Discover Walker's Haute Route
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 (WHR)? 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 perfect WHR for you.
The time of year is all-important, and the route is at a high altitude, so snow is an issue. Therefore we only operate the trip between mid-July and mid-September and keep a constant eye on the conditions to get our customers out walking as soon as it is safe to do so.
How high does the Walker's 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). 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, safer, and more fun than climbing Mt Everest.
Most challenging sections
The Walker's Haute route is a visually spectacular trail, but it has many exposed sections that have been safeguarded with fixed rope handrails. On several occasions, the way crosses rockfall areas, and warning signs have been set to urge walkers to walk quickly past these sections.
- 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, is commonly affected by rockfall.
Why Choose Macs Adventure to book your Walking Holiday in Switzerland?
Macs Adventure has been running self-guided walking holidays in Swizterland since 2008. Whether 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
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.