The Haute Route: Hiking From
    Chamonix to Zermatt

     7, 11, OR 14 DAYS
SELF-GUIDED HIKING

The Haute Route: Hiking From Chamonix to Zermatt

NOTE: This trip is now available to book. Please ensure that you’re able to enter France and Switzerland. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Location: Chamonix, Haute-Savoie, France

Length: 7, 11 or 14 Days

Availability: July 2020

Type: Self-Guided

Grade: Moderate

Starting From: €1399 pp.

Chamonix to Zermatt: Self-Guided Hiking Tour Overview

This is an amazing hike past two of the most iconic places in the Alps, Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn. You’ll start in Chamonix, France and finish in Zermatt, Switzerland, two historical cities at the bottom of these mountains respectively.

The idea of reaching those two places by foot was first charted as a summer mountaineering route by members of the English Alpine Club in the mid-19th century. The itinerary was along the biggest glaciers of the area sleeping in huts. Although the route is more popular in winter and done on skis, you’ll be following a similar and absolutely stunning itinerary, climbing up dramatic mountain passes, hiking through alpine meadows filled with wildflowers.
We offer you a choice of:
– 7 days (“The Best of the Haute Route”,
– 11 Days “The Classic Haute Route” or
– 14 Days “The Full Haute Route”

Most of the Haute Route is in Switzerland and offers stunning views of the highest peaks in the Alps. More than a trek, the Haute Route is a real journey. You’ll cross the border and mountain passes just like the early explorers did. like in the old times.

You’ll get a real feel for mountain life in France and Switzerland with their own culture, and even a local dialect in Zermatt. The Haute Route is a once in a lifetime experience!! 

Who Will Enjoy This Tour?

You’ll enjoy this trip if you have demanding standards for mountain scenery (this is one of the best in all the Alps), love amazing landscapes, have a sense of adventure, enjoy hiking through challenging trails and want to follow in the steps of early mountain explorers..

Hiking Chamonix to Zermatt
Hiking Near Matterhorn or Cervino in the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt

Highlights of Chamonix to Zermatt Self-Guided Hiking Tour

  • Hike past 2 of the most iconic mountains in the Alps, Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn.
  • Hike in 2 countries – France and Switzerland
  • Hike one of the most iconic long-distance trekking trails in the world.
  • Pass through charming mountain villages in the Alps.
  • Eat delicious meals with a regional flair from each country.
  • Hike dramatic mountain passes, meadows filled with wildflowers and gorgeous mountain lakes.
  • Stay in a mix of mountain refuges and hotels with astonishing views of the surrounding mountains.

What’s Included

  • 3 nights in 3* accommodations, 1 night in 1* accommodation and two nights accommodation in dormitories in mountain huts
  • 6 Dinners
  • 6 Breakfasts
  • Road book + GPS tracking device
  • 1 transfer in a private van from Chamonix, on Day 1 to the trailhead
  • Support throughout your trip

Map of the Chamonix to Zermatt Hiking Tour

7-Day Haute Route Tour Info

The 7-day tour is a great choice if you want the best hiking the Haute Route has to offer but don’t have time for the full 14-day trip. You’ll take a few transfers at strategic points to skip the lesser scenic parts of the trip while still doing most of the full route.

This trip is recommended for experienced hikers who’ve completed at least one shorter or equivalent trek before.

Price of the 7-Day Tour Haute Route

€1399 per person based on double occupancy

Includes:

  • 3 nights in 3-star accommodation, 1 night in 1-star accommodation, 2 nights in dormitory accommodation in a mountain hut.
  • 6 dinners
  • 6 breakfasts
  • GPS tracking device + Road Book with detailed route description
  • Unlimited email support pre-tour
  • Phone support while on your tour in case of emergency
  • 1 transfer in a private van from Chamonix to the trailhead in Fionnay on Day 1
Mountain Landscape in the Haute Route

Day 1: Transfer from Chamonix to Fionnay – Cabane de Louvie

Hiking Swiss Alps from Chamonix to Zermatt

We’ll arrange a transfer with a private van to you to Fionnay where the hike starts. From there, you’ll hike to Cabane de Louvie.

  • Hiking Today: 3 hours – Elevation: 800m Ascent
  • Accommodation: mountain hut, dormitory-style, half board.

