- duration 10 days
- tour type Self-guided
- age requirement 18+ years old
- guiding method Self guided/Independent
- Trek through stunning alpine scenery amongst the highest peaks in Western Europe including the Matterhorn and Dent Blanche
- Follow the historic route from the head of the Chamonix Valley to Zermatt
- Enjoy culinary specialties such as Raclette
- Share your walking day with a group of like minded travellers
Take the high trail from the Chamonix Valley to Zermatt. The Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt is steeped in mountaineering legend, a route first taken by British climbers at the end of the 19th century. We join this historic route using the 'trekkers version' from the head of the Chamonix Valley, where we are immediately immersed in the incredible mountain scenery. Skirting glaciers we ascend passes gaining breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks, including the 4000m+ peaks of Dent Blanche, Zinalrothorn and Weisshorn. On reaching Zermatt we take in the instantly recognizable form of the Matterhorn and appreciate the scale of this mountain and its tumbling glaciers. Staying in a mixture of comfortable alpine huts, gîtes and hotels, we experience traditional European mountain culture and the camaraderie of our fellow travellers. Suitable for experienced trekkers, this route is rugged at times with considerable altitude gains of between 800m and 1300 metres per day, and requires participants to have a high level of fitness and endurance.
Day 1 : Meet guide and group in Le Tour and walk to Switzerland (6hrs /+814m)
Day 2 : Cross the Fenetre d’Arpette and continue to Champex (7hrs/+1400m, -1000m)
Day 3 : Short transfer to Bourg St Pierre and walk through Entremont Valley (7-8hrs /+800m)
Day 4 : Continue trek to Louvie (7hrs /+600m, -700m)
Day 5 : Louvie to Praz Fleury (7hrs /+910m, -525m)
Day 6 : Praz Fleury to Les Haudères (7hrs /+714m, -1327m)
Day 7 : Les Haudères to Grimmentz via the Torrent Pass (2919m) (6hrs /+858m, -841m)
Day 8 : Cross the Forclettaz Pass (2871m) to Grüben (7hrs /+1090m, -972m)
Day 9 : Grüben to Zermatt Valley (7hrs /+1075m, -990m)
Day 10 : Trek along the flanks of the Matterhorn (4hrs/+443m, -443m), trip ends Zermatt
- 9 nights mountain refuges/ gîtes in dormitory style accommodation. Dorms will usually accommodate between 8 and 20 people, with separate mattresses and duvets (you will need to bring a sleeping sheet and earplugs). Alternatively you can upgrade to 4 nights dorm, 5 nights double room - supplement applies.
- 9 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners (does not include drinks) – continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, coffee, tea and juices. Lunch is picnic style. Dinner will consist of 2 or 3 courses which include regional specialties
- Luggage transfer by minibus (except day 4 & 5) – 15kg limit
- Internal transfers between walks by minibus
- Experienced mountain guide
- Travel to and from the trail head
- Items of a personal nature
- Storage of luggage
- Travel insurance - mandatory
- Bus or train from trail into Zermatt - allow EUR10 per person
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Chamonix to Zermatt 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.Payment
A deposit of 325 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 69 days before departure. For any departures within 26 April 2020 full payment is required.Travel Insurance
Chamonix to Zermatt 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.Visa
For this Chamonix to Zermatt 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 travelling to, as part of this itinerary.