Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn

Start: Les Bossons Finish: Randa

Visiting: Les Bossons, Chamonix, Les Frasserands, Col de Balme, Switzerland, Fenetre d'Arpette, Champex, Cabane Mont Fort, Mont Blanc, Grand Combin, Matterhorn, Les Haudères, Grimentz, Weisshorn, Jungu, Saint Niklaus, Randa, Zermatt, Swiss Alps


Duration: 14 Nights

Physical rating: Challenging

Special diets catered: Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour Operator: Exodus

Group size: 6 - 14

Age range: 18 to 99

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $2850

Tour Overview

The Haute Route is one of Europe's best known long distance ski-touring routes; running roughly parallel is a spectacular summer trek from Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn. Covering approximately 100 miles, it links the valleys of the Haute Savoie in France to the Swiss Valais. Following our guide (IML), our tour passes beneath ten of the twelve highest mountains in the Alps. Walking through a landscape scattered with glistening glacial lakes and lush, undulating valleys by day whilst sleeping in remote alpine huts and under canvas by night.

Highlights

  • iconChallenging walking amongst the highest concentration of 4000m peaks in the Alps
  • iconSpectacular mountain scenery and some of the best walking in the Alps
  • iconExciting high alpine towns of Chamonix and Zermatt

Places You'll See

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Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn
Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn
Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn
Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn
Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn
Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn
Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn
Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn
Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn
Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Start at Les Bossons, near Chamonix

Location: Les Bossons

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Camping Les Marmottes, Les Bossons

Meals: Dinner

Start at the campsite in Les Bossons. Wonderful views from the campsite of Mont Blanc and the Bossons glacier, especially at sunset. In theafternoon there is an introductory briefing by the trek crew.

icon Day 2 : Free day in the Chamonix Valley

Location: Chamonix

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Camping Les Marmottes

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This is a limbering up day and there are several good walks nearby. Alternatively, take the cable car (optional) to the Aiguille du Midi for outstanding close-up views of Mont Blanc, the Chamonix Valley and the surrounding peaks.

icon Day 3 : The trail contours high in the valley before descending to Les Frasserands

Location: Les Frasserands

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Pierre Semard, Les Frasserands

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From Les Bossons (1012m – 3320ft) we have a short bus journey to Chamonix from where we take a gondola to Plan Praz (2000m – 6560ft). The trail today is named the 'Grand Balcon Sud' and is a must do trek for anyone visiting the area. The trail contours on the opposite side of the valley from Mont Blanc and has excellent views of the whole massif lying to the south. We walk from Plan Praz to Flegere (1,900m – 6230ft) and onwards to Les Frasserands (1371m - 4500ft) where we finish our day. If timings allow we will climb to the picturesque lac Blanc (2252m 7390ft). 8.5 hours walking time including breaks and lunch etc. 565m – 1850ft up, 1015m –3350ft down

icon Day 4 : Cross Col de Balme to Switzerland.

Location: Col de Balme, Switzerland

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Camping Triet, Trient

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We begin by climbing steeply to the Aiguillette de Posettes (2201m/7200ft), descend a little and then ascend towards the Col de Balme (2,191m/7190ft) where we walk across the border from France to Switzerland. Excellent views all morning of Aiguille d'Argentière and Aiguille du Tour and its glacier. After lunch we descend to the small hamlet of Trient (1,296m/4250ft). Good views of the Trient Glacier.  7.5 hours walking, 1120m/3670ft up, 710m/2330ft down

icon Day 5 : Over Fenetre d'Arpette to Champex

Location: Fenetre d'Arpette, Champex

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Camping Les Rocailles, Champex Lac

