Trek the very challenging and less-traveled Haute Route with the Alps specialists
No one knows the Alps like MTS. With over four decades of experience leading trips here, we have cultivated a regular following of clients who come back to try a different trip in the Alps with us each year. The Haute Route or “High Road” is one of our more challenging itineraries, designed for serious trekkers who love the thrill of summiting ten passes in ten days and the comfort of warm, alpine hospitality at night. The Haute Route connects Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn on one of the most spectacular hikes in all the Alps. Our professional guides are the best in the Alps, all qualified by the prestigious Companie des Guides. Their knowledge and skillsets make them indispensable companions on your adventure.
10 days very strenuous hiking (max. elev. 9,785')
- Trek the challenging, renowned and less-travelled Haute Route with the Alps specialists (since 1970!)
- Traverse ten high passes in ten days for incomparable eye-popping views, including the famous Matterhorn--a trekker’s paradise
- Superb leaders, local hospitality, and shared accomplishment make this an MTS classic
Duration: 12 days Start Location: Geneva End Location: GenevaDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Geneva – Chamonix
Arrive in Geneva, Switzerland. Group transfer to the famous resort town of Chamonix, France. There’s time to rest or explore town before orientation.
Day 2 : Chamonix – Local "Warm Up" Hike
Starting from the funicular to Planpraz, we’ll hike to the Col du Brévent and then to the Cornu Lake. Dinner is on your own.
Day 3 : Col de Balme
A funicular will shuttle us to the Col de Balme. After traversing above the tree line, we’ll descend along the Trient Glacier to our hotel.
Day 4 : Fenêtre d’Arpette
Challenging hike to the Fenêtre d’Arpette. After lunch at the pass, we’ll descend through forests to Champex and transfer to Verbier for the night.
Day 5 : Verbier – Cabane de Louvie
Today, we’ll hike to the Col Termin before descending into our rustic mountain hut at the lovely Lac de Louvie for the night.
Day 6 : Cabane de Louvie – Grande Dixence
We’ll cross Le Grand Desert today, scrambling over large boulder and scree fields up and down steep cliffs. Ibex sightings possible!
Day 7 : Grande Dixence – Arolla
We’ll trek through rocky terrain today to the Pas de la Chevre. Once we cross, stunning views await before our descent into Arolla.
Day 8 : Arolla – Grimentz
An easy day today from Cotter to the Col de Torrent, offering stunning views of Mont Blanc The day ends in the village of Grimentz
Day 9 : Grimentz – Zinal – Gruben
Today, we’ll hike through thick forests up to the Col de Forcletta, then descend along babbling brooks into the hamlet of Gruben.
Day 10 : Gruben – St. Niklaus
Our last big summit to Augstbordpass (9,550'), into the valley of Mattervispa for superb views! After a long descent, we’ll board our bus for Zermatt.
Day 11 : Zermatt – Zmutt
A light half day of hiking above Zermatt for great views of the Matterhorn. You’ll have a free evening to explore town.
Day 12 : Depart
After breakfast, we’ll bid each other “adieux” before transferring to Geneva for our flights home.
DATES: Best time to go: August Departures: Aug 10 - 21, 2015
Hotel Les AiglonsChamonix
Five minutes from the town centre, at the foot of the Midi summit, three star Les Aiglons Resort & Spa has undergone a full renovation.
Resolutely contemporary whilst breaking down the barriers of traditional mountain resort hotels, three star Les Aiglons Resort & Spa has undergone an audacious redesign and decoration, with warm and modern colours, natural materials, glass and light…
Hotel du Col de La ForclazTrient, Switzerland
Hotel de VerbierVerbier, Switzerland
Hotel de Verbier
Hotel SchwarzhornGruben, Switzerland
Hotel du GlacierArolla
Located at the edge of Arolla, a small mountain village situated at an altitude of 6,500 ft, it offers a beautiful mountain panorama. Amenities include private bath or shower, balcony, and TV.
Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.
Expert leadership is the key to an exciting, unforgettable experience. Our trips feature gifted leaders for whom leading trips is a true vocation. Besides showing you wonders you’d never find on your own, they make sure everything runs smoothly and safely without a hitch. They are knowledgeable about all aspects of your trip, and take great pleasure in sharing their insights with you. More than just guides, they positively elevate your experience by being teachers, companions, and the best of friends. You’ll be in good hands with them every step of the way.
Laurent Langoisseur hails from Normandy, France, having grown up in Argentan (a small village that became famous in August 1944, “tournai sur dives”). At the age of 12, Laurent read La Grande Crevasse by Roger Frison-Roche, and became fascinated by the guiding and climbing descriptions of the Chamonix-Mont Blanc area. At 16, Laurent visited the area and was hooked. At 19, Laurent joined the French alpine troops, and after a year of service, moved to Chamonix. In 1991, he obtained his European Mountain Leader certification, and in 1995 he was awarded the coveted patch of the Compagnie des Guides. An avid sports enthusiast and inexhaustible hiker, Laurent has hiked the Tour du Mont Blanc close to 100 times. He is also an accomplished mountaineer, having summited Mont Blanc three times, as well as several other mountains over 13,000-feet. When he is not hiking and climbing, Laurent can be found running long distances for fun. Laurent recently completed a 48-mile race in 6 hours; and has also finished 48 miles in 9 hours with 10,000’ of ascent/descent. Laurent has been guiding for MTS since 1995, and is a senior guide on our Tour du Mont Blanc, Mont Blanc Express, Mont Blanc to Matterhorn (Haute Route), GR5, Gran Paradiso, and French Riviera trips, as well as any other trip we can get him on! His knowledge of the culture, history, plants, birds, and the name of every single peak and glacier along the trail is a wonderful complement to his guiding skills. When he isn’t guiding for us, he teaches First Aid and Mountain Rescue to mountain and hiking guides; and during the winter, he’s a ski patrol monitor in the mountains above Chamonix.
Stéphane is a true man of the mountains, with a Savoyard father and Swiss mother. He grew up in Chamonix, then left the valley to follow his first love, architecture. But the call of the wild proved too strong: numerous travels in North Africa, Siberia, and the Himalaya opened a new door to him—the profession of hiking guide. Nowadays Stéphane lives in a chalet in Chamonix from where he escapes frequently to travel the mountain areas of the world. “Steph” has now been a member of the Compagnie des Guides for many years, with over 100 trips to the Alps under his belt.
A native of Chamonix, Florence is a descendant from two of the area’s oldest families. After growing up in the Chamonix Valley, “Flo” spent several years in the south of France, and then traveled abroad to South America and Asia. She returned to her ancestral home, where the mountains now form an integral part of her life. She has led nearly 50 trips to the Alps, not counting how many times she has done this trip for her own fun! In addition to being an accomplished hiking guide, Flo is a skier and climber. As a member of the Compagnie des Guides, she follows in the footsteps of her forefathers.
Beatrice is a native of Chamonix, France, and has been guiding professionally in the Alps since 1989. She comes from a family of mountain climbers. Her grandfather was also a professional mountain guide. Aside from being an expert hiking guide, Beatrice is also an avid climber and accomplished skier, and is a ski instructor during the winter months. She loves the mountains, and will share her enthusiasm and her great experience with you during your trip.
Native from Chamonix, Fabienne comes from a family of mountaineers and farmers. Her grandfather was a recognized mountain guide. A former cross-country ski champion, she raced in several Europa Cups, and has been coaching the Chamonix cross-country Ski Club for the last 20 years. Very involved in the city life, she has a passion for the history of the valley and the surrounding mountains. A guide since 1993, she is also keen in botany and proud to share her love and knowledge of the Mont-Blanc massif.