Chamonix and Zermatt, the two capitals of the Alps. The history of alpinism has written its most famous pages there. Both Mont-Blanc range and Wallis Alps gather 69 4000-meter summits out of a total of 82 in the entire Alps Mountains. Spectacular views, strong local cultures, a rich history, … are waiting for you to enjoy.
Our alpine trek starts from the well-known mountain resort of Chamonix, and travels over mountain passes, through eight valleys of the Swiss Wallis region, using trails and rugged terrain, with landscapes varying from lush green alpine pastures to jagged rocky landscapes. Each day several 4000 meter peaks come into view : Grand Combin, Dent Blanche, Zinalrothorn, Weisshorn, the Matterhorn ... The complexity of the route - along glaciers and lakes, through alpine pastures and villages - makes this trek one of the greatest of the kind in the Alps.
A demanding trek, with long daily hikes, high mountain passes, for which we recommend to prepare yourself quite seriously !
In order to immerse ourselves into a unique alpine setting, we carry all our belongings for the week. Nights in dormitory, in mountain inns or huts. We use public transportation for transfers and get food supplies from villages or from the huts.
Day 1 : CHAMONIX - COL DE BALME
Our hiking adventure starts from the village of Le Tour. Once at Col de Balme, our first hiking goal, we will say goodbye to the king of the Alps, Mont Blanc, and the nearby needles, and discover the Swiss Alps and pastures. We follow the trail down to Alpages des Grands and lower down to the Trient glacier creek. Col de la Forclaz and our hotel are only 2 miles away.
Up : 900m / Down : 1000m / Hiking Time : 6 H 30
Day 2 : CROIX DE BOVINE - CHAMPEX
As we hike up to the alpine pastures of La Giète, the Swiss Herens cow breed welcomes our arrival with a typical cowbell melody. While we leave behind us the busy cheese maker, the trail leads to Croix de Bovine. There the panorama rewards our efforts with an incredible view over the upper Rhone valley. The Bernese Oberland and the Penian Mountains border the Swiss Wallis region. It is time to hike down to the charming alpine village of Champex, where we stay for the night.
Up : 1000m / Down : 1000m / Hiking Time : 7 H 30
Day 3 : VERBIER - CABANE DE LOUVIE
After a transfer to Le Châble, we take a gondola to the top of Verbier resort. We startour hike on the "Chamois Trail", a panoramic traverse facing the Combins mountain range. The views on Val de Bagnes and the gigantic Corbassière Glacier are just spectacular. After Col Termin, we hike down to Louvie hut sitting by the emerald lake of Louvie.
Up : 400m / Down : 400m / Hiking Time : 5 H 00
Day 4 : CABANE DE LOUVIE – CABANE DE PRAFLEURI
Our trail follows old alpine pastures, where chamois and ibexes enjoy grazing the lush mountain grass, hardly accessible to catle. Then, the trail winds up and across rather steep and rocky slopes, to reach a first mountain pass : Louvie (2921m). From there, the terrain is rugged and rocky, and glacier moraines and creeks leave little room to alpine vegetation. We hike across “Grand Desert” to reach Prafleuri Pass (2987m). On a clear day we can see Pigne d’Arolla and Dent Blanche, part of our next day’s hike. Today ends with a descent to Prafleuri hut (2624m) where we enjoy a well-deserved sleep in a comfortable dormitory. This part of the trip is not very technical, yet it is long and demanding.
Up : 940m / Down : 560m / Hiking Time : 8 H 00
Day 5 : CABANE DE PRAFLEURI – AROLLA
The day starts with a warm-up hike to the Roux Pass (2804m). After enjoying a magnificent view over Lac des Dix (2364m), we hike across the Barma alpine pastures and along the lake to reach its far end. From there we hike over “Pas du Chat” to set our feet on the other bank of the glacier creek, and start our long climb to Reidmatten Pass (2919m), following the moraine of the Cheilon glacier. As we hike up we can admire Mont-Blanc de Cheilon (3869m), and from the top of the Pass - weather permitting of course - we should get a glimpse of the summit of the Matterhorn. On the way down the chaotic Tsijiorne Nouve glacier and Mont Colon slowly come into view. This extraordinary day ends in the village of Arolla (2000m).
