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Haute Route – Chamonix to Zermatt

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The classic Haute Route in summer

To ski mountaineers the high alpine traverse from Chamonix in France to Zermatt in Switzerland is very well known and a masterpiece for every passionate mountaineer.  We adapted  the route for a summer hiking trip. Along the 4000 meter peaks of Mont Blanc, Grand Combin and the Matterhorn we hike over big glaciers, high cols, astonishing landscape and alpine meadows to the picturesque mountain village of Zermatt. This 7 day alpine traverse will leave a lasting impression on you. We start on a Tuesday to get away from the crowd starting on Sundays and Mondays.




Base: Huts on the traverse

Date: on demand

Days: 7

Persons: 5 – 6

Tour leader: UIAGM Mountain Guide

Equipment list: Equipment – list – alpine

Experience: some mountaineering experience, physical shape for up to 9 h of walking in higher altidude (max 3800m)

Fee: upon request



1. Day: Meeting and ascend to hut

Meeting point at the cable car Charamillon (1.453m) in Le Tour at 12:00 o’clock. We go up to the top by cable car and start our walk to the mountain hut Albert 1 on nice paths (2.702m). During our first dinner at the hut we discuss the following days on the Haute Route traverse.
Walking time: 2,5h; ascending: 500m; Refuge Albert 1ér

2. Day: Col du Tour (3.281m)

Today we need our crampones to cross a huge glacier (Glacier du Tour) at a controlled pace. Our first destination for the day is the Col sup du Tour (3.289m). Across the flat Plateau du Trient we reach the Trient Hut (3.170m), where we spend the second night.
Walking time: 4h; ascending: 600m; descending: 250m; Refuge Trient

3. Day: Across Orny ‚Glacier to the reservoir Lac de Mauvoisin

Early in the morning we start  our walk again. Traversing the Orny glacier we get to the cable car La Breya (~€ 10,–) which brings us down to Champex. From here we take a taxi (2 h) to the reservoir Lac de Mauvoisin. We continue our walk to the Chanrion Hut (2.462m). Usually Ibex and marmots are seen on this stretch.                                                                                                                                Walking time: 5-6h; ascending: 850m; descending: 800m; Refuge Chanrion

4. Day: One of the most beautiful alpine refuge

Surrounded by mighty summits and endless glaciers we are ascending the Otemmaglacier to one of the most beautiful alpine refuges, the Vignettes Hut (3.160m).
Walking time: 5-6h; ascending: 970m; descending: 250m; Refuge Vignettes

5. Day: Over the Col de l`Eveque down to Plans de Bertol

Also today we have an exhausting day in the wonderful landscape of the Western Alps. Walking by the big  Mont Collon we traverse via Col de l`Eveque down to Plans de Bertol and further on to the exposed eagles nest – the  Bertol Hut (3.311m).
Walking time: 8-9h; ascending: 1250m; descending: 1150m; Refuge Bertol

6. Day: Tete Blanche (3.710m) – highest point of the trip

Closer and closer we get to the Matterhorn, the famous landmark of Switzerland. First we get to see it from an unusual angle, which is not as well known, but never the less as impressive. We ascend the highest summit of our trip, the Tete Blanche (3.710m). From now on we go downhill, first to the Schönbielhütte (2.694m) via the Stockji glacier. After a short break be continue the last stretch down to the village of Zermatt.
Walking time: 9h; ascending: 500m; descending: 1816m; Zermatt

7. Day: Return to Le Tour or continuous stay in Zermatt

After the night in Zermatt you have the morning to yourself. Take a stroll through the village, admire the view up to the Matterhorn and relax after some hard days of travelling.  In the afternoon return to Le Tour, continuous stay in Zermatt or travelling home.