Hike the Haute Route

Traverse snow-covered peaks and witness the famous Matterhorn on this iconic trek through the heart of the Alps.

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Hike from France to Switzerland alongside the highest peaks in western Europe on a spectacular trail demanding skill, experience and, ultimately, determination.

Starting in Chamonix, on the doorstep of Mont Blanc, you’ll trek for 10 days from col to col, surrounded by desolate 4,000m peaks. Visit the picturesque village of Trient, cross the wild Fenêtre d’Arpette mountain pass and ascend the Augstbord Pass, before reaching the Matterhorn Valley and arriving in the Swiss mountain village of Zermatt.

There are two possible versions of the Haute Route, both taking between 10 and 14 days. The original began as a mountaineering trail, connecting the two great mountaineering centres. The second is the Walkers’ Haute Route, which is a lower variant aimed at hikers wishing to walk in the shadows of Western Europe’s highest mountains. Either route is best undertaken in the summer months, between May and August, and can be accessed by flying to Milan, Geneva or Zürich.