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Best of Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn

France, Mont Blanc
5 reviews
Available Departures: Aug, Sep

8 days from

US$2,860

without flights
Walk & Trek
Guided Group
CHALLENGING CHALLENGING

One of Europe's great Alpine mountain walks in a one week holiday

Trip Code: BMM
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Best of Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn

Highlights
  • Trek the most scenic trails of the Alps in just one week with an IML guide
  • Cross from Chamonix in France to Zermatt in Switzerland on a linear route
  • Stay in family-run hotels and cosy gites, and experience 2 Alpine mountain huts
  • Short transfers link the best sections of the Walker's Haute Route

At a Glance
  • Group Size 6 to 10
  • 6 days trekking
  • Max altitude - 3000 metres
  • Join In Chamonix, End in Zermatt

Accommodation & Meals
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 7 Dinners
  • 1 nights Chalet
  • 2 nights Mountain Hut / Refuge
  • 3 nights Hotel
  • 1 nights Gite / Hostel
Overview

A fantastic one-week walking holiday adventure in the Alps from Chamonix in France to Zermatt in Switzerland. Another in our series of 'The Best Of' Alpine walking routes, we now offer what is known as the 'Walker's Haute Route' from Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn within a 8-day holiday. Using short transfers to by-pass the least interesting sections of this classic route and by avoiding the technical section of the Europaweg, we have made these incredibly scenic mountain trails available to non-alpinists who wish to trek amongst beautiful Alpine scenery within just one week's leave. This superb alpine trekking holiday takes a linear route across the spine of the European Alps and links together the famous mountaineering towns of Chamonix and Zermatt.


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 and the Matterhorn. Traversing several high and challenging passes, we enjoy mountain walking in the Alps at its most delightful. Lower down, we pass through verdant Alpine valleys with cascading streams, pretty hamlets and flower-strewn meadows. 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 2 nights, this holiday offers nothing less than the best of the best in the Alps.

This is a classic Alpine walking route on good trails. The average distance covered each day is around 16 kilometres and there is a considerable amount of ascent and descent, with several passes close to 3000 metres. Regular hillwalkers will find this trek to be well within their capabilities. 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 2 nights in mountain huts and on these nights there is no access to trek bags. Otherwise, group members will have access to their main luggage each evening.

Why KE?

Unique to KE, we've created this fantastic itinerary to allow you to trek some of the most scenic trails in the Alps from Chamonix to Zermatt within just a week. Walk worry-free with short transfers and baggage transfers most days. 


Combine this holiday with our 'Best of the Tour du Mont Blanc' to give the 'best of the best' Alpine adventure.

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Itinerary

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

After breakfast at our chalet, we take a transfer to Le Tour followed by a cable car, from here we we begin our trek. Firstly heading over the Col du Balme (2186m), from here there are fantastic views back down the valley to Mont Blanc, before heading down through the meadows of Tseppes into Switzerland and the Trient Valley. From here we take a transfer to Verbier and a cable car up 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

Meals

B D

Ascent

500 M

Descent

1100 M

Time

7 - 8 hours walking

Distance

12 KM

This is one of the most spectacular days of the trek, traversing 3 high cols, with dramatic views throughout. A significant portion of the day is over rock and boulder fields. At the start, the path descends and then winds along under dwarfing cliffs, before ascending again (with views of the Grand Combin), 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

Meals

B D

Ascent

1250 M

Descent

1000 M

Time

9 hours walking

Distance

12 KM

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 then make the steep ascent over the Col de Riedmatten. 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. From here, we have a short vehicle transfer to the small farming hamlet of La Sage and our bed for the night.

