Watch out for warning signs … Organization and communication were perfect – from the moment I made first contact, up until my summit certificate ;). This day is the last one before entering the famous Zermatt valley. 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Pretty and super clean rooms in all three spots that I personally stayed, Argentiere, Champex and Geneva. On Top did a great job meeting our requirements and desires for this custom trip/We feel that all of our questions where answered in a prompt and thorough manner. The food was pretty decent across the board as well, save breakfast. Relative to multi-day treks in most parts of the world, your backpacks will be relatively light (5-8 kg / 11-18 lbs) as we only need to carry the day’s lunch, snacks, water, a light sleeping bag liner, and clothing. That said, all of us ate all of the snacks we brought with us – we expended some serious calories. Zermatt, like Chamonix, has many great activities to offer. Food quality was good but last 2 huts only offereed bread with butter/jame to eat for breakfast. The 11-day tour is a great choice if you want the best hiking the Haute Route has to offer but don’t have time for the full 14-day trip. Experience hiking in The Alps while wildflowers are in bloom, & breathtaking views of the Matterhorn during this stunning hike in Switzerland & France. frequent opportunities to buy food & supplies. A beautiful glacier hike takes us over the Col de l’Eveque (3,400 m = 11,150 ft) to the Upper Arolla Glacier to an unguarded shepherd’s hut at Plan de Bertol (2,670m / 8,750 ft) for a picnic lunch. The route traverses below the summits of 10 out of the 12 of the highest peaks in the Alps, and crosses several high passes. I would not hesitate to have Till guide me again if I was to go back to the alps. The trip becomes a lot “wilder” as few people travel during that time and groups have to carry food and assist the guide with food preparation. —Heather S., Montana, USA, “…The hotel in Argentiere was wonderful! A shorter day, perfect to rest from the big past 2 days and before a long day to reach Zinal. Lots of our North American guests are used to carrying heavy backpacks on multi-day trips due to the fewer amenities in North American huts. Like the GR 10 and the GR 11, the path travels the length of the Pyrenees from coast to coast.However, where the GR 10 and GR 11 stick mainly to lower routes and mountain passes on … In the mountain huts you’ll be staying in dormitories which include shared bathroom facilities. The Hiker’s “Haute Route” is an entirely non-technical hike without any glacier travel or exposed trails. Two pairs of gloves (one pair lightweight and one pair waterproof and heavier weight) Also really appreciated your commitment to ensuring the trip was still happening despite those last-minute cancellations. We can arrange an airport transfer from the Geneva Airport to Chamonix Valley for around 40EUR per person (the rate may be higher as it is peak season). Not only do gaiters protect your socks and inside of your boots from getting wet, they also protect your pants and calves from crampon punctures. We commonly take the route via the “4 Saddles”: Col du Tsofeiret (2,640 m / 8,660 ft), Col de la Lire Rose (3,100 m / 10,200 ft), du Mont Rouge (3,400 m / 11,150 ft) and the Col de Cheilon (3,240 m / 10,600 ft) which traverses the smaller glaciers Gietroz and Cheillon in order to arrive at the Dix Hut (2,930 m / 9,600 ft). From Chamonix, we will hike the south side of the valley in the Aiguilles Rouge range in from of the Mont-Blanc! Hike the High Alpine Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt in 2 weeks. Bring light, technical clothing that doesn’t take much space in your backpack and dries quickly when sweaty or wet. Telephone with charging cable You’ll enjoy this trip if you have demanding standards for mountain scenery (this is one of the best in all the Alps), love amazing landscapes, have a sense of adventure, enjoy hiking through challenging trails and want to follow in the steps of early mountain explorers.. While the latter is sometimes cheaper, the former offers more flexibility. Expect travel time to Chamonix to take approx. Geoffroy was a bit worried about the very long day (?day3) but we did the steeper route instead and though tough, was fine. This day is the last one before entering the famous Zermatt valley. Or a short hike to the wonderful little alpine village of Zmutt above Zermatt. Traversing a whopping 125 miles, the Haute route scales several high-mountain passes to journey from Chamonix to the historic mountain town of Zermatt. lightly lined Schoeller fabric or similar) Day 6: Cabane de Louvie – Cabane Prafleury. good trails. our guides said it can be helpful to have a down jacket for rest stops during the climb…” One triple-action locking carabiner or two conventional locking carabiners. Liechtenstein to Grindelwald. He always let us know in advance what we should expect, how to be prepared and when to get up. It was then developed into a ski route and, more recently, a high-level alpine hiking route. Aug. 22 – 29 He is reassuring, knowledgeable, experienced, organized, interesting and a fun guy! Most of the huts were nice, given their location. As mentioned the hotel in Argentiere was great. Assuming the same format as our scheduled 7-day / 7-night trek, we offer the following pricing relative to the price of our scheduled departures. They were all great and had a personality of their own as you well know. If it wasn’t for my concern about being affected by the altitude (I had a cold as well), I would be quite tempted to book another trip straight away!