WHR FULL: SELF GUIDED

WHR FULL SELF GUIDED TREK

TREK OVERVIEW

Self Guided Trek: Walker's Haute Route - full tour Chamonix to Zermatt
Duration: 12 nights
Trekking: 11 days
Suitability and grading: Grade 4 - high level of stamina and fitness required for 11 days of trekking over the Alpine terrain
Accommodation: 9 x hotels, 1 x auberges and 2 x mountain refuges
Meals: 2 nights B&B in Chamonix & Zermatt, 10 nights half board (B&B + 3 course evening meal) whilst on the trek
Trek price: £1745 per person
Solo trekker supplement: £600
Dates 2018: To suit you

11 NIGHT ITINERARY

DAY 1

Arrival in Chamonix.

DAY 2

CHAMONIX TO TRIENT
You commence by taking a short bus ride to Montroc for the start of your trek. From here you ascend to the Col du Balme via the beautiful Aiguillette des Possettes. Crossing the border into Switzerland and descend 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 you climb steeply to the Fenetre d’Arpette. A tricky descent over boulders leads you to pastureland and to the picture postcard village of Champex-Lac. Option to take the variant via Bovine.
Distance: 14km
Height gain: +1400m
Descent: -1200m  

DAY 4

CHAMPEX-LAC TO CABANE DU MONT FORT
You will start the day by an easy descent into to the Orsiére Valley and trough the Swiss villages of Sembrancher and Châble. From Châble you take the cable car to Les Ruinettes within the Verbier ski area and a short trek will take you to our destination.
Distance: 17km
Height gain: +350m
Descent: -700m 

DAY 5

CABANE DU MONT FORT TO CABANE DE PRAFLEURI
Making your way on a lofty traverse to via the Sentier des Chamois to the Col du Termin. From here you continue to the rocky Col de Louvie you traverse below the Grand Desert Glacier you pass a series of small tarns before ascending once more to the Col de Prafleuri and descending steeply to the Cabane de Prafleuri. Option to take the variant via the Col de la Chaux which is a more technical route but shorter distance.
Distance: 14km
Height gain: +900m 
Descent: -500m 

DAY 6

CABANE DE PRAFLEURI TO AROLLA
Passing over the Col des Roux you 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 you finally reach the small alpine village of Arolla.
Distance: 17km
Height gain: +850m
Descent: -1400m 

DAY 7

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

DAY 8

LA SAGE TO ZINAL
You climb steadily to the Col du Torrent before descending via Lac Autannes to Lac de Moiry & the barrage. From here you have two options, ascend again towards Col de Sorebois & 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 & descent (dependent on weather, fatigue & time)
Using the bus from the barrage

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 you then make your descend in to the Gruben valley & small village of Gruben.
Distance: 14km
Height gain: +1200m
Descent: -1000m 

DAY 10

GRUBEN TO ST NIKLAUS AND GRACHEN 
Another steep climb leaving Gruben to high-level pastures to the Augustbordpass. You make your descent steadily from the Col towards Jungen where you 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 RANDA
Today you have a choice of two routes depending on weather, route conditions and ability you can take the high route via the Europaweg or a lower route leading down into the Matterhorn valley to Randa.

Low Route via the Matterhorn Valley
Departing Grachen you traverse along the Wanderweg to Gasenreid and beyond before descending into the Matterhorn Valley and taking the valley path to Randa.

High Route via Europaweg
Departing Grachen you traverse along the Wanderweg to Gasenreid before gaining height steeply to Mittelberg and the St Bernard statue, which offers great views of the Bernese Alps and magnificent Grosser Aletschgletscher. The path continues over difficult terrain at times before descending to Randa.
Via low route

Distance: 14km
Height gain: +200m
Descent: -460m

Via high route

Distance: 14km
Height gain: +1000m
Descent: -700m

DAY 12

RANDA TO ZERMATT
For the past few years the second half of the Europaweg between the Europahutt and Taschalp has been closed due to stone fall (hence descending to Randa on day 12). There has been more recent stone fall on the section past Taschalp therefore from Randa you will take the Europaweg to Taschalp and then descend joining lower route into Zermatt.
Distance: 24km or 18km (with train) 
Height gain: +500m
Descent: -460m

DAY 13

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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