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  • A premier long-distance route that takes you across the Alps. Spectacular scenery along the way. Crossing of the Swiss-French border in style. Sounds good? Then sign up for this self-guided journey through the Alps—and the accommodation, most meals, and detailed route maps will already be arranged for you. Though similar to Tour du Mont Blanc, this 11-day hiking adventure will take you away from crowded trails and instead over high mountain passes and greater distances. Do you have what it takes to traverse this iconic route?

    • Begin your self-guided journey in the morning from the village of Montroc, just 20 minutes away from Chamonix. Start hiking to Aiguillette des Posettes, a ridge offering fantastic views. You’ll see the Mont Blanc range, its main summits, the Chamonix valley, and the alpine pastures of Posettes and Balme. You will soon cross the French-Swiss border and pass through the alpine pastures of Catogne. The village of Trient is your destination for the night.

      Meals: Dinner
      Distance: 11.5 km / 7 miles
      Elevation: +1,000 m / +3,280 ft | -1,200 m / -3,940 ft

      Aiguillette des Posettes
    • Hike up to the Col de la Forclaz. The trail will take you through a beautiful larch forest and reach the alpine pastures of Bovine, overlooking the upper Rhone valley and located upstream from Lake Geneva in the Swiss Valais. You’ll also be able to admire the range to the south as well as the peaks of Bernese Alps. Further east, the Pennine Alps (Valaisannes) welcome you with the Grand Combin massif. The Bovine route is used by farmers to guide their cattle through the mountains. The trail then goes down to Plan de l’Au and, finally, Champex le Lac.

      Meals: Breakfast and dinner
      Distance: 15 km / 9.3 miles
      Elevation: +850 m / +2,820 ft | -1,000 m / -3,280 ft

      Grand Combin massif
    • Departing from Champex le Lac, a lovely trail takes you down through the forest, hillsides, and small hamlets. Finally, you’ll reach Val d’Entremont and the village of Orsières located at the bottom of the Grand St. Bernard Pass. And then, the Valaisan Alps show up! A long climb on the western side of the Val d’Entremont is necessary to reach the crests of the Mont Brûlé which allows you to admire the summits one last time. The trail then leads you to the Mille Hut perched at 2,473 m above sea level, and this is where you’ll stay overnight.

      Meals: Breakfast and dinner
      Distance: 13 km / 8 miles
      Elevation: +1,700 m / +5,580 ft | -700 m / -2,300 ft

      Champex le Lac
    • A long and easy day starts at Cabane de Mille overlooking the Val d’Entremont. A very pleasant track takes you to the Brunet Hut, and then goes down into the Val de Bagnes. From the village of Fionnay, the path goes up towards the Cabane de Louvie and its magnificent lake overlooking the Val de Bagnes. From there, you’ll be able to see the reflection of the immense Corbassière glacier.

      Meals: Breakfast and dinner
      Distance: 18 km / 11 miles
      Elevation: +1,200 m / +3,940 ft | -1,400 m / -4,595 ft

      Val d’Entremont view
    • Two exciting passes today! First the Louvie pass at 2,921 m and then the Prafleuri pass at 2,939 m. You will marvel at the Grand Desert nestled between these two passes—this is a vast plateau punctuated by lakes, cairns, and beacons that will guide your crossing. From the Prafleuri pass, the trail goes down to the hut, where you’ll spend the night.

      Meals: Breakfast and dinner
      Distance: 14.5 km / 9 miles
      Elevation: +1,050 m / +3,445 ft | -1,150 m / -3,775 ft

      Grand Desert in the Alps
    • For today’s itinerary, your guiding company prefers to skip Riedmatten or Pas de Chèvre, as they are very technical and not suitable for those uncertain of their footing in rocky, unstable terrain and for those with a fear of climbing high vertical ladders. So today’s trail leaves the Grande Dixence dam and descends into the Hérémence valley to Motôt. Cross the Merdéré torrent and reach the alpine pastures of Novèlé sometime later. Crossing of the Meina Pass allows the switch to the Val d’Hérens, and when you descend you will reach the pretty hamlet of La Meina. A chairlift will facilitate the descent to the Lannaz village.

      Meals: Breakfast
      Distance: 19 km / 12 miles
      Elevation: +1,050 m / +3,445 ft | -1,560 / -5,120 ft

      Grande Dixence Dam
    • From La Sage in the Val d’Hérens, head towards Zinal and first pass by the Col de Torrent. The view of the Moiry Lake dam with its piercing blue hues is a sight to behold. You will then hike down to the lake by crossing the alpine pastures of Thorens. From the dam, take the local shuttle service to Zinal where you will spend the night.

      Meals: Breakfast and dinner
      Distance: 11 km / 7 miles
      Elevation: +1,200 m / +3,940 ft | -700 m / -2,300 ft

      Reservoir Lac Moiry
    • The climb to the Col de La Forcletta is a long one. A steep forest path will lead you to a long, pleasant balcony above the Val de Zinal, and then to a welcoming alpine pasture area on the final steep slope. You will go down to the wildest valley in the Valais, the Turtmanntal (Val Turtmann). In the background, you’ll get a glimpse of the Augtsbordpass that’s on tomorrow’s itinerary, as well as the Turtmann glacier surrounded by the Bishorn on one side and the Weisshorn on the other.

