The Hiker’s Haute Route consists of a spectacular series of trails linking Chamonix to Zermatt, marked by high, steep passes, quiet trails, and stunning mountain scenery. While the full Hiker’s Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt is a long and strenuous tour, we’ve designed this tour as a more comfortable option, skipping some of the more rustic stretches, and with 4-star upgrades in Chamonix and Zermatt. It’s one of the world’s classic hikes, with a wild beauty deserving of its name, and on this tour you can see the best of the Haute Route in relative comfort.
Your tour will meet in Chamonix, France – the stylish mountain resort town at the base of Mont Blanc. Chamonix is easily accessibly from Geneva by airport shuttle, included in your tour, and is a great place to come early for a few nights of independent travel before your tour. After a night here, our inn-to-inn trek then leads directly over the Balme pass to Switzerland, crossing multiple passes as we hike from Chamonix to Zermatt. From Champex, we’ll take a taxi transfer to the Val d’Anniviers for 1 night in the spectacular Moiry hut. Our luggage will be transferred separately and will be with us for 5 of the nights, in Chamonix, Forclaz, Champex, Zinal and Zermatt. If you like strenuous hiking and love pure mountain scenery, the Deluxe Haute Route tour offers the ultimate exploration of one of the most dramatic hiking routes in the Alps.
Our typical day starts with a continental buffet breakfast at our inn – delicious fresh baked bread, local cheeses, cereal, fruit, coffee and juice – which gives us the energy needed for a full day of inn-to-inn hiking. Soon we’ll be out on the trail for 6-8 hours, where often you’ll get to choose between an easier or more strenuous hike for the day. Each morning, you’ll be handed a lunch to carry, and at a mid-point along the way we’ll choose a beautiful spot to stop and enjoy our picnic. We get a lot of compliments on our imaginative lunches – making them something to look forward to as well!
We should finish our hike around 4-5 pm, giving you time to wash up and relax. You will have your own bedroom every night except for the 1 hut night. In the evening we’ll enjoy dinner together at our inn. These are multi-course feasts, often featuring local French and Swiss specialties, and will definitely be hearty, filling, well-earned and very delicious.
Chamonix – Arrive in Europe and transfer by shuttle van to our meeting point in Chamonix. Chamonix is a sunny, active village tucked at the base of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the Alps.
Forclaz – On our first hiking day of the tour, we’ll cross the Col de Balme into Switzerland, with with breathtaking views behind us of Mont Blanc and the Chamonix valley.
Champex – We’ll have 2 hiking choices today, crossing either a high, rocky pass, or a more moderate hike through woods and farms to the small lakeside village of Champex.
Moiry hut – After a morning transfer from Champex to the Anniviers valley, we’ll start from the Moiry reservoir and hike up to the newly renovated Moiry hut, a comfortable base surround by a sea of ice.
Zinal – A relatively moderate day leads us over a minor pass and gives us a chance to further explore the Val d’Anniviers, an unforgettable valley with a great blend of ancient villages, quiet trails, and breathtaking views.
Schwarzhorn – We have a beautiful high mountain pass as our Haute Route itinerary continues over the Meidpass to the quiet and isolated Turtmann valley.
Zermatt – Our final pass brings us up to more gorgeous views alpine giants such as the Weisshorn, Dom and more, before dropping down to the valley where we catch a short train ride to Zermatt.
depart – After breakfast at our hotel, we’ll say our good-byes and leave for our post-trip destinations.
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