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Eastern Walker's Haute Route - Including accommodation before and after

Bookatrekking.com Trips - 7 days

    Regular days with
  • More than 20 km per day
  • More than 1000m ascent per day
  • T3 Trails
Overview
Route
Included
Accommodation
Packing List
FAQ
Safety
COVID-19
How to Book

Overview

> Start in La Sage and complete the Eastern Part of the Walkers Haute Route
> Spend the nights in Mountain Huts and local Hotels
> Accommodation in La Sage and Zermatt before and after the trek included

The Walkers Haute Route connects two of the most well-known mountain towns in the Alps - Chamonix, France, and Zermatt, Switzerland. Typically starting from Mont Blanc and finishing at Matterhorn, it crosses 11 mountain passes, covering about 200 kilometers - offering a multitude of variations and route options. 

Our 7-day package leads you through the eastern half of the Walkers Haute Route, starting in La Sage and ending in Zermatt, Switzerland. This is basically the same package as this 5-day itinerary but with a hotel in La Sage and in Zermatt. Along the way, you will spend the nights in Swiss mountain huts and local Hotels. During this 5-day adventure, you'll enjoy stunning mountain views, snow-capped peaks, and walk through small picturesque mountain villages. You don't have to worry about the logistics of booking the huts. We'll take care of that for you, so all you have to do is enjoy this unforgettable adventure. 

Why book with us?

You can do the Walkers Haute Route fully independent and self-guided. However, stringing an itinerary including all the accommodation together can be a complicated undertaking. Bookatrekking.com has warm contacts with all the huts on the Walkers Haute Route and we can take the load of having to book every hut yourself off your shoulders. Let us help you to make your Walkers Haute Route memories stress-free and enjoy free hiking advice from our trekking experts while you're at it. 

Route

What's the Plan?

Arrival in La Sage
Welcome to Switzerland! Today you will arrive in La Sage and be expected in a pleasant Hotel in the city. Your overnight stay includes breakfast.

Stage 1: La Sage to Zinal
The first stage involves a lot of climbing, as you can tell by the elevation change. You'll leave La Sage and begin the hard ascent a little over 4 kilometers northwest of the Col du Tsaté, which will lead you into the breathtaking Val de Moiry. After descending into the valley, you'll reach Cabane Barrage de Moiry over a steep and rather exposed portion. When you continue, you reach the Col de Sorebois and will be rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding Alps. The descent then passes through a ski area (with the option of taking the cable car down*) before reaching Zinal, a ski resort town.

Ascent: 1780 m
Descent: 1780 m
Distance: 21.9 km

* The cable car is daily open in the high season (mid-June to mid-August), but limited or closed in the low season. 

Zinal Hiking Haute Route
Stage 2: Zinal to Gruben
On stage 10 of the Walker's Haute Route, you'll cross the 'Rosti Line,' Switzerland's unofficial border between French and German-speaking districts. The trip is hard, but nothing compared to some of the more difficult stages you've already completed. The Forcletta pass is the day's high point, and from there you'll descend into the peaceful village of Gruben. Stage 10 also includes the option of spending the night at the Hotel Weisshorn or Cabane Bella Tola. This adds a day to your Walker's Haute Route schedule, but many folks find it worthwhile. Instead of crossing the Forcletta, you'll continue along the mountain shoulder before arriving at the Hotel Weisshorn.  You can also go on if you want to stay at the gorgeous Cabane Bella Tola. Those who choose this path will cross the Meidpass the next day (Stage 11) before resuming the main Walker's Haute Route in Gruben.

Ascent: 1330 m
Descent: 1170 m
Distance: 21.9 km

Stage 3: Gruben to St. Niklaus/Gasenried
This stage takes hikers on the Walker's Haute Route over their final mountain crossing and into the Mattertal valley, where Zermatt is located. The descent from the top of the Augstbordpass offers breathtaking views of the Alps beyond. When you arrive in the charming village of Jungen, you can take a cable car down into St. Niklaus to rest a little. If you want to continue your Walker's Haute Route journey by hiking the Europaweg trail, we recommend either hiking or catching the local bus from St. Niklaus to the town of Gasenried, which is just up the hill. If you can't find a place to stay in Gasenried, travel a little further to the village of Grachen. This will save you a tough start to the following stage and set you up for a fantastic final two days on the Europaweg to complete the Walker's Haute Route!

Ascent: 1070 m
Descent: 1800 m
Distance: 17.5 km

Sant Niklaus Walker's Haute Route
Stage 4: St. Niklaus/Gasenried to Europa Hut
The Europaweg trail is a two-day hike that completes the Walker's Haute Route. It has a few exposed sections, but it's also a fantastic way to end your journey! After leaving Gasenried, you'll face a difficult ascent to the Breithorn's shoulder. As the trail climbs, watch out for the loose rocks and scree. After reaching the day's high point, you'll descend across a spectacular suspension bridge before arriving at the Europa Hut.

