(Walker's Haute Route East) Trekking the Haute Route above Lac de Moiry
WALKER'S HAUTE ROUTE EAST (GUIDED)   6 stages . 7 nights . Swiss Valais   Booking

Walker's Haute Route East
Guided trekking holiday

+ Trek the Eastern stages of the Haute Route into Zermatt
+ Successive days of mountain passes
+ Cabane de Moiry and a series of good hotels

Latest news March 2019
Please ask us about a trip during our 2019 season. Thank you.

Our East groups complete the second half of the Walker's Haute Route. This goes from Arolla to Zermatt. We cross col after col, into German-speaking Switzerland and finally into the Mattertal... the valley at the end of which is Zermatt.

Our full Walker's Haute Route is the well-known trekking route, not the original, Classic Haute Route that is a glacier trek involving mountaineering. On this Eastern section we spend first and last days in the valley, either side of a main stretch of 4 stages each with a new pass to cross. This guided trip spends one day between St Niklaus and Zermatt, our groups normally taking the valley path into Zermatt. There might be the option of a daywalk on part of the higher Europaweg, if the group wishes it and if conditions allow it.

Our wonderful leaders show the way, on our Haute Route program as on all of our routes. We keep our groups small, for friendliness and flexibility.

There is just one hut on this East week, Cabane de Moiry, in its fantastic setting above the glacier of the same name. The hut involves dormitories; other nights are in hotels or auberges in each Swiss village.


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


Alpine Exploratory
HREg Walker's Haute Route East (Guided)
21 July to 15 September 2019
Prices in GBP
per person
Hutty Classic Comfy
Options on the scheduled guided trips
6 stages
(7 nights)

Singles 100
Singles 180
Our main HRE
Singles 200
Options on a private guided trip
7 stages
(8 nights)

Singles 120
Singles 210

Singles 240
Baggage transfer 240

Baggage transfer

There is not too much to carry on the Walker's Haute Route, including this Eastern week. 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 Arolla to Zermatt, a fine 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.

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 Arolla 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 East 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.

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. The finish is a fine one and brings you to Zermatt with many options for an extra 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 East in various ways.

+ Add Hotel Weisshorn as a high alternative to Zinal
+ Add the Europaweg as a 2-day finish into Zermatt (7 stages overall)
+ Stay in Grachen as an extra day (also 7 stages)
+ 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 East (Self-guided) - all the options

Key information Summer 2019

Trip name: Walker's Haute Route East
Guided or self-guided? Guided
Trip code: HREg
Route: HRT Walker's Haute Route
(See our background page on the Haute Route)
(Prefer Self-guided, West or the full trek?)
Group size: 4 to 8 people
Start: Arolla in Switzerland
End: Zermatt in Switzerland
Typical walk: 14km, 1,010m ascent
Highest altitude: 2,916m
Grade: Black4 (Walking grades)

Dates Summer 2019

Scheduled trips 2019
Please join our 2 guided trips:

HREg1 27 July to 3 August 2019
Guided by Tim Ayriss
Book (1 space available)
Leaders at Alpine Exploratory

HREg4a 8 to 15 September 2019
Guided by Keith Miller
Book (Full)
Leaders at Alpine Exploratory

Private trips 2019
Please join us any time in our season from
21 July to 15 September 2019

Scheduled trips: Starting 25 July, 22 Aug, 6 Sept
Season: 19 July to 18 September 2020

Research Summer 2019

Ollie Boyd at Alpine Exploratory Keith Miller at Alpine ExploratoryAlpine Exploratory's 2019 research on the Walker's Haute Route will be led by:
Keith Miller in July
Ollie Boyd in July

Recces 2019

Clients on the Haute Route above the Mattertal
The Mattertal below (Photo gallery)

Alpine Exploratory's service

7 nights, staying in:
4-star hotels (1)
3-star hotels (2)
Auberges (3)
Mountain hut (1)

Accommodation and itinerary
Breakfasts and 3 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 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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