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Haute Route - Chamonix to Zermatt

Hiking route between Chamonix in France and Zermatt in Switzerland

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The Haute Route, (also known as The High Route or Mountaineers' Route) is the route undertaken on foot or by ski touring between Chamonix, France, and Zermatt, Switzerland.

Typically the walking route follows the following route:

  • Le Tour village, France
  • Albert Premier hut
  • Cabane du Trient or Orny hut
  • Champex town, Switzerland
  • Valsorey hut or Chanrion hut
  • Vignettes hut
  • Arolla village, Switzerland
  • Bertol hut
  • Schonbiel hut
  • Zermatt town, Switzerland

Walking the route can take up to 12 days whereas in the winter the route is often taken by ski-tourers who can complete the Haute Route in less than seven days.

It is highly recommended to complete the Haute Route with a mountain guide in winter or an IML (international mountain leader) in summer as parts of the route cross glacial terrain.

Worth knowing

It is advisable to plan your Haute Route trip many months in advance, as mountain huts book up quickly on this popular itinerary.


Map of the surrounding area