The Walker's Haute Route (Part II)

From Arolla to Zermatt | 5 Days

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Chamonix - Zermatt! The Walker's Haute Route is surely the most traditional alpine trekking ever. It connects the two mountaineering metropolises from Mont Blanc to Matterhorn. The British Alpine Club established the route in the middle of the 19th century for its members as "The High Level Route". Then as now, a fascinating experience on the way through lonely valleys, over high alpine passes in front of a magnificent backdrop with all the 4000 meter peaks! Give it a go!

You start the second part of the Walker's Haute Route at the very back of the Val d'Hérens in Arolla, then a first highlight awaits you with the almost 3000 meter high Col du Tsaté, before the Glacier du Moiry is within reach and below the water of the lake of the same name shimmers turquoise blue. From Val d'Anniviers, the route leads over the Meidpass to Gruben. Not only the altitude, but above all the view to the 4000 meter peaks is simply breathtaking. Then Augstbordpass is remote, lonely and wild, before you reach the idyllic Jungenalp and, as the crowning glory, Zermatt on the Europaweg.


Partly marked trail, surefootedness and experience of mountain hikes required; terrain: moderately steep with short steeper, exposed passages, partly secured with chains/ropes (T3); alpine technique:no experience necessary


Walking time from 5-7 hrs. up to approx. 1200 altitude meters, approx. 300 vertical meters/hour.


3-10 guests per hiking guide

Meeting place

13.30 p.m. Les Haudères centre (postal car arrival 13.30 Uhr Les Haudères centre)


approx. 15.30 p.m. Zermatt train station


(depending on the date, an alternative choice of hotel with comparable services may occur).


The offer takes into account the current Covid-19 regulations of the FOPH.

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The Walker's Haute Route (Part II)

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Day 1 Arrival via Sion to the back of the Val d'Hérens. The second part of the Walker's Haute Route starts leisurely. The route from the mountaineering village of Arolla out of the valley to Les Haudères is ideal as an entry tour and the route along the glacier river is beautiful. (Walking time: 2.15 h, Distance: 8.1 km, Ascent/Descent: 135/690 meters)

Day 2 From La Forclaz the trail zigzags up, past the last alpine huts, further and further, more lonely, wilder until Col du Tsaté at 2867 m. The panorama is gigantic: Dent d'Hérens, Matterhorn, Dent Blanche, Zinalrothorn and Weisshorn. The 4000 m peaks are within reach! Far below, Lac de Moiry shimmers turquoise-blue. There the post bus is waiting and takes you in a short ride to Grimentz. (Walking time: 5.15 h, distance: 11.8 km, ascent/descent: 1235/715 meters)

Day 3 The train eases the first ascent from St-Luc to Tignousa. On a beautiful panoramic path with views into the Val d'Anniviers and the 4000 m peaks is good to start. Then the path climbs over the hilly terrain to the Meidpass at 2800 m. Passing the crystal clear Meidsee, the route leads down to the Turtmann valley to Gruben. (Walking time: 4.40 h, distance: 12.5 km, ascent/descent: 760/1110 meters)

Day 4 First through the sparse larch forest, then across alpine pastures until the trail finally leads through a bizarre rock and scree landscape to the Augstbord Pass at 2892 m. Now the view opens up into the Mattertal and the descent follows through the wild Augstbord to the sun terrace of Jungu. Treat yourself to a refreshing drink in one of the most beautiful mountain restaurants and enjoy the view of the Monte Rosa massif before the cable car takes you gently down to St. Niklaus. (Walking time: 5.35 h, distance: 13.5 km, ascent/descent: 1225/1075 meters)

Day 5 The crowning glory comes at the end. From Täsch by bus to Täschalp and along the Europaweg towards Zermatt. The view of the Matterhorn could hardly be better. Then follows a gentle descent to the mountaineering metropolis of Zermatt. Congratulations on the Walker's Haute Route! (Walking time: 3.15 h, Distance: 10.5 km, Ascent/Descent: 310/875 meters)

  • Guiding and support by hiking guide
  • Overnight stay with breakfast: 4x hotel (basis double room)
  • 1x half board (dinner)
  • Welcome aperitif on day 1
  • Arrival
  • Transportation (mountain railroads approx. CHF 65.- basis half fare)
  • Snacks and drinks

Additional services:

  • Single room supplement CHF 150.-
  • 3x half board (dinner)
  • Daily luggage transport from hotel to hotel CHF 175.-
Technical equipment
  • Backpack approx. 30 l possibly with rain cover
  • Telescopic poles (optional)
  • 1x hardshell jacket (wind- and waterproof)
  • 1x soft shell and/or fleece jacket
  • 1x hiking pants
  • Light waterproof rain pants (e.g. Gore-Tex)
  • T-shirt or shirt
  • Underwear
  • Cap/headband and hat
  • Gloves (wind and water resistant)
  • Functional socks and spare socks
  • Hiking/mountain boots (at least ankle-high, sturdy sole)
Overnight cottage
  • Clothing and shoes for the evening (accommodation & village life)
  • Personal toiletries, earplugs if necessary
  • Protective mask
  • Disinfectant
  • Towel
  • Breakfast and dinner at the hotel
  • Tea and lunch must be brought by yourself or can be bought in the hotel/village
  • Snacks (e.g. bars, dried fruits, dried meat)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun and lip cream (SPF 30 or more)
  • Camera and binoculars (optional)
  • Half fare Travelcard (if available)
  • Thermos bottle made of unbreakable material
  • Small pharmacy for personal needs
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