What a trip we had! Alpenwild did such a great job making it happen with style! You were especially considerate of our slower pace and we appreciated that. - C.M. - Washington


Day 1 – Arrive Geneva Switzerland, Chamonix

On arrival in Geneva, you will head for Chamonix in the shadow of Mont Blanc via shuttle. We'll take the cableway to the 3842m summit of Aiguille du Midi for stunning views of the French and Italian Alps. Welcome dinner, orientation and hotel accommodations in the heart of the village. D

Ascent: 200 feet |    Descent: 200 feet |    Distance: 2-4 miles around town

Day 2 – Col de la Forclaz, Champex

A gentle first day of hiking takes us through mixed forest with commanding views of the Rhone Valley. Lunch on a working alpine farm. We arrive for an afternoon in the idyllic lakeside resort of Champex, Switzerland. BLD

Ascent: 2500 feet |    Descent: 2300 feet |    Distance: 8.5 miles

Day 3 – Champex to Sembrancher, La Sage

Departing Champex we descend into woods and encounter century-old hamlets and villages before arriving at scenic stone-walled village of Sembrancher where our shuttle will take us to lunch in Evolène, a nearly untouched Swiss village nestled in the Val d'Hérens. An afternoon walk takes us along the valley floor and then up to our hotel in La Sage. BSD

Ascent: 1000 feet |    Descent: 2500 feet |    Distance: 10 miles

Day 4 – Lac de Moiry, Grimentz

Our choice of the Col de Torrent or the Col de Tsaté will depend on how much distance you want to hike. Either way, the sweeping alpine slopes are a delight. Snowcapped peaks like Dent Blanche (14,380) are nearby as you descend into meadows of wildflowers before arriving at Lac de Moiry. You’ll stay in the ancient village of Grimentz one of the most picturesque and historic villages in the Alps and a favorite of hikers on the Haute Route, where you’ll stroll the cobblestone paths and visit the mill on the Marais. BSD

Ascent: 3000 feet |    Descent: 2200 feet |    Distance: 8 miles

Day 5 – Grimentz to St. Luc

A forest ascent leads above treeline to offer views of the Val d'Anniviers and the a crown of four 4,000 meter peaks, including the Matterhorn. Evening in St-Luc at the exquisite Hotel Bella Tola. BSD

Ascent: 2378 feet | Descent: 2236 feet | Distance: 9 miles

Day 6 – St. Luc rest day or Hotel Weisshorn excursion

Take a day to rest and enjoy the spa, pool, and sundeck at the hotel Bella Tola, or join us for a shorter hike and lunch at the historic Hotel Weisshorn. Descent back to St. Luc through a cascade-lined trail through the forest. BD

Ascent: 750 feet | Descent: 2000 feet | Distance: 5 miles

Day 7 – St. Luc to Gruben

A funicular to Tignousa takes us to timberline for a straightforward ascent over the Meidpass--but not before stopping at a cheese dairy to pick up a wedge of their finest Raclette cheese. We depart the French-speaking and enter the German-speaking region of Valais. Hiking along sparkling mountain streams you arrive in the quiet seasonal hamlet of Gruben where you'll spend the evening. BSD

Ascent: 2000 feet | Descent: 3175 feet | Distance: 8 miles

Day 8 – Augstboardpass Zermatt

Crossing the final pass of the trip, the legendary Augstbordpass, you’ll have sweeping views of Dom, the highest peak entirely within Switzerland, Weisshorn, and the crevassed curves of the Aletschgletscher. As you descend into Jungen, an exciting gondola ride takes you to the valley floor, where the train to Zermatt awaits. BSD

Ascent: 3517 feet | Descent: 3079 feet | Distance: 8 miles

Day 9 – Zermatt

After a week on the Haute Route, Zermatt is a celebratory destination. There are great hikes and views in all directions. You won't want to miss a some of the best dayhikes Zermatt has to offer, including walks to quaint villages like Zmutt and Findeln, or panoramic hikes along the Höhbalmen overlooking the north face of the Matterhorn. BSD

BSD Ascent: ~1900 feet | Descent: ~1900 feet | Distance: ~6 miles

Day 10 – Zermatt

We'll have most of the day available for hikes in the area, including an ascent to the Riffelsee where the Matterhorn is perfectly reflected in still waters. We'll enjoy an afternoon farewell meal in Zermatt. Some guests may depart for Geneva or Zurich this afternoon in order to take early morning flights on Day 11. BL

Ascent: ~500 feet | Descent: ~500 feet | Distance: ~5 miles

Day 11 – Depart from Geneva or Zurich

An early morning departure from Geneva or Zurich. Welcome home. B

Trip Videos

Hikers at Grunsee with vies of the Matterhorn.

Activity Level

Alpenwild trips are designed for people who are energetic, active, and filled with a spirit of adventure. We rate this trip as strenuous. You should be an experienced hiker in good physical condition. You should be capable of walking 5 to 7 hours per day on good trails with some steep ascents and descents (averaging 3,000 to 3,500 vertical feet per day) at an elevation up to 10,000 feet above sea level.