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Guided Classic Hikers Haute Route

The Hiker’s Haute Route is an alpine classic, crossing a series of high remote passes from Chamonix to Zermatt.

Guided Classic Hikers Haute Route

The Hiker’s Haute Route is an alpine classic, crossing a series of high remote passes from Chamonix to Zermatt.

  • Guided Group,
  • Inn-To-Inn,
    Activity Level
  • Challenging,

The Haute Route is the big one, our most rugged and strenuous hut-to-hut tour.

If you love hiking deep in the mountains, crossing high passes, stopping at remote huts, passing massive glaciers… well, this is your tour. Adventure awaits. Every day brings another bold pass, another serene valley, as you hike across the highest mountains of the Alps.

Our Haute Route tour will start in bustling, beautiful Chamonix at the foot of Mont Blanc and finish in lively, upscale Zermatt at the base of the Matterhorn – two worthy destinations themselves. In between, we will visit tiny Swiss villages and 3 delightfully remote huts as we hike along the spine of mountains separating Switzerland and Italy.

As with all our guided tours, this trip is guaranteed to run. Sign up, get yourself in shape, and prepare to meet the challenge. There’s nothing like it. Our guides will keep you on track, make sure the pace is right and that everything comes together as it should. This Haute Route is a lofty adventure that lives up to its name.


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  • 12 days, 11 nights
  • Aug 10 – 21, 2024Sold Out!
  • – 2025 –
  • Aug 19 – 30, 2025
  • $5395 Per Person
  • $1050 Single Room

Itinerary At a Glance

Days 1-3

Chamonix to Champex

Start in Chamonix, France at the foot of the highest peak in the Alps, Mont Blanc. Sharing trails with the TMB, hike into Switzerland over passes and through rolling green meadows to the lakeside village of Champex.

Days 4-6

Verbier to Arolla

This is the crux of the trip, a high, remote and challenging stretch through rugged mountains. Stay two nights in alpine club huts as we hike across multiple passes and even across part of a glacier to the cozy village of Arolla.

Days 7-8

Val d'Anniviers

Beautiful Val d’Anniviers, where we high hike to the stunning Moiry hut and the quiet end-of-the-road village of Zinal. Definitely worth the slight detour to explore this corner of the Alps.

Days 9-12

Zinal to Zermatt

The final stretch, through the Turtmantal valley, a lovely little valley topped by fierce glaciers, to the Mattertal, home of the Matterhorn and classic mountain village of Zermatt. Enjoy 2 luxurious nights in our favorite 4-star hotel.


Your tour will be led by an experienced Alpinehikers guide, with guided hikes daily. All transfers to and from trailheads are included. You’ll stay 7 nights in village hotels in privates, 4 nights dormitory in a hiker’s inn and 3 huts. All breakfasts, picnic lunches, and dinners are included. Luggage transfers to all village hotels are also part of your tour (you will have it 7 nights).

This tour does not include transfers to Chamonix or return from Zermatt.

Full Itinerary

Day 1

arrive in Chamonix

Fly to Geneva and transfer by shuttle van to our meeting point in Chamonix. The trip is easy and very scenic, and we can help with this booking. If you arrive early, you can ask us to book a few extra days on your own in Chamonix at the start of the trip.

Chamonix is a fantastic town for simply walking around and soaking in the atmosphere. Grab a crepe or a coffee from one of the food carts, maybe take a ride up a scenic cable car, or do any last-minute shopping for your hike. We’ll meet for dinner and talk about the trip to come. Relax in the evening at our comfortable village hotel.

Arrival: Geneva.  Plan to arrive by the day your tour starts.  You can book a private or shared shuttle from GVA to Chamonix.  The trip takes 1½ hrs.  We recommend booking early with Mountain Dropoffs or Chamonix Valley Transfers.

Hotel les Aiglons
  • Dinner

Day 2

Chamonix, hike to Col de Balme

On our first hiking day of the tour, we’ll hike up to the Col de Balme pass to the border of France and Switzerland, with breathtaking views behind us of Mont Blanc and the Chamonix valley.

Today we’ll make a loop hike and descend to le Tour, then transfer by bus back to Chamonix for a 2nd night.


HIKE: 6-8 hours, 9 miles; Elevation: 3870 ft up, 3870 ft down

Hotel les Aiglons
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Hike Bovine or Fenetre d'Arpette to Champex

A morning transfer brings us to the trailhead at Col de la Forclaz.  We’ll have 2 choices today. For an easier hike, an undulating trail leads through alpine pastures and pine forests, the Bovine route, with sweeping views of the Rhone valley.

Weather permitting, a more rigorous possibility leads up to the high pass of Fenetre d’Arpette, one of the highest points along the tour, with wonderful views of the Trient glacier.

Both hikes finish at the pretty, lakeside village of Champex, where we stay in a comfortable 3-star hotel.

HIKE: 6-8 hours, 9 miles; Elevation: 2260 ft up, 2460 ft down (Bovine) or 7-9 hours, 9.5 miles; Elevation: 3740 ft up, 3940 ft down (Fenetre d’Arpette)

Hotel Glacier or Mont Lac
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

hike to Louvie hut

After a morning transfer by bus and train to Verbier, you’ll hike high above the valley, through meadows filled with mountain goats, on a gorgeous panoramic hike above Verbier.

Pass through meadows filled with mountain goats while gazing upon the snowy white crown of the Grand Combin mountain. Eventually we’ll reach the lakeside Louvie hut, always a friendly stop and a peaceful night.

HIKE: 7-9 hours, 9 miles; Elevation: 4150 ft. up, 1800 ft. down

Louvie Hut
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

cross the Grand Desert to Prafleuri hut

A rugged day brings us across 2 passes and through a wild region filled with glaciers and rocky peaks known as the Grand Desert.  Turn off the cell phone – it won’t work anyway.  This is rocky, remote and beautiful.

