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Complete Haute Route - By Pygmy Elephant Travel

Balme (Le Tour)



Les Grands Montets



The Mischabel Range


Zermatt - Breuil-Cervinia


Complete Haute Route - By Pygmy Elephant Travel

Also in Haute-Savoie, France

Hiking Difficult

114 km
8.6 km
8.5 km
1 day +
Low Point
1.1 km
High Point
2.9 km
Complete Haute Route - By Pygmy Elephant Travel Map

The trek crosses from the Haute Savoie region of France to the Valais region of Switzerland. Along the way, towering peaks, many of them above 13,120 feet (4,000 meters) will be seen. Mont Blanc (15,780 feet / 4,810 meters), Grand Combin (14,153 feet / 4,314 meters) and the Matterhorn (14,692 feet / 4,478 meters) are some of the most striking. Both Chamonix and Zermatt provide ample luxury to cater to the most sophisticated tastes. In between these giants of tourism, you will get to know the local population of the small towns and villages.


The Walker's Haute Route takes the experienced hiker from the majesty of Mont Blanc in Chamonix to the iconic Matterhorn in Zermatt. Along the way, she will visit glaciers, mountain tarns and a number of charming hamlets—all set to the backdrop of some of the most stunning 13,120 feet (4,000 meters) peaks in the Alps.

But such rewards do not come without a price. It is a challenging hike; more so than its more famous cousin, the Tour du Mont Blanc. It requires more endurance, a better head for heights and a greater hiker's IQ. The Walker's High Road is approximately 117 miles (188 km) long and has an altitude gain of ca. 39,000 feet (12,000 meters) and loss of ca. 32,000 feet (10,000 meters). The trail itself passes through both France and Switzerland.

The Walker's High Road is customizable to the budget and preferences of our customers.




Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between July and September


  • Alpine
  • Wildlife
  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation