The Haute Route
Also known as:
• The Walker’s Haute Route
• Chamonix-Zermatt Haute Route
• “High Route”
• Mt Blanc to the Matterhorn
• Chamonix to Zermatt
Long live the Haute Route!
“the greatest collection of 4000m peaks in the alps!”
Why we love it:
the best hike in Europe! Alpine charm: valleys, lakes, glaciers great food, history, culture from Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Europe (4810m, 15,781ft) … to the Matterhorn, the most beautiful peak in the alps staying in huts, and eating your meals there, you can hike with a very light pack see ibex and chamois in the wild finishes with the 2-day Europaweg – a true high-level path opened in recent years (and sometimes closed due to avalanche) some mountaineers use this trek for altitude acclimatization, climbing Mt. Blanc, the Matterhorn or, best, Weisshorn, after they finish
Rain is highly likely. It can even snow on high passes any day of the year. mid-July through August accommodation may be full mountain huts can be crowded & noisy (we prefer tenting, to be truthful) in 2009 cost was around $70 for bed, bedding, breakfast and an evening meal iron ladders bolted into the mountain en route, though there is a way to bypass them cable-cars and chair-lifts are cheating, but you certainly may want to use them to shorten some hiking days
German is the main language of the Haute Route though French is useful too. Anglophones may struggle.
Get our preferred guidebook long in advance of your trek – Cicerone – Chamonix to Zermatt: The Walker’s Haute Route by Kev Reynolds.
Details on our Haute Route information page.