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The Haute route started as a mountaineering trail connecting two great mountaineering centres. It is a world-renowned multi-day hiking journey starting in Chamonix, France near the Mont Blanc Massif and finishing in Zermatt, Switzerland where the Matterhorn towers above. It is regarded by many as the most magnificent hut to hut hiking trail that the Alps has to offer. Along the way, the trail passes by 10 of the 12 highest peaks in the Alps, as it winds its way through glacial valleys, alpine meadows and enchanting villages. The route passes through the centre of both the French and Swiss Alps: two distinct cultural regions with different languages and architecture.
Geneva Airport, Switzerland
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This is a world of glaciers and towering, snow-capped peaks. The Haute Route also meanders through green alpine valleys with flower-covered meadows and picture-book villages. This is a trek of contrasts. Experience the remote wonder of the Alps as you trek from Chamonix to Zermatt through traditional villages and past the famous Matterhorn. Rather than just a single path, it’s really a network of trails traversing the Pennine Alps and crossing the high passes and glacial valleys of the region. It’s widely regarded as one of the most scenic treks in Europe. Each day is defined by ascending historic and formidable mountain passes. You’ll walk in flowered meadows, skirting massive glaciers, and passing glistening lakes.
Arrive at Geneva International Airport, Switzerland. From here, you will travel by a shuttle to
Chamonix valley. The shuttles arrive at the airport every hour.
(Overnight at Chamonix Valley)
Gondola ( A traditional boat) and Cable Car rides to Col de Balme, a mountain pass at The Alps located at a height of 2195 metres. After a beautiful hike with mesmerizing views of the Chamonix Valley and Mt. Blanc, we have lunch at Albert Premier Hut. Post lunch, you are introduced to the guidelines and some info about safe glacier. You also learn to wield the ice axe and crampons. We complete 4km hiking of 2 hours duration (500m high)
(Overnight at Albert Premier Hut)
Destination for the day : Champlex Village.
We start early at 5 am to Col Superior du Tour (3300m) which marks the border between Switzerland and France. Accompanying us will be the beautiful views of the whole Mont Blanc range. Descent via the Glacier du Trient, Glacier Orny to the Cabane Orny (2,830 m / 9,300 ft) for a late lunch. Post lunch, we continue by hand railing with chains to the top station of La Breya Chairlift. From here we have a long chairlift to the village of Champlex (1500m). We will be lodging in double or triple sharing rooms in the village by the side of the beautiful Champlex Lake.
(Overnight at Champlex Village)
Destination for the day: Dix Hut / Chanrion Hut.
This day will take us through the rarely travelled alpine terrain. Alterations can be made to the lodging places and the path followed which depends on the weather conditions and group preferences. We will be travelling through exposed conditions where there are steeper slopes and terrains all protected with hand railing and chains. We take the route via the “4 Saddles”: Col du Tsofeiret (2,640 m / 8,660 ft), Col de la Lire Rose (3,100 m / 10,200 ft), du Mont Rouge (3,400 m / 11,150 ft) and the Col de Cheilon (3,240 m / 10,600 ft) which traverses the smaller glaciers Gietroz and Cheillon in order to arrive at the Dix Hut (2,930 m)
This day can be shortened in case of weather or for custom group departures by lodging at the Chanrion Hut (about 3.5 hours of hiking).
(Overnight at Chanrion Hut)
Destination for the day: Vignette Hut
This day is all on glaciers and we have a big summit to climb. We reach the high point of the trek today. From the Tsena de Refien Glacier to the summit of the Pigne D’Arolla (3,800 m / 12,500 ft), the high point of the Haute Route and one of the finest viewpoints anywhere in the Alps. The trek begins on an easy level and then gradually increases its steepness and more
challenging descent to Vignette Hut (3160 m).
(Overnight at Vignette Hut)
Destination for the day : Bertol Hut, Western Alps
A beautiful glacier hike takes us over the Col de l’Eveque (3,400m) to the Upper Arolla Glacier to an unguarded shepherd’s hut at Plan de Bertol (2,670m) where we have lunch. From here we hike through a small glacier and climb the last 250m on ladders and chains to the Bertol Hut (3,310m). Bertol Hut is one of the most spectacular huts located in Western Alps with a fantastic view.
(Overnight at Bertol Hut)
Destination for the day : Schonbiel Hut
Ascent of the Tete Blanche (3,725 m) with marvellous views across the whole route all the way from Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn. Then we have a glaciated descent underneath the north face of the Matterhorn (4480m) and next we descent from the Dent d’Herens to the Schonbiel Hut (2700m).
(Overnight at Schonbiel Hut)
Destination for the day: Zermatt
All downhill today with the help of well marked trails. We pass through a hamlet in Zermatt where we have plenty of opportunities for postcards and DP shots from Matterhorn to Zermatt.
(Overnight at Zermatt)
After breakfast today, you will be transferred to the Geneva airport, from where you can take your flight back home.