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!



10 days




Chamonix, Zermatt


Easy Moderate Challenge Hard


  • 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


Day 1: Arrive in CHAMONIX and trek to TRIENT






Train, Hiking 


Chamonix to Montroc Le Planet to Trient


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


Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner




Hiking TBC


Trient to 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


Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Mountain Hut


Transfer, Bus, Hiking


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


Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Mountain Hut


Hiking TBC


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


Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner




Hiking TBC


Cabane de Prafleuri to Arolla


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. 



Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner




Bus, Hiking, Gondala 


Arolla to Zinal


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.



Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner




Hiking TBC


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.



Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner






Gruben to St. Niklaus


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.



Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner




Bus, Hiking


St. Niklaus to TBC


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.



Breakfast, Lunch






TBC to Zermatt


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. 

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What's 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


  • 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


  • Sun hat + Sunglasses
  • Beanie 
  • Neck warmer


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


  • 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.


Hotel Accommodation

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


Mountain Hut Accommodation

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



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!

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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.

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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.

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Nick Swanson

Fantastic climb to the summit!

Rated 5 out of 5
February 13, 2020

We had a fantastic time on the mountain and enjoyed every step. Zachary and Chris did an outstanding job and were very professional. We are hopeful that they enjoyed our company as much as we enjoyed theirs.

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Brad Pickering

What an adventure!

Rated 5 out of 5
January 21, 2020

This trip was by far the best adventure tour I have ever been on! The Inkayni team were amazing – so professional, helpful and most importantly fun. I can’t thank them enough for providing such a great tour. And thanks to Mountain IQ too, for all the pre-trip support.

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Anna Smythe

Great experience all round!

Rated 5 out of 5
January 18, 2020

Just a quick thank you for organising such a fun tour. From the moment we were picked up in Marrakech to the moment we got back, we felt really well looked after and had an awesome summit experience of Toubkal. Special thanks to our guide Abdul for the crampon training and insights on Berber culture.

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Greg Davies

Brilliantly organised trip, thanks!

Rated 5 out of 5
October 16, 2019

My sister and I signed up to this trek up Mount Toubkal as a training hike for Kilimanjaro. Houssain and his team in Morocco were awesome, very attentive and super efficient. I felt a little altitude sickness after summiting and was glad our guide Abdul was with us to help us descend to the refuge quickly. The AMS subsided very quickly once we got back to the refuge. All told it was a fantastic trip and we feel much better prepared for Kili!

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Megan Firth

Mount Kenya Summiteers

Rated 5 out of 5
September 9, 2019

Just a quick note to say thank you to Evans and the team who helped us reach the summit of Mount Kenya last week. What an amazing experience, so much fun and lots of laughs. An excellent trip!

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Anna Basmakova

Outstanding adventure up Mount Kenya!

Rated 5 out of 5
August 18, 2019

My wife and I booked the 5 day Chogoria – Sirimon trek. The service and especially the quick and clear response from the Mountain IQ team was excellent and very professional. Once in Kenya we always had a very safe and secure experience, with the highlight being summiting Point Lenana at sunrise. The Chogoria – Sirimon route was an excellent choice. The landscape and flora was beautiful! We very much appreciated the whole organization, starting with the transport from Nairobi and ending with the pickup at the Sirimon gate. Our guide John and his excellent team made the trip an amazing experience which we will never forget. The friendliness and the service during the hike including the wide variety of excellent meals was outstanding.

A special tip for other hikers: be prepared for quiet cold nights once you get above 3,000m.

We would definitely recommend booking this trip to trek Mount Kenya!

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Simon Bradshaw

What an awesome experience...

Rated 5 out of 5
August 12, 2019

Just a quick thank you for organising such a fabulous trip. We hiked, we summited, made amazing memories, and lifetime friends. Thanks again.

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