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Walker's Haute Route East - Les Hauderes to Zermatt
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Highlights

  • The Matterhorn coming into view as you reach Zermatt
  • Classic Swiss Alpine mountain scenery
  • Enjoy a peaceful picnic in wildflower filled meadows
  • Being part of the camaraderie on the Walker’s Haute Route
  • Wandering through the greatest collection of 4000m peaks in the Alps

Take on the iconic Eastern section of the Walker’s Haute Route from Arolla to Zermatt. Six days of sublime mountain walking culminating at the foot of the Matterhorn in Zermatt.

The Walker’s Haute Route is one of the World’s great treks and the eastern section from Arolla to Zermatt is filled with superlatives from start to finish. You can look forward to the best mountain hiking in Switzerland. Walking through alpine pastures filled with the sound of cow bells your journey takes you from the quiet town of Les Haudères through increasingly remote and beautiful mountain landscapes across famous Augustbordpass to St Niklaus. The final two days lead you to Zermatt, where the Matterhorn signals your journey’s end.

DAY 1:
Arrive in Arolla and Overnight

Arolla, an unspoilt Valaisian village, is easily accessible from Geneva Airport (3h30) or Zurich Airport (4h45) by train and a connecting bus.


Overnight: Arolla Hotel


Day 2:  Arolla to La Sage

An easy day of walking to get you started on your Haute Route East adventure. You walk by way of Lac Bleu with exquisite views when you take a backward glance. Pass the tiny hamlet of Louché before the path forks and you descend into La Gouille. From here take a wooded path to Les Haudères, an unspoilt Valaisian village. A further hour and 200m of ascent brings you to the hamlet of La Sage.


Walk: 10km, 215m Ascent, 550m Descent, 4 Hours

Overnight: La Sage (or Les Haudères) Hotel



DAY 3:
La Sage to Barrage de Moiry/Grimentz

Here we have chosen to take the alternative route over the Col du Torrent to the Barrage de Moiry and gorgeous village of Grimentz. The views on the way up to the col are particularly lovely. When you reach the dam you can either walk or take the bus down to Grimentz.


Walk: 10km, 1250m ascent, 670m descent, 5 hours


Overnight: Grimentz Hotel


ALTERNATIVE DAY 3:
La Sage to Cabane de Moiry


If you would prefer to stick to the “official route” of the Walkers Haute Route then your route heads up and over the Col du Tsate to the spectacularly located Cabane de Moiry, which enjoys a head on view of the Moiry icefall. Although a tougher walk this alternative is a better option for purists who want to spend more time in the high mountains.


Walk: 10km, 1617m ascent, 460m descent, 5 - 5.5hrs


Overnight: Cabane de Moiry (Dormitory)


DAY 4:
Barrage de Moiry/Grimentz to Zinal

You have two choices today. Either catch the bus back up to the Barrage de Moiry to re-join the Haute Route and climb over the Col de Sorebois before descending into Zinal. (cable car available) Alternatively I would recommend following the route of the Tour d’ Val de Anniviers, which contours through the forested slopes of the Corne de Sorebois to Zinal.


Walk: 8km, 600m ascent, 1200m descent, 4 - 4.5hours


Overnight: Zinal Hotel


ALTERNATIVE DAY 4:
Cabane de Moiry to Zinal


Leaving the high alpine splendour surrounding Cabane de Moiry the trail contours through high alpine meadows above the blue green waters of the Barrage de Moiry before crossing the Col de Sorebois and descending steeply to Zinal. The final steep descent can be avoided using a cable car.


Walk: 14km, 5 - 5.5 hours, 465m ascent, 1610m descent.


Overnight: Zinal Hotel


DAY 5:
Zinal to Gruben


Your day begins by climbing through forests and alpine meadows to Col de Forcletta before descending into the Turmanntal and to the hamlet of Gruben.


Walk: 14km, 1200m ascent, 1050m descent, 5.5-6 Hours.


Overnight: Gruben Hotel


DAY 6:
Gruben to St Niklaus


Your day begins with a climb to cross the Augustbordpass, which links the Turmanntal with the Mattertal and has been used since the Middle Ages as a trading route.
The climb is worth the effort as this is the last major pass on the Haute Route and the views are as spectacular as ever. The descent brings you to Jurgen,a tiny traditional hamlet of wooden chalets clinging to the mountainside above St Niklaus. Purists can tackle the steep descent to St Niklaus but most will opt for the cable car.