Up : 735m / Down : 1360m / Hiking Time : 7 H 00
Day 6 : AROLLA – ZINAL
A taxi takes us to Le Cotter (2057m), above the village of Les Haudères. The climb up to Torrent Pass (2919m) 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 (4357m) appears in the distance with lush alpine pastures in the foreground. To get to Zinal (1650m), we still need to hike over Sorebois Pass (2835m). This pass rewards us with an unforgettable view of the surrounding 4000m peaks : Bishorn (4153m), Weisshorn (4506m), Zinalrothorn (4221m), Obergabelhorn (4063m). We hike down into Val d’Anniviers. We stay in a small hotel in Zinal .
Up : 1450m / Down : 920m / Hiking Time : 8 H 00
Day 7 : ZINAL – GRUBEN
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 (2874m). 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 (1822m) in the Turtman valley (Turtmantal), where we spend the night.
Up : 1220m / Down : 1050m / Hiking Time : 7 H 00
Day 8 : GRUBEN – SAINT NIKLAUS – ZERMATT
Although the last pass of the trip is quite hard to pronounce, the Augsbordpass (2894m) is easy to hike to. During the long descent to St Niklaus (1100m) looking down to the Mattervispa valley, we stop at the alpine village of Jungu (1955m), and take a moment to admire the surrounding summits : the Weissmies (4023m), the Mischabel range and with its many 4000m peaks (Dom 4545m, Täschhorn 4490m, etc ...). From Jungu we hike down an ancient Way of the Cross to the small town of St Niklaus. We reach Zermatt by train, where we spend the night.
Up : 1070m / Down : 1790m / Hiking Time : 7 H 30
Day 9 : ZERMATT
This last hike takes us to the hamlet of Zmutt, nested at the foot of the Matterhorn : a fantastic area to admire this legendary summit. Our trek ends in Zermatt, in early afternoon.
Up : 450m / Down : 450m / Hiking Time : 3 H 00
For safety reasons, the guide may modify the trek itinerary due to terrain, weather or other conditions.
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More pictures on our blog : Chamonix-Zermatt par les sentiers
2017 DATE : From Tuesday to Wednesday. August 01st to 09th.
2017 PRICE : 1350€/person (for a minimum of 6 people)
The organization and supervision of each tour by State qualified trekking guide/s
Drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…)
Half-board accommodation in mountain hut, or basic hotel (dormitory)
Repatriation insurance (mandatory)
Transportation throughout the trek
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- 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 10 people per group and mountain leader
- Carefully selected accommodation
- Local products for our take-out lunches
- Truly mountain oriented our certified leaders are happy to share their knowledge and expertise in the guiding field
LEVEL : The Chamonix to Zermatt - Hut to Hut is a strenuous and demanding trek. More than 1000m (3350ft) vertical gain and about 7 to 9 hours of hiking daily. Some days may be long and demanding, involving altitudeand high mountain passes (min.2800m). Hiking on mountain trails and terrain showing exposed and difficult sections. These trips generally require carrying a backpack with personal belongings throughout the trek. For expert hikers only. For very active, well-trained people with a solid experience in alpine trekking.
GUIDING : Each mountain leader guides groups of 10 people maximum. For maximum safety and quality guiding, a second mountain leader joins the group at 11 people.
Important : no booking accepted in our scheduled groups for people under the age of 18.
ACCOMMODATION : 2 nights in a mountain hut, in dormitory, 6 nights in a basic hotel (in 2/3 bed room). Each hiker carries daily his personal belongings, and the picnic.
MEETING PLACE : At 8.30am in front of the Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix on Day 1. You are welcome to come and meet your guide the evening before at our office at 6 pm.
EQUIPMENT : See attached list.
Note : Due to the elevation of the trek, a good equipment is strongly advised.
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 : firstname.lastname@example.org