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Highlights

  • A classic trekking adventure from Chamonix to Zermatt
  • The Walkers Haute Route with views of Europe`s highest peaks
  • Walk the airy trail of the Europaweg, in sight of the Matterhorn
  • One of the finest Alpine trekking holidays

A classic walking holiday adventure in the Alps from Chamonix in France to Zermatt in Switzerland. Considered to be the 'Walkers' Haute Route, this superb Alpine trekking holiday takes a linear route across the spine of the European Alps and links together the famous small mountaineering towns of Chamonix, Arolla and Zermatt. Generally much lower than the Classic Haute Route, this is an easier option for those people who still wish to explore the Alps whilst walking amongst incredibly beautiful Alpine scenery. Trekking from France into the beautiful Swiss canton of Valais, passing spectacularly beneath 10 of the 12 highest peaks in the Alps, we are treated to amazing views of Mont Blanc itself. Traversing several high and challenging passes we enjoy mountain walking in the Alps at its most delightful. Lower down, the walking leads through verdant Alpine valleys with cascading streams, pretty hamlets and flower-strewn meadows. For the last 2 days, we're trekking on the recently opened 'Europaweg,' a valley-side walking trail which provides stunning views of the Matterhorn. Overnight accommodation on this great trekking holiday adventure in the Alps is provided in a variety of small hotels, atmospheric gites and spectacularly located alpine mountain refuges. Led by English guides and fully supported with access to luggage on all but three nights, our holiday offers the best chance of completing this challenging walking traverse.

Is this holiday for you?

This is a classic Alpine walking route on good trails. The average distance covered each day is around 16 kilometres (10 miles) and there is a considerable amount of ascent and descent, with several passes close to 3000 metres. It is significantly more difficult than the Tour du Mont Blanc and is a grade point harder in our own grading system. Regular hillwalkers will find this trek to be well within their capabilities but it is not really for first time trekkers. This holiday is fully supported and clients will not be required to carry sleeping bags or significant amounts of personal gear other than what is required for the day's hike. There are a total of three nights spent in mountain huts where there is no access to trek bags. Otherwise group members will have access to their main luggage on each evening.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group chalet in Argentiere (1240m) in the Chamonix Valley.
  • Walk via Le Tour and cross the Col du Balme (2186m) to Trient in Switzerland.
  • Cross the Col de Forclaz and the Fenetre d'Arpette (2670m) and descend to Champex.
  • Walk into the Val des Bagnes, cable-car to Verbier and walk to the Mont Fort Refuge (2457m).
  • Walk across 3 high cols including the Col de Prafleuri (2987m). Overnight at the Cabane de Prafleuri.
  • Walk via the Lac de Dix and the Col de Riedmatten (2919m), then descend to Arolla.
  • Walking beside Lac Bleu, we descend to Les Hauderes and make a final climb to La Sage.
  • Cross the Col de Torrent (2912m) and the Col de Sorebois and make the steep descent to Zinal.
  • Walk via the Col de la Forcletta (2874m) or the Meidpass (2790m) and descend to Gruben.
  • Cross the Augstbordpass (2894m) and descend via Jungu to St. Niklaus.
  • Walk the first stage of the 'Europaweg' above the Mattertal Valley. Overnight at the Europahutte.
  • Walk beneath the Dom and Taschhorn, with views of the Matterhorn. Transfer to Zermatt.
  • Departure day.
2016
Sat 20 Aug - Thu 01 Sep Code MBM /04/16/ Adult$2,380 Status Limited Availability Book now
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  • Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn
  • The departure reference for this tour is MBM /04/16/
  • This tour begins on Sat 20 Aug and departs on Thu 01 Sep
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Sat 03 Sep - Thu 15 Sep Code MBM /05/16/ Adult$2,380 Status Guaranteed Book now
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  • Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn
  • The departure reference for this tour is MBM /05/16/
  • This tour begins on Sat 03 Sep and departs on Thu 15 Sep
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2017
Sat 08 Jul - Thu 20 Jul Code MBM /01/17/ Adult$2,675 Status 1 more to guarantee Book now
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  • Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn
  • The departure reference for this tour is MBM /01/17/
  • This tour begins on Sat 08 Jul and departs on Thu 20 Jul
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  • This tour begins on Sat 29 Jul and departs on Thu 10 Aug
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Sat 19 Aug - Thu 31 Aug Code MBM /03/17/ Adult$2,675 Status Available Book now
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  • The departure reference for this tour is MBM /03/17/
  • This tour begins on Sat 19 Aug and departs on Thu 31 Aug
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Sat 02 Sep - Thu 14 Sep Code MBM /04/17/ Adult$2,675 Status Available Book now
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  • Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn
  • The departure reference for this tour is MBM /04/17/
  • This tour begins on Sat 02 Sep and departs on Thu 14 Sep
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of $400
We sell this holiday on a Land Only basis, joining Chamonix and departing from Zermatt. The nearest airport is Geneva, approximately an hour's drive away from Chamonix and three hours by train from Zermatt. Please refer to the 'Joining arrangements & transfers' and 'Flights' sections in the trip dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