Walk: 16km, 1100m ascent, 1800m descent (1000m if taking the cable car), 6.5 - 7 hours.


Overnight: St Niklaus or, Gasenreid


DAY 7:
Gasenreid to Europa Hut

For your final two days of walking on the Haute Route you follow the Europaweg, a high level mountain route to Zermatt. The climbs are steep and the going can be tough and exposed. But with views of the Bernese Alps and the Grosser Aletschgeltscher, Pass Mattsand, Herbruggen and Breitmatten it’s a fitting end to the Haute Route.  The Europaweg can be unsafe in poor weather in which case there is a low level alternative on the valley floor. If you think you would prefer not to take on the Europaweg, contact us for an alternative itinerary.


Walk: 14km, 1100m ascent, 700m descent, 7 Hours.


Overnight: Europa Hut


DAY 8: Europa Hut to Zermatt

From Randa make your way to Tasch and join the Europaweg at 1930m. This high balcony path follows the Zermatt valley and it is here where you finally have a magnificent view of the Matterhorn and Zermatt, your final destination. You will also be walking across the Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge, the longest hanging bridge in the world at just under half a kilometer in length! Located at the foot of the Matterhorn Zermatt is one of the great mountaineering and winter sports centres in the Alps. A beautifully preserved old town, mountain railways, cable cars and wonderful walking will tempt you to spend a few more days. 


Walk: 18km, 348m ascent, 962m descent, 6.5 -7.5 Hours.


Overnight: Zermatt


DAY 9:
Onward Travel


If you are not staying longer in Zermatt you can connect by train to Geneva(4h00) and Zurich (3h30).











Accommodation

5 nights accommodation in 2 and 3 star hotels,1 nights in an auberge (private rooms/shared bath) and 1 night in a moutain hut (in a mixed sex dorm) If you choose the variation via Cabane de Moiry you will spend another night in a mountain refuge in shared dormitory.


We carefully select small friendly establishments that offer great value, food and welcomes. The accommodation we normally use is detailed on our website, but we may use alternative accommodation of the same or better standard depending on availability.


Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

This trip is not available to solo walkers. Single rooms are available on 7 nights if you require single rooms in your party.
Meals 8 Breakfasts and 7 three-course dinners are included (not Zermatt). Packed lunches are available from your accommodation (order the night before) or you can stop on the way. Allow about 10 - 15 CHF per day for lunch. Drinks are not included but available at all overnight accommodation.


Baggage Transfer

Due to the remoteness of many of the overnight stops, bag transfer is not available. You will therefore need to carry your kit with you each day. You will need to bring a sleeping bag liner for when staying in dormitory-style accommodation. Bedlinen is provided when staying in private rooms. If you have excess baggage with you, it is possible to send this from Geneva ahead of you to Zermatt by train. For more information, please have a look here.



Navigation


The Walker’s Haute Route is comprehensively way marked at all junctions and by regular paint marks along the trail. We supply you with detailed 1:50 000 Swiss Topo maps and a comprehensive guidebook so the route finding is straightforward for experienced hikers.


Experience & Fitness

This is a challenging high mountain trek and the weather can be poor so you should have previous high mountain experience and good navigation and mountain skills.


As this is a self guided trek you will be responsible for navigation, decision making and safety during your trip.
The daily height gain/loss is substantial and over on most days is over 1000m. Therefore you must have an excellent level of walking fitness and be capable of negotiating challenging terrain. The route can be affected by large snow fields early in the season.


Equipment

Our pre-departure information pack (and the supplied guidebook) have detailed advice and a kit list on what to take on the Walker’s Haute Route. This includes warm and waterproof gear, hats and gloves, a sleeping sheet and lots of other useful bits and bobs. Walking poles are recommended as the WHR is tough on the knees.



Travel Insurance


It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.

Solo Walkers & Single Rooms

This trip is not available to solo walkers. Single rooms are available on 7 nights if you require single rooms in your party.
Meals
7 Breakfasts and 7 three-course dinners are included (not Zermatt). Packed lunches are available from your accommodation (order the night before) or you can stop on the way. Allow about 10 - 15 CHF per day for lunch. Drinks are not included but available at all overnight accommodation.