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

In good weather we take the trail adjacent to the Trient Glacier to cross a high, rocky pass known as Fenetre d'Arpette (2,665m/8740ft) before descending steeply into the Arpette Valley (1,627m/5340ft) and down to our campsite in Champex (1,486m/4880ft). In poor weather we would take the lower trail, which climbs first to the Col de Forclaz (1527m/5010ft) from where we can look down into the Rhone valley. The Swiss town of Martigny is in sight far below, as we follow the 'Bovine route' to Champex-Lac.  9 hours walking, 1350m/4430ft up, 1200m/3950ft down

icon Day 6 : From Champex the trail leads to Verbier and on to Cabane Mont Fort

Location: Cabane Mont Fort

Accommodation: Mountain hut Cabane de Louvie

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From Champex we walk down to Sembrancher (717m/2350ft) then travel by train and cable car to the ski resort of Verbier (1,490m/4880ft) and then onwards to Ruinettes. (2200m/7260ft). Our afternoon walk starts on a broad easy trail with views of the Grand Combin and of the Mont Blanc Massif in the distance. The trail than narrows and steepens and we traverse around the southern flank of the Bec des Rosses to Col Termin (2652m 8750ft) before descending to Lac du Louvie and our overnight stay at the Cabane de Louvie (2214m/7300ft) The path today is quite committing and if the weather is poor, or there are problems with the cables cars, or snow on the path we may need to take an alternative route from Sembrancher. We travel by train and bus up valley to Fionnay (1,495m/4880ft). From the here we ascend steeply through dramatic open hillside to reach our first mountain hut, the Cabane de Louvie (2,242m /7400ft) on the shores of the Lac de Louvie (a very scenic spot!) from where we have great views of the Grand Combin . Mountain huts have shared dormitory style accommodation with basic toilet and washing facilities only. The support vehicle is unable to reach this hut so we need to do some light backpacking until we re-join it in two days’ time.  8 hours walking, 550m/1800ft up, 1180m/3900ft down

icon Day 7 : Cross the highest pass of the route, Col Prafleuri (2965m). Views of Rhone Valley, Mont Blanc, the Grand Combin and the Matterhorn

Location: Mont Blanc, Grand Combin, Matterhorn

Accommodation: Mountain hut Cabane Prafleuri, nr Lac Dix

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A dramatic day with two passes to cross. We start with scenic traverse around the shores of lac de Louvie before a reasonably steep accent to our first col, Col de Louvie (2921m/9580ft) and onwards towards the Grand Désert, a rocky section of glacial moraine. If we're lucky we may spot herds of Ibex. We pass by small tarns fed by the outflows of the glacier and ascend for our second pass the Col Prafleuri (2987m – 9800ft) - the highest col on the route - with views of the Rosablanche and Mont Blanc de Cheilon. It is then only a short descent to the Cabane Prafleuri (2624m – 8600ft). Again the support vehicle will be unable to reach us so we will be doing light backpacking to this remote mountain hut. 8 hours walking, 1000m/3300ft up, 550m/1800ft down *Mountain hut*: Cabane Prafleuri, nr Lac Dix

icon Day 8 : Long walking day with two passes to cross; overnight at Les Hauderes.

Location: Les Haudères

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name:  Camping Molignon, Les Haudres

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our route today starts with a short climb to cross the Col de Roux (2,804m/9200ft). We descend across large boulders to Lac Dix (2,364m/7750ft) and walk around its shoreline before climbing again above the glacier Dix, through meadows, which during the summer are quite often filled with edelweiss, to make a steep ascent on loose scree to the Col du Reidmatten (2,919m/9570ft), or more likely the ladders of Pas des Chèvre (2855m/2920ft). The ladders have been recently renovated and now provide an easier route over the ridge and consist of four sturdy near vertical ladders divided by solid metal gantry’s. Technically it is not hard but it is certainly airy and not suitable for vertigo suffers. Excellent views of the Pigne d'Arolla, Mont Collon and possibly the Matterhorn in the distance. Finally, a long descent brings us to the small and charming village of Arolla (1,998m/6550ft), from where we catch a bus to Les Haudères (1,436m/4710ft). Here we are met by the support vehicle.  9 hours walking, 675m/2215ft up, 1330m/4360ft down

icon Day 9 : Rest day

Location: Les Haudères

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Camping Molignon, Les Hauders

