Self-guided Hiker's Haute Route (Inn-to-inn hiking tour)
Length: 11 days, 10 nights
Hike Rating: Very strenuous
The Hiker's Haute Route consists of a spectacular series of trails linking Chamonix to Zermatt, marked by high, steep passes, quiet trails, and stunning mountain scenery. It's one of the world's classic hikes, with a wild beauty deserving of it's name. The Haute Route is also a very strenuous tour, with many high passes to cross and very few easy options for shorter days or bad weather. It's a commitment, but one that repays you with remote, rugged scenery. Our 11-day tour starts in Chamonix and finishes in Zermatt, while the 9 day options starts in Verbier, cutting off 2 days in the beginning of the tour but still covering the heart of the tour. There are many ways of breaking up this hike, and in our itinerary, we've linked the most spectacular sections of the Haute Route with some of our favorite huts and inns into a spectacular trip!
On our standard, 11-day Haute Route tour, you'll have 7 nights in hotels with private rooms, and 3 nights in mountain huts with shared accomodations. The 9-day version starting in Verbier, you'll have 5 nights in hotels with private rooms with the same 3 nights in mountain huts. Showers are available all nights.
Our standard self-guided Haute Route tours do not include luggage transport. Private luggage transfers are available between villages however. For 2 or more people, add $280/person for luggage transfers to all villages (you'll have it in Chamonix, Champex, Arolla, Zinal and Zermatt). Please ask if you're interested in adding luggage transfers to your tour.
Our typical day starts with a continental buffet breakfast at your inn - delicious fresh baked bread, local cheeses, cereal, fruit, coffee and juice - which gives you the energy needed for a full day of inn-to-inn hiking. Before setting out on your hike, visit a bakery and market for lunch supplies, or bring some money for a stop in one of the alpine restaurants along your route. Most of the hotels and mountain inns will sell picnic lunches if they are ordered the night before. Reminders will be included in your route notes. Soon you'll be out on the trail for 7-9 hours, with detailed directions to get you to your next stop.
You should finish your hike around 4-5 pm, giving you time to wash up and relax followed by dinner at your inn. These are multi-course feasts, often featuring local French and Swiss specialties, and will definitely be hearty, filling, well-earned and very delicious.
Day 1 Arrive in Europe and transfer by train or airport shuttle to Chamonix, France, the stylish mountaineering village at the base of Mont Blanc. The trip is easy and very scenic. If you arrive early, you might consider a couple days on your own in Chamonix at the start of the trip.
Relax in the evening at our cozy village hotel. (Chamonix)
Self-guided Haute Route tour, 9 day
Length: 9 days, 8 nights
Hike Rating: Very strenuous
On this express version of the Haute Route, we've dropped the first three nights in Chamonix, Col de la Forclaz and Champex, and start with a first night in Verbier. Your first hike, on day 2, would be up to Louvie hut, exactly as on day 4 of the 11-day tour, and continuing along the same itinerary to Zermatt. If you don't have time for the full 11-day tour, this 9-day tour is a great option for hiking the heart of the Haute Route. Luggage transfers can be added for 2 or more people for $200/person, and you would have your luggage in Verbier, Arolla, Zinal and Zermatt
Self-guided Haute Route Tour, details:
Our self-guided prices are per person, based on two people sharing a standard double room, and include:
All self-guided tours include hiking maps, detailed route descriptions (including longer, shorter, and rainy day options), sightseeing suggestions, and lots of useful information to help ensure a successful trip. In the simpler inns, we book private rooms if at all possible, and dorms with waitlist for a room if they are not available. Col de la Forclaz and Hotels Schwarzhorn and Waldesruh in Gruben both have limited space in private rooms.
Not included are lunches, dinners in Chamonix, drinks with dinners, extras (such as laundry, phone calls from the room, etc), the cost of the night or meals at Prafleuri hut (about CHF 80-100 per person), luggage transfers (if not added at additional cost), or transportation outside the itinerary.
If you'd like to lengthen or shorten your self-guided Haute Route Tour, add destinations, or create a customized tour from scratch, let us know. We have extensive experience all over the Alps, and will be happy to work with you to build the hiking vacation that best suits your needs.
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