…” Unique and spectacular! While the latter is sometimes cheaper, the former offers more flexibility. Day 6: Gruben to St Niklaus and then Zermatt. Haute Route Glacier Trek – A high level glacier tour from Chamonix to Zermatt. Great … challenging for me, less so for my daughter. Plenty of time to do everything we had to do on any particular day, with enough time at the end of the day in each hut to relax and rest for a while before the dinner bell rang. Sept. 5 – 12 The only clothes they bring on the Haute Route is what they wear on their body on a colder day plus a spare set of underwear, two pairs of spare socks, a spare short sleeve shirt, rain (over)pants with side zippers, a light Gore-Tex jacket, and flip flops or crocs for the huts (although many huts provide footwear). Without hesitation I would highly recommend OnTop Mountaineering! We can provide you with the necessary technical equipment for the Haute Route Glacier Trek (crampons, ice axe, harness & locking carabiner). If any of our friends would ever consider a trip like this, we would definitely recommend OnTop.” Trains leave Zermatt as early as 6:30 a.m. and depart almost hourly thereafter. like in the old times. Due to its length, we only recommend this for experienced hikers who’ve done at least one 10-day trek before. Water bladders not recommended. More than a trek, the Haute Route is a real journey. the Haute Route is challenging, but with creature comforts en route. Hope that makes sense! The hiking times quoted were very close to our actual times. British mountaineers and explorers first named it the High Level Route in the mid-19th century. This day is the last one before reaching the famous swiss alpine city Zermatt. Backpack (40-45 litres) with rain cover fitted to the pack Huts were comfortable, and had great food. Group of 6 participants: Discount of 10%. We were impressed with what came out of the kitchen on most occasions. Via Alpina - Swiss Alpine Route. Markus & Lutz were both great – very knowledgeable, professional, courteous and just fun to hang out with. July 11-18 Giving out a 10 isn’t suppose to be a good thing so that it leaves room for improvement but from my experience I couldn’t have imagined it being better. I think everything before the trip ticked very well, and it did as well during the trip – there was nothing missing, mis-communicated, and everything was very clear and precise. The Haute Route is a classic trekking route that goes from Chamonix to Zermatt, connecting Mont Blanc with the Matterhorn. The use of crampons might sometimes be required but participants are not expected to have previous experience. The Haute Route: 125 miles through the Alps connecting the ski town of Chamonix, France to Zermatt, Switzerland. 3 nights in 3-star accommodation, 1 night in 1-star accommodation, 2 nights in dormitory accommodation in a mountain hut. It is also the border with Italy and the views on the Matterhorn, the Monte Rosa and all the 4000m peaks around is just spectacular. The Walker's Haute Route is a walking trail through the French and Swiss Alps, for 200km (125 miles) from Chamonix in the West to Zermatt in the East. It was nice being in a small town but also having dining close by. References of prior guests: We will gladly put potential clients in touch with previous participants of each trip in order for interested guests to get more personalized references and their questions answered from a more objective point of view than what our office could provide. Huts were warm, comfortable, and had great food. I would not hesitate to recommend OnTop to anyone wishing to do any of your itineraries. This guide covers everything you need to know about the most famous itinerary in the Alps, considered one of the 10 best trekking circuits in the world. We will overnight in historic and comfortable huts of the Swiss and French Alpine Club, often impressively perched on cliff edges above 3000m (10,000ft) and always nestled amongst towering peaks. Sunglasses with high UV protection Loved it all. US $80, CA $100, € 65, £ 60, Canada: 340 Canyon Close, Canmore, Everything went smoothly with the organisation and communication and can only applaude you for that. The Haute Route, a.k.a. Definitely need more detailed explanation of degree of difficulty in trip notes. Our hiking group totaled 8 people (2 from Brazil, 1 from Canada and the rest from USA). ” Any additional costs in case of itinerary changes regardless if those changes were made due to adverse weather or mountain conditions, or due to personal or group preferences. Mountain Drop Offs provides a reliable airport transfer from Geneva to Argentiere or Chamonix for about 40 Euros, depending on the time of