Accommodation

Gite / Hostel

Meals

B D

Ascent

1050 M

Descent

1700 M

Time

8 hours walking

Distance

18 KM

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

Meals

B D

Ascent

1900 M

Descent

1900 M

Time

10 hours walking

Distance

17 KM

A steep but pleasant ascent on forest trails for around 1 hour leads to a more gentle rising traverse which emerges on a grassy plateauand and then proceeds through Alpine pastures with excellent views out over the valley. The trail continues upward passing several alpages and trail junctions to a final rocky climb up to the saddle of the Col de la Forcletta (2874m) which we should reach in under 4 hours from leaving Zinal. From the pass there is an extensive panorama of peaks and glaciers. Views become even more extensive as we descend from the pass with the peaks of the Stellihorn, Weisshorn, Bishorn, Barrhorn and Bruneggghorn all coming into view. We pass through a group of herders stone huts in the alp of Chalte Berg (2488m) and drop down through pine forest to the valley of the Turtmanna and on to the pretty village of Gruben. We stay overnight in a hotel here.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B D

Ascent

1500 M

Descent

1300 M

Time

8 hours walking

Distance

18 KM

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. From here, we transfer by minibus to Zermatt, where we can reflect on the trek that we have just completed, whilst enjoying a drink and the impressive sight of the majestic Matterhorn. After checking into our hotel there is time to look around Zermatt before we go out for a celebratory meal.

Accommodation

Hotel

Meals

B D

Ascent

1240 M

Descent

1950 M

Time

9 hours walking

Distance

19 KM

KE Land Only package services end after breakfast.

Meals

B
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Essential Information

We've compiled some of our Frequently Asked Questions to help you learn more about this amazing trip.

  • A professional guide
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • Transfer of luggage between overnight accommodation (except for 2 nights spent in mountain huts)
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • All necessary vehicle transfers

  • Travel insurance
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Airport transfers
  • Miscellaneous personal expenses


TRAVEL TO YOUR DESTINATION

In some cases you may choose to take a ferry and/or train to your holiday start and end destination. Please see further information on Travelling by Train.

If flying from the UK there are low cost airlines available to the start and from the end of your holiday.

To benefit from full financial protection, ease your holiday planning, and avoid dealing with airlines, we can book scheduled flights from the UK as part of a flight inclusive package. Scheduled flights are usually more expensive that low cost alternatives, however potentially less stressful if your flight is cancelled or delayed. If you book flights through KE Adventure Travel we will offset the carbon of your flight.

The group will meet at the hotel in the Chamonix Valley.

Arriving by air:
The easiest way to get to Chamonix is to fly to Geneva Airport and make use of an airport transfer service. We recommend mountaindropoffs.com.

Returning from Zermatt
This holiday ends in Zermatt. KE services end after breakfast on Day 8 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 sbb.ch, or telephone on 00 41 900 300 300.

Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

All meals are included in the holiday except for lunches. Lunches can be purchased in local supermarkets or bakeries along the way.
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.

When in the towns and villages all tap water is drinkable. In mountain huts there is usually not a sustainable drinking water supply. Water in plastic bottles is brought in to the hut. All huts have a recycling point. If you have to purchase water in plastic bottles please buy the largest bottle you can so as to use less plastic. Please take purification tablets or a filter bottle (such as a Water-To-Go bottle) to treat your water if you can fill from a local stream. Bottled water is not provided. We do not encourage the purchasing of single use plastic bottles. Local authorities are working to find solutions to using plastic water bottles in huts. We monitor the situation carefully for updates.

As might be expected, the food available in restaurants and hotels in France and Switzerland is excellent. Continental breakfasts and full 3-course evening meals are included every day.

Whilst we can cater for vegetarians, albeit sometimes with a more limited choice, we cannot always provide special diets.  Due to the nature of some of the trips that we operate and the countries in which we operate them, it can be very hard (and sometimes impossible) to cater for a wide range of dietary choices and you may have to supplement your diet with food/snacks from home.  If you have specific dietary requirements please do speak to our sales team and they will be able to advise you whether or not we will be able to offer your specific choice.  Please note that we are unable to provide separate menus and cannot accept liability for any problems arising from special dietary requirements or intolerances.

