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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.

    Support
  • Self-Guided,
    Style
  • 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.

    Length
  • 6 days, 5 nights
    Departures
  • Jul 01 – Sep 20, 2022
    Cost
  • $2890 Per Person
  • $500 sg supplement

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 4-6

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 a luxurious night in our favorite 4-star hotel. Ask about extra nights in Zermatt, which are always worthwhile. Depart after a memorable breakfast buffet.

Included

Your tour includes 3 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, and sightseeing suggestions. We are always available by phone if you have questions during your tour.

Tour Options

Self-guided Best of the Haute Route

Inn-To-Inn

  • The easier half of the Haute Route, but still big days
  • 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
  • $2890Per Person
  • $500sg supplement

Self-guided Classic Hikers Haute Route

Inn-To-Inn

  • Strenuous passes every day
  • A rugged inn-to-inn with 10 stops in 10 nights
  • Luggage transferred to your inn 6 of the 10 nights
  • 3 nights in alpine club huts (2 prepaid, 1 pay-on-arrival)
  • 4-star luxury (with a spa) for your last night in Zermatt
  • Rugged, remote trails best for strong hikers who like a challenge
  • $3590Per Person
  • $650sg supplement

Full 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
  • Dinner

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.

HIKE: 6-8 hours, 9 miles; Elevation: 4380 ft up, 1770 ft down. Easier option: 2 hours, 2.5 miles; Elevation: 1760 ft up

Moiry hut, 4-person dorm
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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.

HIKE: 6-8 hours, 8 miles; Elevation: 1590 ft up, 2870 ft down

3-star hotel
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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.

HIKE: 7-9 hours, 10 miles; Elevation: 3940 ft up, 3480 ft down

hiker's inn with private rooms
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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.

HIKE: 6-8 hours, 9 miles; Elevation: 4080 ft up, 3600 ft down

3 or 4-star hotel
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 6

depart

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

  • Breakfast

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