The Walker's Haute Route - Part I

From Chamonix nach Arolla | 6 Days

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Chamonix - Zermatt! The Walker's Haute Route is probably the most traditional alpine trekking at all and connects the two most famous mountaineering metropolises. The British Alpine Club established the route in the middle of the 19th century for its members as "The High Level Route".

Start from the mountaineering town of Chamonix and hike in front of a magnificent backdrop with Mont Blanc, Aiguille du Midi, Grande Jorasses across the border into the Lower Valais. With a view of the all-throning Grand Combin, the Walker's Haute Route leads over lonely hiking passes from Val Ferret to Val de Bagnes, Val d'Hérémence and finally to Arolla at the very back of Val d'Hérens.

The Walkers Highlights

  • Chamonix -Mont-Blanc is the center of alpinism and skiing par excellence
  • Step through the "Fenêtre d'Arpette" from Trient to Campex
  • The Col de Louvie and the Col de Prafleuri connect Verbier with the Val d'Hérémence through a lonely stretch of mountains.
  • Along the Lac des Dix and over the Col de Riedmatten leads the final stage to Arolla 

Mountain trails, non-continuous trail, moderately steep to steep with exposed sections, partly secured with chains (T2-T3). Good surefootedness required.


Up and down and on and on! Puffing and sweating is part of it. You will love the trekking! But bring experience of multi-day tours with you and prepare well with regular endurance training.

Hiking time without rests up to 8 hrs, up to approx. 1400 m altitude difference.


6-12 guests per hiking guide

Meeting place

12:15 PM Chamonix Hotel Croix-Blanche (train arrival 11:45 AM station Chamonix Mont Blanc)


approx. 3 PM Arolla


Would you like to continue straight away and tackle the second part of the Walker's Haute Route from Arolla to Zermatt? This starts from Les Haudères after a well-deserved rest day.

Private tours on your desired date we gladly will organize for you. Get in contact with us.

Learn more about the technical and physical requirements.

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The Walker's Haute Route - Part I
Walker's Haute Route - Part I

6 days
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from 1275.- CHF
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04.08. - 09.08.2024
6 days
1275.- CHF
11.09. - 16.09.2024
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Tag 1 Individual arrival to Chamonix. Enjoy the special flair of the town for a moment before you leave the hustle and bustle and hike on the high trail from Planpraz to La Flégère and Argentière, of course with a view of the highest mountain in the Alps, Mont Blanc. (Walking time without rests: approx. 3 h, distance: approx. 8 km, ascent/descent: 300/1000 altitude meters).

Day 2 From Argentière the trail leads through the Montagne des Posettes up to the first pass of Walker's Haute Route, the Col de Balme. Enjoy once again the view back into the Chamonix valley before the descent, now back on Swiss ground, leads along the rushing Nate Noir river to Trient. - A small mountain village with a pink church! (Walking time without rests: 5.0 h, distance: 12.8 km, ascent/descent: 955/1040 altitude meters).

Day 3 Step by step and with a bead or two of sweat on your brow, you climb towards the "Fenêtre d'Arpette". The view of the mighty, glaciated Plateau du Trient compensates for the effort. Then the route leads down and through the idyllic Val d'Arpette to Champex-Lac. Who knows, you might be tempted by a refreshing swim in the beautiful lake or simply the view of the mountains from the hotel terrace. (Walking time without rests: 5.30 h, distance: 12.3 km, ascent/descent: 1160/1240 altitude meters).

Day 4 From Champex-Lac you take a leisurely ride to Le Châble. The gondola up to Verbier lets you overcome the first meters of altitude comfortably. Then the path follows high above the Val de Bagnes with a view of the imposing Grand Combin to the Col de Termin. From here you can already see the destination, the idyllic Lac de Louvie and right next to it the cozy cabane. (Walking time without rests: 4.0 h, distance: 10.5 km, ascent/descent: 765/725 altitude meters).

Day 5 Today a lonely stretch is waiting for you. From the lovely Lac de Louvie you hike through the impressive stone desert of the Grand Désert surrounded by the glaciers of the Rossblanche and the Mont Fort. Over the two passes Col de Louvie and Col de Prafleuri you will reach in the evening the Cabane de Parfleuri, a cozy place at the back of the Val d'Hérémence. (Walking time without rests: 5.0 h, distance: 11.2 km, ascent/descent: 1200/780 altitude meters).

Day 6 The Lac des Dix shines turquoise blue. The trail first leads along the shores of the lake, then passes through the moraine landscape and climbs to the impressive Col de Riedmatten, which is once again almost 3000 m high. With a view of the imposing north face of the Pigne d'Arolla you hike towards your final destination Arolla down in the valley. (Walking time without rests: 6.30 h, distance: 18.5 km, ascent/descent: 920/1540 altitude meters).

Would you like to continue straight away and tackle the second part of the Walker's Haute Route from Arolla to Zermatt? This starts from Les Haudères after a well-deserved rest day.

  • Guiding and support by hiking guide
  • Overnight stay with half board: 2x hotel/guesthouse (basis double room), 3x mountain hut (multibed room)
  • Welcome aperitif on day 1
  • Offsetting of CO2 emissions on the tour CHF 12.- per person (according to myclimate CO2 calculator)
  • Service fee legal travel guarantee (0.25% on offer price)
  • Arrival to Chamonix
  • Transportation (taxi/bus/train/cable) car approx. CHF 75.-
  • Snacks and drinks

Additional services:

  • Single room supplement CHF 105.- (night 1 and 3)
  • It is possible to book a luggage transfer from the start to the end point, price on request
Technical equipment
  • Backpack approx. 30 l with rain cover (the backpack should not weigh more than 7-9 kg with the equipment)
  • 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)
  • Clothing and shoes for the evening (accommodation & village life)
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Personal toiletries, earplugs if necessary
  • Breakfast and dinner at the hotel/hut
  • Tea and lunch must be brought by yourself or can be bought in the hotel/hut/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
  • Swimming dress/trousers and towel
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