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Alps Chamonix & Zermatt Hiking

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.

  • 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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Arrive:

Geneva, Switzerland

Depart:

Geneva, Switzerland

Price: from $4,995

Duration:

7 Days

Departures:

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Group Size:

6-16

Min Age:

16 yrs

Activity:

Level 3

Easy to moderate day hiking for 3-5 hours per day on mountain terrain between 6,000ft and 10,000ft elevation.
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  • 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-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.

    Accommodation: 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.

    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-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.

    Accommodation: 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.

    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-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.

    Accommodation: 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.

    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, Switzerland

    Nestled in the village center of Zermatt, the 3-star Hotel Butterfly offers pleasant accommodations amidst breathtaking scenery. Retreat to the comfort of your cozy room at the end of a vigorous hike, where complimentary tea and coffee, a modern bathroom, flat screen TV, and complimentary Wi-Fi await. The restaurant serves breakfast and dinner, and there is a bar in the lobby.

    Accommodation: 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.

    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, Switzerland

    Nestled in the village center of Zermatt, the 3-star Hotel Butterfly offers pleasant accommodations amidst breathtaking scenery. Retreat to the comfort of your cozy room at the end of a vigorous hike, where complimentary tea and coffee, a modern bathroom, flat screen TV, and complimentary Wi-Fi await. The restaurant serves breakfast and dinner, and there is a bar in the lobby.

    Accommodation: 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.

    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, Switzerland

    Nestled in the village center of Zermatt, the 3-star Hotel Butterfly offers pleasant accommodations amidst breathtaking scenery. Retreat to the comfort of your cozy room at the end of a vigorous hike, where complimentary tea and coffee, a modern bathroom, flat screen TV, and complimentary Wi-Fi await. The restaurant serves breakfast and dinner, and there is a bar in the lobby.

    Accommodation: 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.

    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

Alps Chamonix & Zermatt Hiking

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

No one knows the Alps like us, with four decades of experience leading trips here and a regular following of Alps-loving clients.

Reason #02

MT Sobek guides are the best in the Alps, well-reputed for their indispensable knowledge and skills.

Reason #03

This well-paced itinerary includes spectacular day hikes from iconic alpine hubs, giving you a quintessential mountain experience in just one week.

Meet your guides

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 begain 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 with his family where he immersed himself in western culture 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.

Juliette Qualizza

Juliette Qualizza

Juliette has been working as a trekking guide since 2007, and resides close to Chamonix. She leads the Tour du Mont Blanc in addition to several other hiking adventures in the Alps. When she's not leading trips, she works as a nurse during the spring and fall. She is married to a UIAGM mountain guide, and you can also find her mountaineering and rock climbing during her time off. Juliette has a legendary smile, kind-hearted demeanor, possesses deep local knowledge, which all compliment a tremendous amount of hiking experience and strong leadership qualities.

Activities

Leisurely day hikes, between 3 to 5 hours up to 10,000ft elevation, on rugged alpine trails with spectacular panoramic scenery.

Lodging

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

Climate

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

FAQ

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.

2022

Scheduled Dates

  • Jun 14 - 20, 2022
    $4,995 price per person dbl occ
    +$950 single supplement
    Available
  • Sep 02 - 08, 2022
    $4,995 price per person dbl occ
    +$950 single supplement
    Available
  • Sep 18 - 24, 2022
    $4,995 price per person dbl occ
    +$950 single supplement
    Available

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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6 to 7 guests from $5,495 per person double occupancy

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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

Contact An Expert

800-974-0300

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