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Private Guided Classic Swiss Haute Route

The private guided Swiss Haute Route starts in Verbier and crosses a series of high passes to Zermatt.

Private Guided Classic Swiss Haute Route

The private guided Swiss Haute Route starts in Verbier and crosses a series of high passes to Zermatt.

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

The Swiss Haute Route from Verbier to Zermatt is a fantastic express version of the full tour.

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. The full tour starts in Chamonix, but on this trip we’ll skip the busy sections that overlap the TMB and start in Verbier, Switzerland.  Hike from here 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.

Your stops along the way are secluded, peaceful and remote. You’ll sleep 3 nights at alpine club huts, including our favorite, Moiry hut, and the other nights in the tiny villages that dot the valleys.  Zermatt and the Matterhorn is a wonderful capstone to this trip. It’s a lively and fun mountain towns, with world-class hotels, and a luxurious finish to a tough hike.  You’ll have big days, fresh air, sweeping vistas and quiet cozy nights. This is our a strenuous tour, and it’s wonderful.

  • 10 days, 9 nights
  • Jun 30 – Sep 20, 2024
  • $5290 8+ People
  • $5890 6-7 People
  • $6790 4-5 People
  • $9490 2-3 People
  • $650 Single Room

Itinerary At a Glance

Day 1

Arrive in Verbier

Fly to Geneva or Zurich and take efficient Swiss trains to sunny Verbier, with beautiful views of the snow-capped Grand Combin.

Day 2-4

Verbier to Arolla

We start with 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 5-6

Val d'Anniviers

Hike through beautiful Val d’Anniviers, to the stunning Moiry hut and the quiet end-of-the-road village of Zinal. Definitely worth slowing down to explore this corner of the Alps.

Days 7-10

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 5 nights in village hotels, 1 night in a hiker’s inn, and 3 nights in huts in dormitory. All breakfasts, picnic lunches, and 8 dinners are included. Luggage transfers to all village hotels are also part of your tour (you will have it 5 of the 9 nights).

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

Full Itinerary

Day 1


Arrive in Europe and transfer by train and gondola to our meeting point in Verbier, our starting point for the Swiss Haute Route.

Verbier is pleasant and 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.  There is a train station at the Geneva airport with frequent connections to Verbier.  The trip takes 3 hrs. Zürich is nearly 5 hrs from Verbier.

Hotel de Verbier or similar
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Louvie hut

Our first hike is a great one.  Today, you’ll hike high above the valley, through meadows filled with mountain goats, on a gorgeous panoramic trail 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 3

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, 8 miles; Elevation: 3420 ft up, 2060 ft down

cabane Prafleuri
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4


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, 4480 ft. down

Hotel Kurhaus
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Moiry hut

A long, steep climb leads to the beautiful Val d’Anniviers, one of our favorite corners of the Haute Route, and more stunning mountain scenery.

We’ll descend to the Moiry reservoir and then up to the newly renovated Moiry hut. Moiry hut is pretty hard to believe… a beautiful, comfortable base with huge picture windows surrounded by a sea of ice.

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

cabane Moiry
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6


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 or Europe
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 7


The next day brings another high pass, as our Haute Route itinerary continues over the Meidpass to the Turtmann valley.

Capped by the stunning Weisshorn mountain, this is a quiet, gorgeous valley.  An underrated stop on the Haute Route itinerary, a very peaceful and quiet valley. We’ll stay at a hiker’s inn at the base of the valley.

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

Hotel Schwarzhorn
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8


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
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9


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
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10


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 8 stops in 9 nights
  • Luggage transferred to your inn 5 of the 9 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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