During this trip the group will spend 5 nights in comfortable hotels, chalets or gites and 2 nights in mountain huts. The Mont For Refuge on day 2 has good facilities (showers, restaurant, bar etc.), however due to it's location the Cabane de Prafleuri on day 3 is a little more basic and does not have showers; in both huts all bedding is provided but we would recommend bringing a sheet sleeping bag (sleeping bag liner). 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. It is also possible that on one other night the accommodaiton will be in dormitories, in this instance the group will still have access to the main bags on this night. This type of shared accommodation is all part of the Alpine mountain experience.

The group will be led by an IML qualified mountain leader. There will also be a support vehicle for baggage transfer.

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.

The package price includes all accommodation, guiding and all meals except lunches. You should also 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. Approximately CHF200 Swiss francs plus around 80 Euros should adequately cover typical personal spending requirements and lunches. There are ATM's in Geneva airport where you can withdraw Swiss Francs (CHF). There are also cash point facilities in Argentiere and in Zermatt.

For this holiday you should take one piece of luggage (maximum weight 15kg) and a daypack (of around 30 - 40 litres). Luggage with wheels is useful for this holiday. For international flights please check your baggage allowance with your airline. Your main bag will be transferred between overnight stops and you should have this ready for collection by 8.30 each morning. The bag will normally be delivered to your hotel by 4.00pm.  You will have access to your main bag on all but two nights of the trip. It is not possible to ride with the baggage transfer vehicle. 

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.

Europe

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)

  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

For the latest details on visiting countries within the EU or the European Economic Area (EEA), please check the UK Government website

The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required, and you should have at least 2 blank pages for each country that you visit.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Please ensure that you check for the latest advice before travel. For the most up to date information on entry requirements, please visit the UK Government website.

If you have a severe allergy please inform the KE office before you travel. We will do all we can to help, but we cannot guarantee an allergy free environment on KE trips. You will need to carry your own treatment for the allergy with you, as 'adrenaline auto-injectors' are not carried as standard by KE leaders and staff. You should inform your leader on arrival of your allergy, and let them know where you keep your adrenaline pen.

Vaccinations

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations.

GHIC / Medical cover

UK residents should carry a free Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment when you're visiting an EU country or Switzerland. This is not a substitute for medical travel insurance which is vital when travelling overseas.

The currency for part or all of this holiday is the Euro.

The unit of currency in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc.

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. Regular hiking is a great way to get fit and jogging, squash and swimming are also good for developing better stamina. Before departure, make sure you fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

The temperatures that we can expect to encounter during the day will range from 10C / 50F to 25C/ 77F. At night it can be cool in the mountains, falling to within a few degrees of freezing. 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!

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office's ‘Travel Aware campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas. The 'Travel Aware' website provides a single, authoritative source of advice for all kinds of travellers and we recommend that prior to travel, all KE clients visit the official UK Government website at travelaware.campaign.gov.uk and read the FCDO Travel Advice for their chosen destination. 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 FCDO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCDO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

KE do not encourage the use of single use plastic items. We are ensuring that our agents all over the world are working together to reduce the problem and educate those around them. We are leading by example in our KE office by reducing our plastic use.

  • Chamonix to Zermatt.

  • The Walker's Haute Route. Kev Reynolds. Cicerone Press.

Swiss Survey Hiking Maps. 1: 50,000

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

It is an essential condition of joining a holiday with KE Adventure Travel that you have a valid travel insurance policy to cover the cost of medical treatment and to protect the value of your holiday in the event of cancellation.  When taking out insurance please ensure the policy you choose covers you for the activities and altitude included in your itinerary.

For appropriate insurance cover we recommend Campbell Irvine Direct.  Please go to our Travel Insurance page for further information and to get a quote.

