The classic High Level Route from Chamonix to Zermatt
The Haute Route is one of Europe's best known long distance ski-touring routes; running roughly parallel is a spectacular and demanding summer trek from Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn.
The route covers approximately 100km and travels west to east, across seven alpine passes linking the valleys of Haute Savoie in France to the Swiss Valais. Following our qualified International Mountain Leader, we pass beneath ten of the twelve highest mountains in the Alps: Mont Blanc, Grand Combin, Dente Blanche, Monte Rosa and the Matterhorn, to name just a few of those over 4000 metres.
Some of the terrain between the high passes is rugged and remote, scattered with glacial lakes and moraine. There are also pleasant low-altitude walks through green valleys and flower-strewn meadows.
Three nights are spent in high alpine huts and village inns where we can savour the peaceful mountain atmosphere; the rest of the trip is vehicle-supported camping using roomy, easy to erect tents and enjoying delicious meals prepared in camp.
What makes this trip responsible?
Throughout this trek we visit small mountain refuges for drink and snack stops helping to support the mountain community. While trekking our leaders and support staff work hard to ensure our groups leave minimal impact on the areas they walk, taking all litter and recycling where possible.
Mont Fort Refuge