One Week Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn
France & Switzerland, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £995 (land only) - from €1,195 (land only) - from $1,645 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group's chalet in Argentiere in the Chamonix Valley. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal.
Day 2: We have a vehicle transfer to the head of the valley and over to the Col de Forclaz. From here, a pleasant morning's walk leads to Champex via the Bovine Route, through forest and Alpine pasture. We then transfer to Verbier and use a cable car to take us up to our overnight accommodation at the Mont Fort Refuge.
Day 3: Today we cross 3 high cols, with spectacular views throughout. The highest is the Col de Prafleuri (2987m) beyond which we descend to the Cabane de Prafleuri (2624m).
Day 4: We cross the Col de Roux to reach Lac de Dix. We then make a steep ascent to the Col de Riedmatten, before dropping down to Arolla. From here, we have a short vehicle transfer to La Sage, where we stay in a simple hotel.
Day 5: We make a long climb to the Col de Torrent (2912m) and then traverse the Col de Sorebois, with spectacular views. A steep descent leads to our overnight halt at a hostel in Zinal.
Day 6: A steep but pleasant ascent on forest trails takes us to the col at Meidpass (2790m), beyond which we drop steeply down to the pretty village of Gruben, where we overnight in a hotel.
Day 7: Some of the most spectacular views in the Swiss Alps today, as we cross the Augstbordpass (2894m) and descend steeply through Jungu to St. Niklaus. From here, we take a minibus transfer to Zermatt, where we check in at a hotel.
Day 8: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Depart Zermatt.
This holiday involves going to moderately high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 2500 metres. Most people will have no difficulty with this level of altitude but before coming on the holiday, we recommend you read the advice on trekking at altitude.