Summer Haute Route Trek
The summer Haute Route Trek is one of the world's great multi-day treks. The route links two renowned alpine mountaineering centres, Chamonix in France and Zermatt in Switzerland. The path passes through breathtaking alpine scenery and you will enjoy stunning mountain panoramas every step of the journey.
Spectacular views are standard on this trek and it is a great stepping stone for the trekker to experience the High Alps and its glaciers.
Who is it for?
The summer haute route trek is for hill walkers and trekkers keen to get higher in the mountains and experience some higher altitude and trekking on glaciers. You should be capable of carrying a rucksack (~10kg) for 6 hours a day for 6 days in a row. We will be crossing high cols/saddles and traversing large glaciers and so will be using crampons and roping up for safety on these sections. You do not need any experience of glacier crossing/using crampons as our Guides will teach you all the necessary skills at the start of the course.
Saturday: We meet Saturday evening to go through the weather/conditions and plan for the week. You meet your Guide and can ask any questions. Overnight in our Chalet.
Sunday: Final chance for kit hire. Then a cable car from Le Tour, followed by a short walk (2 hrs) leads to the Albert Premier Hut (2702m) where we can spend the afternoon practicing our snow and ice skills on the glacier below. Overnight at the hut.
Monday: We cross into Switzerland via the Col Superior du Tour (3289m) and descend past the Cabane d'Orny to take the cable car down to Champex. Overnight in dormitory accommodation. A classic high glacier traverse day!
Tuesday: We use local taxis to transfer to Mauvoisin. From here we ascend to cross the Col Tsofeiret (2642m) and descend to overnight at the Chanrion Hut.
Wednesday: Our route today ascends the Otemma Glacier, which runs through the heart of the Valais Alps. We enjoy a long and easy-angled ascent, amongst spectacular mountain scenery, to the Vignettes Hut.
Thursday: We cross the Col de L'Eveque (3392m), descend the Haute Glacier Arolla and trek steeply to reach the Bertol Glacier and our overnight stop at the Bertol Hut. Another classic glacier day.
Friday: Depending on conditions, we ascend the Tete Blanche (3724m) for views of the north face of the Matterhorn. Then descend the Stockji Glacier to Zermatt. After a celebratory drink in Zermatt we are picked up by minibus and transfer back to our chalet in Chamonix.
What to expect from mountain huts
They are basic but comfortable. They can cater for vegetarians. Food is usually on a set menu basis (3 course in the evening, hot drink and bread/jam/cereal for breakfast). Often there is no running water and so you have to buy water to drink and wash with (no showers). You can usually buy tea, coffee, wine, beer, soft drinks, chocolate bars and snacks. Sleeping arrangements are normally dormitory style bunkbeds (eg 6 people on the bottom, 6 on the top) with blankets and/or duvets. Huts provide slippers for wearing inside. You can expect a good atmosphere and a stunning view!
When staying in Chamonix, we stay in one of our comfortable Adventure Base Chalets, literally 6 minutes walk from the town centre's restaurants and bars. Breakfast and packed lunch are included leaving the evenings free for you to explore the delights of Chamonix.