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The Area

Although the trek is entirely in the Valais (Wallis in German) you walk from the French speaking area to one that is Swiss German spoken. Alpine flowers carpet the valleys early in the season extending to high passes throughout Summer. Here the high Alps are at their most majestic.

The Walk 


This trek is based on the route of the famous Haute Route winter Ski tour. You cross a number of high passes with stunning views surrounded by some of the highest peaks in Switzerland. You descend into deep valleys with their glacier fuelled streams and rivers, then climb to cross passes most just under 3000m, making this one of the most challenging treks. You start in Arolla and after a gentle day's walk along the valley floor you climb across Col de Tsatse to descend to the picturesque village of Grimentz.  The next day you cross from one side of the Val D’Anniviers to St Luc, a village clinging to the side of the mountain. Then it is over the Forcletta Pass,a linguistic border, to Gruben, a village only occupied in summer. Finally cross the last pass at Augstbord and steeply descend into St Niklaus in the Matter Valley. Here you catch a mountain train to Zermatt.

Baggage Transfer

On most days your baggage is transported from hotel to hotel so it will not be necessary to carry more
than a light pack containing items you will need during the day. For the overnight stay at Gruben
(night 6) you will also need to carry spare clothes and washing kit as your luggage cannot be transported to this remote village.

Walk Grading

Self-guided – Challenging, there are a few exposed sections. Total for standard week ignoring variations:- Ascent 4535m, Descent 5590m, 40 miles. 

 

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Haute Route

We have chosen where possible small family hotels in the Swiss 2 and 3* category. In Gruben where you are very much in the mountains, it is a mountain inn and the rooms do not have private bathrooms, however the location makes this a must. In all other hotels the rooms have a private bathroom and dinner is included every night in the hotel. Many Swiss specialities are featured.

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THE ROUTE

Day 1 Travel from the airport to Arolla by train and bus, overnight in a 2 star hotel in this beautiful valley.

Day 2 An easy start to the week with a short ascent to a small alpine lake from where you can look back
for spectacular views up the valley - a taste of what’s to come! Then there is a gentle walk down to the
picturesque Val d’Arolla. Tonight you stay is a 3* hotel in Les Hauderes and should have time to explore. Ascent 125m descent 670m  5 miles 3 ½ hours. 


Day 3 A tougher day as you climb to the Torrent Pass at 2919m, then as you descend the dammed
Lac du Moiry comes into view, (there is an interesting museum in Grimentz about its construction),
giving a stunning blue contrast to the surrounding grey peaks. Continue descending to Grimentz, an unspoilt mountain village in the Val d’Anniviers, to our 3* hotel. Ascent 1250m descent 1350m 8 ¼  miles 7 ½ hours. 


Day 4 Today, unusually, you can see your destination of St. Luc, a village clinging precariously to the side of the mountain on the far side of the Val d’Anniviers. There are a number of routes taking you down to the valley floor before rising to your stop for the night - all have spectacular views up and down the valley. In St. Luc you stay in a 3* hotel for 2 nights. You have a choice of routes either, 459m ascent 300m descent 5 miles 3 hours or a more challenging 1000m ascent 850m descent 5 ½  miles 6½ hours. Both routes can be varied further.

Day 5 A day to either take a rest from walking, and explore the Val d’Anniviers by bus, or take one of the many walks available from this historic village. Perhaps walk the Planetary Way to Zinal, a walk punctuated by planets at distances relative to their true position in the universe, return by bus.

Day 6 Today you must take an overnight pack as your main baggage will be sent onto Zermatt. Walk to the Meidi Pass a linguistic border, the initial ascent can be shortened by 500m by taking the funicular to Tignousa. Descend to Gruben, in The Turtmanntal (Turtmann Valley) one of Switzerland’s most untouched and romantic valleys. This village is only occupied in summer. You stay in a small basic hotel and your room does not have private bathroom, but the atmosphere makes up for this. Ascent 1110m descent 970m 10 miles 6½ hours.

Day 7 Today climb over the last pass the Augstbord, last but not the least. It affords the most magnificent views in Switzerland. Soon you approach the Mattertal which looks like a deep trench in the scenery. After passing Jungen, a delightful non-tourist but active high alpine hamlet you either steeply descend into St Niklaus in the Matter Valley on foot or take the gondola and save 800m descent on possibly weary knees.
Here you catch a mountain train to Zermatt, (cost not included approximately £16 (or £8 with a Swiss Card). Stay in a 3* hotel in Zermat. Ascent 1050m descent 1750m 10 ½ miles and 7 hours.