If flying from the UK there are a number of low cost airlines offering flights to Geneva. These include Easyjet who have flights from London, Manchester, Liverpool & Glasgow and Jet 2 who have flights from Manchester, Leeds Bradford & Belfast. Other airports may be available. Click on the 'Flight information' link below for further information on booking low cost airlines. Alternatively if you would prefer to book a 'flight inclusive package' using scheduled airlines from the UK please contact our flights department for a quote. Whilst flight prices are likely to be more expensive you will benefit from full financial protection.


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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group chalet in Argentiere (1240m) in the Chamonix Valley.

    Meet at the group chalet in Argentiere (1240m), just above Chamonix. Lying beneath the stunning north face of Mont Blanc, the views are awesome from the start!. Before dinner, you will meet your trip leader to have an informal chat about the days ahead and have the chance to check out your clothing and gear and to decide if you will need to pick up any further items of equipment, before setting out in the morning. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal.

    • Accommodation Chalet

    • Meals d

  • Walk via Le Tour and cross the Col du Balme (2186m) to Trient in Switzerland.

    After a filling breakfast, our trek starts straight from the front door with a walk along the Petit Balcon Nord, to Le Tour at the top end of the valley. From here, we start our ascent to the Col du Balme (2186m) before heading down through the meadows of Tseppes into Switzerland and the Trient Valley where we spend our first night of the trek in a simple hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 1350m

    • Distance 15km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1400m

    • Time 6 - 7 hours walking

  • Cross the Col de Forclaz and the Fenetre d'Arpette (2670m) and descend to Champex.

    We start the day with a short (30 minute) climb to the Col de Forclaz followed by an easy stroll to the Chalet des Glaciers, a small café next to the impressive Trient Glacier. From here we begin a long and sometimes steep ascent through continuously interesting scenery up to the high pass known as the Fenetre d’Arpette, which provides spectacular views across the Trient Plateau, one of the area’s largest glacier systems. An equally steep descent then takes us down through the Val d’Arpette to our accommodation in Champex.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 2000m

    • Distance 18km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1900m

    • Time 8 hours walking

  • Walk into the Val des Bagnes, cable-car to Verbier and walk to the Mont Fort Refuge (2457m).

    A relatively late start by Alpine standards, as we leave the picturesque village of Champex, to meander through summer meadows into the Val des Bagnes, via Sambrancher and Les Chables. By taking the telepherique from Les Chables to Verbier, we avoid the long haul and have the opportunity to take a breather and enjoy the spectacular views from the cable car. Should the cable car be closed (occasionally it is during the summer), we will take a taxi to Verbier. From Verbier it is just over an hour’s walk to the spectacularly situated Cabane du Mont Fort, our destination for the evening. Superb views across to the Mont Blanc Massif and to the Grand Combin.

    • Accommodation Mountain Hut / Refuge

    • Ascent 600m

    • Distance 15km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1200m

    • Time 5 - 6 hours walking

  • Walk across 3 high cols including the Col de Prafleuri (2987m). Overnight at the Cabane de Prafleuri.

