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Alps Chamonix & Zermatt Hiking Tour

Day Hikes From Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn


Go deep into the heart of the Alps for an epic one-week mountain adventure amidst extraordinary natural beauty. From the hubs of Chamonix and Zermatt, you'll enjoy perfectly paced day hikes with picture-postcard backdrops including the iconic Matterhorn - Switzerland's most famous peak! Reach new heights on thrilling cog railways and follow scenic mountain trails, including the Tour du Mont Blanc. Be dazzled by the chic towns of the Swiss Riviera and relax in Lavey's soothing thermal waters. At night, experience warm hospitality at charming hotels and raise a toast to your alpine adventure.

7 Days

From: $5,695

Go deep into the heart of the Alps for an epic one-week mountain adventure amidst extraordinary natural beauty. From the hubs of Chamonix and Zermatt, you'll enjoy perfectly paced day hikes with picture-postcard backdrops including the iconic Matterhorn - Switzerland's most famous peak! Reach new heights on thrilling cog railways and follow scenic mountain trails, including the Tour du Mont Blanc. Be dazzled by the chic towns of the Swiss Riviera and relax in Lavey's soothing thermal waters. At night, experience warm hospitality at charming hotels and raise a toast to your alpine adventure.

Highlights


  • Experience the best of the Alps on perfectly paced mountain day hikes

  • Be awestruck by epic mountain scenery, from storybook villages to the iconic Matterhorn

  • Enjoy comfort and warm alpine hospitality at luxury hotels set in spectacular locations

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Alps Chamonix & Zermatt Hiking

Start: Geneva, Switzerland  End: Geneva, Switzerland

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Itinerary


  • Arrive in Geneva, Transfer to Chamonix

    Day 1

    Arrive at Geneva airport, Switzerland, for a 2pm pick-up. Transfer by private van to the charming mountain-ringed resort town of Chamonix, France. Upon arrival at the hotel, rest or explore the town before meeting your guides and group for a trip orientation. End the day with a delicious welcome dinner at a fine restaurant in town.

    Accommodation: Grand Hotel des Alpes-ChamonixAccommodation: Park Hotel Suisse & Spa-Chamonix

    Transportation: 1.5-hours private van transfer

    Meals: Dinner

  • Hike to the Grand Balcon

    Day 2

    Today begins with a fun cog railway ride up to Montenvers (6,276'), high above the Mer de Glace glacier. From here, head up to Signal Forbes (7,215') for fabulous views of the towering Chamonix Aiguilles. Next, follow trails towards Blaitière and join the famous Grand Balcon for a hike that leads to Plan de l'Aguille. Return to Chamonix from here or opt to visit the Aiguille du Midi. Enjoy an evening of warm alpine hospitality.

    Accommodation: Grand Hotel des Alpes-ChamonixAccommodation: Park Hotel Suisse & Spa-Chamonix

    Activity: 3.5 hours/2.5 miles moderate hiking with 1,450' elevation gain and loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Tour du Mont Blanc Trail

    Day 3

    Start the day in the charming mountain village of Les Praz de Chamonix, where a cable car will whisk you up to La Flégère ski resort (6,158'). From here you'll take the iconic Tour du Mont Blanc trail to Lac Blanc (7,716') and be wowed by magnificent views of the Mont Blanc range. Take the loop trail back to La Flégère passing Lac des Cheserys, lush pastures, and mountain chalets. Return to Les Praz by cable car.

    Accommodation: Grand Hotel des Alpes-ChamonixAccommodation: Park Hotel Suisse & Spa-Chamonix

    Activity: 4.5 hours/6 miles hiking with 1,800' elevation gain and loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Journey from Chamonix to Zermatt

    Day 4

    It's time to rest those legs with a leisurely drive to the Swiss Riviera! See the delightful towns of Vevey and Montreux on the east side of Lac Leman (Lake Geneva), and experience the healing properties of Lavey thermal baths. Continue the day with a drive through Wallis (Valais) valley to Zermatt, a storybook mountain town at the base of the mighty Matterhorn. Check in for three nights.

    Accommodation: Hotel Butterfly-Zermatt, SwitzerlandAccommodation: Hotel Bella Vista

    Transportation: 2-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore Matterhorn Trails in Zermatt

    Day 5

    Discover Zermatt's spectacular surroundings as you explore trails at the foot of Switzerland's most famous mountain: the iconic Matterhorn. Hike to the famous Zmutt hamlet (6,352') and then to Zum See. Once at Furi mountain station (6,125') take a cable car up to Schwarzsee (8,373'), a small picturesque lake just below the Matterhorn. If you feel like it, there's an option to hike up to Hörnli mountain hut at 8,490 feet. This is where all alpinists overnight before a Matterhorn ascent! Return to Zermatt for a well-deserved meal and rest.

