FROM CHAMONIX TO ZERMATT

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7 days 7 days
Guided / with a guide Guided / with a guide
With baggage transport With baggage transport
Accommodation Classic (dormitory)
Level *** Level ***
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From one giant to another...

The Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt is probably one of the most famous routes in the Alps, connecting two mountain capitals, steeped in history, through high altitude trails.
But seven days are not enough!
This route focuses on the Swiss landscapes. The trail leads us to the "Land of the 4000m", ending in Zermatt at the foot of the legendary Matterhorn (4478m), a pyramid of a rare elegance, the most mythical summit of the Alps and the storybook image of Switzerland.

You will like

  • The most remarkable part of the Swiss Haute Route itinerary
  • The proximity to vast glaciers throughout the trek
  • 'The land of the 4000m', an incredible area of high peaks including the Matterhorn and the Pointe Dufour, highest summit in Switzerland at 4634m
  • Discovering altitude life in the traditional Swiss villages

FROM CHAMONIX TO ZERMATT

Next date Next departure 28/06/20

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Dates & prices

Dates Status Prices
From 28/06/20
to 04/07/20
Guaranteed departure 995 € Book online
From 05/07/20
to 11/07/20
Open departure 995 € Book online
From 12/07/20
to 18/07/20
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From 19/07/20
to 25/07/20
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From 26/07/20
to 01/08/20
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From 02/08/20
to 08/08/20
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From 09/08/20
to 15/08/20
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From 16/08/20
to 22/08/20
Open departure 995 € Book online
From 23/08/20
to 29/08/20
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From 30/08/20
to 05/09/20
Open departure 995 € Book online
From 06/09/20
to 12/09/20
Guaranteed departure 975 € Book online
From 13/09/20
to 19/09/20
Open departure 975 € Book online

THE PRICE

The price includes

  • Organisation and booking fees, guiding by a qualified and insured mountain leader ;
  • All meals including picnic lunch and snacks during the day ;
  • Accommodation in gites, refuges and small hotels ;
  • Baggage transport between accommodation (except nights 1 and 2) ;
  • Bus transfers.

The price does not include:

  • Personal expenses (drinks, etc.), touristic visits ;
  • Airport taxes ; 
  • Cancellation insurance ;
  • Your return journey from home to the point of departure/end point.

Purchase of mineral water is not included for night 2 at Cabane de Prafleuri.

The price is all inclusive from departure to end point.

Personalised tour available

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The route day to day...

Day 1

Meet on Sunday at the train station in Le Châble at 1:45pm (please have lunch before meeting)

LE CHABLE - LA LOUVIE
Short transfer to Fionnay village. Climb through forest and pastures to Lake Louvie. Stunning views over the Combins mountain range, the Corbassière Glacier and away, on the Mont-Blanc. 
Night in refuge, without your luggage.
3 hour walk / Elevation: +750m

Day 2

THE GRAND DESERT - PRAFLEURI
Beautiful day at altitude. Climb to Louvie pass (2921m​​) at the foot of "La Rosa Blanche" summit. Cross the rocky flats of the Grand Désert, passing by mountain lakes to reach Prafleuri pass(2987m). Descent to Prafleuri refuge. Night in refuge, without your luggage.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +950m -600m

Day 3

GRANDE DIXENCE - PAS DE CHEVRE - AROLLA
Climb to Roux pass (2804m). The trail then goes along the Grande Dixence reservoir, the highest gravity dam in the world. Climb alongside the Cheillon Glacier to the thrilling ladder climb at the Pas de Chèvre (2855m) and descend to Arolla village. Night in gite.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +630m -1200m

Day 4

COL TORRENT  -  VAL D’ANNIVIERS
Short transfer to the village Les Haudères. Climb through the pastures passing mountain chalets up to Torrent pass (2915m). A day to encounter "nomadic" shepherds, making local cheese. Descend to Moiry dam. Night in a refuge in Val d'Anniviers.
7 hour walk / Elevation: +1200m -700m

Day 5

MEIDPASS  -  GRUBEN
Another day in a high mountain atmosphere. Transfer to St Luc then climb to the Meidpass (2790m) via Roua pastures and Lake Armina. Descend to the pretty alpine hamlet of Gruben in the Turmanntal valley. Night in gite.
6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +1090m -1000m

Day 6

AUGSTBORDPASS  -  TASCHALP
Climb to the Augstbordpass (2900m) and descend to the village St Niklaus. With a little luck, it is possible to see many chamois in this area. Descend with the cable car and transfer to Zermatt. Night in hotel.
7 hour walk / Elevation: +1100m -950m

Day 7

ZERMATT - AT THE FOOT OF THE "4000"
Balcony trail at the foot of the Matterhorn to get closer to that giant of the Alps. Surrounded by summits over 4000m, passing by small villages for shepherds overlooking Zermatt; an enchantress nature.
3.5 hour walk / Elevation: +800m -800m

End point Saturday at 2:00pm in Zermatt.

The itinerary is established according to the latest information available, the possibility of unknown factors affecting this itinerary is possible including situations beyond our control which may change the route, timings etc.

Personalised tour available, contact us...

The trip

LEVEL ***          

Elevation: +/- 600 to 1250m average per day.
Walking time: 6 - 7 hours average per day.
Type of trek: this tour is not technically difficult, Day 3 involves a ladder climb of 40m, 
possibility to take another route if this poses difficulties.