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:

  • Hiking boots

  • Socks

  • Underwear

  • Walking socks (2 or 3 pairs)

  • Trekking trousers

  • Thermal baselayer - leggings

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

  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper

  • Waterproof jacket

  • Waterproof overtrousers

  • Warm hat

  • Sunhat

  • Warm and waterproof gloves or mittens

  • Thermal gloves

  • Sunglasses

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

  • Water bottles 1 litre (x2) (we encourage re-filling water bottles rather than single use plastic)

  • Water purification tablets
  • Daypack 40 litres should be sufficient

  • Waterproof daypack liner

  • Headtorch and spare batteries

  • Sheet sleeping bag (for use in huts)

  • Small trekking towel (for use in huts)

  • Washbag and toiletries

  • Antibacterial hand wash

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

The following items are optional:

  • Gaiters

  • Spare laces

  • Shorts

  • Shirts (e.g. T shirts)

  • Trekking poles (highly recommended)

  • Insect repellant

  • Ear Plugs (especially if your are not the one snoring)

  • Camera

  • Travel clothes

  • Small padlock to lock trek bag

  • Reusable cloth bag for shopping (to avoid plastic bags)

Notes:

  • We request that you keep the weight of your main baggage to less than 15kgs for the baggage transfers.
  • There are a total of two nights spent in mountain huts where there is no access to main 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 for use in the mountain huts.
  • Please note that on this trip, there are a number of occasions when you will need to carry your main bag for short distances. Some clients have found that a piece of luggage with wheels makes sense for this holiday.

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Reviews

4.8 out of 5 from 5 reviews

A classic walk - in just one week ★★★★★

Think of the Swiss Alps and images such as high peaks, glaciers and chocolate-box wooden chalets with bountiful floral displays all come to mind. Add to this the evocative ringing of bells as the local cows peacefully graze green pastures, and you will gain some idea of the sights and sounds of this trip. Yes, there are some steep, zig-zag paths, and even the odd section of boulder-hopping as you head towards the next col. It may only seem a slight notch in the ridge as you start to gain height at the beginning of the day, but that’s all part of the challenge of walking in the Alps. With paths leading through forests, alongside milky-blue glacial lakes and amongst carpets of wild flowers, the changing scenery maintains interest throughout this trip. And yes, we even found a patch of edelweiss! Our guide Tom was a mine of information as we journeyed along. His extensive knowledge and experience of the route really enhanced our trip, and it was interesting (and thought-provoking) to hear how much glacial retreat had occurred in just the past few years … Charming hotels, a mountain hut and great food all added to the experience. Being able to walk with a minimal backpack from Argentiere to Zermatt in just one week (with some assistance from a few cable cars and taxis) was a real treat. A well-planned, compact trip with so many great memories. Top tips? As suggested in the trip notes, it’s well worth bringing walking poles. However, if you’re not used to these, do try them out on a longish walk beforehand, as I find I need to wear light gloves to reduce rubbing on my hands. Bring extra snacks to supplement packed lunches. And get as fit as you can before the trip … there are some long ascents along the way!
By Heather AVIEMORE | 14 September 2022

Stunning trek along the Walkers' Haute Route ★★★★★

Tom was a great guide, full of enthusiasm, knowledge and experience. The group were great companions on the trek. The refuges/hotels were more than comfortable after a long days trek. The weather was stunning and the scenery magnificent. One of the best treks in the Alps. Top tip - arrive a day or two early if you can and get fitter with some great walks in Chamonix

By Christopher Crockham Hill | 27 August 2022

The most fantastic walking holiday. ★★★★★

The website could never have done this trip justice! It was a truely amazing walk. Enjoyment levels are would definitely be linked to your level of fitness..the fitter the better! The guide, the trails, the views, the gites, the food, the local wines, the mountains, the peace, the flowers, the company were all fantastic. I could not fault any aspect of this trip except that I would like to have kept on walking! Merino wool shirts were definitely the right clothing to wear too.