    Accommodation: Hotel Butterfly-Zermatt, SwitzerlandAccommodation: Hotel Bella Vista

    Activity: 3-5 hours/1.5-3 miles hiking with 2,620' elevation gain and loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Ride the Cog Railway & Hike to Gornergrat

    Day 6

    Experience the Monte Rosa side of Zermatt's mountains, starting with a ride on the famous Gornergrat cog railway up to 10,140 feet. At the top, soak up gorgeous views of the Monte Rosa massif and Dufourspitze, the second-highest peak in the Alps. From here, follow trails down the sunny, northwestern side of the mountains passing shimmering lakes, pretty hamlets, and alpine pastures all the way back to Zermatt. End your mountain adventure with a farewell dinner this evening.

    Accommodation: Hotel Butterfly-Zermatt, SwitzerlandAccommodation: Hotel Bella Vista

    Activity: 4.5 hours/4 miles hiking with 500' elevation gain and 4,900' loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Depart from Geneva

    Day 7

    Bid farewell to the Alps today and return to Geneva airport for your homeward-bound flight.

    Transportation: 2.45-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast

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Dates & Prices


  • 2023
  • Go Private
  • Go Custom
  • Inclusions

2023

Scheduled Dates


The earlier you book, the more choice of available dates you’ll have and once you book, your price is guaranteed.

  • Jun 16 - 22, 2023
    $5,695 price per person dbl occ
    +$950 single supplement
    Available
  • Jul 14 - 20, 2023
    $5,695 price per person dbl occ
    +$950 single supplement
    Available
  • Aug 11 - 17, 2023
    $5,695 price per person dbl occ
    +$950 single supplement
    Available
  • Sep 01 - 07, 2023
    $5,695 price per person dbl occ
    +$950 single supplement
    Available
  • Sep 15 - 21, 2023
    $5,695 price per person dbl occ
    +$950 single supplement
    Available

Go Private

Go Private


Gather your favorite travel companions to share an MT Sobek adventure on an easy-to-book Private departure.

Choose from the selection of dates below for your group or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

Call or email us to get the ball rolling.

*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.

Private Trip Pricing:


2022 Pricing

6 to 7 guests from $5,665 per person double occupancy

8 to 9 guests from $5,355 per person double occupancy

2023 Pricing

6 to 8 guests from $5,795 per person double occupancy

4 to 5 guests from $5,995 per person double occupancy

Additional Costs:


Private pricing excludes potential additional costs such as internal airfare, single supplement, or any park fees that may be required for the trip.

*Private trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit.

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Go Custom

Create Your Very Own Adventure


Dreaming of an adventure designed exclusively for you? With insider access and decades of experience, our travel experts create custom tailored adventures that are perfect for families, couples, and large groups. MT Sobek's custom adventures are designed to our exacting standards and led by our award-winning adventure guides.

When to start planning? Earlier is always better when designing a custom trip. More time allows for better availability of preferred accommodations, guides and your desired activities. Ideally, start the conversation with us at least 6 months before you want to travel. If you are looking for a custom trip that departs within three months, chances are greatly diminished in securing requested accommodations and the best guides.

*Custom trips require a 25% non-refundable deposit once an itinerary is agreed upon.

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Inclusions

Price Includes


  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • A limited amount of wine with dinners selected by MT Sobek
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • 1 entry per person at Lavey Thermal Pools
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Gratuities at restaurants included in the tour
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted in the Trip Planner)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include


  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides and guide-drivers
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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Your Guides


The best people to immerse you in a destination are the ones who live there, which is why we feature local Adventure Guides on our trips. Here are a few that you might meet on this adventure.

David Sivriere

David Sivriere

Originally from a little village in the French Alps, David grew up in the mountains and then travelled across the five continents for ten years, as a student, traveler and hiker. His studies led him to specialize in local development, organic farming and ecotourism and eventually led him to settle in Costa Rica as tour leader. After a few years, he then moved back to the Alps to manage a mountain hut in the Mont-Blanc valley. He now resides in Chamonix as a crystal hunter, organic cook, and enthusiastic trekker. David possesses deep local knowledge, and is an excellent cook!

Marc Latil

Marc Latil

Marc began his outdoor career as a cartographer and eventually became a guide, leading trips around the world-in the Alps, Asia, New Zealand, and the Americas. After realizing a deep passion for American landscapes, he settled in California and helped French trekkers discover the wonders of the West. Eventually he decided to return home to Chamonix, where he currently resides. Marc takes great pride as a tour leader in his home region and loves sharing the trails around Mont Blanc, the history of the world-famous mountain, and its numerous cultures and traditions. rn

Juliette Qualizza

Juliette Qualizza

Juliette has been a trekking guide since 2007 and lives close to Chamonix, where she leads MT Sobek's Tour du Mont Blanc adventure and several other summer hiking trips. When she's not guiding, Juliette works as a nurse, and you can also find her mountaineering and rock climbing during. Juliette has a legendary smile and possesses deep local knowledge, which pairs well with her hiking experience and strong leadership qualities. 

