Testimonials

I have nothing but kudos to you and Alpenwild for a superb trip. We did very well self-guiding and had a terrific time. - L.J. - New Hampshire

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive Geneva to Chamonix

Arrive in Geneva and transfer by shuttle to the beautiful Chamonix Valley to acclimatize for your trek. Enjoy an optional afternoon excursion to the Aiguille du Midi on the world's highest vertical ascent cable car. Evening at our conveniently-located riverside hotel in the heart of Chamonix.

Ascent: 200 feet | Descent: 200 feet | Distance: 2 miles

Day 2 – Chamonix to Trient

Your first day on the trail ascends the tranquil Chamonix Valley below the ribbed flanks on the north side of Mont Blanc. BD

Ascent: 3827 feet | Descent: 3034 feet | Distance: 13 miles

Day 3 – Trient to Champex

Ascending over Alp Bovine you instantly capture the sweeping views, forests, and alpine meadows which you'll find throughout the Haute Route. Evening at our lakeside hotel in Champex-Lac. BD

Ascent: 4546 feet | Descent: 3933 feet | Distance: 6 miles

Day 4 – Champex to Verbier

A gentle descent through valley pastures and traditional Swiss farming villages before arriving at the exclusive alpine resort of Verbier on the sunny eastern side of Mont Blanc. B

Ascent: 350 feet | Descent: 2456 feet | Distance: 8 miles

Day 5 – Verbier to Cabane de Louvie

Today’s route ascends steeply above the Val de Bagnes along the Sentier des Chamois with commanding views extending to the Mont Blanc range. You’ll arrive at the Cabane de Louvie on the shore of the beautiful Lac de Louvie with dramatic views of the Grand Combin. Excellent wildlife viewing is expected. BD

Ascent: 1290 feet | Descent: 1390 feet | Distance: 8 miles

Day 6 – Cabane de Louvie to Prafleuri

Today the terrain becomes rugged as you cross two challenging passes, Louvie and Prafleuri, the highest pass on the Hiker's Haute Route. You’ll dip into a rocky glacial section and ford a runoff stream—a perfect setting to study glacial retreat. This evening you stay at the lively Cabane de Prafleuri. BD

Ascent: 3265 feet | Descent: 1834 feet | Distance: 10 miles

Day 7 – Prafleuri to Arolla

After cresting a small pass, you’ll follow the lakeshore to the moraine of the Chelion Glacier where edelweiss dot the rocky slopes. Crossing the dramatic Riedmatten Pass or the newly-placed ladders and landings of the Pas de Chevre, you’ll have your first view of the Matterhorn, before descending into Arolla, one of the most charming alpine villages along the route and a popular base for day hikes in the Swiss Alps. BD

Ascent: 2410 feet | Descent: 4438 feet | Distance: 10 miles

Day 8 – Arolla to Les Haudères

After the three challenging days you've just experienced, a gentle valley day is in order. Passing Lac Bleu you descend to the valley floor and the purely authentic and historic farming village of Les Haudères. BD

Ascent: 275 feet | Descent: 2092 feet | Distance: 6 miles

Day 9 – Les Haudères to Grimentz

Your 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. BD

Ascent: 4503 feet | Descent: 2198 feet | Distance: 8 miles

Day 10 – Grimentz to Zinal

This beautiful route follows the forested contour of the Sorebois ridge before descending to the peaceful village of Zinal. BD

Ascent: 828 feet | Descent: 510 feet | Distance: 6 miles

Day 11 – Zinal to Gruben

Today you’ll leave the French-speaking region of Valais, cross the Forcletta and enter the German-speaking region of the Haute Route trail. Hiking along sparkling mountain streams you arrive in the quiet hamlet of Gruben where you’ll spend the evening. BD

Ascent: 3933 feet | Descent: 3451 feet | Distance: 10 miles

Day 12 – Gruben to Zermatt

Crossing the final pass of the trip, the legendary Augstbordpass, you’ll have sweeping views of Dom, the highest peak entirely within Switzerland, the Weisshorn, and the 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. B

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

Day 13 – Zermatt

After a week on the Haute Route, you'll enjoy a rest, but you won't want to miss a chance at some of the best dayhikes Zermatt as to offer including walks to quaint villages like Zmutt and Findeln, or panoramic hikes along the Hohenbalmen overlooking the north face of the Matterhorn. Evening in Zermatt. B

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

Day 14 – Zermatt to Geneva or Zurich

You’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. Afternoon return to Geneva or Zurich. B

Ascent: ~200 feet | Descent: ~200 feet | Distance: ~2 miles

Swiss mountain passes

Activity Level

Alpenwild Adventures are designed for people who are energetic, active and filled with a spirit of adventure. We rate this trip as strenuous. You should be a strong and experienced hiker with proven endurance and in good physical condition. You should be capable of walking 5 to 8 hours per day on good trails, ascending up to 3,900 vertical feet per day, at an elevation up to 10,000 feet above sea level.