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Walkers Haute Route Tours

Hike the Walker’s Haute Route, one of the world's great treks. From from Chamonix to Zermatt, enjoy glorious mountain vistas, crisp air and challenging terrain on what is a truly rewarding experience in one of the most beautiful areas of Switzerland.

Since 2012, Macs Adventure has been offering self-guided trips on the Walker's Haute Route (WHR). Read some of our 5-star reviews to find out why people love our tours! The route was traditionally one for guided groups but we wanted to give our customers the freedom to create their own itinerary and use the knowledge of our expert team to tailor-make this trip to perfectly suit you. You can book the tour with the confidence that we have you covered, so all you need to do is pick your route and let us take care of everything else.

You can take on the full route, or split it and embark on the East or West section. Our self-guided walks on the Walker's Haute Route include all your accommodation (except Refuge Prafleuri, which we will book & confirm, but it cannot be paid in advance), detailed route books and emergency support. Our experts can tailor-make an itinerary to suit you.

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  • Essential Walker's Haute Route Facts
    Essential Walker's Haute Route Facts

    Walk between two of the greatest mountaineering centres in the world, Chamonix and Zermatt. Walk amongst the great 4000m peaks in the Alps. The tour is more demanding than the well-known Tour du Mont Blanc but does cover some of the same days when leaving Chamonix.

    How long is the Walker’s Haute Route? The complete route is around 201km. We recommend taking 13 days to walk the route, but if you do not have that length of time, we offer the East or West section and if you want to take a little more time to do it we can add in suitable rest days. Whatever your desire, Macs Adventure can sort out the WHR that is perfect for you. 

    The time of year is all-important.  The route is at a higher altitude, so snow is an issue.  We only operate the trip between July and mid-September and keep a constant eye on the conditions so that we can get our customers out walking as soon as it is safe to do so. It is advisable not to book your trip too close to these dates for fear that the snow may be an issue. 

    How high does the Walkers Haute Route go?  The highest points on the official route are the Col de Riedmatten which sits at 2919m and the Augustbordpass (2894m), but there are alternative walks which take you equally as high, such as, Forceletta (2874m), Col de Sorebois (2847m) and the impressive Tete Noir (2981m). All together on the trip, you will gain around 10,600m which is a good bit higher than Mt Everest. However, don't let this put you off, it is a lot more straightforward, much safer and more fun than climbing Mt Everest.  

    Most difficult sections:

    The Walkers Haute route is a visually spectacular trail but it has many exposed sections have been safeguarded with fixed rope, handrails and on several occasions, the way crosses rockfall areas. Warning signed have been fixed to urge walkers to walk quickly past these sections.

    The most difficult sections are found here:

    • Trient to Champex - The descent from Fenetre d’Arpette to Champex is a skree descent.
    • Cabane Mont Fort to Cabane de Prafleuri - Col de Louvie and the Col de Prafleuri, where you cross large areas of rocks and boulders
    • Cabane de Prafleuri to Arolla – Crossing the Col de Riedmatten, the highest section of the trip
    • Europahutte to Zermatt - The final leg into Zermatt, along the Europaweg, which is commonly affected by rockfall.
  • Why Choose Macs Adventure to book your Walking Holiday in Switzerland?
    Why Choose Macs Adventure to book your Walking Holiday in Switzerland?

    Macs Adventure has been running self-guided walking holidays in Swizterland since 2008Whether you like mountains and hills, lakes, rivers and glaciers, dreamy villages and well preserved medieval cities, Switzerland has something to offer for everyone. This abundance of wonderful places to explore lead us to seek out more and more areas where we could help people to discover Switzerland on foot. 

    From humble beginnings, we now send over 2000 walkers to Switzerland every year, each walking the route that excites them the most. We provide the freedom to choose your route, itinerary and travel companions and discover Switzerland at your own pace. 

    We know how daunting it can be, setting off on an adventure of this scale and we quickly realised how important it was to have amazing partners on the ground in Switzerland to deal with any issues that you might come across.  We are proud to say that we work incredibly closely with all our accommodation suppliers and luggage transfer teams and should you have the slightest issue, they will fall over themselves to help you out. 

    We offer a flexible, tailor-made hiking experience that gets you in comfortable, friendly overnight accommodation in local B&Bs and guesthouses. We carry your bags to lighten your load so you can concentrate on simply putting one foot in front of the other and enjoying the unique culture, food and scenery of Switzerland. No hostels, no leaky tents, no heavy bags on your back just a straightforward active holiday that you can book with confidence that we have it all covered for you. 

    We want to showcase our expertise, by giving you all the resources you will ever need.  In the planning stage, we have free guides, comprehensive videos and a host of staff with their own Swiss experiences, waiting to answer your questions. On the route, we use high-quality digital mapping as well as the best maps and guidebooks to make sure you find your way.  

    We love the diversity of walking in Switzerland and our main aim is to make sure that you do too.  

  • Best Hiking Regions in Switzerland
    Best Hiking Regions in Switzerland

    Valais – Deep in the alps you find Valais, in the south-west corner of Switzerland. The region is split between German and French-speaking villages. Walk amongst some of the most dramatic alpine scenery Switzerland has to offer, with fifty peaks, including the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa and the Dom, soaring over 4,000-meter, more than any other region in the Alps. It is filled with an intricate network of hiking trails, the most famous being the Walkers Haute Route, creating endless opportunities for hikers to explore the high peaks, cross panoramic passes and travel through scenic alpine valleys. With a little luck, hikers may encounter marmots, chamois or mountain goats.

    Graubünden – Explore the German-speaking Alps, including the Engadine, Davos and St Moritz. This region offers a multitude of great hiking trails from easy walks along beautiful lakes to moderate jaunts between the rustic villages. Strenuous hikes climb over scenic passes with stunning views of glacier-clad peaks and travel up tranquil valleys amid rugged peaks. Discover the local beauty on our St. Moritz & The Engadine Valley tour.

    Bernese Oberland - The Berner Oberland is a stone through from the capital, Bern, an easy train ride takes you into the mountains which are dominated by the spectacular mountain trio, the Eiger, Monch and the Jungfrau. This region is filled with walks for all abilities if this is your first walking holiday or you are a veteran. There are multiple trips which will take you through this region, such as our Best of the Bernese Oberland or the Via Alpina. Each takes you through breath-taking scenery and wanders through lush meadows sprinkled with wildflowers. Along the way, hikers are treated to a diversity of Swiss villages from small hamlets, such as of Lauterbrunnen, the car-free Murren or to the popular ski resort of Grindelwald.

  • Walker's Haute Route

    Andy walked the Walker's Haute Route, the stunning self-guided trip in the Swiss Alps. This is his short video showing the highlights of the trip and how much fun it can be to push yourself past your limits.

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