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7-Day Summer Haute Route (Chamonix to Zermatt)

7-Day Summer Haute Route (Chamonix to Zermatt)

7 days

7-Day Summer Haute Route (Chamonix to Zermatt)
from $995 USD

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This program offers the most remarkable part of the Swiss Haute Route hiking close to vast glaciers and through traditional Swiss villages. It starts near Chamonix, at the foot of Mont-Blanc, and reaches Zermatt, the home of the Matterhorn.


  • 5 nights in gites or mountain refuges in dormitories of 8 to 10 persons.
  • 1 night in a hotel in Zermatt in bedroom of 2 persons.
  • All accommodation offers hot showers.
  • Bedroom of 2 persons possible depending on availability for 3 nights, supplement cost: +$90 per person.

We take care of luggage transportation all along the trip, except for the first two nights, spent in mountain huts.

Group Departure Dates:

  • Every Sunday from late June 28 to mid-September
  • Groups are 6-14 people with mountain guide


Day 1: 7-DAY SUMMER HAUTE ROUTE / Le Chable to La Louvie (D)


Short transfer to Fionnay village. Climb through forest and pastures to Lake Louvie. Stunning views over the Combins mountain range, the Corbassiere Glacier and away, on the Mont-Blanc. Night in refuge, without your luggage.

NOTE: Meet on Sunday at the train station in Le Chable at 1:45pm (please have lunch before meeting)

3 hour walk / Elevation: +750m

Meals included: Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Refuge Lac Blanc (dorm with shower)

Day 2: The Grand Desert to Prafleuri (BLD)


Beautiful day at altitude. Climb to Louvie pass (2921m​​) at the foot of "La Rosa Blanche" summit. Cross the rocky flats of the Grand Desert, passing by mountain lakes to reach Prafleuri pass(2987m). Descent to Prafleuri refuge. Night in refuge, without your luggage.

6 hour walk / Elevation: +950m/-600m

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Grande Dixence to Pas de Chevre to Arolla (BLD)


Climb to Roux pass (2804m). The trail then goes along the Grande Dixence reservoir, the highest gravity dam in the world. Climb alongside the Cheillon Glacier to the thrilling ladder climb at the Pas de Chèvre (2855m) and descend to Arolla village. Night in gite.

6 hour walk / Elevation: +630m/-1200m

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Col Torrent to Val d'Anniviers (BLD)


Short transfer to the village Les Hauderes. Climb through the pastures passing mountain chalets up to Torrent pass (2915m). A day to encounter "nomadic" shepherds, making local cheese. Descend to Moiry dam. Night in a refuge in Val d'Anniviers.

7 hour walk / Elevation: +1200m -700m

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Meidpass to Gruben (BLD)


Another day in a high mountain atmosphere. Transfer to St Luc then climb to the Meidpass (2790m) via Roua pastures and Lake Armina. Descend to the pretty alpine hamlet of Gruben in the Turmanntal valley. Night in gite.

6.5 hour walk / Elevation: +1090m -1000m

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Augstbordpass to Taschalp (BLD)


Climb to the Augstbordpass (2900m) and descend to the village St Niklaus. With a little luck, it is possible to see many chamois in this area. Descend with the cable car and transfer to Zermatt. Night in hotel.

7 hour walk / Elevation: +1100m -950m

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Budget Accommodations: Mountain Hut / Hiker's Guest House

Day 7: Zermatt (B)


​Balcony trail at the foot of the Matterhorn to get closer to that giant of the Alps. Surrounded by summits over 4000m, passing by small villages for shepherds overlooking Zermatt; an enchantress nature.

3.5 hour walk / Elevation: +800m/-800m

End point Saturday at 2:00pm in Zermatt. We can help arrange extra nights in Zermatt.

Meals included: Breakfast


7-Day Summer Haute Route (Chamonix to Zermatt)

Prices are Per Person and Valid for Trips through December 31, 2024

# People in Group: 2-3 4-5 6+
Guided/Group (Basic/Dorm): $1395 $1395 $1395
Self-Guided (Basic/Dorm): $1295 $1195 $1095
Self-Guided (Comfort/6 Days): $1495 $1395 $1295
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NOTE: Prices are per person in U.S. dollars based on double/triple occupancy. All quotations are based on the current rates of park fees, VAT, other government taxes, and current exchange rates. Should any of these be increased or a new tax introduced, these increases will be added on even if your trip has already been paid for.

  • All accommodations per itinerary
  • All meals per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All tours and entrance fees per itinerary (unless listed as excluded)
  • All transportation and transfers per itinerary
  • Maps and Directions
  • Breakfasts and Dinners at accommodations
  • Luggage transportation during the trek
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals not listed
  • Beverages and alcohol
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
  • Optional tours
  • Single room supplement
  • Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)
  • Lunches
  • Bus, train, and cable car transfers (budget $150/person)

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