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Walker's Haute Route Weekend
Self-guided trekking holiday

+ Modest trails and medium-length days
+ Characterful Alpine hotels and one night high-up
+ Trek with our routecards and the Swiss maps

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

The Walker's Haute Route Weekend, formerly our Tour du Val d'Anniviers, is a four-stage circular trek, above this particularly extensive and charming Swiss valley. In the South of Switzerland, the Valais region (Valais meaning valleys) runs to the Italian border. Val d'Anniviers is a valley with several strands, each hosting villages dotted with old wooden barns.

We link up these pleasant villages, starting and finishing in Zinal in its high glacial setting. We plan this trek as an introduction to the Alps at a manageable level, so that footpaths are solid if rocky in places, and days are not too long.

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

Where we stay
Stay in our super hotels in Zinal, St Luc and Grimentz, plus one night at a hotel high on the mountainside. We book private double, twin, triple or single rooms as you prefer.

Baggage transfer

Everyone can opt for baggage transfer or not as they choose. The service gives drops at all stops except the one night in the mountains. Here, your bag goes ahead to the next hotel and you carry simple overnight gear. There is not too much to carry on this short route - please ask us for more info.


We can adjust your Tour in various ways.

+ Add stages of the more difficult Walker's Haute Route
+ Move across to Arolla in Val d'Herens for extra days
+ Be based in one village for daywalks instead of moving on
+ Favour auberges or huts or up the comfort with our best hotels

Key information Summer 2018


4 stages (5 nights)
£650 pp (£120 single supplement)
Walker's Haute Route Weekend (self-guided)

We take 4 stages as the norm and can also book other lengths of trip.

4 days' trekking
Swiss Alps
 Grade (Explained)
Starting in Zinal
Ending in Zinal
Typical walk 9km, 450m ascent
(960m ascent on first stage)
Highest altitude 2,523m
(optionally 2,895m)

Research 2017
July 2017 (Keith)

Looking over the Zinal area from Col de Sorebois
The Zinal area (Photo gallery)

5 nights, staying in:
3-star hotels (3)
2-star hotels (1)
Auberge (1)

Accommodation and itinerary
Breakfasts and 1 evening meal
Expert and unlimited advice
Routecards, maps, local info
Emergency card, language card

Season for self-guided treks
22 July to 16 September 2018
22 July to 15 September 2019 (TBC 1 Oct 2018)
Trek on your ideal dates

Sculptures under a house in St Luc, Val d'Anniviers
A barn in St Luc (Photo gallery)

The Walker's Haute Route Weekend in the Alps

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

Find out more

Holiday Notes - our full trip dossier (PDF)
About our walking holidays - general FAQs
Contact us - please ask us any questions

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We are a small team based in Edinburgh in the UK. 2018 will be our 14th Summer in the Alps, the 12th on our UK routes, and our first in Norway.

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