(Walker's Haute Route) Snow fields on the Haute Route
WALKER'S HAUTE ROUTE (GUIDED)   13 stages . 14 nights . French Haute Savoie and Swiss Valais   Booking

Walker's Haute Route
Guided trekking holiday

+ Trek the full route from Chamonix to Zermatt
+ Be led by an expert leader, an IML
+ Join our scheduled treks or come as a private group

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

This holiday completes the Walker's Haute Route, a major Alpine trek from Chamonix to Zermatt... Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn. The group is guided throughout by one of our fabulous International Mountain Leaders (IMLs).

The Walker's Haute Route is purely a trekking route, needing no rock climbing or technical skills. However, it is at the most challenging end of the spectrum as far as Alpine treks go. We cross a series of passes at nearly 3,000m, meaning much climbing and much rugged wild terrain. The ground is often steep and loose.

The Walker's version of the Haute Route is distinct from the Classic Haute Route, which travels over glaciers and is often made as a ski tour in Spring.

Over the trek you'll sample a variety of accommodation, generally at quite a comfortable level. Our mix includes great hotels, auberges and mountain huts (often called cabanes in these mountains).


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


Alpine Exploratory
HRTg Walker's Haute Route (Guided)
22 July to 16 September 2018
Prices in GBP
per person
Hutty Classic Comfy
Options on the scheduled guided trips
13 stages
(14 nights)

Singles 330
Our main HRT
Options on a private guided trip
13 stages
(14 nights)

Singles 220
Singles 330
Singles 440
14 stages
(15 nights)

Singles 220
Singles 330

Singles 440
12 stages
(13 nights)

Singles 200
Singles 300
Singles 400
Baggage transfer 360

Baggage transfer

There is not too much to carry on the Walker's Haute Route. As per normal our trips do not include baggage transfer; we carry our own kit throughout. Whether joining a scheduled trip or a private trip, please ask us about our baggage transfer option. We also advise on sending kit ahead to Zermatt.

Why Alpine Exploratory for your guided Haute Route?

We trek the full route, missing nothing
On completing this trek you'll have walked every step from Chamonix to Zermatt, a magnificent accomplishment for a trekker. Cable cars, buses and trains are available in places, and the group can use them if needed, but the plan is to trek continuously. Nothing is worth cutting out!

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 2018

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 2018 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, in one day. This reduces the trek to 13 stages overall. The finish 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)

If you join us as a private group instead of joining our scheduled treks, then we can adjust your Haute Route in various ways.

+ Add Hotel Weisshorn as a high alternative to Zinal
+ Add the Europaweg to make it 14 stages
+ Shorten the trek to perhaps 11 stages, or add rest days
+ Stay in Grachen as an extra day
+ 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

Happy clients

"Our leader Allan was the best in the business. A true professional - so knowledgeable, funny, and helpful. Could not have had a better guide.

"He was so pleasant to have by our side. He told amazing stories, listened well, and made the whole experience that much better."

Robert Franklin, Pittsburgh, PA
(Haute Route stages)

Key information Summer 2018

Trip name: Walker's Haute Route
Guided or self-guided? Guided
Trip code: HRTg
Route: HRT Walker's Haute Route
(See our background page on the Haute Route)
(Prefer Self-guided, West or East?)
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:

HRTg4 21 July to 4 August 2018
Guided by Rob Gale
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IMLs at Alpine Exploratory

HRTg6 4 to 18 August 2018
Guided by Tim Ayriss
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IMLs at Alpine Exploratory

HRTg8 18 Aug to 1 Sept 2018
Guided by leader to be confirmed
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IMLs at Alpine Exploratory

HRTg10 2 to 16 September 2018
Guided by Allan Gibbs
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IMLs at Alpine Exploratory

Season for private groups
22 July to 16 September 2018
22 July to 15 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

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

Accommodation and itinerary
Breakfasts and 7 evening meals
Guided trekking with your IML

The new addition to Cabane de Moiry, far above Lac de Moiry on the Haute Route
Cabane de Moiry (Photo gallery)

The Haute Route in the Alps

Map of the Walker's Haute Route 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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