(Walker's Haute Route Weekend) Hiking above Zinal
WALKER'S HAUTE ROUTE WEEKEND (SELF-GUIDED)   4 stages . 5 nights . Swiss Valais   Booking

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 March 2019
Please ask us about a trip during our 2019 season. 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.

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.


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


Alpine Exploratory
HRKsg Walker's Haute Route Weekend (Self-guided)
21 July to 15 September 2019
Prices in GBP
per person
Hutty Classic Comfy
Popular schedules
4 stages
(5 nights)

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Singles 120
Our main HRK
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4 stages
1 rest day
(6 nights)
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Singles 150
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Baggage transfer Please ask us

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.

Alternative routings

This trek is a short one at 4 stages. Nevertheless, there is some scope to make the route more challenging:

Stay high at Hotel Weisshorn or Cabane Bella Tola
Instead of St Luc, clients who prefer to sleep high can opt for the old Hotel Weisshorn in its high position, or Cabane Bella Tola in the same area.

Cross the Col de Sorebois
Our normal route goes through the valley to Zinal, on the last day. A more challenging finish is to cross the Col de Soreois (2,895m) and descend to Zinal. The col is grassy and relatively modest, but much tougher than the valley route. A bus or cable car can help with the ascent.

Other variations fit within the day and can be chosen whatever your itinerary, according to how you feel on the day; all variants are described in our routecards.

Key information Summer 2019

Trip name: Walker's Haute Route Weekend
Guided or self-guided? Self-guided
Trip code: HRKsg
Route: HRT Walker's Haute Route
(See our background page on the Haute Route)
(Prefer East or the full Haute Route?)
Group size: Any, from solo trekkers to groups
Length: 4 days' trekking
Start: Zinal in Switzerland
End: Zinal in Switzerland
Typical walk: 9km, 450m ascent
(960m ascent on first stage)
Highest altitude: 2,523m
(2,895m altitude on optional Col de Sorebois)
Grade: Blue2 (Walking grades)

Prices Summer 2019

4 stages, per person:

HRKsg Classic
GBP 720 (singles 120)
Walkers Haute Route Weekend (self-guided)

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

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

Alpine Exploratory's service

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 TVA1-4 of the Exploratory system
Maps and local information

Season for self-guided treks
21 July to 15 September 2019
19 July to 18 September 2020
Trek on your ideal dates

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

The Haute Route Weekend in the Alps

Map of the Walker's Haute Route Weekend 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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