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Matterhorn, Haute Route Hike

Haute Route Classic Hike

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The Haute Route Classic Hike is the flagship of our alpine hikes in Switzerland, as it has it all. Our guided hiking tours of the Haute Route in Switzerland arguably has the very best views of the Alps, amazing hotels, varied trekking trails, and unique alpine villages with culture, comfort, gourmet cuisine, and history. Mont Blanc, the Grand Combin, and the Matterhorn rise above us as we follow the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt, the mountaineering capitals of Europe. There's truly no better way to experience hiking the Alps.

Trip Details:

Trip Difficulty: Difficult

From Chamonix to Zermatt

11 Days, 9 Days of Hiking.

Price per person: CAD $5050

Single supplement: CAD $450

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Itinerary

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 FenĂȘtre 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.

What's Included

  • Hiking guide (we only hire certified International Mountain Leaders)
  • Luggage transfer on all days except two
  • Local transfers and lifts
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
  • Detailed information package including day-to-day itinerary with elevation gains/descents, and hiking maps of the Haute Route.
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