    This is one of the most spectacular days of the trek, traversing 3 high cols, with dramatic views throughout. At the start, the path winds along under dwarfing cliffs, with views of the Grand Combin and Mont Fort, en route to Col Termin, the first col of the day. A dramatic path then takes us to the Col de Louvie (2921m), before we make the steep descent onto the edge of the Grand Desert Glacier. Finally, we cross the Col de Prafleuri (2987m) and descend to the Cabane de Prafleuri (2624m) for the evening.

    • Accommodation Mountain Hut / Refuge

    • Ascent 1200m

    • Distance 11km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 950m

    • Time 6 - 7 hours walking

  • Walk via the Lac de Dix and the Col de Riedmatten (2919m), then descend to Arolla.

    A short and very steep climb greets us today as we quickly gain the Col de Roux, overlooking the milky waters of the Lac de Dix. A gentle descent then takes us to the lakeshore which we follow to its end, admiring the great views of Mont Blanc de Cheilon and the Pigne D'Arolla. We make a steep ascent to the base of the Col de Riedmatten where we have the option of climbing the col or taking the spectacular Pas de Chevres ladders to an alternative col. There are more spectacular views of the Glacier de Dix and the imposing pyramids of Mont Blanc de Chelion and the Pigne D’Arolla, then it is all descent to Arolla and our bed for the night.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 1000m

    • Distance 18km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1600m

    • Time 7 - 8 hours walking

  • Walking beside Lac Bleu, we descend to Les Hauderes and make a final climb to La Sage.

    We are now approaching the half-way point of the trek and today is something of a recuperation day, involving a leisurely walking through woodland to Lac Bleu, a favourite local beauty spot. From here, there is an easy descent through a beautiful gorge to Les Hauderes where we take lunch. A final short climb completes this stage at the small farming hamlet of La Sage.

    • Accommodation Gite / Hostel

    • Ascent 650m

    • Distance 12km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1000m

    • Time 4 - 5 hours walking

  • Cross the Col de Torrent (2912m) and the Col de Sorebois and make the steep descent to Zinal.

    No rest day today! We have an early start as today’s walk involves crossing two high cols. The first ascent to the higher of the two, the Col de Torrent (2912m), is long but not difficult due to the good underfoot conditions. We descend to the milky waters of Lac Moiry, that makes a good lunch stop. Ahead we can see some of the giant peaks of the Pennine Alps, including the Dent Blanche. Of more concern will be the imposing Col de Sorebois, a climb which is shorter but steeper than the ascent to the Torrent, but again presents no real problems. From here, we have spectacular views of the Weisshorn, Dent Blanche and Zinal Rothorn. Although it’s steeply downhill from here, the hotel at Zinal is at least a further 2 hours away and makes a welcome sight after the hardest day of the trip so far.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 2000m

    • Distance 23km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 2000m

    • Time 9 hours walking

  • Walk via the Col de la Forcletta (2874m) or the Meidpass (2790m) and descend to Gruben.

    A steep but pleasant ascent on forest trails through the larch woods for around 1 hour leads to a more gentle rising traverse which emerges on a grassy plateau and then proceeds through Alpine pastures with excellent views out over the valley. This traversing trail is really enjoyable as it meanders up and down along the mountainside, until eventually we reach a junction of paths where we have the choice to cross the Col de la Forcletta (2874m), or the Meidpass (2790m). Depending on weather, and conditions your guide will decide which route offers the best experience for the group. Both routes are absolutely stunning with excellent views of the glaciers and peaks of the Turtmann valley with descents through summer cattle meadows, and ancient alpine farms. Eventually, both descents are through larch forests and on pleasant woodland trails to the valley of the Turtmantal and on to the pretty village of Gruben. We stay overnight in a hotel here.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 1450m

    • Distance 18km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1300m

    • Time 9 hours walking

  • Cross the Augstbordpass (2894m) and descend via Jungu to St. Niklaus.

    A superb trek today, as we start out through open woodland, then high pastures and rocky upland wilderness. The trek soon opens up to some of the most spectacular views in the Swiss Alps. Our final pass is the Augstbordpass (2894m), beyond which we descend steeply to the pretty hamlet of Jungu and on again into the Mattertal and the town of St. Niklaus.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 1450m

    • Distance 18km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 2200m

    • Time 7 - 8 hours walking

  • Walk the first stage of the 'Europaweg' above the Mattertal Valley. Overnight at the Europahutte.

