High Alps Traverse from Chamonix to Zermatt


The Haute Route is the celebrated high-level hiking traverse from Chamonix, France, to Zermatt, Switzerland. Ten of the 12 highest peaks in the Alps, including Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn, rise along this magnificent “high route,” the airy realm where the sport of mountaineering was born in the 19th century. Our unique version of this famous hike provides nonstop alpine panoramas as we cross seven dramatic passes, including the rocky Fenêtre d’Arpette (8,750'). We combine our well-paced hiking days with overnights in charming hotels.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2
Chamonix, France / Champex, Switzerland

From Chamonix, we hike over the Col de Balme on the French-Swiss border and descend to the Col de la Forclaz. Following a forested trail used by shepherds for centuries, we take in sweeping views of the Rhone Valley as we head to Champex.

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Days 3-4
Grande Dixence / Arolla

Our hike over the Col des Roux (9,197') reveals the legendary summits and glaciers of the Valais Alps, and when we cross the Col de Reidmatten, we’ll have breathtaking views across the Arolla Valley to Pigne D’Arolla, Mont Collon, and the massive west face of Mont Blanc de Cheillon.

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Days 5-6
St-Luc / Gruben

A hike through the traditional Valais canton and over the Col de Torrent rewards us with superb vistas of the towering limestone pyramid of the Dent Blanche (14,290'). Entering German-speaking Switzerland by crossing the Meidpass (9,154'), we make our way down into the peaceful hamlet of Gruben.

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Days 7-8

After our climb to the top of Augstbordpass (9,495'), we catch a cable car and local train to storied Zermatt. Surrounded by 13,000-foot peaks, this town is famed for its awe-inspiring views of the Matterhorn. Depart on Day 8.

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Experience one of the world’s great mountain hikes—in WT style!
Discover spectacular trails and alpine hamlets surrounded by the highest peaks in the Alps
Savor the distinctive alpine cultures and mountain cuisines of France and Switzerland
Enjoy our charming hand-picked hotels, some with spa facilities


Length: 8 days
Cost From: $4495  
Arrive: Chamonix, France
Depart: Zermatt, Switzerland
Lodging: 4 nights hotels and country inns, 3 nights mountain lodges
Meals: All meals included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Hiking / Trekking
Trip Level:

7 hiking days on moderate to steep trails, 5-8 hours a day, altitudes between 6,000-9,600 feet, van support. This is a strenuous hiking trip, read “What the Trip is Like” for more details.

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