Swiss High Level Route
Switzerland, Trek & Walk, 8 days - from £1,195 (land only) - from €1,495 (land only) - from $2,090 (land only)
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- From Arolla to Saas Fee - A high-level traverse of the Swiss Alps
- Stunning views of the Matterhorn
- Overnight at the amazing Cabane de Bertol
- Two easy Swiss summits, the Tete Blanche and the Pigne d'Arolla
- The famous resort of Zermatt
Unique to KE, the Swiss High Level Route traverses the heart of the Valais Alps, taking a classic line from Arolla to Saas Fee with tremendous views of the Matterhorn and the opportunity to ascend the Pigne d'Arolla and the Tete Blanche. Beginning in the quiet village of Arolla, we trek through the stunning heart of the high glaciers of the Valais Alps from the superb Vignettes Hut where we make an ascent of the Pigne d'Arolla (3790m), to the spectacularly located Bertol hut, from where we make an ascent of the Tete Blanche (3724m). Passing below the north face of the Matterhorn, we then descend to the famous Swiss mountain resort of Zermatt and have some time to enjoy the town before continuing our high mountain journey via the Tasch hut and a crossing of the Alphubeljoch (3771m), to the Langflue Hotel perched high above the enourmous Fee glacier. Descending to the picturesque village of Saas Fee, our traverse ends with an easy walk to the group's hotel in Saaas Grund.
Is this holiday for you?
The peaks on this trip are technically straightforward snow climbs. However, most of the trip is spent at a high altitude (above 3000m.) and this is a physically demanding trip with superb Alpine trekking both on and off glaciers. En route, we will stay in mountain huts and hotels, some of 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 7 kilograms. Led by professional IFMGA guides, it is aimed at beginner MOUNTAINEERS and EXPERIENCED TREKKERS. Instruction in roped glacier travel and guided climbing, using crampons and a single ice axe is part of the package. The ascent of the Pigne d'Arolla and Tete Blanche will be strenuous on account of the altitude but are technically easy involving only low-angled snow-slope climbing and some slightly exposed ridges. Ropes, crampons and an ice axe will be used. Given the guide to client ratio of 1:6 and the non-technical nature of the climbing, this trip should be feasible for novice alpinists, but a high level of fitness is a prerequisite.