane de Louvie

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Mountain Hut

ACTIVITY

Transfer, Bus, Hiking

ELEVATION

Fenêtre d'Arpette (TBC) to Cabane de Louvie (TBC)

We have an early morning and take a transfer from Champex to Orsières. From here we catch a bus that takes us up to a tiny mountain village called Fionnay.


From here trek along a beautiful path up to the Cabane de Louvie. This is a real mountain hut that sits next to the crystal clear Lake of Louvie.

DAY 4: TREK TO Cabane de Prafleuri

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Mountain Hut

ACTIVITY

Hiking TBC

ELEVATION

Cabane de Louvie to Cabane de Prafleuri

We head out today at sunrise and pass two mountain passes, the Col de Louvie and the Col the Prafleuri.


Keep a look out for animals along the trail. If you're lucky you can spot marmots and ibex!


We move through rugged alpine terrain and then down to Cabane de Prafleuri for our overnight stay. 

DAY 5: Trek to AROLLA

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel

ACTIVITY

Hiking TBC

ELEVATION

Cabane de Prafleuri to Arolla

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Today we begin trekking to Arolla. Hikers who have chosen to do half the route use this destination as their stopping point. 


We begin the day passing Lac des Dix dam and climb up to Col de Riedmatten which sits between the Val d'Hermence and the Val d'Arolla.


The whole day 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.


In Arolla we rest up in a nice hotel and enjoy this traditional mountain village. 

Day 6: TREK TO ZINAL

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

TBC

ACTIVITY

Bus, Hiking, Gondala 

ELEVATION

Arolla to Zinal

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Today is one of the most challenging days of the Haute Route trek.


We begin with a bus trip from Arolla to La Sage. From here we hike to the Col de Torrent which is almost 3,000m above sea level.


Descending to the Val de Moiry we pass the Lac the Moury. 


We arrive in Corne de Sorebois, a stunning viewpoint which gives us complete insight to the Val d'Anniviers and Val de Zinal.


We head from here on a gondola down to Zinal where we stay for the night.

Day 7: TREK TO GRUBEN

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

TBC

ACTIVITY

Hiking TBC

ELEVATION

Zinal to Gruben

Thankfully today is easier than yeserday and we have an easy start from Zinal towards Anniviers, passing several authentic mountain villages.


The trail gets steeper from here as we head up the Col de la Forcletta, giving us access to the famous Turtmanntal.


This fascinating panorama offers stunning views of the first 4,000m peaks surrounding Zermatt and the Matterhorn Valley.


We make our way through untouched meadows and mountain farms and arrive in the early afternoon in Gruben where we'll be staying overnight.

Day 8: TREK TO ST. NIKLAUS

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel

ACTIVITY

Hiking

ELEVATION

Gruben to St. Niklaus

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This is one of the most exciting days of the tour!


We reach the famous Mattertal, and climb up to the Augstbord pass. 


After a challenging day we reach the traditional Swiss Alps village, St. Niklaus, where we'll get to rest up in a nice hotel.

Day 9: TREK TO TBC

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATION

TBC

ACTIVITY

Bus, Hiking

ELEVATION

St. Niklaus to TBC

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Early in the morning we take a bus from St. Niklaus to Gasenried.


From here we head out on a high altitude traverse as we approach the famous Europahütte.


Great views await of the Matterhorn Valley and the Matterhorn from a distance during the whole trek.

Day 10: TREK TO ZERMATT

FOOD

Breakfast, Lunch

ACCOMMODATION

TBC

ACTIVITY

Hiking

ELEVATION

TBC to Zermatt

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Our final day of trekking takes us from Europahütte to the tiny mountain village of Zermatt.


We traverse besides many high mountains as we approach Matterhorn and finally reach Zermatt.

Dates & Prices

Below are our open group dates for the Haute Route Trek. Single supplements apply.


Please note: Treks are available from June to September. October to May we do not operate this trek.


If the dates below don't suit, please get in touch as we can open a new group on any day as long as you have at least 2 people in your party. 


What's Included

Included

  • Hotel and Mountain Hut Accommodation
  • Transport
  • Full board meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) during the trek

Not Included

  • International airfare, visa fees and mountaineering insurance
  • Expenses of a personal nature (gear rentals, beverage bills, hot showers, telephone, laundry etc.)
  • Support crew tips

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Packing List

Clothing

  • 3-4 x hiking shirt + 2-3 x long-sleeve hiking shirt
  • 3 x hiking shorts and 2 x trekking pants
  • 1 x warm trousers / storm pants
  • Mid-weight fleece jacket
  • Hard shell rain jacket
  • Warm insulating down or synthetic jacket / gilet 
  • Light, but warm gloves

Headwear

  • Sun hat + Sunglasses
  • Beanie 
  • Neck warmer

Footwear

  • Hiking boots 
  • 4-5 hiking socks 
  • Trainers for camp
  • Gaiters

Bags

  • 20-25L daypack
  • 90-100L Duffel Bag (waterproof)
  • Plastic bags to protect sleeping bag and other gear from rain

Other Essentials

  • Four season sleeping bag 
  • Trekking Poles
  • Headlamp and spare batteries
  • Snacks
  • Water bottle / hydration bladder
  • Water treatment tablets
  • Camera
  • Sun cream
Rental Gear

There are a number of good rental gear shops in Chamonix where one can rent / buy most items listed above.