Ascent: 1980 m
Descent: 640 m
Distance: 19.7 km

* You can take a local bus from St.Niklaus to Gasenried to shorter your hike to 15.7 km

Stage 5: Europa Hut to Zermatt
The final stage of the Walker's Haute Route will take you across the world's longest suspension bridge, the famed and stunning Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge. While this is undoubtedly the highlight of the journey, don't forget to take in the breathtaking vistas of the Matterhorn as you make your way to Zermatt. As you near the end of the trip, you'll find yourself among Zermatt's many ski slopes and the increasing number of tourists who come there. Enjoy a final descent before congratulating yourself on an amazing accomplishment in Zermatt!

Ascent: 810 m
Descent: 1470 m
Distance: 22 km

Departure
After breakfast, you can check out. This is the end of your Walker's Haute Route. We hope to see you again soon. Greetings!

Included

Included:

 Booking the huts
We will take care of arranging accommodation for you. We will also provide you with a detailed itinerary for every stage and instructions on how to get to the trailhead. 

√ Accommodation
We will arrange your accommodation in mountain huts and local hotels. There are several options to choose from along the trail. We have selected the accommodations on our trek based on the length of each stage and recommendations from trekkers who have done the trek before us.

√ Half-board in the Mountain Huts
Accommodation at the mountain huts includes dinner and breakfast. We will arrange this for you. This allows you to travel lighter and have one less thing to worry about. Bear in mind that lunch is not included, but it can be purchased at the huts.

Breakfast in Hotels
In the Hotels, we include Breakfast for you. Bear in mind that lunch and dinner are not included, but they can be most of the time purchased in or near the hotels.

 Accommodation before and after the trek
We will arrange the accommodation for you the nights before and after your Walker's Haute Route. On those two nights, you will sleep in cozy hotels in La Sage and in Zermatt. Breakfast is included.

Excluded:

× Airfare and Visa
You have to make your way to La Sage. The total amount does not include flights to Switzerland. 

× Transfers
Once in Zermatt, you do have to arrange your own transportation back home or for any of your further travels. 

× Travel Insurance
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.

× Lunch
Half-board is included in the price of this trek. Lunch, however, is not. You can get something to eat at the mountain huts along the way.

× Personal expenses
Personal expenses such as souvenirs, drinks, and other similar expenses are for your own account.

Accommodation

Accommodation

During your Walkers Haute Route, you will spend your nights in mountain huts and local Hotels. If you book the Walkers Haute Route, the booked accommodations may differ from the below program here and there. A beautiful location and great food are at all times guaranteed. Before and after your hike, you will stay in a cozy hotel in La Sage and Zermatt.

Hotel Besso (Zinal)
Built in 1893, Hotel Besso is located 350 meters from the Zinal gondola lift. It offers rooms with panoramic views of the 4,000-metre-high Alps. The restaurant serves seasonal dishes and a selection of tasteful wines, enjoy!


Hotel Schwarzhorn (Gruben)
Quiet and idyllic, the Hotel Schwarzhorn is located in the small town called Gruben. At an altitude of 1825 m, in the sunny Turtmann Valley, you can enjoy your stay in this traditional Hotel.
 
Hotel Heimatlodge (St. Niklaus)
You find Hotel Heimatlodge located in the heart of St. Niklaus, in the deepest valley of Switzerland. A beautiful, newly renovated Hotel at the crossing of two paths. A touch of nostalgia, as if time has stood still, is reflected in the magnificent village center.

Europa Hut (Mountain Hut)
The Europa Hut is located in upper Randa and right on the Europaweg route between Grächen and Zermatt. They built the Europa Hut in 1999 and the hut provides dormitories and has a large dining room. Enjoy the spacious sun terrace with a fantastic panoramic view!


Packing List

Packing List

It doesn't matter where you are going trekking or for how long. Carrying the right equipment with you is paramount. For this trek, you will need, first and foremost, a good backpack and comfortable trekking shoes. The size of your backpack will depend on how many days you will be spending on the mountain, the season, and the clothes you will be taking with you. We have prepared a packing list with some essential clothing that you should include and some extras that you may find useful:

Essentials

- Walking boots (worn in)
- Walking socks
- Base layer tops – ideally thermal
- Mid-layer tops (eg. fleece)
- Trekking Trousers
- Hat for warmth or shade
- Gloves
- Waterproof jacket
- Waterproof trousers
- Warm layer. 
- Casual clothes & footwear for evenings. 
- Nightwear and underwear
- Water bottle
- Sunglasses & sun cream
- Toiletries

Extras 
- Small first aid kit
- Blister Plasters
- Insect repellent
- Electrical socket adapter
- Camera and charger
- Map and compass 
- Whistle
- Book to read
- Energy snacks
- Walking poles
- Buff
- Cash

FAQ

FAQ

Where Is the Walker's Haute Route?
The Walkers Haute Route connects two of the most well-known mountain towns in the Alps - Chamonix, France, and Zermatt, Switzerland. Typically starting from Mont Blanc and finishing at Matterhorn, it crosses 11 mountain passes, covering about 200 kilometers - offering a multitude of variations and route options. When you hike only the Eastern part, you start in La Sage, Switzerland, and end in Zermatt Switzerland.

