Haute Route (Chamonix to Zermatt)
Key information: Haute Route (Chamonix to Zermatt)
- A famous high route involving extensive glacier walks amid peaks and spires, on the roof of Europe. Not to be confused with the Walkers' Haute Route.
- The original Haute Route was established in the Mid-19th Century as a route for summer mountaineering, with a number of high glacier pass crossings. It is nowadays a superb high-level (and tough) ski travelling route. Many walkers would find it tougher than they would enjoy.
- The route (of which there are many variants) hugs the highest peaks of the Pennine Alps.
- Outstanding views and visual thrills throughout, and wonderful communion with the eternal high range.
- Glacier walking needs experience (or a guide) and can become a dreary slog.
- A joy of the route is the superb situations of many of the huts you will stay in.
- This is a very tough walk in high, remote mountains, on which you will have to be self-sufficient, where you will do a lot of glacier walking (and climbing on moraine) and where altitude can cause problems. And care needs to be taken to avoid areas at risk of avalanche and rainfall-and you can need to change route depending on weather conditions. Come prepared and be an expert, or be guided by one.
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- Walkopedia rating83
- Natural interest17
- Human interest2
- Negative points5
- Total rating83
- Note: Negs: a lot of glacier walking; altitude
- Length: 7 days
- Maximum Altitude: 3,796m
- Level of Difficulty: Very Difficult
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