Travel Insurance

We highly recommend getting travel insurance for your trip. We recommend World Nomads as they provide comprehensive cover for adventurous activities and are very affordable. Get a quote below.

Accommodation

Hotel Accommodation

On some nights on the trek, you will be staying in hotel accommodation.

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Mountain Hut Accommodation

Other nights on the trek, you will be staying in mountain hut accommodation.   

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Reviews

Best Adventure Yet

Rated 5 out of 5
April 7, 2020

Thanks Mountain IQ and Altezza for arranging our climb. It is by far the best adventure holiday I have ever experienced, the toughest too! Our guides and the entire support were truly amazing – I don’t think I would have made it without their support and encouragement! Thanks again!

Rob Arnold

Tip top trekking experience

Rated 5 out of 5
March 29, 2020

Visiting the Annapurna Sanctuary has been one of the highlights of my life. I was very nervous joining this trek as I was a solo female and had never trekked at altitude. The team at Mountain IQ were fantastic at answering all my questions and putting my concerns to rest. Once in Nepal, Upendra and the Himalayan Leisure team were just amazing. Our guide, Dorchi, was an absolute hoot and very caring. The whole experience from beginning to end was awesome. Thanks again!

Olga Ikin

Simply magnificent!

Rated 5 out of 5
March 29, 2020

We joined this trek with short notice. Upendra was very responsive and accommodating to our needs. The tour from pick up to drop off was professional and fun. Would highly recommend joining this tour!

Burnham Arlidge

An once in a lifetime experience!

Rated 5 out of 5
March 25, 2020

This was by far the most amazing adventure we’ve ever had. We can’t thank the team at Himalayan Leisure and at Mountain IQ enough for arranging such an incredible trek for myself and my girlfriend. From the very get go, the support from Mountain IQ and Upendra was top notch. All our questions were answered quickly and in detail. Once we arrived in Kathmandu we were warmly welcomed. The pre-trek briefing was excellent and we immediately liked our guide Dawa, and felt confident putting our safety in his hands. The trek itself is truly amazing – the views throughout were spectacular. The high pass was a big challenge but the whole group managed it without too much strain. We can’t wait to return to Nepal to complete the EBC trek via Gokyo and will definitely be going with HL again!

Felix O'Brien

Epic experience with Dawa and his team

Rated 5 out of 5
March 19, 2020

Just a quick note to say thank you to Himalayan Leisure for an amazing trekking experience to EBC. We felt well looked after throughout and really enjoyed the company of our guide Dawa. I highly recommend booking this adventure!

Rob Kendrick

A superb trekking experience

Rated 5 out of 5
March 17, 2020

We had an absolutely amazing experience with Himalayan Leisure on this trek in the Langtang region. The Langtang is a lot quieter than the popular trails to Everest. If you are looking to get off the beaten path then I highly recommend this trek and HL!

Nick Swanson

Superb Tour!

Rated 5 out of 5
February 26, 2020

This tour company is excellent. From the time they met us at Cusco airport, their interaction with us was first class. They were able to accommodate the tour changes we requested. Our guide, Percy, was excellent, very knowledgeable and took the time to explain and answer questions. I highly recommend Inkayni. I would advise anyone who wants to see Cusco and Choquequirao to select this tour company.

James Roux

A great experience all round!

Rated 5 out of 5
February 25, 2020

If you go to Peru and want to visit Machu Picchu I highly recommend this tour. My friends and I went with Jonathan from Inkayni and we loved it! We did a lot of activities and Jonathan was very attentive and available, with insightful explanations about the places we visited and the Peruvian culture. A great experience all round!

Sarah Roe

Amazing experience!

Rated 5 out of 5
February 17, 2020

Touring around Cusco, Salkantay and Machu Picchu with Franco was more like touring around with a friend than someone I had just met! He was extremely personable and knowledgeable. I learned a ton, saw beautiful sights and had great conversation.

Kayla

Elbrus Normal Route

Rated 5 out of 5
February 15, 2020

Absolutely PRO experience! RMH are on top of everything. From organisation before the trip, responses to questions before, during and after, to organisation, security, food, lodging and guiding – they are amazing. Going to Russia to do this is not without insecurity. We felt we were in safe hands throughout the trip. I would highly recommend Vitaly and is team to anyone who desires to climb Elbrus.

Nick Swanson

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