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Self-guided Walker's Haute Route trek from Arolla to Zermatt

Walker's Haute Route East, Arolla to Zermatt, Self-guided 2024

The Eastern part of the Walker's Haute Route with 6 days independent walking starting in Arolla and finishing in Zermatt

The Eastern part of the Classic Walker's Haute Route is great for any one wishing to tackle the Haute Route, but who may not have the time to complete the full tour in one holiday, or who prefer to break this challenging trek into two smaller parts. It follows the exact route of the Classic tour from Arolla to Zermatt. Our Eastern section benefits from comfortable hotels all the way to the arrival in historic Zermatt to the sight of the Matterhorn

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Arolla
You arrive in Arolla and check in at your accommodation. Dinner is served around 18.30, so you should make sure you arrive before that time. (D)

Day 2: From Arolla to La Sage
Today you have a wonderful walk through Swiss country side from Arolla to the village La Sage. You traverse high above the valley to a small lake with it's magical green colour. You then drop down to Les Hauderes before a short ascent to the village la Sage. (B&D)

Day 3: From La Sage to Zinal
From La Sage you have a long day ahead. You ascend through Swiss mountain pastures to the Torrent mountain pass. Descending from the pass, keep an eye out for the rare edelweiss, which flowers in this area. The descent takes you to the beautiful Moiry lake and dam where a cafe provides refereshments before your second climb of the day. This time, your climb takes you over the Sorrebois pas and you descend through the Zinal ski area to the village center. It's possible to shorten the descent by taking a cable car. (B+D)

Day 4: From Zinal to Gruben
From your charming hotel in Zinal, you traverse upwards through pine forest to the Forcletta pass. From the pass you descend into the small Turtmann valley, which is the beginning of the German speaking part of Switzerland. You stay at the historic Schwarzhorn Hotel in the small hamlet of Gruben. (B+D)

Day 5: From Gruben to St Niklaus
The walking trail starts directly outside your hotel and takes you up to the Augstbordpass. At the pass, you can look into the large Mattertal valley where you’ll be hiking for the rest of your tour. You may even catch your first glimps of the Matterhorn. A wonderful descend takes you through the old hamlet of Jungu before you reach St. Niklaus. It's a long descend so it's possible to take a small cable car from Jungu to St. Niklaus. (B+D)

Day 6: From St Niklaus to Zermatt
You leave St Niklaus for the final leg of your journey towards your end-destination Zermatt. Today takes you on a relatively gentle walk along a gushing stream in the Mattertal valley. You pass through green meadows and small, traditional villages before, all too soon, we arrive at Zermatt and the end of your journey. The night is spent in a traditional, family run hotel in historic Zermatt. (B)

Day 7: Depart Zermatt
Breakfast in Zermatt and the official end of your Haute Route trip. (B)

Trip details

Grade: strenuous
Suitable for experienced, independent mountain walkers with a high level of fitness and stamina and an adventurous spirit.

7 days holiday with 5 days walking

Hotels and mountain huts.

Group size and guides:
Min 2 people. No max sizes and no guide.

Dates & prices

Any dates between July and mid-September 2024.

Price: £ 1595 p.p.

Price based on min. 2 people joining.

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Standard inclusions & exclusions:

- Expert tour planning and organisation by Alpine Treks
- Detailed route cards
- Topographic maps, NOT photo copies
- Practical information pack
- 6 nights accommodation (6x hotels)
- Meals (6x breakfast and 5x dinners)

- Travel to Arolla and return from Zermatt
- Lunches, snacks, drinks and meals not mentioned above
- Cable cars and transportation along the route.

Option and Extras

Extra hiking days
Add optional hiking days such as the Europaweg. Contact us for details.

Rest days
Trek at your own pace and take as many rest days as you prefer. Contact us for details.

Luggage transfers
Luggage transfers available. Contact us for details.

Guided Walker's Haute Route East trip
This trip is available as a guided trip. Click here for details.

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