The Haute Route is regarded as one of the best 10 treks in the world as we hike through the greatest collection of 4000 metre peaks in the Alps. We start near the base of Mont Blanc the highest mountain in western Europe and trek through stunning scenery to the foot of the Matterhorn, the most iconic mountain in the Alps.
The Haute Route in Summary
- one of the top 10 hikes in the world
- the best hike in Europe!
- Alpine charm: valleys, lakes, glaciers
- great food, history, culture
- from Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Europe (4810m, 15,781ft)
- to the Matterhorn, the most beautiful peak in the alps
- 13.5 days hiking
- 180+kms (112mi)
- The Haute Route crosses 11 passes, gains more than 12,000m elevation
- difficult hiking
Go to our Blog Page to read recent reports of some of other recent treks.
We have also included in the price a luggage transfer option on most days. There are 4 nights where we are staying in inaccessible refuges so there will be 4 nights when we do not get overnight luggage. The rest of the trip we will be hiking with a day pack only. On those nights when we do not receive luggage, our baggage will be transferred on to the following nights accommodation. Therefore on those nights we do not have the luggage transfer, we still only need to carry a few extra overnight items, not our entire luggage.
Some of the comments and reviews from previous years trekking holidays:
I’m still on a high from completing the Tour du Mont Blanc trek with Kevin and Yen in July. A great challenge and hard going, especially the descent on the last day. Kevin was a fantastic guide and very knowledgeable – ‘slow and steady’ was the climbing mantra. The organisation by Yen was brilliant with a varied and quirky set of refuges. We had an amazing group of fellow trackers and the weather was perfect. Looking forward to doing other treks with Mountain Hikes in the near future. A big thank you again to Kevin and Yen – you made this a trek to remember.
Thank you again for everything. It was such a great trip. So smooth – the nicest element was not having to use my brain at all, which is down to your excellent organisation!
I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you both for the TMB holiday. You both took so much care and thought to make it as good as it could be for each and every one of us. It was no mean feat to guide us all safely round the course without mishap – and to find the way without any fuss – you seemed to know where to go without ever looking at a map (or perhaps I just wasn’t at the front of the line to see you!) It all went so smoothly and amiably – you managed to keep the diverse group happily together with good humour , and time the pace and stops as well as it could be for so many people. The difference between your outfit and the commercial companies is the personal touch – the sense that you care about getting it right – and you certainly did (get it right).
A special thank you to you, Yen, for your unfailing good humour and patience at the end of the line! I don’t know how we would have fared without you – you’re an absolute star, and I’m very grateful.
The Haute Route is a linear point to point hike from Chamonix to Zermatt. We hike a total distance of 200km (125 miles) from Chamonix in the West to Zermatt in the East.
The highest point reached is 2,987m (9,799ft) and the height gain on the route is around 15,200m (49,867ft).
We will hike the route over 13 1/2 days.
This trek is more difficult in many ways from the Tour du Mont Blanc. The overall height gain is higher, the distance is further, the terrain is rockier and the overall feel is of a more remote mountain trek. For this reason we strongly recommend that you should have already completed a one, or two week mountain trek before attempting the Haute Route, unless you already have considerable other mountain hiking experience.
There are some early sections where we overlaps but in reverse with the Tour du Mont Blanc route and where this is the case we will generally take a harder alternative route. For example on TMB from Champex to Trient we take the Bovine route, however on the Haute Route we will take the Fenetre de Arpette route, which is higher and more mountainous.
The hiking is generally on good paths and trails, but there are several rocky sections where we will be scrambling over boulders. This is a hard multi-day trek where the days can sometimes be hard, so it is therefore important that you are either fit already, or you are an experienced hill walker who has done at least one multi-day trip. If you are not prepared, then the hike can be very tiring and it is unlikely you will fully enjoy it or maybe even not complete it.
We will be staying in varied accommodation throughout. From simple hotels where we will have twin share rooms with private/shared or ensuite facilities, to very simple Alpine hut accommodation which have shared bunks for sleeping.
During the tour, where our accommodation is dormitory style, this will either be bunk beds or alpine style, continuous mattresses, with shared facilities. For those not used to dormitory style sleeping, it does take getting used to, but it is also part of the “alpine experience”, where communal living and shared sleeping is the only way to experience the high mountains.
All accommodation along the tour however, does have showers. At the huts, the showers are usually an extra 3-5 CHF as water is scarce. Breakfasts are usually very simple whilst dinner is usually three or even four courses!
Dinner is also served to everyone at the same time and these are quite sociable occasions where we often see familiar faces of others on the Haute Route. Please let us know if you are vegetarian as we need to inform the huts. Vegetarians can be catered for, but we cannot guarantee other dietary requirements.
