Tour du Mont Blanc vs the Haute Route

Which is right for you? A side-by-side comparison

The Tour du Mont Blanc is a circumambulation of the highest peak in the Alps. The Chamonix-Zermatt Haute Route is a classic alpine trek from Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn. Both offer exceptional scenery, wonderful accommodations, and superb cuisine. And both are very comparable in terms of distance, difficulty, and elevation gain.

You’ll have a wonderful experience on either one. So we’ve created this side-by-side comparison to help you decide which trip you’ll find most enjoyable.

 

Hiking trail on the Haute Route

 

Tour du Mont Blanc

 

Chamonix to Zermatt Haute Route

Technical  Difficulty

 

Well-marked and widely used mountain trails. Occasional boulder-hopping, scrambling, and chains in short sections where there could be exposure to falling.

 

Technical  Difficulty

 

Well-marked and widely used mountain trails. Occasional boulder- hopping, scrambling, and chains in short sections where there could be exposure to falling. Optional ladders at Pas de Chèvres 

             

Strenuousness

 

High. More altitude gain/loss than HR but fewer "high passes", mainly dirt trails with few technical challenges, 6 mountain passes

 

Strenuousness

 

High. The most strenuous tour offered by Alpenwild: higher mountain passes than TMB and some slightly more technical challenges when hiking: rocks, dirt trails, 8 mountain passes

             

Elevation Gain

 

~25,000 ft

 

Elevation Gain

 

~23,000 ft

             

Elevation Loss

 

~28,000 ft

 

Elevation Loss

 

~25,000 ft

             

 Miles Traveled

 

~95 miles

 

 Miles Traveled

 

~90 miles

             

Highest Altitude

 

8,744 ft

 

Highest Altitude

 

9,800 ft

             

 Variety of  Scenery

 

Medium

 

 Variety of  Scenery

 

High

             

What do You  See?

 

Forests, entire Mont Blanc range from all sides, deep  valleys, massive glaciers. Peaks of Grand Jorasses,  Aiguille Rouges, and Verts

 

What do You  See?

 

Forests, deep valleys, massive glaciers. Peaks of Aiguille Rouges  and Verts, Mont Blanc, Grand Combin, Dom, Weisshorn,  Matterhorn, Monte Rosa,

             

 Favorite Resorts

 

Chamonix, Courmayeur

 

 Favorite Resorts

 

Chamonix, Verbier, Zermatt

             

Crowds

 

High. It’s the most popular trek in Western Europe. Especially busy in Chamonix and Courmayeur

 

Crowds

 

Low on most days on the trail. High in Chamonix and Zermatt

             

Culture

 

French, Swiss, and Italian culture within small alpine  villages and mountain resorts

 

Culture

 

French and Swiss culture within small alpine villages and mountain resorts

             

Language

 

French, Italian

 

Language

 

French, Swiss-German

             

 Food

 

French, Italian, and Swiss influences

 

 Food

 

French, Swiss, and German influences

             

Accommodations

 

11 nights in hotels, luggage every night

 

Accommodations

 

9 nights in hotels, (with luggage transfers) 2 nights in mountain  cabanes with backpack only

             

 Luggage  Transfers

 

Available as an option, except at remote huts

 

 Luggage  Transfers

 

Available as an option, except at remote huts