CHAMONIX - ZERMATT self guided 6 days comfort

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6 days 6 days
Self-guided Self-guided
Without baggage transport Without baggage transport
Accommodation Comfort (room)
Level *** Level ***
From 690 € From 690 €

Liberty... and comfort more !

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 by high altitude trails.
But six days is not enough! 
This proposed route focuses on the Swiss landscapes. The trail leads us to the "Land of the 4000m", surrounded by an incredible panorama of high peaks known as the "Imperial Crown", ending in Zermatt at the foot of the legendary Matterhorn (4478m). A pyramid of rare elegance, the most mythical and most photographed summit of the Alps and the symbolic image of Switzerland.
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You will like

  • The most notorious part of the Swiss Haute Route itinerary.
  • A "high mountain" route with highmountain passes.
  • The proximity to vast glaciers throughout the hike.
  • "Land of the 4000m", surrounded by an incredible panorama of high peaks known as the "Imperial Crown", including the Matterhorn and the Pointe Dufour, the highest summit in Switzerland at 4634m.
  • Discovering life at altitude in typical traditional Swiss villages.

CHAMONIX - ZERMATT self guided 6 days comfort

From 690 €

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Dates & prices

DEPARTURES AND PRICES

6 day tour, comfort.

Without baggage transport
690€ per person, 5 nights comfort accommodation in double or twins rooms
Daily departures.

With baggage transport
Group of 2-3 pers.: 1130€ per person
Group of 4-5 pers.: 1020€ per person
Group of 6 persons and more: 930€ per person
Departure on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays

Extras (price per person)

  • Bus transfers Day 1 de Sion à Thyon 2000 (16 CHF)
  • Bus transfers Day 2 and Day 3 to Les Haudères (11.20 CHF)
  • Bus transfers Day 3 to Zinal (18 CHF)
  • The cablecar from Jungu Day 5 (13 CHF)
  • Train transfer Day 5 (26 CHF)
  • Return to the departure point by train (50 CHF)
Information and reservation is simple by telephone or e-mail.

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THE PRICE

The price includes

  • Organisation and booking fees.
  • A road book: description and IGN maps (1 road book per registration up to 4 people. A supplementary road book for groups of 5 or more. Extra road book supplement 10-25€).
  • Half board from dinner the first evening to breakfast of the last day.
  • Taxes.
  • Daily baggage transport between accommodation if you have chosen this option.

The price does not include:

  • Picnic lunches.
  • Personal expenses, drinks, touristic visits, etc.
  • Bus and train transfers and cablecars.
  • Cancellation insurance (3.8% of total tour cost).

The route day to day...

Day 1

Meet infront of Sion train station at 12:30.

SION - GRANDE DIXENCE DAM
Bus transfer to Thyon 2000.
Depart via along a balcony trail overlooking the Val d’Hérémence arriving at one of the largest dams in Europe the Grande Dixence dam. Night in a gîte at the foot of the dam.                                                                                             4.5 hour walk / Elevation: +350m -200m

Day 2

GRANDE DIXENCE DAM - LES HAUDÈRES
Hike along the Grande Dixence dam and climb alongside the Dix Glacier to the Pas de Chèvre mountain pass at 2855m. Descend to the village of Arolla.
Bus transfer to Les Haudères. Night in a gite or hotel.
7 hour walk / Elevation: +710m -850m

Day 3

LES HAUDÈRES - ZINAL
Climb dotted with mayens (Swiss pasture chalets) to the Col Torrent at 2915m.
Descend to the Moiry dam. Transfer by bus to Zinal.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +1220 -700m

Day 4

SAINT LUC - GRUBEN
Ascend to the Col Forcletta at 2870m. Descend into the tiny alpine hamlet of Gruben.
Night in a gite.
7 hour walk / Elevation: +1240m -1050m

Day 5

GRUBEN - ZERMATT
Ascent to the Augstbord pass pass at 2900m and descent to the village of St Niklaus.
With a little luck you will see some shy chamois. Transfer by cable car and train to Zermatt. Overnight in hotel.
7 hour walk / Elevation: +1100m -950m

Day 6

ZERMATT
Circuit hike above Zermatt along a superb balcony trail facing the Matterhorn. Descent into the village of Zermatt to the train station.
End of the hike in Zermatt.
3 hour walk / Elevation: +/-350m

The trip

LEVEL ***          

Elevation: +/- 600-1250m average per day.
Walking time: 5 - 7 hours average per day.
Type of trek: This tour is not technically difficult, Day 3 involves a ladder climb of 40m, 
possibilty to take another route if this poses difficulties. A good fitness level is important.

ROAD BOOK

Before departure, we send you a travel folder containing: 
- 2 topographical maps (1/50 000) with the route highlighted. 
- 1 road-book containing all the information necessary for the trek. 
- 1 waterproof map holder.
- Accommodation list.

SIGNPOSTS AND WAYMARKS ALONG THE TREK

The tour is very well indicated.
- a black dot on a yellow diamond in the valleys and red and white stripes at altitude
(in both directions).

It is preferable to know how to read a topographical map at 1/50000.

BAGGAGE TRANSPORT

On request.

ACCOMMODATION

5 nights in a hotel in a twin/double bedroom.
All accommodation has hot showers.

MEALS

Breakfast and dinner are provided in each accommodation.
Picnics are not included and can be pre-ordered at each accomodation in the evening. 
Possibility to buy picnic supplies in small local shops (Days 3, 4 and 6).

CURRENCY

It is essential to carry Swiss Francs for the bus and cablecar transfers and for other personal expenses. 1€ = 1.07 CHF

FITNESS LEVEL

Ability to easily walk 20km (on the flat) in a maximum of 4 hours. 
If this is not the case, we recommend that you train during the three weeks prior to departure, for example 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.

PERSONALISED TOURS

We can personalise a tour according to your requirements (number of days, participants, level of route, accommodation, etc.)

MAPS

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

Practical information

DEPART

From end of June to mid September.
Departures every day.

ACCESS TO DEPARTURE POINT

Departure at the train station in Sion VS (Switzerland).

BY TRAIN
Inbound: Depart Gare de Lyon (Paris) at 08:11 arriving in Sion at 13:56.
Return: Depart Zermatt at 14:39 arrive (Paris) Gare de Lyon at 21:37.
Times given are indicative and should be verified at a train station or at
www.oui.sncf and www.cff.ch

BY CAR
Take the A40 motorway to Chamonix, follow direction Martigny (Switzerland), continue direction Sion. Or from Geneva, take Lausanne direction, then Sion. (Be careful, compulsory Swiss pass on motorways to buy at the border or in petrol stations)

End point during the afternoon in Zermatt.

RETURN TO DEPARTURE POINT

At the end of the tour the return from Zermatt to the departure point in Sion is possible by train or taxi (by taxi is the option for groups).

ACCOMMODATION BEFORE AND AFTER

Sion - Hôtel Elite  Tel +41(0)27 322 03 www.hotelelitesion.ch
Office du tourisme de Sion +41 (0)27 327 77 27 www.valais.ch
Office du Tourisme de Zermatt: +41 (0)2 79 66 81 00 www.zermatt.ch

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.

Before making any decision, contact EUROP ASSISTANCE.

CONTACT US

If you are late please contact the agency as soon as possible: +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 50 - 60 litres for your personal belongings (clothes, waterproofs, water, etc.).

BAGGAGE TRANSPORT

Possible on request.

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