Meals: Breakfast

A free day to relax. The twin villages of Les Haudères and Evolene lie in the most picturesque part of the Val de Hérens and there are many day walks in the area if you feel the need for a little more exercise. Alternatively the scenic town of Sion with its medieval quarter and  many cafes and restaurants is an easy bus ride away.

icon Day 10 : Past Lac Moiry to the picture-postcard village of Grimentz

Location: Grimentz

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Wild Camping, Grimentz

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we have a big climb to reach our col where we’ll be rewarded with stunning views. We climb first to Villa (1,730m/5675ft) then on to cross the Col Torrent (2,919m/9575ft) and enjoy vast mountain views; the Pigne d'Arolla, the Grand Combin, the Weisshorn, and make a long descent past Lac de Moiry (2,249m/7380ft) to the woods above the picture postcard village of Grimentz (1,572m/5150ft).  9 hours walking, 1510m/4950ft up, 1290m/4230ft down

icon Day 11 : Longest walking day with excellent views of the Weisshorn

Location: Weisshorn

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Schwarzhorn (basic hotel), Gruben

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A long day that starts with a gentle walk through woods to reach the valley bottom at Mottec (1,556m/5100ft). From here there is a short but steep climb to join the main trail at a higher level with fine views of the Matterhorn and Ober Gabelhorn. The climb continues to today's col, the Forcletta (2,874m/9426ft) where we enter German-speaking Switzerland. We have views back to Grand Combin and possibly Mont Blanc as well. Descend, with views of the Weisshorn to the southeast, to the Turtman Valley and Gruben (1,822m/5975ft). This is the longest walking day. As there is no campsite in the Gruben valley we stay in dormitories in a local auberge and our bags are brought up by the support vehicle. 9 hours walking, 1345m/4420ft up, 1035m/3400ft down

icon Day 12 : Join Zermatt Valley; descend to Jungu and St Niklaus, short transfer to Randa.

Location: Jungu, Saint Niklaus, Randa

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Camping Attermenzen, Randa

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We climb again to cross the Augstbord pass (2,894m/9490ft) with good views of the Weisshorn and the 'Dom' and join the main Zermatt Valley high on its western side. We descend to cross the Emdbach and soon after get our first views of the Zermatt Valley plus the Weisshorn, Kleine Matterhorn and Taschorn. Descend to Jungu (1,955m/6410ft) and on to St. Niklaus (1,127m/3700ft) either by walking or by an optional cable car, from where we travel by train or taxi to our last camp at Randa (1,439m/4720ft).  8 hours walking, 1070m – 3500ft up, 1790m – 5870ft down (less 830m – 2710ft descent if taking optional Jungu cable car)

icon Day 13 : Follow a high-level balcony path that contours along the valley towards Zermatt.

Location: Zermatt

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Camping Attermenzen, Randa

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

For our final day of trekking we walk directly from the campsite to the village of Täsch before ascending up to the Europaweg, a wonderful contouring path with spectacular views of the Matterhorn. Rising above the treeline and into a wild rocky landscape we pass by Stellisee (a mountain lake and prefect spot to snap reflected views of the Matterhorn) and onwards to the mountain hut Fluhalp 2606m. From here we have a long decent to Zermatt passing through old mountain hamlets with more stunning photo opportunities of the Matterhorn. 8 hours walking, 1300m/4270ft up, 1010m/3310ft down

icon Day 14 : Optional trip to Zermatt

Location: Zermatt

Meals: breakfast

From our camp near Randa it is a short train or minibus trip to Zermatt. Zermatt is an ideal place for a free day with lots of opportunities for short or long walks or one can simply relax in town. There are also many excursions such as the mountain cog railway to Gornergrat for spectacular views of the Gorner Glacier and Monte Rosa or perhaps the most spectacular the cable car ascent to Kleine Matterhorn. *Campsite:* Camping Attermenzen, Randa

