Classic Haute Route - High Alpine Trekking
France & Switzerland, Trek & Walk, 14 days - from £1,995 (land only) - from €2,795 (land only) - from $3,220 (land only)
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- Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn the ultimate Alpine mountain holiday
- Trek from Chamonix to Zermatt, the complete Haute Route traverse
- Climb the Pigne d`Arola and the Tete Blanche
- Overnight in atmospheric high mountain huts
- Learn the ropes with experienced IFMGA guides
This is the ultimate and classic high Alpine trekking holiday adventure along the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt. Taking a dramatic and uncompromising line, the Classic Haute Route traverses the heart of the European Alps, linking Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn by a series of high cols and impressive glaciers. Expert guidance is essential on this challenging walking route and during the course of the traverse, there is plenty of opportunity to hone mountaineering skills. From the start point at our comfortable chalet base in the Chamonix Valley of the French Alps, to the end point in the famously picturesque ski-town of Zermatt in the Swiss Alps, we will have walked 120km and accumulated more than 10,000 metres of ascent and descent. Offering the most breathtaking scenery in the Alps and overnight stops at some of the very best Alpine refuges, the Classic Haute Route from Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn, ranks among the world's greatest mountain walking adventures.
Is this holiday for you?
This is real mountain travel, following good trails to the snowline and also involving sections of scrambling, snowslope climbing and glacier travel, where ropes, crampons and an ice-axe will be used. We average 6 to 8 hours walking each day, with some longer days and tough climbs. En route, we will stay in mountain huts which are inaccessible by vehicle and this means that group members will carry all of their personal equipment throughout the trip. With careful planning, and given the fact that sleeping bags and camping mats are not carried, the total weight of your rucksack can be pared down to around 8 kilograms. Previous experience of walking in crampons is essential for this holiday. The group will be led by an IFMGA guide at a ratio of 1:6.