Guidebook

The Classic Haute Route Trek by Mountain Tracks

Discover an alpine classic, plotted by Mountain Tracks’ IFMGA Mountain Guides.

Description

It’s difficult to think of a more iconic journey in the Alps. Linking the two mountain meccas of Chamonix in France and Zermatt in Switzerland, the Haute Route can be completed in summer or winter. Here we have highlighted the "classic" summer route. Unlike the valley-based walkers’ Haute Route, the Classic route crosses glaciers and takes in several lofty passes and cols as it winds through the Alps.

As such, it is suggested that groups complete this route with a guide, like one of Mountain Tracks’ roster of IFMGA Qualified guides, to ensure safe passage through potentially hazardous mountains.

The Haute Route literally means "the high route," so the high-altitude classic route is considered by many to be the purest of the route variations.

Plotted by Mountain Tracks’ Lead IFMGA Guide Matt Dickinson.

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Haute Route Day 1: Le Tour to Albert Premier Hut

Haute Route Day 1: Le Tour to Albert Premier Hut

Chamonix
2 - 3 hrs
5.9 km
1,259 m
51 m
Total walking time: 4-5 hours, 1,400m of ascent.
Moderate
Private
Haute Route Day 2: Albert Premier to Champex, via the Col Superior du Tour

Haute Route Day 2: Albert Premier to Champex, via the Col Superior du Tour

4 - 5 hrs
13.7 km
727 m
1,961 m
Total walking time: 7-8 hours, 750m of ascent, 1,400m of descent.
Moderate
Private
Haute Route Day 3: Mauvoisin to Cabane de Chanrion, via the Col de Tsofeiret

Haute Route Day 3: Mauvoisin to Cabane de Chanrion, via the Col de Tsofeiret

3 - 4 hrs
9.9 km
1,026 m
404 m
Total walking time: 3-4 hours, 980m of ascent, 200m of descent.
Moderate
Private
Haute Route Day 4: Cabana de Chanrion to Cabane des Vignettes, via the Glacier d’Otemma

Haute Route Day 4: Cabana de Chanrion to Cabane des Vignettes, via the Glacier d’Otemma

3 - 4 hrs
12.5 km
937 m
258 m
Total walking time: 7-8 hours, 700m of ascent.
Difficult
Private
Haute Route Day 5: Cabane des Vignettes to Arolla, via the Pigne d’Arolla

Haute Route Day 5: Cabane des Vignettes to Arolla, via the Pigne d’Arolla

1 - 2 hrs
5.6 km
16 m
1,151 m
Total walking time: 7-8 hours, 650m of ascent, 1,750m of descent.
Moderate
Private
Haute Route Day 6: Arolla to Bertol Hut

Haute Route Day 6: Arolla to Bertol Hut

3 - 4 hrs
8.3 km
1,293 m
44 m
Total walking time: 5-6 hours, 1300m of ascent.
Difficult
Private
Haute Route Day 7: Bertol Hut to Schönbielhütte

Haute Route Day 7: Bertol Hut to Schönbielhütte

4 - 5 hrs
10.3 km
663 m
1,223 m
Total walking time: 9-10 hours, 890m of ascent, 1,400m of descent.
Severe
Private
Haute Route Day 8: Schönbielhütte to Zermatt

Haute Route Day 8: Schönbielhütte to Zermatt

2 - 3 hrs
10.4 km
32 m
1,116 m
Total walking time: 3-4 hour, 150m of ascent, 800m of descent.
Easy
Private