Haute Route Essentials

Be Prepared for a Great Adventure

You already know that the Haute Route is the most scenic trail in Europe. The Hiker's Haute Route, or Walker's Haute Route as it is known, is also a great European vacation and an unforgettable experience hiking in the Swiss Alps. Because we want you to have the best experience possible on your Haute Route trek, we've produced a series of short videos to help you prepare for your trip. 

If you're just getting started in the planning process, take a look at our Haute Route FAQ--it's a great introduction. A good second step is to look at our Tour Calendar and find a trip and date that works for you.


Guided or Self-Guided

Whether you're joining us on one of our guided trips, or plan on doing the Haute Route on a self-guided basis, these videos below will give you the essential understanding you need to make your trip a success. Take a look at our Sample Self-guided itinerary--then customize it any way you want!


Maps, Books and Resources

Quality trail maps are an essential part of planning your Haute Route trek. Alpenwild is the largest dealer for SwissTopo maps in the US. We sell them for the same price you'd pay for them in Switzerand, and shipping is free. Call to order any or all of the maps for your trip.

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Haute Route Video Training Series

In the near future, we will be including other topics such as Mountain Huts, Hut Etiquette, Pass Selection, and Historic Sites. And as always, if you have any questions about the Haute Route and you don't find answers here, please call and talk with one of our Haute Route experts.


When to Hike the Haute Route


 Weather and Rain Gear on the Haute Route


Water on the Haute Route


Maps and Route Finding on the Haute Route