Chamonix and Zermatt – the two great capitals of the Alps. The Mont Blanc Massif and the Valais Alps alone include no less than 69 of the 82 peaks on the official list of mountains over 4000m. With spectacular mountain views, and the long history of the valleys and their people, there is much to entice us on a journey through, and exploration of, the riches of these places…
This alpine trek travels through many valleys of the Swiss Valais region, using trails and rugged terrain, crossing landscapes, sometimes lush green alpine pastures, sometimes full of minerals. Each day is dominated by numerous 4000 metre peaks : Grand Combin, Dent Blanche, Zinalrothorn, Weisshorn, the Matterhorn ... This itinerary, is extremely varied, passing by glaciers and lakes, through alpine pastures and villages making this one of the most beautiful hikes in the Alps.
Benefit from the knowledge of our mountain leaders without worrying about the logistics.
Our luggage is transferred from hotel to hotel throughout the stay except the nights where we sleep in mountain huts.
Day 1 : Verbier - Cabane de Louvie
Meet in Chamonix early in the morning for a minibus transfer to Le Châble (1h15). The Verbier gondola hoists us to the top of the station. We continue our hike by the Chamois trail which overlooks the Val de Bagnes, and join the Col Termin (2,648m), the first pass of our hike. The Combins massif and the gigantic Corbassière glacier accompany us throughout this splendid crossing. Descend to the shores of Lake Louvie. It is in this wonderful setting that we spend the night at the Cabane de Louvie (2,250m). No access to luggage.
Elevation gain : 400m – Vertical loss : 400m
Day 2 : Grand Désert - Cabane de Prafleuri
We begin our hike through abandoned pastures, where chamois and ibex benefit from a rich and abundant grass that is difficult for livestock to access. A long climb, sometimes steep with a few crossings and scree to cross, lifts us to the first pass of the day: Louvie (2,921m). From there, we switch to a more mineral universe, where glaciers and moraines leave little room for vegetation. We cross the Great Desert, up to the Prafleuri pass (2 987m). We then see the Dent Blanche, the Pigne d'Arolla and part of our future stage before going down to the comfortable Prafleuri hut (2,262m) where we will spend the night. Long but exceptional day without being technical, this stage is considered trying, the diversity of the terrains crossed is the main reason. No access to luggage.
Elevation gain : 940m – Vertical loss : 560m
Day 3 : Col de Riedmatten - Arolla
A small warm-up climb takes us to Col des Roux (2,804m). The view of Lac des Dix is superb, which is improves as we cross the Barma pastures. At the end of the lake, the Pas du Chat (2,372m) gives access to the other bank. It’s the start of a long climb along the Cheilon Glacier moraine, against the backdrop of Mont-Blanc de Cheilon. Crossing the Col de Riedmatten (2,919m), where the Matterhorn reveals its peak, then descend to Arolla with the Tsijiorne Nouve glacier and Mont Collon as a backdrop. Magnificent ! Night in a hotel in Arolla.
Elevation : positive: 735m - negative: 1360m
Day 4 : Lac de Moiry - Zinal
Short early morning transfer to Le Cotter above the village of Haudères. A pleasant climb leads us to the Col de Torrent (2,918m). It’s in this postcard setting, against the backdrop of the Dent Blanche, that the path descends through the mountain pastures to Lac de Moiry. To reach Zinal, where we will spend the night, we have to cross the Col de Sorebois (2,812m), from where the view is unforgettable: Bishorn, Weisshorn, Zinalrothorn, Obergabelhorn. On the descent, we discover the Val d'Anniviers, then the cable car to the small station of Zinal. Night in a hotel in Zinal.
Elevation : positive: 1450m - negative: 920m
Day 5 : Col de la Forcletta - Grüben
The departure from Zinal is very steep, but the climb gives us an increasingly clear view. We find the Dent Blanche, then the Ober Gabelhorn. Valais is a bilingual district, leaving Zinal we leave behind the French part. As we cross the Col de Forcletta (2,874m), we pass into the German part. If the topography changes, the landscapes always remain magnificent. Beautiful views of the Bishorn and its two peaks as well as the Weisshorn and the Brunegg and Turtmann Glaciers. It’s in the Val de Tourtemagne (Turtmantal) that The summer village of Grüben is located. Overnight at Hotel Schwarzhorn.
Elevation : positive: 1220m - negative: 1050m
Day 6 : Grüben - Zermatt
Although the last pass of the trip is quite hard to pronounce, the Augsbordpass is easy to hike to. During the long descent to St Niklaus looking down to Mattervispa valley, we stop at the alpine village of Jungu, and take a moment to admire the surrounding summits : the Weissmies, the Mischabel range with its many 4000m peaks (Dom, Täschhorn, etc...). From Jungu, we hike down an ancient Way of the Cross to the small town of St Niklaus. We reach Zermatt by train, where we spend the night.
Elevation gain: 11000m - Vertical loss 1800m
Day 7 : Zermatt
This last hike takes us to the hamlet of Zmutt, nested at the foot of the Matterhorn : a fantastic area to admire this legendary summit. Our trek ends in Zermatt, in early afternoon.
Elevation gain and vertical loss : 620m
The guide may have to adapt the route to weather conditions and/or to group physical and/or technical ability.
The collective formula associates several people who do not necessarily know each other. It allows for a planned program to benefit from an attractive price on fixed dates. This formula is ideal for people looking for the friendliness of a group.
Date in 2021 : from Sunday July 25th to Saturday July 31th
Price for 2021 : 1250€ per person - based on a minimum of 7 participants..
