Classic Haute Route - High Alpine Trekking
France & Switzerland, Trek & Walk, 14 days - from £1,995 (land only) - from €2,695 (land only) - from $3,315 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group's chalet in Argentiere, above Chamonix. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal. Trip briefing and equipment check.
Day 2: A cable car from Le Tour, then a short walk leads to the Albert Premier Hut (2702m) where we can practice our snow and ice skills. Overnight at the hut.
Day 3: Cross into Switzerland via the Col Superior du Tour (3289m). If conditions allow we will make an ascent of the Tete Blanche (3421m). Overnight at the Cabane d'Orny (2831m).
Day 4: Descend on a good path into the Vallon d'Arpette de Saleina, then traverse the east side of Val Ferret to our hotel in La Fouly.
Day 5: Climb to the Col du Neve de la Rousse (2752m), with great views of Mont Blanc and the Grand Combin. Descend via a snow filled lake, le Gouille du Draggon to Bourg St. Pierre where we overnight in a gite.
Day 6: A long and easy ascent to the Col de Lane (3033m), then a descent via the old bergeries at Nicliri (2492m) to our overnight stop at the Cabane Brunet (2103m).
Day 7: After a leisurely breakfast, we set off to the Pannassiere Hut, via the Corbassiere glacier and the Plan Gali. There are great views of the Grand Combin from the refuge.
Day 8: Today, we climb to the Col des Otannes, then descend the Pierre a Vire to Lac de Mauvoisin, from where we make the steep ascent to the Chanrion Hut (2462m).
Day 9: Cross 4 cols today: the Col de Tsofeiret, Col de Lire Rose, Col de Mont Rouge (3325m) and the Col de Cheilon, to finally reach the Cabane des Dix (2928m).
Day 10: An early start to reach the high point of our route, the Pigne d'Arolla (3796m). A short glacial descent takes us to the impressively situated Vignettes Hut (3160m).
Day 11: Climb to the Col de L'Eveque (3386m) and descend onto the Haute Glacier d'Arolla. Then cross the Col de Bertol (3268m) to reach the Cabane de Bertol.
Day 12: Today, we climb the easy snow peak of the Tete Blanche (3724m). Then descend by way of the Stockji Glacier to the Schonbiel Hut, directly beneath the Matterhorn.
Day 13: A pleasant stroll down to Zermatt, beneath the towering north face of the Matterhorn. Book into hotel in Zermatt, free time before dinner.
Day 14: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast.
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.
GPS Trip Data
Click on the link below to view the detailed stats for this holiday via Garmin Connect. Tracked using a Garmin etrex20 you can see detailed mapping of the route, daily distances travelled, the total ascent and descent each day and maximum altitude.