The Haute Route - The best bits
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Join us in the summer of 2020 to hike the best bits of this classic European trek for just £1750. This is a high level traverse of the Alps from the historic alpine town of Chamonix to the picture perfect town of Zermatt. The route is beautifully remote passing below spectacular glaciers and ice capped peaks of the High Alps. It meanders through green alpine pastures and flower meadows in France and Switzerland over 8-days of trekking.
This is an iconic trip and rated as one of the top ten walks in the World due the impressive scenery and beautiful landscapes you will be travelling through. This trek is accessible to anybody who regularly walks in the mountainous areas of the UK. It is manageable for fit walkers who are prepared to walk 6-9hrs a day. It is an alpine walk and therefore does not spend any time climbing or on glaciers but there are some sections involving steep and rocky ground. There are also some sections involving the use of fixed ladders.
Our trip organizer (and OutdoorLads Member) Nick Read, is a qualified and experienced International Mountain Leader and expedition guide who has been working regularly as a walking guide in France and Switzerland. It is being run through his company Pride Expeditions. This event takes the best bits of a classic walk that can vary greatly in length and difficulty. It is a challenging event but a once in a lifetime experience that only takes ten days to complete.
The price for this amazing trek is just £1750. That includes all accommodation during the trip, all buses, minibuses and cable cars we will use during the trek and all evening meals and breakfasts during the trek. You will need to pay for lunches during the trek and evening meals at the start and finish of the trek.
During this trek we will be staying in mountain refuges where an evening meal and breakfast is included and bedding is provided. Each day will provide dramatic mountain scenery as we cross high alpine meadows and trek over passes the highest of which is almost 3,000m.
- 7th August : Arrival in Chamonix
- 8th August : Trek day 1: Chamonix to Trient 14km 1100m+ 1000m-
- 9th August : Trek day 2: Trient to Champex 14km 1400m+ 1200m-
- 10th August : Trek day 3: Champex to Cabane Mont Fort 17km 350m+ 700m-
- 11th August : Trek day 4: Cabane Mont Fort to Cabane Prafleuri 14km 900m+ 500m-
- 12th August : Trek day 5: Prafleuri to Arolla & bus to Les Hauderes & La Sage 17km +850m -1400m
- 13th August : Trek day 6: La Sage to Zinal 18km +1750 -800m
- 14th August : Trek day 7: Zinal to Gruben 14km +1200m -1000m
- 15th August : Trek day 8: Gruben to St Nickalus & train to Zermatt 16km +1100m -1000m
- 16th August : Return Zermatt to Geneva
How to Book
To book a place on this expedition pay a £300 deposit to Pride Expeditions and message the event leader to say you have done so. Once this is paid you will receive a kit list, full itinerary and a payment schedule which will detail the payment deadlines for this trip. Only by paying a deposit will you secure a place on this trip so please do so to avoid missing out on a place. The total cost of this trip is £1750 which is payable in instalments once minimum numbers are met and the trip is confirmed.
Please pay deposits directly into Pride Expeditions' Santander Account
Account number 09543216
Sort code 09-01-29
Please message the event leader directly.
What to bring
Upon paying a deposit for this trip a full kit list will be emailed out to you. Bedding and food will be provided in the refuges during the trek but you will need to carry all the clothing and toiletries you will need for the duration of the trek. Please pack light! Our main bags will be transported from the start of the trek in Chamonix to the end of the trek in Zermatt.
Food & drink
In Chamonix and Zermatt we will be staying in Bed and Breakfast accommodation and eating evening meals in local restaurants. Whilst on the trek we will be staying in mountain huts called 'refuges'. Here the accommodation is half board and the hut guardian will cook a simple two or three course meal for us. The huts will sometimes provide our lunches and sometimes we will eat lunch in small restaurants along the route.