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Self-Guided Best of the Haute Route

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

Self-Guided Best of the Haute Route

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

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

The Haute Route traverses the rugged heart of the Swiss Alps.

Characterized by remote trails, charming villages, and stunning mountain scenery, the Haute Route is one of the world’s classic hikes, with a wild beauty deserving of its 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.


See our guided version

  • 7 days, 6 nights
  • Jul 1 – Sep 25, 2024
  • $3390 Per Person
  • $850 Single Room

Itinerary At a Glance

Days 1-3

Grimentz to Zinal

Our Best of the Haute Route starts in the Val d’Anniviers, in Grimentz, perhaps the most geranium-covered village in the Alps. Beautiful. A high hike to the stunning Moiry hut is always one of our favorites. Finally, traverse a ridge above a beautiful lake and descend to the quiet end-of-the-road village of Zinal.

Days 4-7

Zinal to Zermatt

Now the strenuous hiking begins, with two high passes. The first brings you into the Turtmantal valley, a lovely little valley topped by fierce glaciers where you stay in a lively hiker’s inn. Then hike the Augstbord pass to the Mattertal, home of the Matterhorn and classic mountain village of Zermatt. Enjoy 2 luxurious nights in Zermatt at our favorite 4-star hotel.


Your tour includes 4 nights in village hotels, 1 night in a hiker’s inn and 1 night in a mountain hut, with all breakfasts and dinners. Luggage transfers between village hotels are included as well as a 3-day 2nd class Swiss rail pass for arrival and departure. You will also receive topo maps, detailed route descriptions, gps routes and sightseeing suggestions. We are always available by phone if you have questions during your tour.

Full Itinerary

Day 1


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 cozy 3-star hotel in town.

Arrival: Zürich or Geneva. Plan to arrive by the day your tour starts. There is a train station in both the Zürich and Geneva airports, with hourly departures for Grimentz.  The final 2 legs of the journey, from Sierre, are by bus. Travel time, 3 hrs (Geneva) or 4  hrs (Zürich).

Hotel de Moiry or Alpina
  • Dinner

Day 2

hike to 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 Moiry reservoir followed by a steep, but short and oh-so-pretty ascent.

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.

HIKE: 6-8 hours, 8.5 miles; Elevation: 4200 ft up, 150 ft down. Easier option: 2-3 hours, 4 miles; Elevation: 1760 ft up

Moiry hut, 4-person dorm
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 3

hike to Zinal

A somewhat 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 comfortable 3-star hotel is your home for the night.

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

Hotel Europe or Besso
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 4

hike to 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.

The Turtmann valley is an underrated destination in itself.  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.

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

Schwarzhorn inn
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 5

hike to St Niklaus and train to 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.

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

4-star Hotel Europe or similar
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 6

Zermatt, hike to Hörnli hut

Zermatt is so nice, we’re going to stay a 2nd day.  While there are many options for today, perhaps one of the most stunning hikes is the high trail from Schwarzsee lake to Hörnli.  Hörnli hut sits at the very base of the Matterhorn and serves a a sort of Matterhorn base camp.  It’s incredible.

The route there is airy-feeling, with long views to the valley below and jaw dropping mountains in every direction.  A gondola gives you plenty of options for longer or shorter days.  Return to Zermatt for a final night.

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

4-star Hotel Europe or similar
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 7


After breakfast at your hotel, depart for your 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

Tour Options

Self-guided Best of the Haute Route


  • The easier half of the Haute Route, but still big days
  • A true inn-to-inn with 5 stops in 6 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 2 nights in Zermatt
  • Rugged, remote trails best for those who like to get high in the mountains
  • $3390Per Person
  • $850Single Room

Self-guided Classic Hikers Haute Route


  • 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
  • 3 nights in alpine club huts
  • 4-star luxury (with a spa) for your last 2 nights in Zermatt
  • Rugged, remote trails best for strong hikers who like a challenge
  • $3990Per Person
  • $1050Single Room

Self-guided Deluxe Haute Route Highlights


  • High passes and rugged hikes daily
  • A fairly strenuous inn-to-inn with 6 stops in 9 nights
  • Luggage every night
  • 4 and 5-star luxury (with a spa) on 6 of your 9 nights
  • Memorable mountains… Mont Blanc, Matterhorn and more
  • Private shuttles and 1st class trains
  • $5290Per Person
  • $1650Single Room

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