The Haute Route from the Chamonix valley to Zermatt is one of the world’s great long distance paths. For many years the preserve of mountain hutters, now you can undertake our Haute Route staying most nights in hotels with your main luggage transported for you. Enjoy the same mountain vistas, crisp air and challenging terrain, but in considerably more comfort.
Whilst you need no rock climbing or technical skills, this is at the toughest end of the spectrum as far as Alpine treks go. You cross a series of challenging mountain passes at nearly 3,000m, involving much climbing and rugged wild terrain.
The three-day crossing from Le Chable to Arolla (where you do spend two nights in mountain huts) is perhaps the toughest but the most rewarding section of the whole route. During this section you will need to carry your own bags so remember to pack light! The more remote sections are a true challenge even in clear weather, whilst the pastoral sections of other parts of the trek have their own charm, giving a glimpse of everyday life in rural Switzerland.
Your journey starts with a breathtaking mountain panorama to Mont Blanc and other peaks in the massif. En route you should see many of the highest mountains in Europe including the Weisshorn and the Dom. To provide you with a spectacular final day, weather permitting, take the Görnergrat cog-wheel train to Rotenboden. From here walk down to Zermatt with views of Monte Rosa, the Breithorn and of course the Matterhorn.
This tough but rewarding trek will truly satisfy your desire for adventurous walking and offer magnificent views of some of the best mountain scenery the Alps has to offer. It also allows for some creature comforts, a great combination!