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Trekking Chamonix to Zermatt

The classic Walker's Haute Route

Guidebook to the Walker's Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt. The 225km route typically takes 2 weeks to walk. Described in 14 stages, the route crosses 11 passes between Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn and involves more than 14,000m of ascent and descent. A complete guide for planning and walking the route, with accommodation information.


Alpine summer walking, so mid-June to mid-September; snow could remain on higher passes well into July.


Chamonix, Argentière, Trient, Champex, Sembrancher, Le Chable, Verbier, Arolla, Les Haudères, La Sage, Zinal, Gruben, St Niklaus, Zermatt


225km, 11 passes and 14,000m of ascent make this a fairly tough trek; high alpine mountain walking, some sharp cols

Must See

Mont Blanc and Chamonix's Aiguilles, Grand Combin, the Grand Desért, the fabulous Vals d'Hérens and Moiry, the Twära view of the Dom, Weisshorn, the view of the Matterhorn on the approach to Zermatt
12 Jul 2022
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.45cm

A guidebook to the Walker’s Haute Route, a classic trek between Chamonix in France and Zermatt in Switzerland. Covering 215km (134 miles), this long-distance trek linking Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn takes around 2 weeks and is suitable for trekkers with Alpine experience.

The route is described west to east in 14 stages, each between 9 and 20km (6–12 miles) in length. The route takes in 11 passes and 14,000m of ascent, with several route alternatives included allowing you to select the itinerary that suits you.

  • 1:50,000 mapping included for each stage
  • GPX files available to download
  • Detailed information on mountain huts, facilities and refreshments along the route
  • Advice on planning and preparation

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Kev Reynolds Cicerone author REYNOL

By Kev Reynolds

Kev Reynolds was a freelance writer, photojournalist and lecturer. A prolific compiler of guidebooks, his first title for Cicerone Press (Walks & Climbs in the Pyrenees) appeared in 1978; he later produced many more titles for the same publisher. A member of the Outdoor Writers' Guild, the Alpine Club and Austrian Alpine Club, his passion for mountains and the countryside inspired a lifetime's activity, and he regularly travelled throughout Britain to share that enthusiasm through his lectures. Sadly, Kev passed away in 2021. He will be remembered fondly by all who knew him and by many more he inspired through his writing and talks.

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