    The exciting finale to this great trek takes two days and follows the so-called Europaweg to Zermatt. This is a high-level walk on the east side of the Mattertal Valley. There is some considerable exposure in some places on the Europaweg and though these sections are safeguarded by chains, it is not for the fainthearted. Anyone who has a problem with exposure can opt to take an alternative, less spectacular route. The Europaweg starts in Grachen (just above St. Niklaus) and climbs through grassy alps and between pretty hamlets towards the rocky ridge of the Grathorn. Today we have our first views of the Matterhorn, yet still distant at this point. The high point of today’s route is at around 2700 metres and offers fantastic views across to the Weisshorn. Our overnight stop is at the Europahutte, situated on a steep hillside amongst huge boulders and tall pine trees. (Please note that this route is subject to occasional stone fall which could lead to sections being closed and diversions could be possible). No access to Trek Bag.

    • Accommodation Mountain Hut / Refuge

    • Ascent 1300m

    • Distance 14km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 700m

    • Time 7 - 8 hours walking

  • Walk beneath the Dom and Taschhorn, with views of the Matterhorn. Transfer to Zermatt.

    Our final day begins with a steep descent from the Europahutte through the larch forests. Eventually, we reach the valley floor and stroll along under the impressive jagged peaks and buttresses of the likes of the Weisshorn, Dom and Taschhorn. As we head for Zermatt we know we have the best of views still to come as the Matterhorn comes into view at the head of the Mattertal. Its a sight that has lured mountaineers to Zermatt for centuries and it does not disappoint. The glorious Matterhorn is what a mountain should look like, wild, jagged and impenetrable! However, Whymper found a way, and now on an almost daily basis mountaineers follow in his footsteps. Previously, this day would have involved following the Europaweg, but unfortunately a savage rockfall last summer means that for now the Europaweg remains closed. If this should change during our trip then we will be taking the Europaweg to Zermatt. After checking into our hotel there is time to look around Zermatt before we go out for a celebratory meal.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 650m

    • Distance 14km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1250m

    • Time 6 hours walking

  • Departure day.

    KE Land Only package services ends after breakfast.

Holiday Information

  • A professional guide
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • Transfer of luggage between overnight accommodation (except for 3 nights spent in mountain huts)
  • All meals All necessary vehicle transfers
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel Insurance
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses

As to be expected, the food available in restaurants and hotels in France and Switzerland is excellent. Continental breakfasts and evening meals are provided by our accommodation.

All meals are included in the holiday price from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 13. For lunch we provide a large sandwich and 2 trail bars. If you wish to take additional trail bars and snacks (not chocolate as it can melt) we recommend you bring these with you (or purchase them in local supermarkets) to keep in your trek bag as these can be expensive from hotels and refuges en-route.
The group will rendezvous at the Yeti Lodge in Argentiere on the evening of day 1 of the trip itinerary. For clients arriving by air, the easiest way to get to Argentiere is to fly to Geneva Airport and make use of an airport transfer service. We recommend mountaindropoffs.com. KE clients can get transfers from €27 each way by entering the promo code YETI. Please note that transfers are subject to availability and your flight details are required a minimum of 72 hours before your arrival in Geneva.

Returning from Zermatt
This trek ends in Zermatt. KE services end after breakfast on Day 13 of the trip. The most convenient way of returning from Zermatt to Geneva is by train. To make a booking with Swiss Federal Railways, go to their website at www.sbb.ch. If you intend to book your ticket in advance, note that the Swiss Rail website defaults to the concessionary fare which is half the normal fare. You must untick the 'Reduced fare' tick box before making your purchase. There is a station in Geneva Airport and there are several connections throughout the day. The journey takes approximately 3.5 hours from Zermatt and costs approximately CHF 95. If you intend to return to Chamonix at the end of the trip please contact the KE office.
During this trip the group will spend 9 nights in comfortable hotels, chalets or gites and 3 nights in mountain huts with bedding provided. Where we can, we will book couples in twin rooms. Other travellers will be accommodated in same sex twin or triple rooms, which may be with shared bathrooms. Single rooms are not available. In the mountain huts the accommodation will be in non-segregated, dormitories. This type of shared accommodation is all part of the Alpine mountain experience.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

After breakfast at our overnight accommodation, we try to get a reasonably early start. We carry a packed lunch (provided by our overnight accommodation) and stop off for a picnic at an appropriate point in the day. We will generally walk for around six to seven hours each day. We attempt to reach our overnight stop by four or five pm, in time for a wash or shower before dinner. The pace of the trekking will allow us time to stop to admire the views and to take photographs.
The group will be led by an IML qualified leader.

