The celebrated Haute Route, a high-level hike from Chamonix, France, to Zermatt, Switzerland, is immersed in alpine lore. This is where the sport of mountaineering was born in the 19th century, and just a glance at the 360-degree panorama explains why: 10 of the 12 most famous peaks in the Alps, including Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn, rise along this magnificent “high route.” With seven hiking days, our journey brings nonstop alpine vistas, amazing terrain, good food and drink, and a crossing of seven dramatic passes—including the Col de Torrent (9,567'), with its stunning views. Our team of expert Trip Leaders makes this a wonderfully fun mountain adventure with their local knowledge and passion for what they do.
Arrive: Chamonix, France
Depart: Zermatt, Switzerland
Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!
$600 due at time of reservation
90 days prior to departure: Balance
Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost
Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.
Day 1 (1 night)
Day 2 (1 night)
The comfortable Hotel du Glacier sits on the main and only street of the pretty little village of Champex. The same lovely couple has owned it for many years and they also run the restaurant, which has great food and a relaxed atmosphere....
Day 3 (1 night)
Day 4 (1 night)
This historic Victorian stone hotel at 6,000 feet on the Haute Route trail sits apart from the little village of Arolla in a forest clearing. Built in 1896 and loaded with charm and character, it has been beautifully renovated with all the modern comforts. There's a great downstairs bar with...
St. Luc, Switzerland
Day 5 (1 night)
This family-run Belle Epoque hotel dating to 1859 is located near the village of St. Luc and offers the atmosphere of a country estate along with amazing mountain views. Guest rooms are beautifully appointed and there is a good restaurant with an outdoor terrace...
Day 6 (1 night)
In Gruben, a classic stop on the hikers' Haute Route, the stone-built Hotel Schwarzhorn is the only accommodation in this tiny mountain hamlet. Nestled in the remote Turtmanntal Valley, it has basic rooms with in-room sinks and shared toilets/showers across the hall. We hike the Haute Route trail right...
Day 7 (1 night)
The BEAUSiTE, built in 1907, is Zermatt's Grand Dame, now upgraded to the 20th century with elegant rooms, multiple dining options, and an indulgent spa that includes a sauna and indoor and outdoor pools. The Matterhorn view from the hotel's terrace is mesmerizing and the hotel is a 10-minute walk...
Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please click on their profiles below.
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"Another great WT adventure! Great combination of demanding hikes, beautiful vistas, good food and drink, and great travel companions. We were fortunate to have three accomplished leaders, any of whom could have led the trip on their own."
"This was truly an outstanding trip, and I look forward to another Wilderness Travel trip in the very near future. Great guides and great individuals that we traveled with. So much fun!"
"Couldn’t have asked for a better trip! Amazing terrain, great wildflowers and food, and great leaders and group"
"It was the trip of a lifetime. I loved every moment of it!"
Short Hills, NJ
"A wonderful trip. WT consistently impresses me with their level of service. Most importantly, the guides are superior to any other service I've used. You feel completely at ease and supported by their level of professionalism."
San Francisco, CA
"All the logistics for the trip were seamless. The scenery along the hiking routes was spectacular, the guides were terrific, and the overall experience was great!"
New York, NY
"A wonderful route with terrific hiking every day, and a perfect level of difficulty. We particularly loved our exceptional, supportive guides."
"The trip was fantastic in every way. I would not change a thing."
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With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.
Level 1 – Easiest
Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.
Level 3 – Moderate
Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.
Level 5 – Strenuous
Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.