icon Day 15 : End Randa

Location: Randa

Meals: Breakfast

End at the Campsite near Randa. At the end of your holiday the group departure transfer will arrive at Geneva Airport at approx. 11.00. The earliest a train could arrive is approximately 10.00 (although timings can change) and this would also mean very early start and a short taxi ride to the train station. Taxis directly to Geneva airport are very expensive. Please ensure that your return flight is late enough in the day to allow yourself time to arrive at the airport.

What's Included

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    Tour leader throughout

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    Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

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    Outbound Geneva airport - Les Bossons bus transfer (for flight inc passengers only)

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    All transport and listed activities

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    All breakfasts, 10 picnic lunches, 12 dinners

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    All accommodation 

What's Not Included

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    Visas or vaccinations

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    Return airport transfer - this can be arranged/paid for locally, the leader will help with this - see 'Extra Expenses' section below for further information

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    Single accommodation (available on request - tent nights only)

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    Travel insurance

Food

All breakfasts, 10 picnic lunches and 12 dinners are included in this trip. On eight nights we take our evening meal in camp and on four nights we take our evening meal in a nearby local restaurant or it is prepared for us by the hut or inn. The restaurant and hut/inn meals, which are prepared for us, are usually arranged as a 'menu' for the whole group and as they are based on special negotiations made by us represent better value than eating independently. On free days 9 and 14 dinner is not included and needs to be bought locally. Please note that should the times of flights change to arrive earlier, or depart later, additional meals will not be included. Please also note that no refund will be given for meals not taken or taken other than where designated. *Typical Meals * Breakfast: Will usually consist of coffee, tea, cereal, yoghurt, fresh fruit, bread, jam when in camp or in mountain huts; and coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, bread and jam when in mountain inns. Lunch: Will normally include bread, cold meat, cheese, sometimes boiled eggs or tinned fish, fresh salad vegetables and fresh fruit. Evening meal: Generally consists of a first course of soup or salad or other savoury dish, a main course of meat or fish with one or two vegetables or rice or pasta, a dessert course. Although tasty and nutritious the style of menu in restaurants in this part of Europe often lack in variety or quantity of accompanying fresh vegetables compared to menus we may be used to in the UK. The meals are prepared as a set menu for the whole group. Unfortunately there is limited flexibility to change the menu for individuals.  Drinks are not included in the price of evening meals. Vegetarians: We happily cater for vegetarians but please inform us at the time of booking. If you have a vegan diet we recommend that you bring supplementary food and should expect that the variety of food may be limited whilst on this trip. As this kind of diet is relatively uncommon in this region it is difficult for our camping staff to get suitable produce, as well as being restricted to the number of different dietary requirements they can cater for. If you take a vegan diet you should expect that variety of food may be limited whilst on this trip. As this kind of diet is relatively uncommon in this region we cannot guarantee that the hotels and restaurants will provide meals that have the necessary variety to be considered satisfying when on a more restricted diet.

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MONT BLANC TO THE MATTERHORN
The walking and the scenery were breath taking.  Every day yielded new views. It was a challenge to ascend each pass but the rewards were fantastic.  The trip was challenging ....more The walking and the scenery were breath taking.

  Every day yielded new views.

It was a challenge to ascend each pass but the rewards were fantastic.

  The trip was challenging but within my capabilities.

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Walking in Paradise
Two weeks walking in some of the most spectacular scenery of the Alps. Breathtaking views in the many clear days and surreal when walking in the clouds. Varied terrain to ....more Two weeks walking in some of the most spectacular scenery of the Alps.

Breathtaking views in the many clear days and surreal when walking in the clouds.

Varied terrain to entertain all.

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this is a must for any mountains lover.

Excellent arrangements from Exodus as always and great leader and camp manageress.

