Haute Route

Chamonix to Zermatt : Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn

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Haute Route

A journey towards the Matterhorn…….. Chamonix – Zermatt ‘ The two greatest mountaineering centres in the world – one over shadowed by the highest massif in Western Europe and the other by the most famous, if not the most elegant and most instantly recognised, of all mountains.’ Chamonix to Zermatt, Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn – recipe for a visual feast! (Kev Reynolds; The Classic Walkers Haute Route). 12 days of iconic hiking through France and Switzerland.

‘Tanya superlative in her knowledge and abilities. She was also very kind, and I felt like I made a good new friend.’ Wendy 2018

  • Reach unique and remote locations in the mountainous Valais region 
  • Private support vehicle transferring group luggage with additional passenger seats ( if one day your body needs a little rest )
  • Ratio: 1 Guide – 8 clients + one support vehicle or over 8 clients = 3 Leaders.
  • Fresh natural lunches – either wonderful fresh picnics or local refuge lunches = fantastic
  • You International Mountain Leader will bring the trip alive with their wealth of knowledge on flora, fauna and local history.
  • Spectacular scenery, crossing high passes every day and enjoying a rich variety of flora and fauna from Ibex to Edelweiss.
  • 4 * Hotel with Spa on the last two nights of the trek !

Grade: Strenuous 7 – 10hrs a day of hiking

 

Experience Counts…

LBH have been guiding the Haute Route for the past 20 years, ‘Our aim is to put together the best possible tour, listening to your needs and meeting your requirements every step of the way.’

  • Complete this world class hike traversing from Chamonix in France to Zermatt in Switzerland.
  • The Grade for this trip is ‘Strenuous‘ requiring excellent levels of fitness and stamina to complete this demanding trek.
  • 7 – 10 hrs hiking per day.
  • Altitude between 4000ft and 9500ft.
  • Moderate + steep and technical trails.
  • Questions? don’t hesitate to get in touch info@livebreathehike.co.uk

Trip Grading

Haute RouteFor a more detailed itinerary including ascents and descents please get in touch.

Day 1 Chamonix – France Hiking on the Grand Balcon we having wonderful views back onto the Mont Blanc massif with Mont Blanc at 4810m and all the aiguilles (spiky rock needles) and glaciers.

Day 2 Chamonix to Trient – Switzerland Leaving France we climb up to the Col du Balme and the border with Switzerland before descending through alpage, then forest into the small settlement of Le Peuty.

Day 3 Trient – Champex-Lac A fairly arduous, but spectacular day as we ascend alongside the Trient Glacier to the Fenettre d’Arpette with amazing views back over to France. We descend down into the Arpette Valley before arriving at the beautiful lakeside village of Champex-lac.

Day 4 Champex-Lac – Cabane de Louvie A gentle morning sees us descend through pretty small villages to reach Sembrancher. We then transfer via local transport along the Route de Mauvoisin before ascending up to the beautiful Louvie Hut for our overnight stay.

Day 5 Cabane de Louvie – Cabane de Plafleuri  Hiking out past the picturesque Lac de Louvie we ascend up to the Col de Louvie before starting our traverse of the Grand Desert below the Rosablanche glacier, and over to the Col du Plafleuri. An initially steep descent sees us arrive at the newly constructed Cabane de Plafleuri run by the friendly Babette.

Day 6  Cabane Plafleuri – Arolla Ascending quickly to the Col du Roux we drop down to the mighty Lac Dix and follow the path to the head of the lake. Ascending on a steep trail we climb up to the moraine and traverse over towards the Pas du Chèvre with fine views of Mont Blanc du Cheilon. After a short scramble and ladder section we reach the pass and descend to Arolla with excellent chances to see the national swiss flower: Edleweiss. 

Day 7 – Arolla – Rest day – Either total R & R at our hotel or an opportunity for a short leg stretching hike followed by lunch in the beautiful village of Evolene. 

Day 8 – Arolla – La Sage – Cabane de Moiry A straight forward climb up from La Sage takes up and over to the magnificent turquoise coloured Moiry Dam. We follow the trail alongside the dam before ascending up to the Cabane de Moiry in its spectacular location.

Day 8 – Cabane de Moiry – Zinal An initial early morning decent from the hut before we climb up and over the Sorebois pass and down into the pretty Swiss village of Zinal.

Day 9 Zinal – Gruben There are a number of options today however the most likely choice will be the Meiden Pass before we descend to the small hamlet of Gruben. 

Day 10 Gruben – St Niklaus – Zermatt Hiking up through forested trails and emerging onto alpage we make the steady climb up to the Augustbordpass. From the pass we descend then traverse over before taking a tiny cable car to St Niklaus and catching the train into the car free town Zermatt in the shadow of the Matterhorn.

Day 11 Zermatt Zermatt is a beautiful town and offers exceptional hiking supported by the incredible infrastructure of telepheriques and trains. Options for us include hiking to the Hornli hut at the base of the Matterhorn. Taking the Gornegrat train and view the extension glacier, then hiking down to the town  or a number of other options. A farewell dinner sees us celebrate our achievements over the past few weeks.

Day 12 Depart Zermatt – The world class Swiss transport system allows youth easily depart Zermatt on train and connect to multiple locations.

