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Private Guided Classic Hikers Haute Route

The private guided Hiker’s Haute Route consists of a spectacular series of trails linking Chamonix to Zermatt.

Private Guided Classic Hikers Haute Route

The private guided Hiker’s Haute Route consists of a spectacular series of trails linking Chamonix to Zermatt.

  • Private Guided,
  • Inn-To-Inn,
    Activity Level
  • Moderate to Challenging,

If you love big mountains, quiet trails over high passes, and a constant feeling of adventure, the Haute Route is for you.

The Hiker’s Haute Route is a commitment, but one that rewards you with days of remote mountain scenery, rugged trails, quiet huts and villages and an unparalleled sense of accomplishment. It’s a spectacular series of trails linking Chamonix to Zermatt, along the jagged wall of mountains separating Switzerland and Italy. Your private guide will be there every step of the way, with encouraging words, a deep knowledge of the Alps, and a commitment to make your trip hassle-free.

Chamonix and Zermatt bookend this trip. They are both lively and fun, world-famous mountain towns, and your stops in between are secluded, peaceful and remote. You’ll sleep 3 nights at alpine club huts, including can’t-miss-it Moiry hut (one of our faves), and the other nights in the tiny villages that dot the valleys. You’ll have big days, fresh air, sweeping vistas and quiet cozy nights. This is our most strenuous tour, and it’s wonderful.


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  • 12 days, 11 nights
  • Jun 30 – Sep 20, 2024
  • $5990 8+ People
  • $6490 6-7 People
  • $7590 4-5 People
  • $10790 2-3 People
  • $750 Single Room

Itinerary At a Glance

Day 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.

Day 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 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 leads through the Turtmanntal 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 6 nights in village hotels, 2 nights in hiker’s inns, and 3 nights in huts in dormitory. All breakfasts, picnic lunches, and 10 dinners are included. Luggage transfers to all village hotels are also part of your tour (you will have it 7 of the 11 nights).

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

Full Itinerary

Day 1


Arrive in Europe and transfer to our meeting point in Chamonix, the world-famous resort town at the base of Mont Blanc.

The trip to Chamonix is easy and very scenic. If you arrive early, you can ask us to book a few extra days on your own here at the start of the trip. 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 or similar
  • Dinner

Day 2

hike over Col de Balme pass to Trient

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.

Finish the day at a small hiker’s inn at Trient or the nearby Col de la Forclaz.  Private rooms are generally available, with shared bathroom down the hall.  This stretch of the Haute Route is shared with the TMB though, and the inns fill up long before the summer.  If there is no availability, we’ll arrange to return to Chamonix for a 2nd night, and come back to Forclaz the next day to start our hike to Champex.

HIKE: 6-8 hours, 8.5 miles; Elevation: 2940 ft. up, 3220 ft. down

Grande Ourse, Col de la Forclaz or Chamonix hotel
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

hike Bovine or Arpette to Champex

We’ll have 2 choices today. For an easier day, an undulating trail leads through alpine pastures and pine forests, with sweeping views of the Rhone valley. Stop at the alpine farmhouse at Bovine before heading on to Champex.

Weather and energy permitting, a more rigorous possibility leads up to the high pass of Fenetre d’Arpette, one of the highest points along the tour and along the Trient glacier. It’s hard work but with quite the payoff. Both hikes finish at the pretty, lakeside village of Champex, where we stay in a comfortable 3-star hotel.

HIKE: 6-8 hours, 10 miles; Elevation: 3110 ft. up, 2490 ft. down (Bovine) or 7-9 hours, 9.5 miles; Elevation: 4560 ft. up, 3930 ft. down (Fenetre d’Arpette)

Hotel Glacier
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

transfer to Verbier and 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.

As you hike, you’ll gaze upon the snowy white crown of the Grand Combin mountain before crossing a small pass. Descend to the lakeside Louvie hut, a small and very friendly alpine club hut high in the mountains.

HIKE: 7-9 hours, 8.5 miles; Elevation: 4150 ft. up, 1800 ft. down

Louvie Hut
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

cross the Grand Desert to Prafleuri hut

This is a big day, even though the numbers don’t quite show it. A rugged route brings us across 2 passes and through a remote, wild region filled with glaciers and rocky peaks known as the Grand Desert.

Passing below the Rosablanche glacier, and over your second pass, you’ll spend the entire day in a high, rocky landscape and embodies the Haute Route experience.  Finish the day at the bustling Prafleuri hut.

HIKE: 7-9 hours, 7 miles; Elevation: 3420 ft up, 2050 ft down

cabane Prafleuri
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

cross the Pas de Chèvres to Arolla

Another scenic day unfolds as you hike past the Grand Dixence reservoir and then up to Dix hut, spectacularly perched on a lonely rock outcrop and surrounded by glaciers and mountains. This is a beautifully hidden corner of the Alps, with handsome mountains and huge glaciers all around.

After lunch at the hut, you’ll continue with a short, easy glacier traverse… follow the trail markers. The a rocky ascent to the ladders at the Pas du Chevres pass top the day. Finally a long descent to the tiny and welcome village of Arolla.

HIKE: 7-9 hours, 11 miles; Elevation: 2360 ft. up, 4470 ft. down

Hotel Kurhaus
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

transfer to la Sage and hike to Moiry hut

A long, steep climb leads to 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. Moiry hut is you-won’t-believe-this beautiful, a comfortable base with huge picture windows surrounded by a sea of ice.

HIKE: 6-8 hours, 7 miles; Elevation: 5510 ft up, 1730 ft down

cabane Moiry
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

explore the Anniviers valley, hike 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. Dinner is on your own tonight in Zinal.

HIKE: 6-8 hours, 7 miles; Elevation: 1800 ft. up, 2260 ft. down

Hotel le Besso, Europe or similar
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 9

hike to Gruben

Another day, another high pass, as 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.  An underrated stop on the Haute Route itinerary, a very peaceful and quiet valley.

Stay at a hiker’s inn at the base of the valley.  Private rooms are normally available with bathroom down the hall, especially if booking early, but they also have spacious dorms if the rooms are booked.

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

Hotel Schwarzhorn
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

hike to St Niklaus and train to Zermatt

Our final pass brings us up to more gorgeous views of the Weisshorn, Dom and more, 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 your luxurious 4-star hotel.

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

Hotel Europe or similar
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Zermatt, hike to Hörnli hut

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.  It’s a fitting finish to a mountain-filled tour.

If you’d rather slow down, the train to Gornergrat is beautifully scenic, or the easy walk to Fluhalp hut passes by many beautifully reflective lakes.  Or simply spend the day in this very walkable, car-free village, book a massage, take in the sights, and feel yourself relax.  It’s been a great trip!  Enjoy a final celebratory dinner at our hotel tonight.

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

Hotel Europe or similar
  • 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

What's great about this tour

  • Strenuous passes every day
  • A rugged inn-to-inn with 10 stops in 11 nights
  • Luggage transferred to your inn 7 of the 11 nights
  • Your own private guide, your group, your trip
  • 3 nights in alpine club huts, then 4-star luxury your last 2 nights
  • Rugged, remote trails best for strong hikers who like a challenge

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