year. Zermatt, like Chamonix, has many great activities to offer. CLASSIC HAUTE ROUTE HIKING TOUR. I definitely will (and have) recommended OnTop to other people. —Mark D., UK, “The huts and hotels were great. Especially given the difference in time zones. This trip is recommended for experienced hikers who’ve completed at least one shorter or equivalent trek before. You’ll climb the Col the Prafleury, the highest point of your trek at almost 3000m. Harness for glacier travel Some cooks really took pride in their meals, and it showed. Some of the lodges are showing signs of wear and tear but I would guess that the Alpine Clubs responsible for their upkeep would be aware of that and would have regular maintenance programs in place. It strongly depends on the weather. Travel day. OnTop Communication was punctual and thorough. We will hike to Col Torrent above the Moiry dam and then Col de Sorebois (2835m) to finally reach Zinal by the cable car. An incursion in the Turtmanntal area, probably the wildest of the Valais. Considering the locations of the lodges we thought they were fine. —Meg J., NY, USA, “I had a great time on both the trek and Weissmies climb. The famous Haute Route as a summer trek In this case, we will cover the lodging in Zermatt with breakfast in a two-star hotel instead of the night in the Schoenbiel Hut. No problems with the food. If you do not have one or more of the following items, OnTop will provide them. Itinerary: In general, I think the days were perfect, balancing the correct amount of altitude gain and sleeping in relatively high-altitude huts, versus effort per each day. We would go with him again. Food good and plentiful, though breakfast a bit sketchy. The trip had a few ‘escape’ routes in Champex and again another night where a person could bail if it was too much. Grade 3 (middle). Gondola and chair lift rides to the Col de Balme (2,195 m / 7,200 ft). Trek the Alps - The Haute Route for Hikers Itinerary. The Hotel de la Couronne in Argentiere and Grand Hotel Kurhaus in Arolla were both wonderful places to stay. They always had our safety first and were fun to hang out with and were encouraging the group during some tough sections. Really appreciated how the first and last days were shorter, with the more difficult days in the middle of the trip (allowed us time to ‘build up’ to those more difficult days). I really hold him in the highest appreciation possible – I wouldn’t have been able to make this trip without him. We would gladly be guided by Sebastion again. Rather than just a single path, it’s really a network of trails traversing the Pennine Alps and crossing the high passes and glacial valleys of the region. A great hiking day. Should you be interested in the less challenging, but still beautiful Haute Route hike, we recommend the trip of our friends Karin & Louis at alpineinterface.com. It is also theborder with Italy and the views on the Matterhorn, the Monte Rosa and all the 4000m peaks aroundis just spectacular. Score 9/10. I really appreciated and enjoyed the fact that everything was written, ordered, thought of, and delivered in mail. The highest point reached by the standard route is 2,987m (9,799ft) and the height gain on the route is around 15,200m (49,867ft). The toilet facilities in the Albert were pretty rough and one of the hut guardians could do with a course in customer relations. The Haute Routeis one of the world’s greatest multi day hiking adventures. —Nikki, Nick and Alice M., Australia, ” I thought Till was an exceptional guide. Light down jacket or vest (optional) The terrain was new and unfamiliar to me, but I had complete confidence and trust in Thomas’ skills and judgement. July 18 – 25 A 25% per person deposit is due at the time of booking. Early September often brings the first snowfalls at higher elevations which makes for a very pretty, pristine ambiance in the mountains, but it is often not enough to improve travel conditions in warm summers. We recommend budgeting 35 Swiss Francs /day (about US$35). After a week of acclimatizing on the Haute Route, why not take two more days and climb Mont Blanc or the Matterhorn with us? The train station is only 10 minutes by foot from our hotel. Seb was really the best I could wish for, and all the logistics before and while on the trip were handled flawlessly.” Yochai E., Israel, “Markus and Lutz were first rate! His mountain knowledge was exceptional and he also was able to answer the many questions that we fired at him over the course of the trip. Earplugs (recommended), Your favourite snacks (snacks and lunch can also be purchased at our accommodations) Fridjon was also a fantastic guide – very entertaining and great customer service. The first 10 minutes of turning back down to the valley felt bitter, and while it was absolutely the right decision, it still stung a little bit. If the forecast is for colder weather, they also bring thin long underwear, a thicker base layer and heavier gloves. Anything you decide not to take can be left behind for your return or packed in your bag to be transported to Zermatt. Be sure to inquire with your cell phone provider as to your roaming capabilities in Europe. Would definitely