Day 2: Cabane de Louvie – Cabane Prafleury

Highest point in the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt

A great hiking day. You’ll climb the Col the Prafleury, the highest point of your trek at almost 3000m.

  • Hiking Today: 6 hours – Elevation: 900m Ascent.
  • Accommodation: mountain hut, dormitory-style, half board.

Day 3: Cabane Prafleury to Arolla

Hikers in the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt

You’ll start by hiking along with the “Lac des Dix” before hiking the “Pas du Chat” and the Col de Reidmatten before going down to Arolla, a wonderful mountain village in the heart of the Valais.

  • Hiking Today: 7 hours – Elevation: 720m Ascent
  • Accommodation: 3* hotel in Arolla, half board

Day 4: Arolla to Zinal

Hiking from Chamonix to Zermatt

You’ll leave the high mountain environment and exchange it for typical swiss alpine meadows. After a short transfer to La Sage by a local bus, you’ll hike to Col Torrent before reaching Moiry and then Zinal with another transfer on a local bus.

  • Hiking Today: 6 hours – Elevation: 800m Ascent
  • Accommodation: 3* hotel in Arolla, half board

Day 5: Zinal to Gruben

Trekkers in Haute Route: Chamonix to Zermatt

An incursion in the Turtmanntal area, probably the wildest of the Valais.

  • Hiking Today: 6,5 hours – Elevation: 1100 Ascent
  • Accommodation: 3* hotel in Gruben, half board

Day 6: Gruben to St Niklaus and then Zermatt

Mountain Landscape in the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt

This day is the last one before reaching the famous swiss alpine city Zermatt. From St Niklaus, you’ll take the train to Zermatt where you will enjoy a spectacular view on the Matterhorn.

  • Hiking Today: 7 hours – Elevation: 1150 Ascent and a 30 min train ride to Zermatt.
  • Accommodation: 3* hotel in Zermatt

Day 7: Zermatt

Hiking near Matterhorn

Zermatt, like Chamonix, has many great activities to offer. For the last day of the tour, we suggest taking the lift to the Klein Matterhorn at almost 4000m on top of the Zermatt Resort. It’s also on the border with Italy and in addition to views of the Matterhorn, you’ll also get views of Monte Rosa and all the 4000m peaks which is just spectacular. Alternatively, you can do a short hike to the wonderful little alpine village of Zmutt above Zermatt.

  • Hiking Today: 1 hr to 3 hrs (optional)

11-Day Haute Route Tour Info

The 11-day tour is a great choice if you want the best hiking the Haute Route has to offer but don’t have time for the full 14-day trip. You’ll take a few transfers at strategic points to skip the lesser scenic parts of the trip while still doing most of the full route.

This trip is recommended for experienced hikers who’ve completed at least one shorter or equivalent trek before.

Price of the 11-Day Tour Haute Route

€2199 per person based on double occupancy

Includes:

  • 8 nights in hotel accommodation, 2 nights in dormitory accommodation in a mountain hut
  • 9 dinners
  • 10 breakfasts
  • GPS tracking device + Road Book with detailed route description
  • Unlimited email support pre-tour
  • Phone support while on your tour in case of emergency
Hiking near Matterhorn

Day 1: Chamonix / Télechamp to Trient

Hiking the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt

Morning start by a short transfer (bus or train) to Montroc at the very end of the Chamonix valley. From there, we will hike to Tête de Balme and then reach Trient in Swizterland.

  • Hiking Today: 6.5 hours – Elevation: 1135 m Ascent
  • Accommodation: hotel, half board.

Day 2: Trient to Champex

Hiking the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt

2 options here. The easiest one goes through Bovine and the classical but more challenging one goes through Fenetre d’Arpette.

  • Hiking Today Option 1: 6,5 hours – Elevation: 850m Ascent
  • Hiking Today Option 2: 7 hours – Elevation: 1385m ascent
  • Accommodation: 3* hotel, half board.

Day 3: Transfer from Champex to Fionnay – Cabane de Louvie

Hiking the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt

Depending on where the client sleep, we will arrange a transfer with a private van to Fionnay. From there, the hike starts to Cabane de Louvie.

