The Haute Route, that is to say the route connecting Verbier to Zermatt (Switzerland) via the mountains and glaciers, is undoubtedly the most famous glacier hut to hut walk in the Alps
The Haute Route, that is to say the route connecting Verbier to Zermatt (Switzerland) via the mountains and glaciers, is undoubtedly the most famous glacier hut to hut walk in the Alps, probably in the all world too!.
Inaugurated in 1903, it links the two historic capitals of mountaineering with passes over 3000m and an optional summit at 3800m. The exceptional beauty of the landscapes crossed makes it a “must to do hike” not technically difficult .
Despite its reputation, the Haute Route is a serious challenge requiring good general physical preparation and is the perfect goal for hikers willing to take a step further by doing glacier walks and summits almost over 4000m!
The original itinerary is generally between 6 and 7 days. It is nonetheless possible as is proposed here to do it in 5 days starting directly Mauvoisin dam next to Verbier in the Val de Bagnes. This avoids the 2 days from Chamonix to Champex which can be done later during a weekend for example while keeping 5 full days submerged in the high mountains to reach the Matterhorn from Verbier.
Day 1 :
Martigny – Cabane de Charion Meeting in Martigny train station where we’ll take a taxi to the Mauvoisin dam (1805m). We’ll then hike along the lake all the way to our first mountain hut, cabane Chanrion at 2462m high. No Glacier on this day, which is a perfect « warm up » on mountains trails to get our legs ready for the next days. Dénivelé positif : 657m / Dénivelé négatif : 0 m
Day 2 :
Cabane de Charion to Cabane des Vignettes We’ll start from the mountain hut by a little descent to reach the massive Ottema glacier. It is impressive to see how much ice melted during the last century… This glacier is a very long and not very steep one and will lead us to the cabane des Vignettes (3 160m). The view from there on the Arolla valley is just incredible. For the fittest and the most motivated, it is possible to get to the Pigne d’Arolla summit (3 796m) above the hut (only if we mange to get early at the hut). Dénivelé positif : 1400m / Dénivelé négatif : 630m
Day 3 :
Cabane des Vignettes to Cabane Bertol It is a big day. First we’ll hike down and then up to Col de l’Evêque (3 392m) by the Mont Collon glacier. This pass is very close to the Italian border. We’ll then go down on the Haut Glacier d’Arolla to “plan de Bertol” (2 550m), and old pasture. From there, we’ll get back on trails to hike to the cabane Bertol (3 311m), a real eagle nest above the valleys around. There are approximatley 150m of laders to reach the hut. Dénivelé positif : 950 m / Dénivelé négatif : 1 050 m
Day 4 :
Cabane Bertol to Cabane Schonbiel First thing in the early morning is to get down the laders and reach the glacier! A good warm up !! This days is the « high altitude » day. We’ll traverse and hike the Glacier du Mont Miné to summit Tête Blanche (3 710 m), the highest point of our trip. It is a stunning point of view !! Dent Blanche (4 357m) and of course the Matterhorn (4 476m) with all the others 4000m peaks of the Valais are surrounding us! It is unbelivable! The descent is on the Stocki glacier and then on the Zmutt glacier at the base of the north face of the Matterhorn. The cabane Schönbiel is 300m above the morraine and we’ll reach it after a tiring walk in rocky terrain and some laders too. Dénivelé positif: 565m / Dénivelé négatif : 1 100m
Day 5 :
Cabane Schönbiel to Zermatt Easy final day that we can enjoy with no stress. The view is absotuletly incredible. We’ll get down to Zermatt trhough an easy trail down the famous Zermatt pastures. We should be in Zermatt around noon to take the train back to our places in the afternoon. Be aware that the programis indicative. Your mountaon guide can decide to change, modify, adapt any of the days itinearies according to weather, snow conditions or group level.
What’s included in the price :
- Half board in mountain huts based on dormitory up to 20 pers in the rooms.
- Diners and breakfast. For vegan or vegetarian, please tell us before your departure.
- Pack lunches on day 2,3,4.
- UIAGM mountain guide during the 5 days
- Transfer from Martigny to Mauvoisin Dam
- Safety collective equipment (rope, carabiners, ice screws…)
What’n not included in the price :
- Drinks and snacks (during the day and at the hut)
- Pack lunches on day 1 and day 5 (Day 1 please take on, on day 5 it is possible to share a lunch in Zermatt)
- Personal equipment (you can rent everything with our partner shop)
- Accommodation before and after the trip (we can help you with that if you want)
- Train to get back from Zermatt
- Everything that is not written in the “what’s included section”
Prices 2020 :
Prices are per person and in Euros
- 2 pers : 2250 € /pers
- 3 pers : 1780 € /pers
- 4 pers : 1520 € /pers
- 5 pers : 1350 € /pers
- 6 pers : 1280 € /pers