WHR FULL: GUIDED

HAUTE ROUTE FULL GUIDED TREK

TREK OVERVIEW

Trek: Walker's Haute Route - full tour Chamonix to Zermatt
Duration: 11 nights
Trekking: 10 days
Suitability and grading: Grade 4 - high level of stamina and fitness required for 11 days of trekking over the Alpine terrain
Accommodation: 7 x hotels, 2 x auberges and 2 x mountain refuges
Meals: 2 nights B&B, 10 nights half board (B&B + 3 course evening meal) whilst on the trek
Bag transfer: Included
Group sizes: Minimum 4, maximum 10 (plus guide)
Trek price: £2675 per person
Single rooms: Available, for 8 nights at £400
Dates 2018: 23 July - 4 August, 13 - 24 August, 3 - 14 September

11 NIGHT ITINERARY

DAY 1

Arrival in Chamonix. Early evening welcome and trek briefing. 

DAY 2

CHAMONIX TO TRIENT
We take a short bus ride to Montroc where we start the route with an ascent to the Col du Balme via the beautiful Aiguillette des Possettes. We make our way to the col by crossing the border into Switzerland and descending to the Swiss village of Trient.
Distance: 14km
Height gain: +1100m
Descent: -1000m 

DAY 3

TRIENT TO CHAMPEX-LAC VIA FENETRE D'ARPETTE
Leaving Trient, we climb steeply to the Fenetre d’Arpette. A tricky descent over boulders leads us to pastureland and to the picture postcard village of Champex-Lac.
Distance: 14km
Height gain: +1400m
Descent: -1200m  

DAY 4

CHAMPEX-LAC TO CABANE DU MONT FORT
We start the day with an easy descent into to the Orsiére Valley and trough the Swiss villages of Sembrancher and Châble. From Châble, we take the cable car to Les Ruinettes within the Verbier ski area and a short trek will take us to the Cabane du Mont Fort
Distance: 17km
Height gain: +350m
Descent: -700m 

DAY 5

CABANE DU MONT FORT TO CABANE DE PRAFLEURI
We make our way on a lofty traverse via the Sentier des Chamois to the Col du Termin. From here, we continue to the rocky Col de Louvie and traverse below the Grand Desert Glacier where we pass a series of small tarns before ascending once more to the Col de Prafleuri and descending steeply to the Cabane de Prafleuri. 
Distance: 14km
Height gain: +900m 
Descent: -500m 

DAY 6

CABANE DE PRAFLEURI TO AROLLA
Passing over the Col des Roux, we descend to the Lac Dix and contour above the shoreline for several kilometers before rising again to the Col de Riedmatten. Descending from the col, we finally reach the small Alpine village of Arolla.
Distance: 17km
Height gain: +850m
Descent: -1400m 

DAY 7

AROLLA TO LA SAGE
An easy day as we make our way via Lac Bleu to the typical Valaisian village of Les Hauderes and on to the hamlet of La Sage in the Val d'Herens. We arrive in Val d'Herens around mid-afternoon with time to rest and relax. 
Distance: 12km
Height gain: +215m
Descent: -700m

DAY 8

LA SAGE TO ZINAL
We climb steadily to the Col du Torrent before descending via Lac Autannes to Lac de Moiry and the barrage. From here, we have two options. Ascend towards Col de Sorebois and descend steeply through the ski area where you take the cable car to Zinal, or take the bus from the barrage to Zinal to shorten the route and reduce the height gain and descent (dependent on weather, fatigue and time).
Distance: 12.5km
Height gain: +1750m
Descent: -900m 

DAY 9

ZINAL TO GRUBEN
A steady climb through woodland to the high mountain pastureland passing the remote Barnueza Alpage. Once at the Col du Forcletta, we make your descend in to the Gruben valley to the small village of Gruben.
Distance: 14km
Height gain: +1200m
Descent: -1000m 

DAY 10

GRUBEN TO ST NIKLAUS AND GRACHEN 
Another steep climb from Gruben to high-level pastures of the Augustbordpass. We make your descent steadily from the col towards Jungen where we take the little cable car to St Niklaus and a short buss ride across the valley to Grachen.
Distance: 16km
Height gain: +1100m
Descent: -1000m 

DAY 11

GRACHEN TO ZERMATT
Departing from Grachen, we traverse along the Wanderweg to Gasenreid and beyond, before descending into the Matterhorn Valley. We take the valley path to Tasch from here we have the option of taking the short train ride or walking the remaining section into Zermatt.
Distance: 24km or 18km (with train) 
Height gain: +500m
Descent: -460m

DAY 12

DEPARTURE
You have the option of adding a rest day at the start of the trek in Chamonix or after the tour in Zermatt. 
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