The accommodations were excellent and the food was amazing at each destination, a welcome relief at the end of some strenuous days on the trail. I would highly recommend Alpenwild's services and the Haute Route to anyone seeking a wonderful active vacation. - W.P. - Washington

Custom Options for the Independent Hiker

Plan now for a summer self-guided adventure on the Chamonix-Zermatt Haute Route. Our route follows the classic trek across the Swiss Alps starting in Chamonix at the base of Mont Blanc, Western Europe's Highest Peak, and concluding in Zermatt at the base of the Matterhorn, the world's most recognizable and stunningly beautiful peak.

Due to limited hotel availability, we will officially stop taking 2018 Self-Guided Haute Route trip reservations starting April 1. If this trip is of interest to you, I woud try to firm up your plans by February or March. However, the earlier you get your reservations in, the better.

Your Adventure. Alpenwild's Expertise

Alpenwild's self-guided options for the Haute Route have enabled hundreds of hikers to experience this classic Alpine trek as independent travelers. Your transportation from the airport, accommodations, and most meals are pre-arranged and prepaid. You receive detailed route directions and benefit from Alpenwild's experience on the Haute Route. You'll even have local phone contact with an Alpenwild guide in case of emergency.

The Most Scenic Trek in Europe.

Each day is defined by ascending historic and formidable mountain passes. You'll walk in flowered meadows, hike near massive glaciers, gaze at icefalls, and ring glistening lakes. You'll hike the Haute Route through fir forests into picturesque villages where traditional inns await with delicious meals and cozy comforts.

Worry-free, Custom Hiking Tour.

The Haute Route is a classic Alpine trek, widely regarded as the most scenic in Europe. It's an Alps hiking tour like no other. Our self-guided tours are really custom tours without the group. It's a prepaid vacation tailored to your interests, abilities, and budget.

Plan Ahead. Make Your Reservations Early

Space on the Haute Route is limited. Our guided tours fill early. Space at many of the select hotels in small villages along the way is very limited. For best availability, we highly recommend planning ahead and securing your reservations prior to January 31. 

Overview Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive Geneva to Chamonix

Day 2 – Chamonix to Trient

Day 3 – Trient to Champex

Day 4 – Champex to Verbier

Day 5 – Verbier to Cabane de Louvie

Day 6 – Cabane de Louvie to Prafleuri

Day 7 – Prafleuri to Arolla

Day 8 – Arolla to Les Haudères

Day 9 – Les Haudères to Grimentz

Day 10 – Grimentz to Zinal

Day 11 – Zinal to Gruben

Day 12 – Gruben to Zermatt

Day 13 – Zermatt

Day 14 – Zermatt to Geneva or Zurich

View Detailed Itinerary

Tour Price

$2,895 USD per person, double occupancy (July 2018 to August 15, 2018 and July 2019 to September 2019)

$499 single supplement

Reserve your place on this tour with a $500 per person deposit

Trip Dates

01 July 2018 - 20 August 2018 for 14 days

01 July 2019 - 15 September 2019 for 14 days

Or, book a private departure

Trip Highlights

  • Hike independently on a custom itinerary tailored to your skills, interests, and personal timetable.
  • Stay in hand-picked accommodations, including meals as desired, transportation, and detailed daily directions. Luggage transfers optional. 
  • Cross historic passes with commanding views, including daily glaciers, waterfalls, views of the highest peaks in the Alps
  • Explore mountain trails around Zermatt with stunning views of the Matterhorn