  • Hiking Today: 3 hours – Elevation: 800m Ascent
  • Accommodation: mountain hut, dormitory-style, half board,

Day 4: Cabane de Louvie – Cabane Prafleury

Hiking the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt

A great hiking day. We will climb the col the Prafleury, the highest point of our trek at almost 3000m.

  • Hiking Today: 6 hours – Elevation: 900m Ascent
  • Accommodation: mountain hut, dormitory-style, half board.

Day 5: Cabane Prafleury to Arolla

Hiking the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt

We will start by hiking along with the “lac des Dix” before hiking the “pas du Chat” and the col de Reidmatten before going down to Arolla, a wonderful mountain village in the heart of the Valais

  • Hiking Today: 7 hours – Elevation: 720m Ascent
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Arolla, half board

Day 6: Arolla to La Sage

Hiking the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt

A bucolic stroll through the woods and meadows of the Oval d’Arolla. A shorter day, perfect to rest from the big past 2 days and before a long day to reach Zinal.

  • Hiking Today: 4,5 hours – Elevation: 350m Ascent
  • Accommodation: Hotel in La Sage, half board

Day 7: La Sage to Zinal

Hiking the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt

We will leave the high mountains for the typical swiss alpine meadows one. We will hike to Col Torrent above the Moiry dam and then Col de Sorebois (2835m) to finally reach Zinal by the cable car.

  • Hiking Today: 9 hours – Elevation: 1870m Ascent
  • Accommodation: 3* hotel in Zinal, half board.

Day 8: Zinal to Gruben

Trekkers in Haute Route: Chamonix to Zermatt

An incursion in the Turtmanntal area, probably the wildest of the Valais.

  • Hiking Today: 6,5 hours – Elevation: 1100 m Ascent
  • Accommodation: hotel in Gruben, half board.

Day 9: Gruben to St Niklaus and then Randa

Hiking the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt

This day is the last one before entering the famous Zermatt valley. From St Niklaus, a short train transfer takes you to Randa.

  • Hiking Today: 7 hours – Elevation: 1150 m Ascent and a 30 min train ride to Zermatt.
  • Accommodation: Hotel in St Niklaus or Randa, half board.

Day 10: Randa to Zermatt

Final day before Zermatt! A wonderful hike with stunning views on the big 4000m peaks around:
Weisshorn, Mont Rose, Dom de Mischabel, Taschorn,… and the Matterhorn!

  • Hiking Today: 8,5 hours – Elevation: 1150 Ascent
  • Accommodation: 3* hotel in Zermatt, dinner on your own.

Day 11: Zermatt

Hiking near Matterhorn

Zermatt, like Chamonix, has many great activities to offer. For the last day of the tour, we can suggest
taking the lift to the Klein Matterhorn at almost 4000m on top of the Zermatt resort. It is also the
border with Italy and the views on the Matterhorn, the Monte Rosa and all the 4000m peaks around
is just spectacular. Or a short hike to the wonderful little alpine village of Zmutt above Zermatt.

  • Hiking Today: 1 hr to 7 hrs

14-Day Haute Route Tour Info

The 14-day trek is for purists who want to do the Haute Route in its entirety without skipping any sections or taking transfers and be fully immersed in nature.

Due to its length, we only recommend this for experienced hikers who’ve done at least one 10-day trek before.

Price of the 14-Day Tour Haute Route

€2699 per person based on double occupancy

Includes:

  • 8 nights in hotel accommodation, 5 nights in dormitory accommodation in a mountain hut
  • 12 dinners
  • 13 breakfasts
  • GPS tracking device + Road Book with detailed route description
  • Unlimited email support pre-tour
  • Phone support while on your tour in case of emergency
Hiking the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt

Day 1: Chamonix to Télechamp

Hiking the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt

From Chamonix, we will hike the south side of the valley in the Aiguilles Rouge range in from of the Mont-Blanc! Incredible view on the Chamonix Needle!!

  • Hiking Today: 7 hours – Elevation: 1100m Ascent
  • Accommodation: mountain hut, dormitory-style, half board (hotel option possible in Argentière)

Day 2: Télechamp to Trient

We will hike to Tête de Balme and then reach Trient in Switzerland.