      Meals: Breakfast and dinner
      Distance: 17 km / 10.6 miles
      Elevation: +1,240 m / +4,068 ft | -1,095 m / -3,593 ft

      Zinal cow
    • The day starts with a long ascent through forests, alpine meadows, grassy slopes, stones, and rocks to the Augstbordpass at 2,892 m. This is the final major push of the journey and the rewards are immense: Val de Zermatt and the Mischabels massif. The descent goes into the valley and then continues on the steep side of the Twära mountain in the direction of the suspended hamlet of Jungu at 1,954 m. From there, a cable car takes you down to St Niklaus, then a train to Täsch and then to your final destination of Zermatt.

      Distance: 13 km / 8 miles
      Elevation: +1,100 m / +3,610 ft | -1,000 m / -3,280 ft

      View of the Swiss resort town of Zermatt, one of the stops during the Tour of Monte Rosa, and the towering Matterhorn during summer.
    • A relaxing half-day hike will take you through the, once again, idyllic setting of the Alps. You will reach the Fluhalp Hut, allowing you to experience the romantic atmosphere of staying there. The sunrises and sunsets will stay with you forever.

      Meals: Breakfast and dinner
      Distance: 8.6 km / 5 miles
      Elevation: +1,200 m / +3,940 ft | -200 m / -660 ft

      Hiking with the sight of Matterhorn
    • After a night spent at 2,606 m, you’ll hike even further up to the Gornergrat. At 3,090 m, you will enjoy panoramic views of the Monte Rosa range in the distance, the Pointe Dufour at 4,624 km (Switzerland’s highest mountain) and 29 other peaks over 4,000 m. Finish your adventure with a ride aboard the highest rack railway in Europe on your way down to Zermatt. Congrats! You’ve finished your epic 11-day hiking journey through the heart of the Alps!

      Meals: Breakfast
      Distance: 9 km / 5.6 miles
      Elevation: +970 m / +3,185 ft | -350 m / -1,150 ft

      Gornergrat train
    • The itinerary, distances, and altitudes may vary slightly for many reasons beyond your organizer’s control, including weather and terrain conditions.

      Accommodation prior to Day 1 and on Day 11 are not included in the self-guided tour. Your guiding company can arrange this for an additional cost.

    • What you get on this adventure:

        • 11-day self-guided Walker’s Haute Route
        • Accommodation for 10 nights (9 nights in dormitory-style accommodation and 1 night in private accommodation)
        • Most meals — 9 breakfasts and 8 dinners (dinner not included in La Sage and Zermatt, breakfast in Zermatt)
        • Travel information — roadbook, GPS tracks, one map for 2 people
        • Assistance from your guiding company’s team on-site
        • 24/7 support in case of emergency

      What’s not included:

        • Transportation to Chamonix and from Zermatt — available at an additional cost
        • Any other transfers during the tour
        • Accommodations prior to and after the tour — available at an additional cost
        • Dinners on Days 6 and 9, breakfast on Day 9
        • Lunches, snacks, and personal expenses
        • Anything not indicated in the “included” section
        • Medical evacuation and repatriation insurance — mandatory
        • Travel cancellation insurance — highly recommended
    • The self-guided Walker’s Haute Route is a challenging one. It requires mountaineering skills, excellent fitness and some mountain experience under your belt. Here’s what you can expect:

        • You will be hiking for 11 days in a row through mountainous terrain.
        • There will be significant elevation gains and losses (with up to 1,700 m / 5,580 ft of ascent per day!).
        • You will cover anywhere between 9-24 km (6-15 miles) per day.

      Regarding the terrain—lots of ups and downs. It’s more difficult than Tour du Mont Blanc due to several reasons:

        • This adventure takes you along less popular trails, which are not as wide or as “smoothed” out as TMB is.
        • These trails reach higher altitudes than TMB, making the physical effort more demanding and the climatic constraints potentially more severe.
        • Daily elevation changes distances covered are much greater than TMB.
        • Trails also feature technical sections on particularly uneven terrain, which may require more attention, caution, and the use of arms as well (such as the crossing of the Grand Desert). However, all technical paths can be crossed, as long as you’re calm and methodical!

      If you decide to go on this self-guided tour, make sure you’re ready and fit enough. Preparation is always key!

    • Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

        • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 25-40L bag)
        • Sleeping bag for the huts
        • Hiking poles — optional
        • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
        • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
        • Spare clothes for layering
        • Waterproof rain jacket
        • Sunhat
        • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
        • Headlamp or flashlight
        • Sunglasses
        • Camera — optional (but recommended)

      Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

    • Group sizes and prices:

        • You can go by yourself on this self-guided Walker’s Haute Route! Or you can take your friends and family with you!

      This self-guided Walker’s Haute Route can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

      Min. age requirements:

        • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
        • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

      If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

    • To get to Chamonix, most people fly into Geneva International Airport (GVA), one hour away. Once you arrive, there are several ways to reach your destination, including public transport. Your journey officially starts in the village of Montroc, just 20 minutes away from Chamonix.

      There are several ways to reach your destination, including public transport. Looking to make airport transfers hassle-free? Check out Mountain Drop Offs—they provide door-to-door service in their comfy and spacious shuttles. Use the code 57HCHX to get a 5% discount!

      Keep in mind that you should get on the trail on Day 1 in the morning, meaning that you’ll also have to spend a night in Chamonix prior to the first day, so you could get some rest.

    • We highly recommend that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.

      Travel insurance covers canceled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans.

      We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to. For more information on travel recommendations and restrictions in France and Switzerland, please refer to the foreign travel advice for France and Switzerland.

      If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

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