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    Mont Blanc : Haute Route - août 2018

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    The Haute Route is regarded as one of the best 10 treks in the world as we hike through the greatest collection of 4000 metre peaks in the Alps. We start near the base of Mont Blanc the highest mountain in western Europe and trek through…
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    The Haute Route is regarded as one of the best 10 treks in the world as we hike through the greatest collection of 4000 metre peaks in the Alps. We start near the base of Mont Blanc the highest mountain in western Europe and trek through stunning scenery to the foot of the Matterhorn, the most iconic mountain in the Alps.

    The Haute Route in Summary

    - One of the top 10 hikes in the world
    - The best hike in Europe!
    - Alpine charm: valleys, lakes, glaciers
    - Great food, history, culturefrom Mont Blanc,
    - From the highest peak in Europe (4810m, 15,781ft)
    - To the Matterhorn, the most beautiful peak in the alps
    - 12 days hiking180+kms (112mi)crosses 11 passes, gains more than 12,000m elevation
    - Difficult hiking
    Hiking

    The Haute Route is a linear point to point hike from Chamonix to Zermatt. We hike a total distance of 200km (125 miles) from Chamonix in the West to Zermatt in the East.

    The highest point reached is 2,987m (9,799ft) and the height gain on the route is around 15,200m (49,867ft).

    We will hike the route over 12 or 13 days.

    This trek is more difficult in many ways from the Tour du Mont Blanc. The overall height gain is higher, the distance is further, the terrain is rockier and the overall feel is of a more remote mountain trek. For this reason is strongly recommend that you should have already completed a one, or two week mountain trek before attempting the Haute Route, unless you already have considerable other mountain hiking experience.

    The hiking is generally on good paths and trails, but there are several rocky sections where we will be scrambling over boulders. This is a hard multi-day trek where the days can sometimes be hard, so it is therefore important that you are either fit already, or you are an experienced hill walker who has done at least one multi-day trip. If you are not prepared, then the hike can be very tiring and it is unlikely you will fully enjoy it, or maybe even not complete it.

    Accommodation

    We will be staying in varied accommodation throughout. From simple hotels where we will have twin share rooms with private/shared or ensuite facilities, to very simple Alpine hut accommodation which have shared bunks for sleeping.

    Some of the huts though do have spectacular views, which are well worth the hike to.

    During the tour, where our accommodation is dormitory style, this will either be bunk beds or alpine style, continuous mattresses, with shared facilities. For those not used to dormitory style sleeping, it does take getting used to, but it is also part of the “alpine experience”, where communal living and shared sleeping is the only way to experience the high mountains.

    Itinerary

    1. Chamonix - Trient
    2. Trient -Champex
    3. Champex -Le Chable
    4. Le Chable - Cab. Mont Fort
    5. Mont Fort - Cab. Prafleuri
    6. Prafleuri - Arolla
    7. Arolla - La Sage
    8. La Sage - Cab. Moiry
    9. Moiry - Zinal
    10. Zinal - Gruben
    11. Gruben - St Niklaus
    12. St Niklaus - Zermatt

    Travel

    I would suggest flying to Geneva, there are plenty of low cost airlines that fly out from various airports.

    I will recommend flights soon, so you should not book your flight until we have confirmed meeting time and location.

    Outbound, from Geneva, it is about an hour transfer or train to our rendezvous point in the centre of Chamonix. Mountain drop offs tend to have slightly better quality minibus, but are a few euros more, Alpybus has an easy booking system and you pay in cash at the end of each journey and it is also the cheapest. As we are meeting in the centre of Chamonix there is also the option to take the train from the airport.

    On the return journey, you can take the train from Zermatt main station to Geneva airport. The Swiss train system is very efficient if expensive. The journey takes approx 4hrs and trains leave regularly twice an hour.
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