  • Hiking Today: 6,5 hours – Elevation: 1135m Ascent
  • Accommodation: hotel, half board

Day 3: Trient to Champex

Hiking the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt

2 options here. The easiest one goes through Bovine and the classical but more challenging one goes through Fenetre d’Arpette

  • Hiking Today: 6,5 hours – Elevation : 850m Ascent for option 1; 7 hours – Elevation : 1385m Ascent for option 2
  • Accommodation: 3* hotel, half board

Day 4: Champex – Cabane de Mille

Transition day. We will leave the Mont Blanc range and start hiking in the Valais area in the val d’Entremont next to the famous historical Grand St Bernard hospice.

  • Hiking Today: 6,5 hours – Elevation: 1700m Ascent
  • Accommodation: mountain hut, dormitory-style, half board

Day 5: Cabane de Mille – Cabane de Louvie

Hiking the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt

Magnificent views, particularly on the Grand Combin 4000m peak. A long and technical straightforward hike in the Val de Bagne.

  • Hiking Today: 8 hours – Elevation: 1200m Ascent
  • Accommodation: mountain hut, dormitory-style, half board

Day 6: Cabane de Louvie – Cabane Prafleury

Hiking the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt

A great hiking day. We will climb the col the Prafleury, the highest point of our trek at almost 3000m.

  • Hiking Today: 6 hours – Elevation: 900m Ascent
  • Accommodation: mountain hut, dormitory-style, half board

Day 7: Cabane Prafleury to Arolla

Hiking the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt

We will start by hiking along with the “lac des Dix” before hiking the “pas du Chat” and the col de Reidmatten before going down to Arolla, a wonderful mountain village in the heart of the Valais.

  • Hiking Today: 7 hours – Elevation: 720m Ascent
  • Accommodation: Hotel in Arolla, half board

Day 8: Arolla to La Sage

Hiking the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt

A bucolic stroll through the woods and meadows of the val d’Arolla. A shorter day, perfect to rest from the big past 2 days and before a long day to reach Zinal.

  • Hiking Today: 4,5 hours – Elevation: 350m Ascent
  • Accommodation: Hotel in La Sage, half board

Day 9: La Sage to Zinal

Hiking the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt

We will leave the high mountains for the typical swiss alpine meadows one. We will hike to Col Torrent above the Moiry dam and then Col de Sorebois (2835m) to finally reach Zinal by the cable car.

  • Hiking Today: 4,5 hours – Elevation: 350m Ascent
  • Accommodation: hotel in La Sage, half board

Day 10: Zinal to Gruben

Trekkers in Haute Route: Chamonix to Zermatt

An incursion in the Turtmanntal area, probably the wildest of the Valais.

  • Hiking Today: 6,5 hours – Elevation: 1100 Ascent
  • Accommodation: hotel in Gruben, half board

Day 11: Gruben to St Niklaus

Hiking the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt

This day is the last one before entering the famous Zermatt valley.

  • Hiking Today: 7 hours – Elevation: 1150 Ascent and a 30 min train ride to Zermatt.
  • Accommodation: Hotel in St Niklaus or Randa, half board

Day 12: St Niklaus – Europahutte

Mountain view from the Haute Route

The trail goes across the Zermatt valley at the bottom of the Dom de Mischabel. Unique and spectacular!

  • Hiking Today: 7 hours – Elevation: 1150 Ascent and a 30 min train ride to Zermatt.
  • Accommodation: Hotel in St Niklaus or Randa, half board

Day 13: Europahutte – Zermatt

The Matterhorn from the Haute Route

Here you are!!! Zermatt!! A long and wonderful hike with stunning views on the big 4000m peaks around Weisshorn, Mont Rose, Dom de Mischabel, Taschorn,… and the Matterhorn!

  • Hiking Today: 7 hours – Elevation: 350 Ascent
  • Accommodation: 3* hotel in Zermatt, diner on your own

Day 14: Europahutte – Zermatt

Arriving in Zermatt

Zermatt, like Chamonix, has many great activities to offer. For the last day of the tour, we can suggest taking the lift to the Klein Matterhorn at almost 4000m on top of the Zermatt resort. It is also the border with Italy and the views on the Matterhorn, the Monte Rosa and all the 4000m peaks around is just spectacular. Or a short hike to the wonderful little alpine village of Zmutt above Zermatt.