Day 8 Return to the airport and fly home or stay a few extra days in this walkers wonderland and make use of the extensive cable car and mountain railway system to reach glacial valleys or walk the slopes of the Matterhorn.

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Due to the height of the passes this walk can not be attempted until mid July. Any departure after the end of September may be interrupted by early winter snow.



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Flights 

The nearest airport to Arolla is Geneva and is reached by train to Sion then by bus with a change in Les Hauderes. It takes from Geneva 3½ hours, Zurich, and Basel will take 4½ and 4¾ hours respectively. From
Zermatt the journey is all by train, Geneva and Zurich 3½ hours with one change and Basel more distant at just over 5 hours.

Train

You can travel by train from London to Arolla or Zermatt utilizing Eurostar and TGV it takes about 11½ hours

We can book rail travel on Eurostar and onwards on SNCF/TGV to Switzerland. You can reach most resorts on the same day.





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Haute Route

Included:

  • 7 Nights accommodation with half board*

  • Baggage transfers between hotels, except for night 6 as luggage cannot be transported to this more remote hotel – will need to pack an overnight bag (1 bag per person @20kg)

  • Our unique walking booklet written by one of our team and local walking map

* Half board is dinner, bed and breakfast

Optional:

·         Rail cards are recommended additions – add £126 for Return Rail Transfer Tickets (upgrade to first class for an additional £81 pp) or £106 for Swiss Half Fare Card

·         ‘With flights’ includes typical flight prices* from London to Zurich. Flights from many local airports are also available (exact price for your dates available on request)

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Not Included:

  • Lunch and drinks with meals

Please note these prices will differ from our current brochure price list and are the current correct prices.

All prices valid for 2017/18

Prices are per person in GBP / UK £ and are based on 7 nights half board* in a shared twin/double standard room.   

Length of trek

Period

7 nights half board

With Flights

7 nights half board

Own International Flights

Single Supplement per night

7 nights

September

1190

919

24

July – August

1210

939

24

Extra night prices - POA

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Fly – Rail Luggage

Take advantage of the unique fly/rail baggage system which allows you to travel light between airport and your centre. When your cases arrive your hotelier will collect them for you. On your return deposit your luggage at the railway station (not available from all stations) and the next time you see it is at your UK airport carousel. £16** per back per direction.

Getting about

The Swiss transport system has a well earned reputation for being the best in the world. The trains are modern clean and run to schedule (late trains make the news in Switzerland!). We provide a personal timetable for all customers showing the relevant train times (including platforms) for transfers between airport/international rail gateway and the hotel for both arrivals and departures. We help to make the journey very much part of your holiday by providing helpful notes offering advice on changing trains and selecting the best seats to enjoy the stunning panoramic views. During your stay you will have the opportunity to experience travelling on the distinctive yellow post buses the lake steamers and many cable cars and funicular railways which will whisk you to high alpine meadows and mountain tops.

Swiss Transfer Card


This is included with all of our Swiss holidays if you purchase flights with us. Gives free transfers between airport/international rail gateway and the hotel. Any reasonable route is permitted. Useful for very short stays and on hotel to hotel treks where you plan to walk all the way. If you are not purchasing flights with us, we can still provide you with a Swiss Transfer Card for £120 per person (prices subject to change).

Swiss Half Fare Card

This is included on a couple of our Swiss holiday if you purchase flights with us. Gives 50% discount during your stay for all rail and post bus services plus discounts on most funicular railways, chair lifts, gondolas and cable cars. Useful for those arriving by car. If you are not purchasing flights with us, we can still provide you with a Swiss Half Fare Card for £105 per person (prices subject to change).

Family Card

Free travel on most transport for all children under 16 years traveling with their parents; provided free of charge with any of the travel cards listed above.

Two & Multi Centre Holidays - Switzerland

Clients often want to enjoy more than one area and find that traveling even a couple of hours on the train leads to a totally different walking experience. We are extremely happy to put these together for you. We will make all hotel reservations and provide the rail ticket between the centres free of charge** if the total stay is over 11 nights. For holidays over 13 nights we upgrade the rail travel between centres to First Class free of charge**. For example why not combine Zermatt with Davos having 7 nights in each resort in 4* hotels and journey between the two on the ‘Glacier Express’?

** As long as a Swiss Half Fare has been purchased



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