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Haute route Chamonix Zermatt

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From Chamonix to Zermatt, two world's mountaineering capitals, at the bottom of two mythical peaks, Mont-Blanc and Matterhorn, the "haute route" is an unmissable experience for every passionate mountaineer or advanced hiker. This glacier trek offers an exceptional itinerary, a warm welcome in the different huts and great panoramas on the most beautiful peaks in the Swiss Valais : Grand Combin, pigne d'Arolla, Dent Blanche, Dent d'Hérens...

• The mythical haute route from Chamonix to Zermatt.
• The unmissable glacier trek, to the most beautiful peaks in Valais.
• An seven days itineary, with balanced stages.
• One night in a hut at the bottom of Matterhorn's north face.


D 1/ Montroc - Balme pass - Albert 1er hut

Meeting at the train station in Montroc, in Chamonix valley. Cable car to the Balme pass to reach the balcony trail to Albert 1er hut (2702 m). We can admire the seracs of the Tour glacier. The guide will present the program, equipment and techniques for everyone's security. Diner and night in the hut.
2 h 30 hike. A : 550 m.


D 2/ Albert 1er hut - upper Tour pass - Val d’Arpette hostel

We cross the Swiss border at the Tour pass and cross the Trient glacier to hike down to the Orny hut and take de Breya chair lift down to Champex. Short hike up to the Arpette hostel (1688 m) where we will spend the night (shower possible). The peacefull environment, the great landscape, the warm welcome of our hosts and the comfort of the hostel will delight everyone.
6 à 7 h
hike. A: 750 m. D : 1000 m.

D 3/ Val d’Arpette hostel - Mauvoisin lake - Chanrion hut

Short tranfer from the village of Champex to the Mauvoisin dam and lake. Hike up in the flowered meadows to the Chanrion hut (2462 m). A quiet day before three nights in high altitude huts.
4 h
hike. A: 650 m, D : 180 M.

D 4/ Chanrion hut - Chermotane pass - Vignettes hut

Long way up the huge Otemma glacier to the Chermotane pass (3053 m). Behind is the Vignettes hut (3158 m), hanging on the edge of the mountain.
6 h 30
hike. A: 800 m. D : 120 m.

D 5/ Vignettes hut - Evêque pass - Bertol pass

Large detour, between glaciers and moraines, around the Eveque (Bishop), through the nameskae pass (3392 m), overlooking the d’Hérens and the village of Arolla. A steep hike leads up the Bertol hut Bertol (3311 m), wonderfull overlook, that we reach using a few scales.
7 h
hike. A: 1150 m. D : 1000 m.

D 6/ Bertol pass - Tête Blanche - Schönbiel hut

Amzing day on this haute route ! We cross the glacial plateau toTête Blanche (3721 m), extraordinary overlook facing the Matterhorn and offering a 360° panorama!  Spectacular way down the Stockji glacier, in a maze of crevasses, then on a steep trail before hike up to Schönbiel hut (2694 m), at the bottom of Matterhorn's north face!
7 h
hike. A: 650 m. D : 1300 m.

J 7/ Schönbiel hut - Zmutt - Zermatt

The path down to Zermatt is easy. Through peacefull trail and flowered meadows, where stand numerous log cabins, we reach the final destination of our haute route in late morning.
3 h 30
hike. D : 1100 m.



• Duration: 7 days
• Level: glacier trek level 5
• What you carry: your personal equipment
• Accomodations: mountain hut, hostel
• Leader: english speaking mountain guide



 Please contact us by email to get a quote for your group.


What's included:
— Experienced english speaking mountain guide.
— Full board from D 1 diner to D7 lunch.
— The collective equipment for the tour.
— Transfers and cable car as indicated in the itinerary.
— Individual snacks for the trek.

  What's not included:
— Insurance.
— The individual security equipment (crampons, ice ax, harness).
— Transportation to and from the meeting point.
— The transfer back to Chamonix valley.
— What is not mentioned in "what's included".

This program can be customized as you wish (duration, accomodations, itinerary...). Please contact us for more information.

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Haute Route Chamonix Zermatt