  • Hiking Today: 1 hr to 7 hrs

THE HAUTE ROUTE: CHAMONIX TO ZERMATT SELF-GUIDED HIKING TOUR INFO

Availability

Our hiking tour is available to start from July 2020.

Best Time To Go

This trip is available July – mid-September.

Booking in Advance

We recommend booking your trip as far in advance as possible since accommodations are extremely limited in some places and may impact your starting date.

Luggage Storage and Luggage Transfers  

Upon booking with us, we can recommend hotels that will likely store your luggage for you while you trek.  Always check with the hotel when you book that they’ll do this. 

Luggage transfer is NOT available on this trip as it is EXTREMELY expensive so we don’t offer it as an option.

Grade and Terrain

Grade 3 (middle). We recommend that you are in decent shape,  and active. Otherwise, you likely will find it too challenging.

Self-Guided Tours

This is a self-guided hiking and wine-tasting tour. You get the flexibility and freedom of starting your day when you choose, hiking at your own pace and taking breaks whenever your heart (or lungs) desire.

We’ll take care of booking your accommodation, providing your with a Road Book and GPS instructions so that you don’t get lost. We’re there for you prior to and during your trip.

Location

Your trip starts in Chamonix, France and each day you’ll hike to your next accommodation. You’ll finish in the village of Zermatt in Switzerland. 

Fitness Level

You should be in good physical condition and be a regular walker or hiker. The route is not technical so no prior expertise is required.

General

The distances and ascents/descents are approximations as are the hiking times. These don’t include breaks. We’ve used the times indicated on the hiking isgn posts on the trail to be consistent, but most people find it takes them longer than the times indicated.

The itineraries shown may change slightly based on the available accommodation for your self-guided tour.

Hiking the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt
Mountain Refuge in the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt
Hiking the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt
Mountain Accomodation Chamonix to Zermatt
Mountain View from the Haute Route: Chamonix to Zermatt

PRICING AND INCLUSIONS

Pricing

  • 7-day tour: €1399 per person 

  • 11-day tour: €2100 per person

  • 14-day tour: €2599 per person

    *based on double occurpancy

Inclusions

See the specific tab for the inclusions on each tour.

A 25% per person deposit is due at the time of booking. As soon as we receive your deposit, we will start making the arrangements for your accommodation.The remaining balance is due 45 days before the onset of the trip and will automatically be charged. You can see the full terms and conditions by clicking here.

Extras

  • International airfare
  • Transportation to Chamonix
  • Transportation from Zermatt at the end of the trip.
  • Drinks during lunches and dinners.
  • Pre and post trip accommodation. (We’ll provide you with recommendations).
  • Additional hotels nights if required.
  • Lunches during the trip.
  • Travel insurance that covers you for this tour and includes emergency evacuation and hospital care in the unlikely incident that you get injured. World Nomads insurance covers this which is why we recommend it.

ACCOMMODATION ON THE CHAMONIX TO ZERMATT HIKING TOUR

Availability

You’ll be staying in a mix of mountain huts and hotels.

In the mountain huts you’ll be staying in dormitories which include shared bathroom facilities. Accommodation is simple, yet clean.

There’s usually a strict lights-out policy at around 10:00 pm and hikers are up at approximately the same time to eat a light breakfast served between limited hours. Staying in a mountain hut is a great way to connect with fellow hikers. Huts are usually right on the trail or close to it.

For the rest of the tour, you’ll be staying in small hotels.

Hiking Swiss Alps from Chamonix to Zermatt

Our Haute Route: Chamonix to Zermatt self-guided hiking tours give you the freedom to hike on your own, but without the time-consuming hassles of booking accommodation in two different languages and planning your route.

We do the heavy lifting so that you can focus on hiking and have the trek of your life.

How to Make it Happen: 1)Choose from our 7, 11, or 14-day tours. 2)Select your starting date in the calendar. 3) Complete your booking in less than 5 minutes.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Upon receiving your booking we need to organize all your accommodation. This can take 2 weeks as we need to contact each place separately by phone or email. I.e. there is no central booking system where we can check to see how much space is available. We’ll notify you by email when all your accommodation has been confirmed. Please do not book your flights or make other travel arrangements until we’ve confirmed all your accommodation.

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