After a lot of up and down on quiet trails, we’ll finish the day at the bustling Prafleuri hut, our simplest stop on the tour, where a hearty meal awaits.

HIKE: 7-9 hours, 8 miles; Elevation: 3420 ft up, 2060 ft down

Prafleuri hut
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Dixence reservoir and Pas du Chat to Arolla

We hike up and over minor pass to the Grand Dixence reservoir, a stunning turquoise mountain lake, After a long traverse along Dixence, the trail heads up to Dix hut, spectacularly perched on a lonely rock outcrop and surrounded by glaciers and mountains.

After lunch at the hut, we continue with a short, easy glacier traverse, crossing the adventurous and entertaining ladders of the Pas du Chevres, and descend to the tiny, forested village of Arolla, where the handsome Kurhaus is our welcoming base.

HIKE: 7-9 hours, 11 miles; Elevation: 2360 ft. up, 4480 ft. down

Hotel Kurhaus
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

hike to Anniviers and Moiry hut

After a morning transfer across the valley, a long, steep climb leads to another pass and down into the beautiful Val d’Anniviers and more stunning mountain scenery.

We’ll descend to the Moiry reservoir and then up to the newly renovated Moiry hut, a comfortable base surround by a sea of ice. It’s a bit of a detour but worth it. This is always one of our favorite huts, with thoughtful 4-person dorms, and one of the most beautiful picture windows imaginable.

HIKE: 6-8 hours, 7 miles; Elevation: 5500 ft up, 1710 ft down

Moiry hut
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Col de Sorebois to Zinal

A slightly easier 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.

Descend to the village of Zinal, a postcard-perfect village of dark timbered houses bursting with colorful geraniums. There is an optional cable car from Sorebois to Zinal that can shorten this to a relatively moderate day.

HIKE: 6-8 hours, 7 miles; Elevation: 1800 ft. up, 2270 ft. down

Hotel le Besso or Europe
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

hike to the Turtmanntal to Gruben

Another day, another high pass, as our Haute Route itinerary continues over the Meidpass to the Turtmann valley.  This is also a linguistic border, as we cross from French-speaking Valais to German-speaking Wallis.

Capped by the stunning Weisshorn mountain, this is a quiet, gorgeous valley, worth exploring if you have the time. We’ll stay at a hiker’s inn at the base of the valley in a small settlement called Gruben.  We have a few private rooms, but once those are taken the later additions to the group will be in dormitory here.

HIKE: 7-9 hours, 11 miles; Elevation: 3980 ft. up, 3480 ft. down

Hotel Schwarzhorn
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Cross the Augstbord pass and finish in Zermatt

Our final pass brings us up to more gorgeous views of the Weisshorn, Dom and more. Often we’ll pass herds of Ibex as we descend to the tiny hamlet of Jungen before dropping down to the valley where we 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 at our hotel, before settling in at the very friendly Hotel Europe.

HIKE: 6-8 hours, 9 miles; Elevation: 3660 ft up, 3150 ft down

4-star Hotel Europe
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

A day of exploration in Zermatt

Zermatt is so nice, we like an extra day here to explore.  There are a ton of great options.  If you’re excited for more hiking, the hike up to Hörnli hut is a classic.  This hut is perched high on the Hörnli ridge of the Matterhorn and serves a sort of Matterhorn base camp for climbers, as well as a stunning destination for hikers.  We’ll use a gondola to keep it manageable.  It’s a fitting finish to a mountain-filled tour.

If you’d rather slow down, the train to Gornergrat or cable car to Klein Matterhorn are both beautifully scenic, or the easy walk to Fluhalp hut passes by many beautifully reflective lakes.  Or you can choose to spend the day in this very walkable, car-free village, book a massage, take in the sights, and simply relax.  We’ll have a final celebratory dinner at our hotel tonight.

HIKE: 5-7 hours, 6 miles; Elevation: 2250 ft up, 2250 ft down

4-star Hotel Europe
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12


After breakfast at our hotel, we’ll say our good-byes and leave for our post-trip destinations.

Departure: Zürich or Geneva. It is 4 hrs from Zermatt to Zürich or Geneva by train.  Trains start at 6 am if you need an early start, and leave frequently throughout the day.

  • Breakfast

Guided Classic Hikers Haute Route


  • Strenuous passes every day
  • A rugged inn-to-inn with 10 stops in 11 nights, including 3 huts
  • Luggage transferred to your inn 7 of the 11 nights
  • 4-star luxury (with a spa) for your last 2 nights in Zermatt
  • Rugged, remote trails best for strong hikers who like a challenge
  • All departures guaranteed. No minimum group size
  • Our toughest tour
  • $5395Per Person
  • $1050Single Room

Guided Best of the Haute Route


  • Strenuous passes every day
  • A rugged inn-to-inn with 5 stops in 6 nights
  • Luggage transferred to your inn 4 of the 6 nights
  • 4-star luxury (with a spa) for your last 2 nights in Zermatt
  • Rugged, remote trails best for strong hikers who like a challenge
  • All departures guaranteed. No minimum group size
  • Our favorite stretch of the Haute Route
  • $4295Per Person
  • $650Single Room

Guided Deluxe Haute Route Highlights


  • High passes and rugged hikes daily
  • A comfortable inn-to-inn with 7 stops in 9 nights
  • Luggage transferred to your hotel all nights
  • 4-star luxury (with a spa) on 5 of your 9 nights
  • Memorable mountains… Mont Blanc, Matterhorn and more
  • All departures guaranteed. No minimum group size
  • Private shuttle to Chamonix
  • $6995Per Person
  • $1550Single Room

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