(Walker's Haute Route Express) Trekking the Haute Route above Jungen
WALKER'S HAUTE ROUTE EXPRESS (GUIDED)   10 stages . 11 nights . French Haute Savoie and Swiss Valais   Booking

Walker's Haute Route Express
Guided trekking holiday

+ A quicker trek from Argentiere to Zermatt
+ Our groups are led by our IMLs
+ Options to adjust your accommodation

Latest news October 2017
Booking is open for 2018! Please ask us any questions; thank you.

The Walker’s Haute Route is one of the finest, highest and most demanding treks in the Alps. We walk in a compact 10 stages from Argentière, up-valley from Chamonix, to Zermatt. Even more so than our normal 13-stage guided trip, this Express trip is challenging to all but the very fittest mountain walkers. We walk the 10 mountainous stages of the Haute Route, missing the 3 valley-based stages of our normal Haute Route.

Both Chamonix at the start and Zermatt at the end are treats in their separate ways; bustling, and in the shadow of Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn respectively.

This is the Walker’s Haute Route as opposed to the Classic Haute Route, which takes to the high mountains and glaciers and is often made on skis. Our route is just a trek.

The theme of the route is a crossing of a succession of passes at nearly 3,000m, guaranteeing stiff climbs most mornings. The high passes are steep and rocky in places. Typically they are free of snow during the summer, but in colder weather their altitude means rain can fall as snow. Other days are more gentle, dropping through verdant, pastoral Swiss valleys.

Over the course of the 11 nights you'll see a variety of accommodation, generally at a comfortable level. Our mix includes family-run hotels, auberges and mountain huts (cabanes).


Map showing the route of Alpine Exploratory's Walker's Haute Route Express guided walking holiday


Alpine Exploratory
HRXg Walker's Haute Route Express (Guided)
22 July to 17 September 2017
Prices in GBP
per person
Hutty Classic Comfy
Options on the scheduled guided trips
10 stages
(11 nights)

Singles 160
Singles 240
Our main HRX
Singles 320
Options on a private guided trip
10 stages
2 rest days
(13 nights)
Singles 190
Singles 290

Singles 380
Baggage transfer 310

Baggage transfer

There is not too much to carry on the Walker's Haute Route, whether the normal or our Express version. We trek with everything on our back, as a default; we also offer a baggage option which slightly reduces the amount to be carried. We also advise on the ways to send kit ahead to Zermatt: a few options are available and this is a useful service for clients continuing their travels in Europe.

Why Alpine Exploratory for your guided Haute Route?

10 of the high stages
Our Express trek starts walking in Argentiere, a half-day's walk from Chamonix; add a night at the start to warm up on this valley path - we'll supply our routecard. Later, our Express groups miss the Champex to Le Chable day and also the Arolla to La Sage day. By missing these 3 stages we keep the Express as 10 stages of the highest routes. At the end of your trip, we can advise on how to return to Arolla and Champex should you wish to complete these valley days and thus the whole route on foot.

Expert knowledge of the route
The same careful research that goes into our self-guided Haute Routes informs our guided treks too. We keep on top of changes to the route and we place a lot of emphasis on good relations with our hotels and huts. Warm welcomes await.

Flexible, personal planning
As per our general ethos, even on our scheduled guided trips we like to be flexible. Single rooms are no problem, except at huts and some auberges where they're unavailable. (The single supplement takes this into account.) If you'd like extra nights in Chamonix or Zermatt, please just ask us.

Small groups expertly led
Alpine Exploratory follows best practice in the mountains. Our leaders are all International Mountain Leaders and we keep to a maximum group size of 8 clients. The aim is a small, tightly knit group with an engaging leader, completing the Haute Route with safety, proficiency and fun.

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Route choices for Summer 2017

Paths in Switzerland are currently undergoing classification, section by section. Each part of the Haute Route within Switzerland is subject to such changes in nominal grade; we don't expect any, but if they occur then we will re-route the trek to cause as little disruption as possible such that your IML can legally lead your group.

Mont Fort area
Beyond Cabane du Mont Fort there is a choice of 3 trails towards Cabane de Prafleuri; each has its own challenges for the IML to lead. For 2017 our guided groups will use the Cabane de Louvie and enter the area from this different angle.

Cabane de Moiry
Due to a re-grading of the ascent path to Cabane de Moiry in 2015, there is a small chance that we will have to swap Cabane de Moiry to the picturesque village of Grimentz. We assume the Cabane but if the situation changes before your trip, we will let you know.

The Europaweg is the 2-stage finish into Zermatt that traverses high above the Mattertal. Since our first season on the Haute Route in 2009, the route has steadily become less easy to walk; more prone to objective danger of rocks falling from above, and more compromised by detours necessitated by landslip. For 2017 we make the tricky decision to take our guided trips along the middle route to Mattsand and then the valley route via Randa to Zermatt, all in one day. This reduces the trek to 13 stages overall. If the Europaweg changes - if key bridges are reinstated - then we hope to offer all options in time for the 2017 season and will be in touch with clients. The finish as it is, is a fine one and brings you to Zermatt with many options for an extra (14th) day should you wish to spend it walking above Zermatt by yourselves.

Options (for private trips)

We can adjust your guided Haute Route in various ways:

+ Add Hotel Weisshorn as a high alternative to Zinal
+ Add a night in Chamonix to walk the link to Argentiere
+ Add nights in Champex and Arolla to walk these valley days
+ Favour auberges or huts or up the comfort with our best hotels

Of course, on a private trip you can come on the dates that suit you. Except for the composition of the group and the dates, everything else is the same as on our scheduled Haute Routes.

Walker's Haute Route (Self-guided) - look here for all the options

Key information Summer 2018

Trip name: Walker's Haute Route Express
Guided or self-guided? Guided
Trip code: HRXg
Route: HRT Walker's Haute Route
(See our background page on the Haute Route)
(Prefer our full HRT, self-guided or the West?)
Group size: 4 to 8 people
Start: Chamonix in France
End: Zermatt in Switzerland
Typical walk: 14km, 1,050m ascent
Highest altitude: 2,987m
Grade: Black4 (Walking grades)

Prices Summer 2018

Please join our 4 guided trips:

HRXg4 22 July to 2 August 2017
Guided by leader to be announced
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HRXg6 5 to 16 August 2017
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Leaders at Alpine Exploratory

HRXg8 19 to 30 August 2017
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Leaders at Alpine Exploratory

HRXg10 2 to 13 September 2017
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Season for private groups
22 July to 17 September 2017
22 July to 17 September 2019 (TBC 1 Oct 2018)
Please join us on your ideal dates

Research Summer 2017

Keith Miller at Alpine ExploratoryAlpine Exploratory's 2017 research on the Walker's Haute Route will be led by Keith Miller in July

In the pipeline - plans for 2017-21

Fixed equipment on the Europaweg
The Europaweg (Photo gallery)

Alpine Exploratory's service

11 nights, staying in:
4-star hotel (1)
3-star hotels (5)
2-star hotels (1)
Auberges (1)
Mountain huts (3)

Accommodation and itinerary
Breakfasts and 6 evening meals
Guided trekking with your IML

The Barrage de Moiry
Barrage de Moiry (Photo gallery)

The Haute Route in the Alps

Map of the Walker's Haute Route Express within the Alps

Our city information included in your info pack:
Geneva, Bern, Lucerne, Basel, Zurich

City breaks after trekking

Find out more

Holiday Notes Read our trip dossier,
    a 2-page PDF which is easy to print

Walking guides Our background page on the
    Walker's Haute Route

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