Baggage Transfer

Due to the remoteness of many of the overnight stops, bag transfer is not available. You will therefore need to carry your kit with you each day. You will need to bring a sleeping bag liner for when staying in dormitory-style accommodation. Bedlinen is provided when staying in private rooms. If you have excess baggage with you, it is possible to send this from Geneva/Arolla ahead of you to Zermatt by train. For more information, please have a look here.



Navigation


The Walker’s Haute Route is comprehensively way marked at all junctions and by regular paint marks along the trail. We supply you with detailed 1:50 000 Swiss Topo maps and a comprehensive guidebook so the route finding is straightforward for experienced hikers.


Experience & Fitness

This is a challenging high mountain trek and the weather can be poor so you should have previous high mountain experience and good navigation and mountain skills.


As this is a self guided trek you will be responsible for navigation, decision making and safety during your trip.
The daily height gain/loss is substantial and over on most days is over 1000m. Therefore you must have an excellent level of walking fitness and be capable of negotiating challenging terrain. The route can be affected by large snow fields early in the season.


Equipment

Our pre-departure information pack (and the supplied guidebook) have detailed advice and a kit list on what to take on the Walker’s Haute Route. This includes warm and waterproof gear, hats and gloves, a sleeping sheet and lots of other useful bits and bobs. Walking poles are recommended as the WHR is tough on the knees.



Travel Insurance


It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.

Getting to Arolla

By Air: Geneva is the best airport for getting to Arolla. Regular trains continue to Sion from where you can catch a connecting bus to Arolla. For more information, please refer to www.sbb.ch 


Getting from Zermatt


From Zermatt regular trains connect to Zurich Airport (3h30) or Geneva Airport (4h00).



Optional ski-lifts and transfers during the walk

You can use ski-lifts/cable cars to skip several of big ascents/descents during the trip. These sections are as follows: Le Châble to Les Ruinettes, above Zinal to Zinal village, and Jungen to St Nicklaus. If you wish to skip a stage completely it may be possible to do so using public transport or taxis. We provide you with a detailed transport guide including alternative transport options and timetables for each section. Ski lifts and optional transfers are not included in the package price.

Included

  • 5 Nights in a combination of 2 and 3 star hotels (in twin/double room with private bathrooms)
  • 2 Night in an auberge (private twin/double room but shared bathrooms)
  • 1 Night in a mixed sex dorm in a mountain hut
  • 8 Breakfasts
  • 7 Dinners (Zermatt not included)
  • Detailed maps, information pack, route notes and guidebook
  • Organisational assistance and backup.

Excluded

  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to Arolla and from Zermatt
  • Lunches (allow 10 to 15 CHF per day)
  • Local transfers and ski lifts
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment
  • Mountain rescue/emergency assistance
  • Luggage transfers

Extras

  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk
  • Single room supplement if required

Planning your Walker's Haute Route can be a challenge. These are some of the questions that we are frequently asked. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more advice.

How fit do I need to be?

This is a high mountain trek and the weather can be poor so you should have previous high mountain experience and good navigation and mountain skills. As this is a self guided trek you will be responsible for navigation, decision making and safety during your trip.The daily height gain/loss is substantial, normally over 1000m.  Therefore you must have an excellent level of walking fitness and be capable of negotiating challenging terrain.

Which is the best airport to fly to?

The closest airport is Geneva which is served by flights from throughout Europe and around the world.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised. You will find up to date availability on our website and we will always try and accommodate your plans.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need good walking shoes/boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a light weight sleeping bag, a daypack and hats/gloves etc. Also it is best to take a compass and altimeter.A detailed kit list is included in your information pack.

When is the best time of year?

The season for the Walkers Haute Route runs from mid July to the beginning of September. The trail could still be affected by snow in late July, in which case your tour would need to be rescheduled or cancelled.

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    Comments about macs adventure Walker's Haute Route:

    This is a great adventure for a little over a week of time! Breathtaking views, nice accommodations, decent exercise!

    I'd also like to stress how Macs Adventure helped us to organize the trip. Due to uncertainty of our vacation dates, we had to do it very last minute. While many other adventure companies declined right away, Macs Adventures (we worked with Minna) tried very hard to make it happen.

    In the end, our trip was confirmed 2 (two) days before the start date, and we ended up having a great vacation!

    Of course I don't recommend anyone to postpone their trip planning to the last moment, but this situation just shows Macs Adventure's dedication and willing to go an extra mile.

    Thank you guys!

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