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MONT BLANC TO THE MATTERHORN
Excellent trip, great guide, good food and wonderful scenery!  And a good challenge Excellent trip, great guide, good food and wonderful scenery!  And a good challenge;
Brilliant Trip
This was a trek that was harder than I expected for the walking, but there are no altitude issues at all. It was professionally led by John Briggs and ....more This was a trek that was harder than I expected for the walking, but there are no altitude issues at all.

It was professionally led by John Briggs and coked for by a lovely Lithuanian lady we all called Ads.

Most days we walked up to a col with fantastic views and then back down to the next camp site or other hut style accommodation.

There was a fair bit of walking on snow and ice, but the presence of the snow really added to the scenery and I was not uneasy about it at any time.

I lost 7lbs which was slightly disappointing (I lost 21 lb on last year's 3 week trek in Pakistan) but the food was irresistible, and wine and beer were available at modest prices.

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MONT BLANC TO THE MATTERHORN
A challenging walk through fantastic scenery, with excellent support from the Exodus Team.Like the Tour du Mont Blanc this is an excellent journey through magnificant scenery in the heart of ....more A challenging walk through fantastic scenery, with excellent support from the Exodus Team.

Like the Tour du Mont Blanc this is an excellent journey through magnificant scenery in the heart of the alps, the days on Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn are however more demanding.

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Walking in paradise
Two weeks walking in some of the most spectacular scenery of the Alps. Breathtaking views in the many clear days and surreal when walking in the clouds. Varied terrain to ....more Two weeks walking in some of the most spectacular scenery of the Alps.

Breathtaking views in the many clear days and surreal when walking in the clouds.

Varied terrain to entertain all.

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this is a must for any mountains lover.

Excellent arrangements from Exodus as always and great leader and camp manager.

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MONT BLANC TO THE MATTERHORN
Fantastic trip, somewhat challenging but that's all part of the fun. Great sense of achievement at the end. Brilliant scenery, and we were lucky with the weather too. ....more Fantastic trip, somewhat challenging but that's all part of the fun.

Great sense of achievement at the end.

Brilliant scenery, and we were lucky with the weather too.

Very well organised trip, with an extremely competent mountain guide, who was happy for people to walk at their own pace whether that was fast or slow.

The camping was very civilised - the only campsite chores that had to be done were taking down your own tent and helping out with the washing up now and then.

This made changing campsites each day hassle free.

Laundry facilities were available en route - I didn't need to take as much stuff as I did.

The food surpassed all my expectations, and I am a fussy eater.

Three courses every night of the best food I have ever had whilst camping.

Overall one of the best trips I have done - recommended!; ....less
MONT BLANC TO THE MATTERHORN
excellent guide (Mike Rhodes) - right out of the top drawer.  Would have enjoyed it more and would have been happy to pay more if the trek focused on Auberge accommodation.  ....more excellent guide (Mike Rhodes) - right out of the top drawer.

  Would have enjoyed it more and would have been happy to pay more if the trek focused on Auberge accommodation.

  Under canvas is not the best way to prepare oneself for a daily slog.

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MONT BLANC TO THE MATTERHORN
Challenging walking, spectacular scenery in superb weather and excellent support. Challenging walking, spectacular scenery in superb weather and excellent support.

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MONT BLANC TO THE MATTERHORN
A fabioulous trip in the heart of Switzerland. Could not imagine a better trekking trip. If you have not your mountainerring skills 100% trained, this is a chance to do ....more A fabioulous trip in the heart of Switzerland.

Could not imagine a better trekking trip.

If you have not your mountainerring skills 100% trained, this is a chance to do so.

The way is very challenging and demanding route.

The peaks vary from 1800 to 2900m above sea level.

Views are astonishing and breathtaking if you never visited Switzerland before.

(I am on the 5th picture in the "images" section far right with the white-red cap.

Dated August-September 2006); ....less

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