FROM CHAMONIX TO ZERMATT, self-guided 7 days

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7 days 7 days
Self-guided Self-guided
Without baggage transport Without baggage transport
Accommodation Classic (dormitory)
Level *** Level ***
From 650 € From 650 €

You, your hiking boots and your map, we take care of the rest...

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 seven days are not enough! 
This proposed route focuses on the Swiss landscapes. The trail leads us to 'the land of the 4000m', surrounded by an incredible area of high peaks known as the 'Imperial Crown', ending in Zermatt at the foot of the legendary Matterhorn at 4478m high. 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 high passes
  • The proximity to vast glaciers throughout the trek
  • 'The land of the 4000m', surrounded by an incredible area 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 and traditional Swiss villages

FROM CHAMONIX TO ZERMATT, self-guided 7 days

From 650 €

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Dates & prices

DEPARTURES AND PRICES 

7 day tour, classic from the end of June to mid September 2020

Without baggage transport
650€ per person, accommodation: 3 nights in dormitory and 3 nights in bedroom for 2 persons.
Daily departures.
Supplement for people travelling on their own : 130€ 

With baggage transport (except night 1 and 2)
Group of 2-3 pers. : 960€ per person
Group of 4-5 pers.: 890€ per person
Group of 6 pers. and more: 820€ per person
Departure on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays

Extras (price per person)

  • Cable car from Le Châble/Ruinette Day 1 (22.00 CHF) > free
  • Bus transfer Day 3 from Arolla to Les Haudères (7.80 CHF)
  • Bus transfer on Day 4 from les Haudères to Villaz (4.40 CHF)
  • Bus transfers Day 4 from Moiry to Zinal (18 CHF)
  • The cable car from Jungu Day 6 (13 CHF)
  • Train transfer from St Niklaus to Zermatt Day 6 (26 CHF)
  • The eventual return to the departure point by train (70 CHF)
Information and reservation is simple by telephone or e-mail.

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THE PRICE

The price includes

  • Half board from dinner the first evening to breakfast of the last day ;
  • 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€) ;
  • Daily baggage transport between accommodation (except night 1 and 2) if you have chosen this option ;
  • Taxes ;
  • Organisation and booking fees.

The price does not include:

  • Picnic lunches ;
  • Personal expenses, drinks, touristic visits, etc. ;
  • Bus and train transfers and cable cars ;
  • Cancellation insurance ;
  • You will have to buy mineral water on Day 2 in the Cabane Prafleuri.

The route day to day...

Day 1

Departure from the train station in Le Châble (Verbier, VS, Suisse)

LE CHABLE - CABANE DE LOUVIE
Take the cable car then traverse on a balcony trail with stunning views over the Combins mountain range, the Corbassière Glacier and the Mont-Blanc range in the distance, to arrive at the Cabane de Louvie. Night in a refuge.
5 hour walk / Elevation: +460m -440m

Day 2

CABANE DE LOUVIE - REFUGE PRAFLEURI
Beautiful day at higher altitude. Climb to the Col de Louvie (2921m​​) at the foot of the Rosa Blanche summit. Cross the rocky flats of the Grand Désert, passing by mountain lakes to reach the Col de Prafleuri (2987m). Descent to the refuge Prafleuri. Night in refuge.
6.5 hour walk / Elevation : +1050m -950m

Day 3

CABANE DE PRAFLEURI - LES HAUDERES
Contouring the Grande Dixence dam, highest gravity dam in the world. Climb alongside the Dix Glacier to the thrilling ladder climb at the Pas de Chèvre (2855m) and descend to the village of Arolla. Bus transfer to Les Haudères. Night in a hotel.
7 hour walk / Elevation: +850m -710m

Day 4

LES HAUDERES - ZINAL
Short bus transfer from les Haudères to Villaz (5 min lift). Climb through the pastures among the "mayens"(mountain chalets) to arrive to the Col Torrent (2915m). Descend to the Moiry dam. Bus transfer to Zinal. 
Night in a hotel.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +1220m -700m

Day 5

ZINAL - GRUBEN
Climb to the Meidpass (2790m) via the pastures of Roua and Lake Armina. Descend to the pretty alpine hamlet Gruben in the Turmanntal valley. Night in a gite in dormitory.
6 hour walk / Elevation: +1200m -1100m

Day 6

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

Day 7

SENTIER DE L’EUROPE
Climb to the Balcony of Europe trail, at the foot of the Matterhorn, in a world surrounded by summits over 4000m, passing through small shepherds' villages and their flocks overlooking Zermatt. Descend to Zermatt and the train station.
3 hour walk / Elevation: +350m -350m

End point in Zermatt during the afternoon.

Baggage transport available on request.
Personalised tour available, including a 6 day tour from Sion.
On request, a complete tour from Chamonix over 10 days.
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The trip

LEVEL ***          

Elevation: +600 to 1250 m average per day.
Walking time: 5 to 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 required for this trek.

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 by black diamond on a yellow background in the valleys and red and white at higher altitude. 

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

BAGGAGE TRANSPORT

On request.
The transport is possible every day except on Day 1.

ACCOMMODATION

3 nights in dormitory in gite or mountain refuge.
3 nights in hotel in a twin/double bedroom.
All accommodation offers hot showers.

MEALS

Breakfast and dinner are provided in each accommodation.
Picnics are not included and can be pre-ordered at each accommodation 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 cable car transfers as well as for your personal expenses. 

FITNESS LEVEL

Ability to easily walk 20 km (on flat trails) 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 Le Châble VS (Switzerland).

BY TRAIN
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 at a train station or at
oui.sncf and cff.ch

BY CAR
Take the A40 motorway to Genève, Chamonix, follow direction Martigny (Switzerland), continue direction Italy and follow signs Verbier.
Big and free parking at the cable car, opposite the meeting point in Le 
Châble.

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 Le Châble is possible by train or taxi (by taxi is the cheapest and quickest option).

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 
www.verbier.ch

Tourist Office 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 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 50 to 60 litres for your personal belongings (clothes, waterproofs, water, etc.).

BAGGAGE TRANSPORT

Possible on request.

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