Self-guided Best of the Hiker’s Haute Route

Switzerland Inn-to-inn

This abbreviated Haute Route tour links Grimentz to Zermatt via a spectacular series of trails with high passes, quiet trails, and stunning views.

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  • Length
  • 6 days, 5 nights
  • Departure Dates
  • Jul 01 – Sep 20, 2021
  • Tour Cost
  • $2790 per person
    $500 sg supplement
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Description

The Haute Route is the rugged heart of the Swiss Alps.  Characterized by remote trails, charming villages, and stunning mountain scenery, it’s one of the world’s classic hikes, with a wild beauty deserving of it’s name.  For those without time for the full tour, we’ve designed this Best of the Haute Route covering the stunning second half of the tour from the Anniviers valley to Zermatt.   We still include the can’t-miss-it Moiry hut for a memorable night amongst the glaciers, because, well, you’re going to want to go there.  This is a quick tour, but still one of our most challenging itineraries.

If your idea of a great day in the mountains is a big hike amid remote scenery, this tour is for you.  You’ll have a new pass to cross every day and a welcoming inn each night.  It’s a trip of discovery.  Sure, it’s a challenge.  And you’re going to love it.

What makes this tour unique?

  • Strenuous passes every day
  • A true inn-to-inn with 5 stops in 5 nights
  • Luggage transferred to your inn nights 1, 3 and 5
  • A memorable night at the stunning Moiry Hut
  • 4-star luxury (with a spa) for your last night in Zermatt
  • Rugged, remote trails best for those who like to get high in the mountains
Map of Self-guided Best of the Hiker’s Haute Route

Itinerary

Day 1

Grimentz – Arrive in Europe and transfer by train to the sleepy village of Grimentz, a postcard-perfect village of dark timbered houses bursting with colorful geraniums.

Grimentz is a wonderfully under-the-radar mountain village in the heart of one of the prettiest valleys in the Alps.  You’ll stay here in a comfortable 3-star hotel in town.

  • 3-star hotel
  • D

Day 2

Moiry hut – Starting right from town, a scenic traverse of the valley brings you through high meadows to the Moiry reservoir.  Those who would like an easier hike today can start with a bus ride to the reservoir instead.

From the blue-green waters of the Moiry reservoir, your trail continues up, high into the rocks to the newly renovated Moiry hut, a gorgeous base camp surrounded by a sea of ice.

  • Moiry hut, 4-person dorm
  • B / D
  • hike: 6-8 hours, 9 miles; Elevation: 4380 ft up, 1770 ft down. Easier option: 2 hours, 2.5 miles; Elevation: 1760 ft up

Day 3

Zinal – A slightly easier day leads you over a minor pass and gives you a chance to further explore the Val d’Anniviers, an unforgettable valley with a great blend of ancient villages, quiet trails, and breathtaking views.

Descend to the village of Zinal, a postcard-perfect village tucked at the far end of this quiet valley.  A modest, family-run 3-star hotel is your home for the night.

  • 3-star hotel
  • B / D
  • hike: 6-8 hours, 8 miles; Elevation: 1590 ft up, 2870 ft down

Day 4

Gruben – Leaving the Anniviers valley, your Haute Route itinerary continues over the Meidpass to the Turtmann valley and into the German-speaking portion of the Wallis.

Capped by the stunning Weisshorn mountain, this is a quiet, wonderful valley with surprising views around every corner. Stay at a hiker’s inn at the base of the valley.

  • hiker's inn with private rooms
  • B / D
  • hike: 7-9 hours, 10 miles; Elevation: 3770 ft up, 3300 ft down

Day 5

Zermatt – Your final pass brings us up to more grand views of the Weisshorn and Dom, two of Switzerland’s highest mountains, before dropping down to the valley where you catch a short train ride to Zermatt.

Zermatt is a lively village, filled with energy and history, and dominated by the towering presence of the Matterhorn. It also retains its alpine charm, with quiet back alleys, scenic nearby hamlets, and classy shops. Check out the town, take a short walk around Zermatt, or enjoy the local Matterhorn museum or the spa, before settling in for dinner at your friendly village hotel.

  • 3 or 4-star hotel
  • B / D
  • hike: 6-8 hours, 9 miles; Elevation: 2940 ft up, 2490 ft down

Day 6

depart – After breakfast at your hotel, depart for your post-trip destinations.

  • B
Included 3 nights 3-star hotels
1 night inn with private rooms
1 night hut in dormitory
all breakfasts and dinners
luggage transfers between villages
2nd class 3 day Swiss rail pass
topo maps
detailed route descriptions
sightseeing suggestions
local contact for questions

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