recommend this trip and On Top to friends. The distances and ascents/descents are approximations as are the hiking times. Unpleasant “squat–style” bathroom. We did not spend a lot of time with Didier, but he was very friendly. General repair kit and Leatherman. All downhill today: On well-marked trails via the hamlet of Zmutt with plenty of opportunities for postcard shots of the Matterhorn all the way to Zermatt. The lodging in general was very good, save for one exception – as it happens, in the hotel at Champex Melissa and I had to share a room. One or two lightweight garbage bags for extra waterproofing (optional) GPS tracking device + Road Book with detailed route description, Phone support while on your tour in case of emergency, 1 transfer in a private van from Chamonix to the trailhead in Fionnay on Day 1, 8 nights in hotel accommodation, 2 nights in dormitory accommodation in a mountain hut, 8 nights in hotel accommodation, 5 nights in dormitory accommodation in a mountain hut. They will drop you off right at your hotel. The itinerary can also be done in six days of hiking by descending all the way to Zermatt from the Bertol Hut on the 6th hiking day (i.e. The huts usually close down in mid-September. A shorter day, perfect to rest from the big past 2 days and before a long day to reach Zinal. The huts are open for business, with good and plentiful food, beer, wine, and coffee being served. Sun hat, preferably with a wide rim The lodging in both Argentiere and Zermatt was perfect. You’ll finish in the village of Zermatt in Switzerland. In the afternoon, introduction to safe glacier travel and use of crampons and ice axe. Chamonix is a sports enthusiast’s shopping mecca. I really respect his work, his style, and pretty much everything he did while on the tour. For the last day of the tour, we suggest taking the lift to the Klein Matterhorn at almost 4000m on top of the Zermatt Resort. Walker’s Haute Route. We’ll take care of booking your accommodation, providing your with a Road Book and GPS instructions so that you don’t get lost. We will start by hiking along with the “lac des Dix” before hiking the “pas du Chat” and the col de Reidmatten before going down to Arolla, a wonderful mountain village in the heart of the Valais. Read about Troy’s experience hiking with a guided group on a stretch of the Hiker’s Haute Route. From there, we will hike to Tête de Balme and then reach Trient in Swizterland. 870m / 2,850 ft climb, 650 m / 2,100 ft descent, 6 km makes for 6-7 hrs of hiking. The Haute Route is a spectacular and demanding summer hike: a strenuous high-level traverse in the French and Swiss Alps, walking from Chamonix (France) to Zermatt (Switzerland) in 10 to 12 days. Although not very technically difficult, the trip requires up to 9 hours of hiking per day – mostly uphill and at times on rough, steep trails and on glaciers, where you will be roped together with your fellow trekkers and your guide. Stay in a mix of mountain refuges and hotels with astonishing views of the surrounding mountains. ), but was also flexible and understanding should we want to stop for an occasional break or photo. Collapsible ski poles. The food at the huts was great! Not fancy, but clean, in great locations, small family-run places with alot of history. From there, you’ll hike to Cabane de Louvie. It may stay well above freezing all the time (even at 5 a.m. when leaving the hut and stepping onto the glacier) but it could also dip well below freezing with snow every day of your trip, even in mid-summer. Not a great start to the day – just needed to know what it would be like in advance. I have always found them invaluable in helping me to make decisions on whether or not I would use a particular organisation. With my antisocial streak and limited time I think I’ll do a small (up to five day) section of the HR to get a taste and spend a bit longer on the gr5 and/or in the pyrenees. Packing for a trekking trip is a balancing act. Late June until mid-August is the main season with mostly good weather and good snow coverage on the glaciers, which commonly deteriorates during warm summers as the season progresses. We’ve seen it all and our recommendation is to be ready for anything upon arrival in Chamonix Valley. Contrasting the huge glaciers and rugged peaks are beautiful green valleys with high-meadow farms and quaint mountain villages. The Haute Route, a.k.a. He always made sure we arrived at our huts in great time (avoiding pending rain! Quantity was consistent. Depending on conditions and group preferences we can also take a shorter but steeper trail (with exposed sections, protected by chains and cables for hand-railing). Ear defenders should go on your kit list…” Those who haven’t, can hear the mountains call. — Murray C., Australia, “Thomas was an excellent guide. In total: 6.5 days hiking, 5,040m / 16,500′ ascent, 5,220m / 17,120′ descent, 71 km distance. You’ll take a few transfers at strategic points to skip the lesser scenic parts of the trip while still doing most of the full route. We will leave the high mountains for the typical swiss alpine meadows one. 2 hours. 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