Haute Route

Hiking from Chamonix, France to Zermatt, Switzerland

The Haute or “High” Route is one of the most well-known trails among hikers and skiers for connecting two of the most famous towns and mountains in Europe: Chamonix, France in the shadow of Mont Blanc and Zermatt, Switzerland under the gaze of the majestic Matterhorn. The trail meanders through the highest peaks in Switzerland, towering over the landscape at over 14,000 feet.

The trail was first created over 100 years ago during the Golden Age of mountaineering when various outdoorsmen dedicated their lives to ski the most unforgiving sections of the Alps. While the Haute Route earned its name for traversing some of the loftiest passes in the Alps, our tour of the Haute Route brings you challenge and beauty while still maintaining an enjoyable comfort-level. Note, however, that this is not a trail for inexperienced hikers. The trail is demanding in many sections, has areas of high exposure and does cross some high-altitude passes. The Haute Route welcomes hikers looking for an unforgettable experience of a lifetime.

One of the most memorable parts of the Haute Route is the three nights spent at mountain cabannes. These little refuges tucked among the towering peaks offer the unique experience of staying among ancient glaciers while still having all of the comforts of a country inn. While the cabannes are rustic, have shared bathroom facilities and sleeping dormitories, the experience is unbeatable. The food is superb (usually a full four-course meal), and the mix of climbers, walkers and mountaineers, not to mention the myriad of countries and languages represented among the patrons, offers an atmosphere not found anywhere else.

 

Haute Route Hotels and Villages

7 Nights
Bristol Verbier
Dix Trail
Mt Collon Arolla
Alpina Grimentz
Weisshorn Trail
Schwarzhorn Gruben
Mirabeau Zermatt

 

10 Nights
Suisse Chamonix
Forclaz Col
Belvedere Champex
Bristol Verbier
Dix Trail
Mt Collon Arolla
Alpina Grimentz
Weisshorn St Luc
Schwarzhorn Gruben
Mirabeau Zermatt

 

12 Nights
Suisse Chamonix
Montana Argentiere
Forclaz Forclaz
Belvedere Champex
Bristol Verbier
Dix Trail-Cabn
Mont Collon Arolla
Alpina Grimentz
Weisshorn St Luc
Schwarzhorn Gruben
La Reserve St Niklaus
Mirabeau Zermatt

 

14 Nights
Suisse Charmonix
Montana Argentiere
Forclaz Col
Belvedere Champex
Bristol Verbier
Louvie Cab Trail
Prafleurie Trail
Dix Cab Trail
Mont Collon Arolla
Alpina Grimentz
Weisshorn Trail
Schwarzhorn Gruben
La Reserve St Niklaus
Mirabeau Zermatt

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