By Nesta Bishops Castle | 28 August 2019

Very good weeks hard walking , blessed by sunny weather and excellent guide ★★★★

Much harder walking than I anticipated but managed to keep with the group (as did my wife- I am 58 yrs and my wife is 54 - both very active cycling/running/walking dogs , we have been walking in the Alps before several times including TMB). Elaine was an excellent guide who managed a small group very well throughout, didn't make things sound worse than they could be or sugarcoat the has hilly bits ( said exactly how things were ahead on the route and predicted walking time /distances spot on). M y wife was the only other female in the group and found Elaine a good friend throughout. Trip was basically through Switzerland and I found that Euros were acceptable throughout (even in mountain Cabins), so I needn't have changed my large amount of Euros (from a skiing holiday earlier in the year )into swiss francs as advised by KE. Switzerland is a lot more expensive than when we visited 3 years ago !
By Mark Stockton-on-Tees | 25 July 2017

KE Adventure reply

Thank you for your review. We are glad that you enjoyed your holiday and found Elaine to be such an excellent guide and good company too! We would not necessarily recommend that you change Euros into Swiss Francs for this trip, but if changing money from pounds or dollars, it makes sense to take Swiss Francs.


Stunning Alpine scenery brought to life by a top class mountain guide ★★★★★

This is an inspiring and challenging journey-of-discovery that covers snow-capped peaks, awesome glaciers, lush green valleys and impossibly blue lakes. Two or three days require good levels of fitness so it's worth preparing accordingly. Sophie the mountain guide taught us a huge amount about the geology, geography and plant life, as well as providing great tips on safe, high Alpine trekking. Some huts/hotels were better than others, but the food was always great.

By Paul Welshpool | 08 September 2016

Traveller Reviews
4.8 out of 5 from 5 reviews

A classic walk - in just one week
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Think of the Swiss Alps and images such as high peaks, glaciers and chocolate-box wooden chalets with bountiful floral displays all come to mind. Add to this the evocative ringing of bells as the local cows peacefully graze green pastures, and you will gain some idea of the sights and sounds of this trip. Yes, there are some steep, zig-zag paths, and even the odd section of boulder-hopping as you head towards the next col. It may only seem a slight notch in the ridge as you start to gain height at the beginning of the day, but that’s all part of the challenge of walking in the Alps. With paths leading through forests, alongside milky-blue glacial lakes and amongst carpets of wild flowers, the changing scenery maintains interest throughout this trip. And yes, we even found a patch of edelweiss! Our guide Tom was a mine of information as we journeyed along. His extensive knowledge and experience of the route really enhanced our trip, and it was interesting (and thought-provoking) to hear how much glacial retreat had occurred in just the past few years … Charming hotels, a mountain hut and great food all added to the experience. Being able to walk with a minimal backpack from Argentiere to Zermatt in just one week (with some assistance from a few cable cars and taxis) was a real treat. A well-planned, compact trip with so many great memories. Top tips? As suggested in the trip notes, it’s well worth bringing walking poles. However, if you’re not used to these, do try them out on a longish walk beforehand, as I find I need to wear light gloves to reduce rubbing on my hands. Bring extra snacks to supplement packed lunches. And get as fit as you can before the trip … there are some long ascents along the way!
By Heather AVIEMORE | 14 September 2022

Stunning trek along the Walkers' Haute Route
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Tom was a great guide, full of enthusiasm, knowledge and experience. The group were great companions on the trek. The refuges/hotels were more than comfortable after a long days trek. The weather was stunning and the scenery magnificent. One of the best treks in the Alps. Top tip - arrive a day or two early if you can and get fitter with some great walks in Chamonix

By Christopher Crockham Hill | 27 August 2022

The most fantastic walking holiday.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

The website could never have done this trip justice! It was a truely amazing walk. Enjoyment levels are would definitely be linked to your level of fitness..the fitter the better! The guide, the trails, the views, the gites, the food, the local wines, the mountains, the peace, the flowers, the company were all fantastic. I could not fault any aspect of this trip except that I would like to have kept on walking! Merino wool shirts were definitely the right clothing to wear too.

