Cicerone Guide Book: Chamonix To Zermatt: Reynolds - The Classic Walker's Haute Route
A guidebook to the classic trek from Chamonix to Zermatt, through the French and Swiss Alps.
The Walker's Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt is a trek between, and through, the most spectacular and famous mountains in the Alps. Trekking between the Massif of Mont Blanc - the highest summit in the Alps - and the Matterhorn - the most iconic - is an opportunity to explore the French and Swiss Alps at their highest and best. This guide follows the entire route, with alternative lower stages, and includes the two-day Europaweg, that concludes the trek in a true high-level path way above the Mattertal to Zermatt.
The route is more of a challenge than its famous cousin, the Tour of Mont Blanc; at 180km it is longer, the passes are higher and the walking more arduous. Taking on this alpine venture will reap rewards for any trekker. On this journey, you will be witness to the greatest collection of 4000m peaks in the Alps, visit remote and pristine valleys with picture-perfect Swiss villages such as Arolla and Champex and experience the true splendour of the high Alps.
This guide is the perfect companion to the Chamonix-Zermatt route and contains all the information needed to make a successful trek. Typically taking about two weeks to complete, it's packed with practical information on accommodation, facilities, transport to and from the region and safety in high mountains. Not to mention the guide includes maps to each stage, route profiles, information on places and mountains of interest and breathtaking photography along the way.
Everything you need to plan your trek, and then walk it. From accommodation and access, currency and language to clear descriptions of the route.
The route is covered in 14 stages, including 10 variants and additions. There is also information on walking and climbing activities to do after your arrival in Zermatt.
Details and history on the Alpine towns, villages, huts and mountains along the way enrich the entire trek.
multi-day Alpine trekking
Alpine summer walking - mid-June to mid-September. Snow could remain on higher passes well into July.
Chamonix, Argentière, Trient, Champex, Sembrancher, Le Chable, Verbier, Arolla, Les Haudères, Zinal, Gruben, St Niklaus, Zermatt.
180km, 11 passes, 12,000m of ascent over 2 weeks make this a fairly tough trek as well as a beautiful one. High alpine mountain walking.
One big highlight ... from Mont Blanc and Chamonix's Aiguilles, the Combin stages, the fabulous vals d'Herens and Moiry, the Matterhorn view as you walk into Zermatt, the huts, the company ... shall I go on?
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