Trip Difficulty: Difficult
From Chamonix to Zermatt
11 Days, 9 Days of Hiking.
Price per person: CAD $5050
Single supplement: CAD $450
Day 1: Trip Briefing and Welcome Dinner in Chamonix.
Day 2: Leaving the French Alps, we traverse into Switzerland over the Col du Balme and stay in Trient.
Day 3: Two hiking options either lead over the more gentle Bovine Trail to Champex-Lac, or up and over the Fenêtre d’Arpette with views over the Trient glacier, to our lake side hotel.
Day 4: Transfer from Champex-Lac to Verbier, time to explore the Swiss mountain resort, followed by a gourmet lunch in an alpine restaurant with local ingredients, and a hike up to the Cabane de Mont Fort.
Day 5: We hike up into the alpine, circumnavigating glaciers, from the Cabane du Mont Fort to the Cabane de Pra Fleuri.
Day 6: A little bit of everything: high alpine mineral world, walking along the Dix Lake with first glimpses of the Matterhorn, enjoying coffee and pie at the Dix hut, followed by a descent through lush Arolla pine forests.
Day 7: Transfer from Arolla to Les Hauderes for a quick coffee, then on to La Sage, and over the Col du Torrent down to the turquoise Moiry lake, and on to Grimentz, a charming, beautiful little hamlet.
Day 8: Leisurely breakfast, then a quick transfer to St. Luc and the funicular, giving our legs a little rest. Over the Meidpass down to Gruben, another little hamlet, only inhabited during the summer months.
Day 9: The Mattertal and 4000m peaks including the Dom, Weisshorn, and Alphubel come into view, before descending on a funky private cable-car St. Niklaus, and onwards to Zermatt.
Day 10: One of the highlights: A balcony day-hike along the North Face of the Matterhorn: Alphorn, apple pie, home-made ice tea, and the most stunning views await us! The perfect way to end the Haute Route.
Day 11: After a leisurely breakfast, take time and enjoy Zermatt, before leaving.