July / August / September
Duration: 13 days
Accessing the wild, high-level plateaux of the Grande Desert
4 * Spa hotel in Chamonix and Zermatt
Private vehicle support provided on request
Days 1 - 6
Beginning in Chamonix you hike the Grand Balcon to enjoy views of the Mont Blanc massif including glaciers, aiguilles and Mont Blanc itself. Ascending to the Col de Balme on the Swiss border you begin the downhill trek to Trient, Switzerland.
From Trient you navigate the Trient Glacier to the Fenettre d’Arpette and into the Arpette Valley, heading towards your destination of the lakeside village of Champex-Lac. From Champex-Lac you descend through traditional alpine villages and picturesque farmsteads to reach Sembrancher. The Lac de Louvie offers the setting as you hike to Col, traversing the Grande Desert, and Rosablanche glacier before descending to your destination, the Cabane de Plafleuri.
Days 7 - 10
Refreshed, you set out from Arolla towards the Moiry dam and an ascent of the Cabane de Moiry, a stunning setting for your overnight stay.
Days 11 - 13
Zermatt is the perfect location for a day hike to the base of the Matterhorn, a stunning train journey to the Gornerglat glacier or simply a day spent exploring this amazing town. A farewell dinner to celebrate your completion of the Haute Route is a fantastic way to conclude the trip, before departing to your onward destination.
Need To Know
2 x nights in family run 2 * hotels
2 x nights in 1* basic rural hotel
1 x night in lakeside 3* hotel
4 x nights in 4* fabulous central Hotel with Spa facilities in Chamonix and Zermatt
All breakfasts, lunches and dinners, drinks on first and last night (apart from 2 lunches & 1 dinner in Zermatt)
Lifts / gondalas apart from last day in Zermatt
Private vehicle support can be provided on request.
We adopt an excellent guiding ratio meaning we can cater for differing levels within the group and offer extra add-ons where appropriate, such as taking in a side peak or giving two different trail choices.
One Guide – 1 – 7 clients
Two Guides – 8 – 14 clients
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