The Haute Route

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  • duration 9 days
  • tour type Private
  • age requirement 18-99 yrs
  • max group size 20
  • guiding method Self-guided
  • Tour Code BM-16495
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English
  • Starts Arolla, Switzerland
  • Ends Zermatt, Switzerland
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Swiss hiking holiday for the experienced walker
  • Challenging Alpine hiking in the Valais canton
  • A classic itinerary making an ideal walking holiday
  • Stay in a mix of high mountain & low valley accommodations
  • Explore remote districts that are little visited
  • Follow sections of the well-known Haute Route
  • Excellent variety of alpine flowers & animals
  • Hotel-based Swiss Alps hiking holiday
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The "The Haute Route" trip starts from Arolla and ends in Zermatt. It is a walking tour that takes 9 days taking you through Gruben, Les Hauderes, Zermatt and 4 other destinations in Switzerland. "The Haute Route" is a self-guided private trip that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Walk along stunning sections of one of the world's most iconic mountain trails in the Swiss Alps. The scenic Swiss canton of Valais is one of the most magnificent mountain regions in Europe. It is an alpine network of valleys that lead off into beautiful and little-visited areas, some of which rarely see a tourist.
This 9-day hotel-based Swiss Valais trek, following part of the well-known Haute Route, visits these remote districts. Here, the walking is of true alpine character and charming villages lie in lush, green meadows, dominated by rugged and dramatic mountain scenery. There is some very dramatic scenery on offer, Mount Colon, the Pigne de Arolla, the Dent Blanche, Weisshorn and Dom, not mentioning a huge range of peaks at the head of the Mittertal Valley including the Matterhorn, and Briethorn.
Although the Haute Route is popular, you will find that, compared to many other areas in Switzerland, most of the paths on this section are little trodden. This gives rise to an excellent variety of alpine flowers and frequent sightings of alpine animals. As you cross the linguistic frontier from French-speaking to German-speaking Switzerland you have a chance to practice both languages. Many people praise their stay on this tour at a rather eccentric Victorian hotel with some of the Alps’ finest views.
  • Day 1 : Arrive Arolla
  • Day 2 : Arolla (1998m) to Les Haudères (1452m) 9.5 km/6 miles, 3-4 h
  • Day 3 : Les Haudères (1452m) to Grimentz (1572m) 17.6 km/11 miles, 7-8 h
  • Day 4 : Grimentz (1572m): free day with various walking routes
  • Day 5 : Grimentz (1572m) to Hotel Weisshorn (2337m) 19.2 km/12 miles, 7 h
  • Day 6 : Hotel Weisshorn (2337m) to Gruben (1822m) 10.5 km/6.5 miles, 5-6 h
  • Day 7 : Gruben (1822m) to St Niklaus (1127m) 17.2 km/10.6 miles, 7-8 h, train to Zermatt
  • Day 8 : Zermatt: free day with various walking options
  • Day 9 : Arrangements end after breakfast
  • 6 nights accommodation in 2-3 * hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities, 1 night in a mountain hotel and 1 night in mountain refuge
  • 8 breakfasts, 5 dinners
  • Luggage transfer (1 bag per person not weighing anymore than 20kg) except night 5
  • Information pack including route notes & maps (1 pack per room booked)
  • Emergency hotline
  • GPX Files
  • 3 dinners, all lunches & beverages
  • Luggage transfer on night 5 where you carry overnight items
  • Train and bus transfers (see Swiss Card), allow approx 200 CHF for these (assuming you don’t have a Swiss Card)
  • Entry fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Unscheduled transfers required during the trip
5 - Excellent
Based on 1 review
  • Anonymous
  • On Aug 08 2019
5 - Excellent
Overall, detailed very useful route notes. bit tricky leaving Grimentz, as there were two bridges. We self corrected after 15 minutes. Sherpa Expeditions is a fabulous company to book your holiday with. We had timely... Read more
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GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes

No additional cancellation fees apply for this The Haute Route tour. You can cancel the tour up to 70 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 69 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 10 December 2023, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 10 December 2023, a deposit of 183 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 69 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

The Haute Route tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this The Haute Route tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

For Solo Travelers

A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene global standardised protocols have been adopted.
  • Rigorous hygiene safety measures will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be fully vaccinated atleast 14 days prior to departure.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about this tour.
  • How many days are enough for Europe?

    You can spend a couple of months exploring Europe and still feel like you have not seen everything. Generally speaking, a two-week Europe trip should be just enough if you are looking to cover its major highlights. However, if you want a comprehensive travel experience within this duration, it is better that you focus on a region or a few countries rather than traveling all over the continent. 

    Choose a single country or schedule your trip around a handful of cities in different countries. While larger European cities may require three to four days to explore, you can get around smaller destinations in a day or two. Planning your trip around a particular region will cut down your travel time and save your time in transit.

  • What is the best month to travel to Switzerland?

    April and May as well as September and October are the best months to visit Switzerland. These months are just outside the peak seasons, but the weather is still pleasant and mild.

  • What is the best way to tour Switzerland?

    The best way to tour Switzerland is by train. The country has a vastly connected railway system that is fast and reliable and reasonably priced. Most train routes are spectacularly scenic and can be sightseeing tours in their own right.

  • How many do I need in Switzerland?

    We recommend spending 7 days in Switzerland. The country is fairly small and you can still see and do a lot if you only have a few days. If you want to do lengthier hikes you will want to spend upwards of 10 days in Switzerland. Check out our guide on how many days to spend in Switzerland for more information.

  • What are the best places to visit in Switzerland?

    Switzerland has several prime locations to visit. Nature lovers must see the Matterhorn and Jungfraujoch, while the cities of Zurich and Geneva are a must for culture vultures. The town of Lucerne on the shore of Lake Lucerne is a storybook destination and a Swiss classic. There are also several magnificent lakes and quaint towns and villages that you can explore. 

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