Many alpine legends were written in a unique and wild setting, above Chamonix and Zermatt, the two prominent mountaineering capitals in the Alps.
Among the official list of 82 summits towering as high as 4000 meters, 69 can be found in the Wallis and Mont-Blanc range. These mountains are the home of a strong mountain identity, that was nurtured through time in an incredible spectacle. It is an invitation to travelling up mountain passes and into alpine valleys.
This program is a selection of the most outstanding hikes the region has to offer. It starts in Chamonix, at the foot of Mont-Blanc, and reaches Zermatt, the home of the Matterhorn.
We take care of luggage transportation all along the trip, except for the first and last nights, spent in mountain huts.
Day 1 : CHAMONIX - REFUGE DU LAC BLANC
Our hiking adventure starts with a spectacular hike across the “Grand Balcon Sud” and unbelievable view of the Mont Blanc range just across the valley from us. The trail continues over mountain passes, Col Cornu then Col de la Glières. Along the way, views keep getting better while we admire the reflection of alpine glaciers in mountain lakes … We spend the night at Refuge du Lac Blanc, located in the Aiguilles Rouges mountain wildlife sanctuary. No access to our luggage.
Up : 900m / Down : 300m / Hiking Time : 5 H 30
Day 2 : AIGUILLETTE DES POSETTES
We follow the trail across the protected wildlife area all the way to Col des Montets, the limit of the alpine wild life sanctuary. Then we hike up a pine and spruce forest to enjoy an incredible panorama from the top of Aiguillette des Posettes. Then we continue down and to the pass, and shortly after, we ride the gondola down to Vallorcine, the village far down in the valley. We transfer to Evolène, Switzerland, where we stay for the night.
Up : 850m / Down : 1100m / Hiking Time : 6 H 30
Day 3 : EVOLÈNE - ZINAL
A taxi takes us to Le Cotter, above the village of Les Haudères. The climb up to Torrent Pass is pleasant and not too steep. It is in picture postcard scenery that the trail descends towards Moiry Lake through the meadows, with the Dent Blanche as décor. The Dent Blanche appears in the distance with lush alpine pastures in the foreground. To get to Zinal, we still need to hike over Sorebois Pass. This pass rewards us with an unforgettable view of the surrounding 4000m peaks : Bishorn, Weisshorn, Zinalrothorn, Obergabelhorn. We hike down into Val d’Anniviers. We stay in a small hotel in Zinal.
Up : 1240m / Down : 670m / Hiking Time : 8 H 00
Day 4 : ZINAL - GRÜBEN
After a steep hike into a superb larch and spruce forest, we quickly gain altitude to admire the Dent Blanche again, and later on the Ober Gabelhorn. We leave the French speaking part of the Wallis region behind us, to enter the German speaking area as we hike over the Forcletta Pass. Local names are different but the views are equally beautiful : the Bishorn and the Weisshorn, the Brunegg and Turtman glaciers. We finally reach the summer mountain hamlet of Grüben in the Turtman valley (Turtmantal), where we spend the night.
Up : 1220m / Down : 1050m / Hiking Time : 7 H 00
Day 5 : TAËSCH ALP - FLUHALP HUT
After a 1h30 bus transfer, we reach Taësch Alp in the Mattertal valley. We start hiking through alpine pastures, while admiring amazing looking peaks around us: Weisshorn, Alphubel, Alallinhorn, and the Rimpfishlhorn glacier. Our trail gently leads to Pfulwe pass (3155 m). From there the view over the Monte Rosa summits leaves us speechless! Point Dufour, Breithorn, and the isolated yet a hikers’ favorite, namely the Matterhorn. We continue our descent along the impressively large Findelgletscher, until we reach Fluhalp hut where we spend the night. No access to our luggage.
Up : 950m / Down : 555m / Hiking Time : 6 H 30
Day 6 : ZERMATT
We hike down to Grüen Lake just at the foot of Hohälli peak. A very last climb through alpine pastures and scree leads to the alpine plateau of Riffelberg and Gornergrat cog train. We are in the Monterosa range and incredible mountain views surround us everywhere … The cog train takes us down to Zermatt, where modern mountain lifestyle cohabits with alpine tradition in a surprising harmony.