Accommodation summary

2 x nights in 4* central Zermatt Hotel with Spa facilities

2 x nights in 3* central location

4 x nights in rustic mountain refuges 

1 x night in family run 2 * hotel

1 x night in lakeside 3* hotel

What’s included: All accommodation All breakfasts, lunches and dinners (apart from 2 lunches in Arolla and Zermatt & 1 dinner in Zermatt)  Qualified International Mountain Leaders. Private vehicle support during the trip including baggage transfer

Haute Route

A journey towards the Matterhorn…….. Chamonix – Zermatt ‘ The two greatest mountaineering centres in the world – one over shadowed by the highest massif in Western Europe and the other by the most famous, if not the most elegant and most instantly recognised, of all mountains.’ Chamonix to Zermatt, Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn – recipe for a visual feast! (Kev Reynolds; The Classic Walkers Haute Route). 12 days of iconic hiking through France and Switzerland.

‘Tanya superlative in her knowledge and abilities. She was also very kind, and I felt like I made a good new friend.’ Wendy 2018

  • Reach unique and remote locations in the mountainous Valais region 
  • Private support vehicle transferring group luggage with additional passenger seats ( if one day your body needs a little rest )
  • Ratio: 1 Guide – 8 clients + one support vehicle or over 8 clients = 3 Leaders.
  • Fresh natural lunches – either wonderful fresh picnics or local refuge lunches = fantastic
  • You International Mountain Leader will bring the trip alive with their wealth of knowledge on flora, fauna and local history.
  • Spectacular scenery, crossing high passes every day and enjoying a rich variety of flora and fauna from Ibex to Edelweiss.
  • 4 * Hotel with Spa on the last two nights of the trek !

Grade: Strenuous 7 – 10hrs a day of hiking

 

Experience Counts…

LBH have been guiding the Haute Route for the past 20 years, ‘Our aim is to put together the best possible tour, listening to your needs and meeting your requirements every step of the way.’

  • Complete this world class hike traversing from Chamonix in France to Zermatt in Switzerland.
  • The Grade for this trip is ‘Strenuous‘ requiring excellent levels of fitness and stamina to complete this demanding trek.
  • 7 – 10 hrs hiking per day.
  • Altitude between 4000ft and 9500ft.
  • Moderate + steep and technical trails.
  • Questions? don’t hesitate to get in touch info@livebreathehike.co.uk

Trip Grading

Haute RouteFor a more detailed itinerary including ascents and descents please get in touch.

Day 1 Chamonix – France Hiking on the Grand Balcon we having wonderful views back onto the Mont Blanc massif with Mont Blanc at 4810m and all the aiguilles (spiky rock needles) and glaciers.

Day 2 Chamonix to Trient – Switzerland Leaving France we climb up to the Col du Balme and the border with Switzerland before descending through alpage, then forest into the small settlement of Le Peuty.

Day 3 Trient – Champex-Lac A fairly arduous, but spectacular day as we ascend alongside the Trient Glacier to the Fenettre d’Arpette with amazing views back over to France. We descend down into the Arpette Valley before arriving at the beautiful lakeside village of Champex-lac.

Day 4 Champex-Lac – Cabane de Louvie A gentle morning sees us descend through pretty small villages to reach Sembrancher. We then transfer via local transport along the Route de Mauvoisin before ascending up to the beautiful Louvie Hut for our overnight stay.

Day 5 Cabane de Louvie – Cabane de Plafleuri  Hiking out past the picturesque Lac de Louvie we ascend up to the Col de Louvie before starting our traverse of the Grand Desert below the Rosablanche glacier, and over to the Col du Plafleuri. An initially steep descent sees us arrive at the newly constructed Cabane de Plafleuri run by the friendly Babette.

Day 6  Cabane Plafleuri – Arolla Ascending quickly to the Col du Roux we drop down to the mighty Lac Dix and follow the path to the head of the lake. Ascending on a steep trail we climb up to the moraine and traverse over towards the Pas du Chèvre with fine views of Mont Blanc du Cheilon. After a short scramble and ladder section we reach the pass and descend to Arolla with excellent chances to see the national swiss flower: Edleweiss. 

Day 7 – Arolla – Rest day – Either total R & R at our hotel or an opportunity for a short leg stretching hike followed by lunch in the beautiful village of Evolene. 

Day 8 – Arolla – La Sage – Cabane de Moiry A straight forward climb up from La Sage takes up and over to the magnificent turquoise coloured Moiry Dam. We follow the trail alongside the dam before ascending up to the Cabane de Moiry in its spectacular location.

Day 8 – Cabane de Moiry – Zinal An initial early morning decent from the hut before we climb up and over the Sorebois pass and down into the pretty Swiss village of Zinal.

Day 9 Zinal – Gruben There are a number of options today however the most likely choice will be the Meiden Pass before we descend to the small hamlet of Gruben. 

Day 10 Gruben – St Niklaus – Zermatt Hiking up through forested trails and emerging onto alpage we make the steady climb up to the Augustbordpass. From the pass we descend then traverse over before taking a tiny cable car to St Niklaus and catching the train into the car free town Zermatt in the shadow of the Matterhorn.

Day 11 Zermatt Zermatt is a beautiful town and offers exceptional hiking supported by the incredible infrastructure of telepheriques and trains. Options for us include hiking to the Hornli hut at the base of the Matterhorn. Taking the Gornegrat train and view the extension glacier, then hiking down to the town  or a number of other options. A farewell dinner sees us celebrate our achievements over the past few weeks.

Day 12 Depart Zermatt – The world class Swiss transport system allows youth easily depart Zermatt on train and connect to multiple locations.

Accommodation summary

2 x nights in 4* central Zermatt Hotel with Spa facilities

2 x nights in 3* central location

4 x nights in rustic mountain refuges 

1 x night in family run 2 * hotel

1 x night in lakeside 3* hotel

What’s included: All accommodation All breakfasts, lunches and dinners (apart from 2 lunches in Arolla and Zermatt & 1 dinner in Zermatt)  Qualified International Mountain Leaders. Private vehicle support during the trip including baggage transfer