GUIDING

Group between 6 and 14 people supervised by a qualified mountain leader.

ACCOMMODATION

5 nights in gites or mountain refuges in dormitories of 8 to 10 persons.
1 night in a hotel in Zermatt in bedroom of 2 persons. 
All accommodation offers hot showers.
Bedroom of 2 persons possible depending on availabilities for 3 nights on 6, supplement cost: +60€ per person.

RESPONSIBLE TOURISME

Nights 1 and 2 are without luggage, you will have to take with you a toilet set and a change of clothes for the night (max 1 or 2 kg). We made that choice to favour an enchanting route but also to lower the cost and limit the environmental impact. Let us know what's your opinion on that ! 

MEALS

Breakfast and dinner are provided in each accommodation.
Picnics are included and are carefully prepared daily by your guide, comprising a variety of healthy salads and local products.

FITNESS LEVEL

Ability to easily walk 20km (on flat trails) in a maximum of 4 hours. 
If this is not the case, we recommend you to train during the three weeks prior departure: running 4-5km or hiking/cycling 3-4 hours, 2 to 3 times per week. Your physical preparation will enable you to enjoy your trek to the maximum.

MAPS

Federal Office of Topography: Grand St Bernard 5027 T, Monté Rosa 5028 T.

Practical information

ACCESS TO DEPARTURE POINT

Meeting point at 1:45pm in front of the train station in Le Châble (Valais, Switzerland).

BY TRAIN
2019 timetable. Inbound: depart Gare de Lyon (Paris) at 8:11am arriving in Le Châble at 1:39pm.
Return: depart Zermatt at 2:39pm arrive (Paris) Gare de Lyon at 9:37pm.
Times given are indicative and should be verified in a train station or on
https://www.oui.sncf/ and www.cff.ch

BY CAR
Take the A40 motorway to Chamonix, follow direction Martigny (Switzerland), continue direction Italy and follow signs for Verbier.
There is ample parking at the cable car, opposite the meeting point in Le 
Châble : curala-parking

End point at 2:00pm in Zermatt.

RETURN TO DEPARTURE POINT

At the end of the tour the return from Zermatt to the departure point in Le Châble will be organised by your mountain leader at the best price with a taxi (about 50 to 60€ per person, 2 hours lift, 6 persons minimum)
Or by train from Zermatt to Le Châble, about 60€ per person (3 hour journey).

ACCOMMODATION BEFORE AND AFTER

Le Châble - Hôtel Le Gietroz: +41 (0)2 77 76 11 84
Tourist Office Verbier+41 (0)2 77 75 38 88
Tourist Office Zermatt: +41 (0)2 79 66 81 00

INSURANCE

In accordance with regulations, we are covered by Professional Liability Insurance. In no case can we be responsible for your own Personal Liability. If you chose to take out repatriation insurance with EUROP ASSISTANCE whom we propose, Altitude Mont Blanc will only serve as an intermediary between the client and the insurer. We cannot influence either party. We adhere to strict conditions of sale. You are responsible for compliance with the reporting procedures of any incident.

Our insurance can only be sold to European citizens speaking French.
Before making any decision, contact EUROP ASSISTANCE.

CONTACT US

If you are late please contact the agency as soon as possible on: +33 (0)4 50 79 09 16 or +33 (0)6 42 49 76 07

Equipment & baggage

EQUIPMENT LIST

Clothing

  • Walking trousers
  • Shorts (Bikini/swimsuit, just in case!)
  • Breathable or merino wool t-shirts
  • Breathable or merino wool leggings
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Wind stopper or Goretex jacket
  • Waterproof poncho + gaiters or Goretex trousers + waterproof rucksack cover
  • Pair of gloves and a warm hat
  • Sun hat or baseball cap
  • Walking socks (1 pair per day)
  • Sturdy walking boots with a good sole, already broken in
  • 1 change of clothes for the evening
  • A pair of comfortable shoes for the evening

Other Equipment

  • Toilet bag
  • Quick drying towel
  • Sunglasses and sun cream
  • Water bottle or Camelback (1.5 litre minimum)
  • Knife, fork and spoon
  • Plastic lunch box/plate for your picnic lunches
  • Plastic cup for coffee
  • Small First Aid kit (antihistamine, ibuprofen, Compeed type blister pads...)
  • Survival blanket
  • Head torch or hand torch
  • Sleeping bag liner sheet and pillowcase (blankets provided at accommodation)
  • Two adjustable walking poles (highly recommended)
  • Identity card or passport

BACKPACK

Bring a comfortable backpack of 30 to 40 litres for your personal belongings for the day (warm clothes, waterproofs, water, plate and cutlery for your picnic, sunscreen and your identity papers) and please keep a little room to carry a picnic and snacks.

BAGGAGE TRANSPORT

Your baggage will be transported between accommodation by our vehicle (except day 1 and 2).

You are allowed 1 soft, sports type bag with all your possessions inside, no heavier than 12kg. Your bag has to be carried everyday by the driver to refuges, which access is not always easy! 
Please use one bag per person; gathering the belongings of two people often results in a heavy bag. Two bags of 10kg are better than one bag of 20!

Luggage which is too big and too heavy won't be accepted by the drivers!

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