The package price includes all accommodation, guiding, all cable cars and all meals. You should make an allowance for additional snacks, drinks etc. Note: bottled water, if bought in the huts, is very expensive. Beer, wine and soft drinks are available every night. Please note that almost all of the route is in Switzerland and you should take most of your money in Swiss francs. Approximately CHF150 plus around 50 Euros should adequately cover typical personal spending requirements. There are ATM's in Geneva airport where you can withdraw cash in either currency. There are also cash point facilities in Argentiere and in Zermatt. If you are intending to hire or purchase items of equipment, you should budget accordingly.

We request that you keep the weight of your main trek bag to no more than 15kgs. Your trek bag will be transported by vehicle during the trip. It is not normally possible to ride with the baggage transfer vehicle. You will have access to your main trek bag on all but 3 nights of the trip. For these 3 nights it will be necessary only to add a sheet sleeping bag and a basic wash-bag to your daypack.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

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 high altitude.  You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude.

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 on our website which can be viewed via the link below. You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude. www.keadventure.com/page/altitude.html

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Daypack 30 - 40 litres should be sufficient

  • Dry bag for lining daypack

  • Hiking boots

  • Socks

  • Underwear

  • Hiking trousers

  • Waterproof jacket

  • Waterproof over-trousers

  • Thermal baselayer shirts (1 short sleeve, 1 long sleeve)

  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper

  • Warm and waterproof gloves or mittens

  • Thermal gloves

  • Warm hat

  • Sunhat

  • Sunglasses

  • Small wash-bag and toiletries

  • Sheet sleeping bag (for use in the huts)

  • Small trekking towel (for use in the huts)

  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)

  • Water bottle (1 litre) x2

  • Headtorch and spare batteries

  • Basic First Aid Kit including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium),  painkillers, plasters and blister treatment.

The following items are optional:

  • Trekking poles (highly recommended)

  • Gaiters

  • Shorts

  • T-shirts/casual shirts

  • Thermal baselayer - legging

  • Antibacterial hand wash

  • Camera

  • Change of clothes

  • Small padlock to lock trek bag

Notes:

  • We include 2 trail bars each day with your lunch pack. If you wish to take additional trail bars and snacks (not chocolate as it can melt) we recommend you bring these with you (or purchase them in local supermarkets) to keep in your trek bag as these can be expensive from hotels and refuges en-route.
  • We request that you keep the weight of your main baggage to less than 15kgs for the baggage transfers.
  • There are a total of three nights spent in mountain huts where there is no access to trek bags. Otherwise group members will have access to their main luggage on each evening. Sleeping bags are not required, as bedding is provided. However we recommend you bring a sheet sleeping bag and a small towel for use in the mountain huts.

 

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit.

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UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa.

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations. UK residents should obtain a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment, but is not a substitute for medical travel insurance which is still vital when travelling overseas.

The unit of currency in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc.

The unit of currency in Europe is the Euro.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking or climbing trip getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime leading up to your trip. The best exercise for a trip like this is regular hiking but jogging, squash and swimming are also good for developing better stamina. Before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

The temperatures that we can expect to encounter during the day will be reasonably warm, ranging from 10°C / 50°F to 25°C/ 77°F. It can be cool in the evenings at our highest overnight stopping places, falling close to freezing point at night. The weather is usually stable during July and August, but mountainous areas do generate their own weather systems and occasional rain and even stormy weather cannot be ruled out. You should be prepared for all eventualities!

  • Chamonix – Zermatt. Cicerone Press

Swiss Survey Hiking Maps. 1: 50,000

Two sheets are required to cover the route, namely: 5027T Grand St.Bernard - Combins – Arolla, and 5028T Monte Rosa – Matterhorn.

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