Sat 04/8 Day 1 fly out to Geneva, rendezvous in Chamonix 2pm & short hike to Argentiere (e/s twin share, hotel, D)
(if you wish to opt out of this, you can make your way directly to the hotel, there is a group briefing at 6pm followed by dinner)
Sun 05/08 Day 2 Hike from Argentiere to Trient (auberge, dormitory, BD)
Mon 06/8 Day 3 Hike from Trient to Champex (twin, dormitory, BD)
Tue 07/8 Day 4 Hike from Champex to Le Chable (e/s twin share, hotel, BD)
Wed 08/8 Day 5 Hike from Le Chable to Cabane du Montfort (dormitory, mountain hut, BD)
Thur 09/8 Day 6 Hike from Cabane du Montfort to Cabane de Prafleuri (dormitory, mountain hut, BD)
Fri 10/8 Day 7 Hike from Cabane de Prafleuri to Arolla (simple twin share with shared facilities, hotel, BD)
Sat 11/8 Day 8 Hike from Arolla to La Sage (dormitory, gite, BD)
Sun 12/8 Day 9 Hike from La Sage to Cabane du Moiry (small dormitory, mountain hut, BD)
Mon 13/8 Day 10 Hike from Cabane du Moiry to Zinal (dormitory, auberge,BD)
Tue 14/8 Day 11 Hike from Zinal to Gruben (dormitory, hotel, BD)
Wed 15/8 Day 12 Hike from Gruben to Grachen (twin share,hotel BD)
Thur 16/8 Day 13 Hike from Grachen to Europhutte (small dormitory, mountain hut, BD)
Fri 17/8 Day 14 Hike from Europhutte to Zermatt (e/s twin share, hotel, B)
Sat 18/8 Day 15 Travel home from Zermatt or stay and explore (B)
Included meals are as listed above (B denotes breakfast, D denotes dinner)
Total Cost £1650
To book, click add to basket and then checkout to pay your initial deposit of £250.
The remaining payment of £1400 is paid in two staged payments of £700, four months before departure and £700, two months before departure.
These payments should be made by bank transfer and our account details are below.
By Bank Transfer
Bank Account Mountain Hikes
Sort Code 40 40 01
Account No 02406950
Please note that the deposit is non-refundable.
We pre-book and pay for all of the accommodation months in advance, so appreciate prompt payment of the deposit and balance
- Fully guided hiking throughout by Kevin Blissett who is a qualified International Mountain Leader
- All accommodation – 14 nights( 6 nights twin-share, otherwise auberges and mountain huts)
- Meals as listed above on accommodation page (B denotes breakfast, D denotes dinner)
- Luggage transfer (except for 4 nights)
Not included :
- Lunches – bring/buy snacks and we can buy pack lunch from the refuge, or food/snacks en route each day,
- 1 dinners (in Zermatt, on last night) – we shall eat out as a group.
- Any local transport costs,
- personal expenses,
- transfers from Geneva airport to Les Houches, Chamonix, transfer from Zermatt to Geneva airport and flights
Note about Price:
The reason that the Haute Route is more expensive than other treks that we run such as the Tour du Mont Blanc, is because we are hiking most of the trip in Switzerland. Accommodation and meals are considerably more expensive in Switzerland than in Italy and in France or in fact any other country in Europe.
Exchange rate fluctuations:
Our prices are listed in UK pounds and calculated on 1st October 2017 based on the current exchange rates. However we have to pay for accommodation and food in Euros and in Swiss Francs during the trek. Therefore we reserve the right to charge a supplement in the event that the exchange rate changes by more than 10% between October 2017 and date of departure.
We would suggest flying out from the UK to Geneva during the morning of 4th August – there are plenty of low cost airlines that fly out from various airports.
We will be meeting in Chamonix around 2pm and then hiking the short distance from Chamonix to Argentiere in the afternoon of the arrival day and we will arrange a taxi transfer of luggage to our first night accommodation. You can opt out of this if you wish and make your way directly to the hotel, we will have a group briefing at 6pm followed by dinner.
We will recommend flights soon, so you should not book your flight until we have confirmed meeting time and location.
Outbound, from Geneva, it is about an hour transfer or train to our rendezvous point in the centre of Chamonix. Transfers can be booked at www.alpybus.com or www.chamexpress.com or www.mountaindropoffs – all offer a similar service in the region of approx €40-50. Mountain drop offs tend to have slightly better quality minibus, but are a few euros more, Alpybus has an easy booking system and you pay in cash at the end of each journey and it is also the cheapest. As we are meeting in the centre of Chamonix there is also the option to take the train from the airport.
On the return journey, you can take the train from Zermatt main station to Geneva airport. The Swiss train system is very efficient if expensive. The journey takes approx 4hrs and trains leave regularly twice an hour. Depending on numbers and flight times, it may be more cost efficient to book a people carrier to take a larger number back to the airport from Zermatt and split the cost.
You should note that it is usually not possible to take walking poles in hand luggage. Therefore, to save everyone paying for checked in baggage, if anyone is travelling together, we would suggest you check in one piece of luggage.
Please note that for the luggage transfer, the company ask that you bring a ‘soft’ bag and not a wheeled or hardcase bag. The weight limit for the luggage transfer is 15kg and no perishables or valuables should be inside.