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Walker’s Haute Route

Walker’s Haute Route

  • Where: The Alps
  • Start: Chamonix, France
  • End: Zermatt, Switzerland
  • Dates: 18/06/2017 – 30/06/2017 (12 days)
  • Length: 184km


In the summer of 2017 my Dad and I went on a 2 week walking holiday in the alps. The Walker’s Haute Route seemed like a perfect mix of what we were looking for. Easily achievable in the time, dramatic scenery, a mix of accommodation options, etc. He and I have walked before, but this was our longest.

We used the Cicerone/Kev Reynolds guidebook and had much fun with it along the way.

According to the guidebook, one of the most beautiful vistas of the alps.

We didn’t take a tent, and instead opted for bivvy bags, figuring that if the weather was bad we’d seek shelter indoors. It worked out well, and we had a few dry nights outside (and a couple that were wet). One rainy night we even ended up sleeping of the floor a public toilet (it was newly installed and reasonably clean). Also due to the timing of our hike (late June, quite early in the season for this trail) the dormitory rooms we did stay in were either empty or very quiet.

One of the less scenic sleeping places.

We still had a couple of days in Zermatt at the end of the official route. Since we carried crampons and ice axes the whole way we figured we’d try and get up onto some snow. He hiked up Theodulpass (3295m) below the Matterhorn, then across to the Klein Matterhorn before returning to Zermatt for some 30Chf pizzas.

Father & Son, 2017