Haute Route - Switzerland

Haute Route - Switzerland information and booking

  • Duration
    7 days
  • Group size
  • Difficulty
    moderate - challenging
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Schedule Details

  • 2 nights mountain refuges, 2 nights in gîte hostels, 2 nights in hotel dormitory accommodation
Equipment Required
Wet weather gear, sunscreen, walking boots, warm clothes, day pack and sun hat – walking sticks are recommended. A comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking.


  • Trek through stunning alpine scenery amongst the highest peaks in Western Europe including the Matterhorn and Dent Blanche
  • Follow the historic route from Verbier to Zermatt
  • Enjoy the culinary specialties such as Raclette
  • Share your walking day with a group of like minded travellers

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

The Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt is steeped in mountaineering legend, a route first taken by British climbers at the end of the 19th Century. We join this historic route above Verbier in Switzerland, where we are immediately immersed in the incredible mountain scenery. Skirting glaciers we ascend passes gaining breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks, including the 4000m+ peaks of Dent Blanche, Zinalrothorn and Weisshorn. On reaching Zermatt we take in the instantly recognizable form of the Matterhorn and appreciate the scale of this mountain and its tumbling glaciers with a hike along the Hornli Ridge. Staying in a mixture of comfortable alpine huts, gîtes and hotels, we experience traditional European mountain culture and the camaraderie of our fellow travellers. Suitable for experienced trekkers, this route is rugged at times with considerable altitude gains of up to 1000 metres per day, and a high level of fitness is essential.

What's included

  • 6 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners (does not include drinks) – continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, coffee, tea and juices. lunch is picnic style. dinner will consist of 2 or 3 courses which include regional specialties
  • 2 nights accommodation in mountain refuges, 2 nights in gîte hostels on a dormitory share basis and 2 nights in hotel dormitory accommodation.
  • Luggage transfer by minibus (except day 1 & 2) – 10kg limit
  • Experienced mountain guide


Day 1 Join Le Chable, transfer to Les Ruinettes (2200m), trek to Louvie (7 hours)
You will meet your guide in the morning to start your walk. From Le Chable it is a dramatic cable car ride to Les Ruinettes where the walk begins. The trek today takes you across the Alp du Val de Bagnes where you can appreciate the wonderful mountain scenery. On a clear day you will have views of the Grand Combin and Mont Blanc. Tonight you will overnight in a mountain hut. Note: You will need to carry your overnight gear including sleeping sheet, clothing for day 2 and toiletries as there is no luggage transfer possible today. (+700m)
Day 2 Louvie – Praz Fleury (7 hours)
An early morning start as you will have a big day trekking across three alpine passes. You may encounter Ibex as they are often seen on the remote mountain passes. Follow a steep descent which leads to the Grand Desert a moraine-strewn area of dry glacier. You will cross the glacier to reach the Col de Praz Fleuri at 2965m. Take a final steep climb to the refuge where you will overnight. (+1000m,-300m)
Day 3 Praz Fleury – Les Hauderes (7 hours)
Today you will walk up the banks of the Dixence River and then over the Riedmatten pass. You may get your first glimpse of the Matterhorn. Continue down to the village of Arolla and onto Les Hauderes where you will overnight in a Gite and be able to have a well deserved shower! (+1000m, -800m)
Day 4 Les Hauderes – Grimmentz (5 hours)
A shorter day as you walk through flower filled pastures to get to the Torrent pass (2919m). Walk the Moiry Valley and the Sorrebois pass (2800m). Enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding 4000m peaks of Valais: Dent Blanche (4356m), Zinalrothorn (4221m), Obergabelhorn (4063m) and Weisshorn (4504m). (+600m, -600m)
Day 5 Grimmentz – Grüben (7 hours)
The route today takes you across the Anniviers Valley located on the left bank of the Rhone. You are now heading towards the Forclettaz pass (2871m) before descending to the village of Grugen. Our accommodation tonight is in a hotel in the village of Gruben in the Turtmantal, a very narrow valley habitated only in summer. (+1300m, -900m)
Day 6 Grüben to Zermatt, bus or train to Zermatt Valley (7 hours)
Today you will trek via the Augstbord Pass (2894m) enjoying panoramic views of the Oberland and Valais. You will travel through Jurgen and St Nicklaus before arriving into the Zermatt Valley. You will either catch a bus or a train to Zermatt where you will overnight in a hotel. (+1100m, -1000m OR -2000m without cablecar)
Day 7 Trek along the flanks of the Matterhorn, trip concludes Zermatt (4 hours)
Today you will follow the Hornli Ridge on the flanks of the Matterhorn. The ridge follows a beautiful and exposed line between the steep east and north faces of the peak. The Matterhorn is steeped in history of human dramas. The first attempt to reach the summit was made in 1857 with the first successful attempt made by Edward Whymer in 1865. After a few hours walking along the flanks of the Matterhorn you will return to Zermatt where your tour will end. (+800m, -800m)