This price includes:
- The organization and supervision by a state qualified trekking guide,
- Half-board accommodation (dinner, breakfast and night) in mountain huts and basic hotels (4-bed room & dormitory)
- picnic lunches,
- lift passes,
- transfers throughout the hike,
- luggage transportation throughout the trek (1 piece of luggage per person, maximum 15kg).
- Shuttle back to Chamonix
Not included in the price :
- Drinks and personal expenditure (souvenirs…),
- repatriation insurance (compulsory).
A private engagement is the historical relationship that binds a mountain leader to their clients. It allows you to be alone or in your own group with your mountain leader who will meet your specific needs.It is undoubtedly the ideal formula realise your projects because it guarentees you a maximum amount of comfort. You are free to choose your departure date (subject to the availability in the accommodation). Depending on the weather conditions, the proposed route can be adjusted according to your level and expectations, the professional can suggest alternatives to the itinerary.
Prices for 2021 :
1 person : 5800€ per person | 6 people : 1620€ par person
2 people : 3290€ par person | 7 people : 1500€ par person
3 people : 2455€ par person | 8 people : 1410€ par person
4 people : 2035€ par person | 9 people : 1340€ par person
5 people : 1785€ par person | 10 people : 1280€ par person
These prices use the same conditions as the collective group formula.
Meeting point : meet at 7.30 am in front of the Compagnie des Guides in Chamonix.
Ability level : 4/5 – From Verbier to Zermatt is a hike of sustained difficulty. A minimum of 800m of positive elevation and 6 to 8 hours of walking on average per day. Hiking on various mountain terrains that may present technical difficulties (equipped and secure passages, short sections with ladders) or vertiginous passages. Certain passages can take place off the trails and on difficult rocky terrain. A good experience of itinerant mountain hiking is required. You need to be physically trained and have a very good physical condition.
Guiding policy : minimum 7 and maximum 10 people per guide. The Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix's guiding policy is one of the strictest in the mountain guiding business. It guarantees the most balanced groups as possible as well as high-quality personalised advice.
Important: Registration possible from 16 years of age. Registration is not permitted to anyone under the age of 18 without a legal guardian.
- During the trip : 2 nights in mountain huts (dormitory), 2 nights in hotels (double room*), 2 nights in inns (dormitory).
* For people signing up alone, we cannot guarantee that you will share your room with a person of the same gender.
- Before & after the trip : benefit from preferential prices from our partner hotels in Chamonix. If you wish to receive information just ask the Randonnée department.
- Participants must have sports insurance with repatriation cover. We strongly recommend that this also includes cancellation cover. You can take out insurance offering both of these types of cover when you sign up.
- Participants must also take valid ID with them.
Preparing for the trip : There is an information meeting with your mountain leader the day before departure at 6pm at the Compagnie des Guides Office.
We recommend that you take special care in choosing your equipment because it contributes greatly to the success of your trip. As alpine conditions can be highly variable with sudden changes, it can get very cold in altitude, it is preferable to have numerous layers rather than one thick piece of clothing. It is not uncommon to have snow in the middle of summer, do not skimp on warm clothes even if the weather seems favourable. Contrarily, the sun can be scorching hot. Without weighing too much, you should always have sufficient equipment in your backpack to deal with the capricious and severe weather.
- A backpack with a capacity of at least 40 litres (better too big than too small). Make sure you have enough space for the picnic. A small tip in case it rains : even if you have a backpack cover, always protect your belongings in a plastic bag (a big rubbish bag) inside your backpack.
- A compact and solid travel bag, maximum 15kg.
- A pair of top-quality hiking boots with Vibram soles. For new shoes, we strongly suggest that you wear them beforehand to mold them to the shape of your foot. If you are prone to blisters : talcum powder applied to dry feet and in your shoes before you start your days hiking.
For added comfort regarding underwear, (t-shirts, boxers, socks), avoid cotton which is heavy, cold and dries very slowly. Opt for synthetic technical fabrics or wool, which is making a comeback. They are warmer and dry quickly.
For the day :
- 1 short-sleeved t-shirt
- 1 long-sleeved t-shirt (technical fabric)
- 1 polar fleece
- 1 light down jacket (or a second fleece)
- 1 pair of shorts
- 1 pair of hiking trousers
- 1 pair of hiking socks (technical fabric)
- 1 Goretex jacket (waterproof windbreaker)
- 1 poncho (large rain cover that fits over your pack) or 1 pack cover
- 1 pair of waterproof trousers (although light Gore-tex trousers are expensive, other types of light waterproof trousers will do)
- Sun hat or baseball cap
- 1 warm hat
- 1 pair of gloves
For the entire trip :
- At least 2 changes of clothes - t-shirt, underwear & socks (technical fabric)
- 1 pair of long underwear (technical fabric)
- 1 pair of ultra-light shoes (i.e. flip flops, slippers)
- optional : short gators (start of the season)
For the day :
- Sun cream and lip salve
- 1 water bottle (minimum 1 litre but 1.5 litres is better)
- 1 knife
- 1 fork (type "spork")
- 1 pair of telescopic poles
For the entire trip :
- 1 sleeping bag liner
- Flashlight or headlight
- Personal pharmacy : elastoplast, (stretchable strapping tape), band-aids "second skin" kit, compresses, medicines for common ailments : diarrhea, constipation, sore throat, headaches, pain relief, allergies and any prescribed medication. The mountain leader always carries a first aid kit with them. Remember that packing light is essential.
- Toiletries, hand towel, earplugs
- Identification (passport or ID card)
- Money for your personal expenses
- A bit of soap for laundry
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