By Nesta Bishops Castle | 28 August 2019

Very good weeks hard walking , blessed by sunny weather and excellent guide
★ ★ ★ ★
Much harder walking than I anticipated but managed to keep with the group (as did my wife- I am 58 yrs and my wife is 54 - both very active cycling/running/walking dogs , we have been walking in the Alps before several times including TMB). Elaine was an excellent guide who managed a small group very well throughout, didn't make things sound worse than they could be or sugarcoat the has hilly bits ( said exactly how things were ahead on the route and predicted walking time /distances spot on). M y wife was the only other female in the group and found Elaine a good friend throughout. Trip was basically through Switzerland and I found that Euros were acceptable throughout (even in mountain Cabins), so I needn't have changed my large amount of Euros (from a skiing holiday earlier in the year )into swiss francs as advised by KE. Switzerland is a lot more expensive than when we visited 3 years ago !
By Mark Stockton-on-Tees | 25 July 2017

KE Adventure reply

Thank you for your review. We are glad that you enjoyed your holiday and found Elaine to be such an excellent guide and good company too! We would not necessarily recommend that you change Euros into Swiss Francs for this trip, but if changing money from pounds or dollars, it makes sense to take Swiss Francs.


Stunning Alpine scenery brought to life by a top class mountain guide
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

This is an inspiring and challenging journey-of-discovery that covers snow-capped peaks, awesome glaciers, lush green valleys and impossibly blue lakes. Two or three days require good levels of fitness so it's worth preparing accordingly. Sophie the mountain guide taught us a huge amount about the geology, geography and plant life, as well as providing great tips on safe, high Alpine trekking. Some huts/hotels were better than others, but the food was always great.

By Paul Welshpool | 08 September 2016

DATES & PRICES

Private Departure?

Gather a few friends, family or club and take over your own departure.

2024

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Adults from

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  • Best of Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn
    Without Flights
  • Departure Reference: BMM /02/24/
  • This trip begins on Sat 31 Aug and ends on Sat 7 Sep
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of US$475
  • Contact us for single room pricing
  • Download Trip Notes

2025

Dates

Adults from

Deposit

Status

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  • Best of Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn
    Without Flights
  • Departure Reference: BMM /01/25/
  • This trip begins on Sat 2 Aug and ends on Sat 9 Aug
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of US$475
  • Contact us for single room pricing
  • Download Trip Notes

More Information

  • Best of Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn
    Without Flights
  • Departure Reference: BMM /02/25/
  • This trip begins on Sat 30 Aug and ends on Sat 6 Sep
  • This departure is available to book. Secure your place today with a deposit of US$475
  • Contact us for single room pricing
  • Download Trip Notes

Land Only Information

We sell this holiday on a Land Only basis and recommend that you book your flights to Geneva Airport which is approximately an hour's drive from Chamonix and three hours by train from Zermatt. Please refer to the 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the departure 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, Bristol, Edinburgh & Glasgow. Other airports may be available.

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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Changes to flights

Please be aware that the flight industry is experiencing a high level of service fluctuation and changes to your flights may occur. This may also require amends to the transfers and joining arrangements. Thank you all for continuing your patience and understanding.

BOOK WITH KE CONFIDENCE - No surcharge guarantee

The price of our holidays can change depending on a variety of factors but unlike some other tour operators, KE have undertaken to guarantee the Land Only price of your holiday will not change after you have booked. The price when you book is the price you will pay, whether you are booking for this year or the next. Book early to avoid any tour price increases, get the best flight prices and take advantage of our 'No Surcharge Guarantee'.

KE Adventure is a fully bonded tour operator. We hold an ATOL license (No: 2808) and are bonded with ABTA (Membership No: W4341)


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