(Walker's Haute Route West) Sunset outside Cabane du Mont Fort
WALKER'S HAUTE ROUTE WEST (GUIDED)   7 stages . 8 nights . French Haute Savoie & Swiss Valais   Booking

Walker's Haute Route West
Guided trekking holiday

+ The first week of the Haute Route
+ Tough, rocky Alpine trekking with remote situations
+ Walk in our small groups of up to 8 people

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

Our groups on the West week of the Walker's Haute Route go as far as Arolla. Reaching Arolla is a feat in its own right, and trekkers can continue if they wish on the second week to Zermatt (our East week).

The Walker's Haute Route is the trekking route, distinct from the Classic Haute Route which crosses the glaciers. The trek does not involve rock climbing or technical skills but is nevertheless a very tough trek even by the standard of Alpine walks. The culmination of this week is the 3 stages to Arolla. These are broken up by 2 mountain huts. Especially on the last 2 stages, the ground is stony and loose over large distances. We cross the Pas des Chevres involving ladders before the final descent to Arolla.

Our guided treks are led by our fabulous leaders, all International Mountain Leaders (IMLs). We keep our groups small, no more than 8 trekkers plus the leader.

The two huts involve dormitories, often quite busy ones, but the settings are splendid and the experience is a part of the trail. Meals are taken at long tables. The hotel nights are towards the comfier end of our Alpine hotels.


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


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

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

Singles 80
Singles 160

Singles 175
Baggage transfer 240

Baggage transfer

There is not too much to carry on the Walker's Haute Route West. As per normal our trips do not include baggage transfer; groups carry their own kit throughout. Please ask us about our baggage transfer option, which gives drops on all nights except the 2 huts (and these are consecutive). We also advise on sending kit ahead to Arolla.

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 Arolla. 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! We start with a full day above Chamonix, to appreciate it before trekking into Switzerland.

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 Chamonix or Arolla, or to move on to Zermatt afterwards, please 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, trekking 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.

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 West in various ways.

+ Shorten the trek to perhaps 6 or even 5 stages, or add rest days
+ See more of Chamonix by basing yourself there before the trek
+ 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 West (Self-guided) - all the options

Key information Summer 2019

Trip name: Walker's Haute Route West
Guided or self-guided? Guided
Trip code: HRWg
Route: HRT Walker's Haute Route
(See our background page on the Haute Route)
(Prefer Self-guided or the full route?)
Group size: 4 to 8 people
Start: Chamonix in France
End: Arolla in Switzerland
Typical walk: 14km, 1,110m ascent
Highest altitude: 2,987m
Grade: Black4 (Walking grades)

Dates Summer 2019

Scheduled trips 2019
Please join our 2 guided trips:

HRWg1 20 to 28 July 2019
Guided by Tim Ayriss
Book (1 space available)
Leaders at Alpine Exploratory

HRWg4a 1 to 9 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 18 July, 15, 30 Aug
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

Snow patches on the climb to Cabane de Moiry
Snow patches, Cabane de Moiry (Photo gallery)

Alpine Exploratory's service

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

Accommodation and itinerary
Breakfasts and 3 evening meals
Guided trekking with your IML

The new ladders and platforms to the Pas des Chevres
Ladders to the Pas des Chevres (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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