Type of adventure: Trekking
What is it?
The Walkers Haute Route is a 14-day trekking in the French and Swiss Alps. The trail starts in Chamonix, France at the base of the Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps. Along the way you will pass green valleys, cross mountain passes and sleep in mountain huts. You will be amazed by the splendid views on some of the highest mountains in the Swiss Alps, before arriving in Zermatt where you hope to get a glimpse of the most notorious of all: the Matterhorn.
Best Season to Do
While the Haute Route started as a tourski route that is often done in Spring, the trekking is more popular during summer season (July-September) as this is the time where all the trails are snowfree.
This 14-day trekking is doable for every hiker with a good stamina. The elevation gain can be brutal (up to 12000 meters combined) and you must cross a mountain pass almost every day. This makes it a strenuous trekking. However, the mountain huts along the way allow you to hike with a day pack, making the effort easier.
The route is well marked, though never as the Haute Route. The easiest way to plan your hike is by purchasing the Cicerone guide Chamonix to Zermatt, or our Dutch e-guide.
Why do this adventure?
The Walkers Haute Route is listed as one of the best trekkings in the world. This time, we will let the pictures speak for themselves.
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