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Activity Level


This trip is rated activity level 3. Easy to moderate day hiking for 3-5 hours per day on mountain terrain between 6,000ft and 10,000ft elevation.
Learn more about activity levels here.

Activity Snapshot

Day 2

3.5 hours/2.5 miles moderate hiking with 1,450' elevation gain and loss

Day 3

4.5 hours/6 miles hiking with 1,800' elevation gain and loss

Day 5

3-5 hours/1.5-3 miles hiking with 2,620' elevation gain and loss

Day 6

4.5 hours/4 miles hiking with 500' elevation gain and 4,900' loss

Accommodations


Charming accommodations in alpine towns and villages, featuring comfortable rooms, on-site restaurants, and warm alpine hospitality.

Grand Hotel des Alpes-Chamonix
Grand Hotel des Alpes-Chamonix

Located in the shadow of Mont Blanc in the heart of Chamonix, the Grand Hotel des Alpes is centrally located, just minutes from the lake, the lift to the Aiguille du Midi, and the old town. The traditional blue shuttered building, built in 1840 but newly renovated, offers 30 handsome rooms with extensive amenities including concierge service and afternoon tea.

Park Hotel Suisse & Spa-Chamonix
Park Hotel Suisse & Spa-Chamonix

Enjoy upscale comforts and warm hospitality at the Park Hotel Suisse & Spa, perfectly located in the heart of Chamonix. In addition to well-appointed rooms, guests are treated to a spa area located on the hotel's roof top. This comes with a steam room, two saunas, a Jacuzzi and heated outdoor swimming pool, plus a panoramic terrace.

Hotel Butterfly-Zermatt, Switzerland
Hotel Butterfly-Zermatt, Switzerland

A part of the Best Western Signature Collection, Hotel Butterfly hogs a quiet location in the center of Zermatt. Alpine-style rooms have en-suite bathrooms, and all come equipped with flat-screen TVs. Guests can unwind at the wellness area with a Finnish sauna, an infra-red cabin and a steam room, and enjoy the on-site restaurant and cocktail bar.

Hotel Bella Vista
Hotel Bella Vista

The Hotel Bella Vista is a beautiful family owned and operated accommodation near the Matterhorn. With magnificent views of the Alps, including the Matterhorn, this hotel has a beautiful aura. Travelers can enjoy coveted "Cheese Evenings" and unwind with wine and fondue in the onsite restaurant, which also offers a variety of delicious homemade specialties. The property also boasts an eloquently designed spa, perfect for unwinding after a day of hiking amidst the beautiful alpine scenery. Each room is nicely designed with wood furnishing and comfortable bedding, creating a cozy environment complimented by the very quiet outside surroundings.

Weather


The days can change from hot to cold and wet. Snow is even possible at high passes. Come prepared for everything.

 
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Chamonix 
High
Low
High
Low
High
Low
High
Low
Chamonix
64
53
70
58
69
58
63
53
Geneva 
High
Low
High
Low
High
Low
High
Low
Geneva
74
53
79
57
78
56
70
50
Zermatt 
High
Low
High
Low
High
Low
High
Low
Zermatt
66
46
69
48
68
48
61
42

FAQs


Who will meet me on arrival?

An MT Sobek representative will meet you in the Arrivals Hall of the Geneva Airport (GVA) between 1:30pm and 2pm on Day 1.

What is the best time of year to do this trip?

We have scheduled our departures during the best time of year to hike in this area. June and July are known for colorful wildflowers, while September brings the autumn colors.

Do I need prior hiking experience?

Not necessarily. This is a moderate-level hiking trip, which means you will enjoy your experience more if you have hiked previously. However, most hikes can be modified or skipped entirely, and some hikes can be assisted by cable car or lift.

Does this trip require that I purchase equipment?

You will need a properly fitting daypack big enough to carry warm layers, drinking water, a snack, and your daytime essentials (phone, wallet, keys); as well as good hiking shoes. We also recommend hiking poles.

Is there Wi-Fi at the hotels

Yes. But we hope you won\'t have to use it.

Is the water safe to drink in the Alps?

Yes - plan to bring a refillable water bottle, which you can fill straight from the tap at our hotel.

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Guest Reviews


"A prominent reason we have chosen MT Sobek as our favorite adventure travel company has been the excellent travel guides."

Carol & Burt D.
MT Sobek Guest

"We have traveled throughout the world, but never experienced a level of service and attention to detail as we did with MT Sobek."

Dennis G.
MT Sobek Guest