Likely the most dramatic and scenic trek of the Alps, the Walker's Haute Route challenges hikers on every spectacular stage as they tackle challenging ascents, tricky terrain and big days. This adventure is reserved for fit and experienced hikers with plenty of grit.
The "Walker's" Haute Route begins in the mountaineering paradise of Chamonix at the base of Mont Blanc, traverses delightful valleys and exhilarating mountain passes and concludes in the charming Swiss village of Zermatt, framed by the towering Matterhorn. This trek is as much about accomplishment as it is about the majestic views and great food along the way.
Skills and Experience Required
Physical Condition: High
Technical Difficulty: Medium
- General hiking and navigation skills
- Alpine hiking experience
- Comfort in exposed terrain
It is likely to encounter snowfields along this route
The last two days of this route traverse on the Europaweg, considered one of the most beautiful trails in the Alps. This route is exposed and tricky, requiring stabil footing and a head for heights. The route is also very susceptible to rockfall, and is closed from time to time due to rock slides. It is very important to check conditions of the route in advance and to be prepared to make an unexpected detour at the end of the tour.
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Please see our Staying in Mountain Huts Page for a packing list and video on what to pack. Depending on your comfort on snow, it may be advisable to bring micro-spikes or some sort of traction for your boots.
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