Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn Trek
France & Switzerland, Trek & Walk, 13 days - from £1,695 (land only) - from €2,375 (land only) - from $2,740 (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. Walking Time - 5 to 6 hours. Distance - 10 kms.
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. Walking Time - 6 hours. Distance - 12 kms.
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). Walking Time - 5 to 6 hours. Distance - 15 kms.
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). Walking Time - 6 to 7 hours. Distance - 13 kms.
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. Walking Time - 6 to 7 hours. Distance - 16 kms.
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. Walking Time - 4 hours. Distance - 11 kms.
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. Walking Time - 8 hours. Distance - 18 kms.
Day 9: A pleasant ascent on forest trails and through Alpine pastures leads to a junction where we can choose to cross the Col de la Forcletta (2874m) or the Meidpass (2790m), both with great panoramas of peaks of the Turtmann Valley. We descend through meadow and larch and pine forest to the pretty village of Gruben. Overnight in a hotel. Walking time - 8 hours. Distance - 19 kms.
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. Walking Time - 7 hours. Distance - 16 kms.
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. Walking Time - 7 to 8 hours. Distance - 16 kms.
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. Walking time - 6 hours. Distance 10 kms.
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.
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.