Haute Route

The Haute Route is a spectacular and demanding summer hike: a strenuous high-level traverse in the French and Swiss Alps, walking from Chamonix (France) to Zermatt (Switzerland) in 10 -12 days (varies with group abilities).
The route traverses below the summits of 10 out of the 12 of the highest peaks in the Alps, and crosses several high passes. The highest pass is at 2964 m (9,800 ft). This is a world of glaciers and towering, snow-capped peaks. The Haute Route also meanders through green alpine valleys with flower-covered meadows and picture-book villages. This is a trek of contrasts. The route passes through the center of both the French and Swiss Alps: two distinct cultural regions with different languages and architecture.


Chamonix, France to Zermatt, Switzerland
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Hiking, Sightseeing, Adventure.


mid-June to mid-July

This dramatic and often remote hiking tour sees surprisingly little traffic, and you will enjoy the most spectacular views of the western hemisphere from quiet footpaths between Chamonix and Zermatt. Because luggage transfers between countries are expensive and inconvenient, hikers should be prepared to carry up to three days’ changes of clothing at a time.




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