Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn Trek
France & Switzerland, Trek & Walk, 13 days - from £1,395 (land only) - from €1,675 (land only) - from $2,295 (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: Walking directly from the chalet to Le Tour at the head of the valley, we ascend to the Col du Balme (2186m) and drop down to Trient in Switzerland where we check into our hotel.
Day 3: We have a 30 minute climb to the Col de Forclaz where we pick up a section of the Tour du Mont Blanc trail. Hiking up beside the Trient Glacier, we make a long ascent to the Fenetre d'Arpette (2670m). It's then steeply down to our overnight halt in Champex.
Day 4: We descend into the Val des Bagnes, taking the cable-car up to Verbier and from there make the short walk to the Mont Fort Refuge (2457m).
Day 5: 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 6: 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 and our bed for the night. Gite/hotel.
Day 7: An easy day, traversing to Lac Bleu and then making a relaxed descent through wooded gorges to Les Hauderes. A final climb leads to the hamlet of La Sage. Gite/hotel.
Day 8: 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 the hotel at Zinal.
Day 9: A steep but pleasant ascent on forest trails and through Alpine pastures takes us to a junction of paths where we can choose to cross the Col de la Forcletta (2874m) or the Meidpass (2790m) both with an extenssive panorama of peaks of the Turtmann valley. We drop down through meadows, and forests of larch and pine to the valley and on to the pretty village of Gruben. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 10: 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. Gite/hotel.
Day 11: Today we trek the first leg of the 'Europaweg,' an excellent new path above the Mattertal Valley. We overnight at the Europahutte, a new mountain refuge.
Day 12: Our final day's walk to Zermatt takes us beneath the Dom and Taschhorn, with views of the Matterhorn. Arriving in Zermatt, we transfer to our hotel.
Day 13: 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.