After a short visit through the narrow streets of Zermatt, a taxi takes us to our minivan and we transfer back to Chamonix.
Up : 850m / Down : 400m / Hiking Time : 3 H 30
For safety reasons, the guide may modify the trek itinerary due to terrain, weather or other conditions.
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2017 DATES : From Sunday to Friday.
July 16th to 21st - July 23rd to 28th - August 06th to 11th - August 20th to 25th and September 03rd to 08th.
2017 PRICE : 1065€ per person (6 people minimum)
The organization and supervision of each tour by State qualified trekking guide/s
Drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…)
Half-board accommodation in mountain hut (dormitory), and basic hotel (double share room)
The repatriation insurance (mandatory)
The picnic lunches
Transfers throughout the trek
Luggage transportation throughout the trek
|The shuttle back to Chamonix|
- ID or valid passport.
- Repatriation insurance (mandatory). Cancellation insurance is highly recommended.
We provide optional insurance contracts for repatriation and trip cancellation (see booking form).
WHY CHOOSE COMPAGNIE DES GUIDES :
- An all-inclusive product
- Only 6 to 12 people per group and mountain leader
- Carefully selected accommodation
- Local products for our take-out lunches
- A taxi to transport our luggage during the trek
- Truly mountain oriented our certified leaders are happy to share their knowledge and expertise in the guiding field
LEVEL : Between Chamonix and Zermatt hiking trip is a strenuous trek. A minimum of 800m (2700ft) vertical gain and about 8 hours of hiking daily day. Hiking on maintained trails with off trail hiking sections, in scree and bouldery areas. Mountain terrain can involve difficult and exposed trails, for sure-footed hikers. Good physical training and multiday hiking experience on mountain trails are required.
ACCOMMODATION : 1 night at refuge du Lac Blanc (dorm, shower), 1 night at Fluhalp hut (2 or 4 bedroom, shower), 3 nights in a hotel (double room). Luggage transported by a taxi along the trip except on day 1 and day 5.
GUIDING : Each mountain leader guides groups of 12 people maximum. For maximum safety and quality guiding, a second mountain leader joins the group at 13 people.
Important : no booking accepted in our scheduled groups for people under the age of 18.
MEETING PLACE : 8.30am at the Compagnie des Guides in Chamonix, 190, place de l'église in Chamonix. You are welcome to come and meet your guide the evening before at our office at 6 pm.
EQUIPMENT : See attached list.
Note : the altitudes of the tour require a good equipment.
INSURANCE : Our mountain leaders are self-employed professionals, and therefore covered under a liability insurance via the French Mountain Leaders Association (SNAM). As a tour operator, the Compagnie des Guides is also covered under a tour operator liability insurance contract (MMA IARD).
Repatriation and cancellation insurance are available from our office. Repatriation insurance is mandatory. We strongly recommend the purchase of cancellation insurance.
TRAINING : Good physical condition will allow you to make the most of your holiday. A month before the hike at least, we suggest you walk upstairs, rather than use the elevator. During the weekends you can run, walk or ride your bike to train for the hike. Doing a medical check-up before signing for the trip is recommended. Your guide should be informed of any medical treatment.
CLIMATE : Alpine weather can change suddenly, involving wide temperature variations. Temperatures also drop with altitude, and snow falls in summer are not rare. A high pressure moving in can also bring in cool air. You should anyhow bring warm clothes and be prepared for cold or very hot weather, while minimizing additional weight gain.
Please, feel free to contact the Compagnie des Guides for any further information.
You are a private group, you can ask for a customized trip, and have your own guide !
- Exclusive guide
A more individualized relationship between your group and the professional.
- Choose your date of departure
You can choose your date of departure within the limit of the hut availabilities.
- Flexibility all along the trip
Depending on weather conditions, your level and your expectations, the guide can suggest you some different options of itinerary.
For any further information, please contact Déborah :
Tel : +33 450 53 00 88 or E-mail : email@example.com.