What Is the Best Season for Hiking the Walkers Haute Route?  
The official season is from mid-June to mid-September, but when you hike the Walkers Haute Route between mid-July and late August the chances for good weather and snow-free mountain passes are better. It’s peak season, so make sure to book as much in advance as possible. If you decide to trek Walkers Haute Route in September, you’re still in for a treat and it’s not as busy on the trail. But this could also mean that some accommodations might be closed for the season already. Also, the days are shorter, the weather is colder and there is a chance of snow. 

Is the Eastern Walker's Haute Route for Me? 
To take it away, the Walker's Haute Route is an enormous challenge. The paths are well marked, huts are easy to navigate to and along the trails, and if you do get off the route, you'll quickly notice it. On the Walker's Haute Route, you can expect to be hiking 6-8 hours a day for almost a week. You will be overcoming steep mountain passes on a daily basis and will be exposed to altitude and steep ravines. Mountain experience is a requirement when debating doing the Walker's Haute Route. At Bookatrekking.com we believe with good planning and some training it’s a realistic one -  and definitely worth it.  

Before and After the Walker's Haute Route: Logistics
The Eastern Walker's Haute Route starts in La Sage and ends in Zermatt (Switzerland). There are several transport options for you to get to La Sage depending on where you are departing from. 

By Plane
The Geneva international airport is the closest one but you can also fly to Bern Airport. Being Geneva's biggest airport in the area, it has more flight options available from more destinations than the other airports do. From Geneva, you can take a direct train to Sion Station. From there, you can take the bus to Les Haudères, Centre. From Les Haudères, Centre to La Sage, Village is just a 4 minutes bus ride. 

By Car
If you are traveling by car, a good idea might be to travel directly to Zermatt, leaving your car there, and taking the train/bus to La Sage to start the trek. That way, you will have your car waiting for you at the end of your adventure.

By Train
The Eastern Walkers Haute Route starts in La Sage. The train and bus rides take about 3 hours from Geneva. You will finish the Eastern Walkers Haute Route in Zermatt. 

From Zermatt
Mountains are great, but they do make it hard to create direct connections between towns. The most straightforward way from Zermatt to Geneva Airport is to take a train from Zermatt to Visp and from Visp take a train to Geneva Airport.

Safety

Safety

The Walker's Haute Route is quite well signposted along the way. Although the route is quite clear throughout the trek, it is important to carry competent navigation with a map and compass. Weather conditions can be unpredictable in the mountains and occasional snow, fog or storms can make navigation hard. A map and compass are a must when going on a self-guided trek. Also, make sure to always have enough water, snacks, and a good jacket.

What to do in case of an emergency?
A situation is defined as an emergency whenever human life (yours or someone else's) is endangered and there is nothing you can do to resolve the matter. You should call for help if there has been an accident, if there is somebody trapped, if you got lost or in trouble and are unable to continue because of the time of day or weather conditions, or if you are trapped because of technical climbing challenges that exceed your capabilities.

The most important thing to do in an emergency is to stay calm and survey the situation. Do not panic or take useless risks if the people in trouble are difficult to reach. In an emergency, first and foremost, call for assistance. When calling for help, make sure to provide your location, and the number of victims and type of injuries. Then, protect the victim from cold and other environmental threats and administer first aid, if you can. 

Useful emergency phone numbers:
France: 112
Switzerland: 144
PGHM Chamonix (France): +33 0 4 50 53 16 89

COVID-19

Covid-19

The Corona pandemic has had its grip on us, and mountain huts in the Alpine region have had to take several preventive measures over the past two years. In the meantime, the first relaxations in the Alps are noticeable, yet it is definitely still a factor to take into account. Some Covid restrictions that are worth mentioning:

- Don't go to the huts if you have symptoms!

- Not all mountain huts are allowed to operate at full capacity yet, so make sure you book your stay in advance.

- To be on the safe side, always take a mouth mask with you.

- In some mountain huts it is still compulsory to bring your own sleeping bag, in others a sheet bag and pillowcase are sufficient. Your personal travel guide will tell you which rules apply to your route.

- Bring your own towel

How to Book

How to Book?

On Bookatrekking.com you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking your match? In that case, you can proceed with your booking. At Bookatrekking.com you make a deposit of 30% of the total amount. In the case of this trek, we will check the availability at the respective accommodations for you. There are two possible outcomes:

 There is availability 
We go ahead and make all necessary arrangements for your trip. Once confirmed, we will send you a confirmation and your personal hiking guide. The remaining 70% must be paid at least two (2) weeks before the start of the trekking.

X There is no availability 
If there is no availability, we will look for other starting dates or another trekking in agreement with you. Are there no other options for you? Then your deposit of 30% will be refunded.

Cancellation Policy
If all the accommodations of this trekking are booked and confirmed, you will lose your deposit of 30% at all times. If you cancel within 14 days of your start date, you will lose your full booking amount.

Is it not quite clear yet or do you have questions? Please contact us via support@bookatrekking.com. We are happy to help you.

 

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