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Classic Haute Route Mountaineering Holiday

Starts: Argentiere, France
Finishes: Zermatt, Switzerland

Visit: Argentiere, Bourg-Saint-Pierre, Pigne d'Arolla , Col de Bertol , Zermatt

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: Hiking

Overview

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This is the ultimate high Alpine trekking adventure following the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt. Taking a dramatic and uncompromising line, the Classic Haute Route traverses the heart of the European Alps, linking Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn by a series of high cols and impressive glaciers. Expert guidance is essential on this challenging walking route and during the course of the traverse, there is plenty of opportunity to hone mountaineering skills. From the start point at our comfortable chalet base in the Chamonix Valley of the French Alps, to the end point in the famously picturesque ski-town of Zermatt in the Swiss Alps, we will have walked 120km and accumulated more than 10,000 metres of ascent and descent. Offering the most breathtaking scenery in the Alps and overnight stops at some of the very best Alpine refuges, the Classic Haute Route from Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn, ranks among the world's greatest mountain walking adventures.

Highlights

    • Chamonix to Zermatt, the Haute Route traverse
    • Climb the Pigne d`Arola and the Tete Blanche
    • Overnight in atmospheric high mountain huts
    • Learn the ropes with experienced IFMGA guides
    • Free Equipment hire worth 100 is available for this holiday

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 62541
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private & Local (Public)##Private & Local (Public)
Guide Language: Engligh

Starts: Argentiere, France
Finishes: Zermatt, Switzerland
Duration: 13 days
Physical rating: Basic

Includes

  • Professional guide or guides on a 1:6 ratio
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Mountain refuge or gite accommodation for 10 nights
  • All cable car fees

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Price

Price person (sharing double) $3,520 ($271/day)

Deposit:

$300 per person for bookings made 56 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 56 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Strict

Trip Notes

Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

Trip Price generally includes accommodation, transport/transfer, activities, services of a professional guide & more. (Please refer to the include/excludes section for details)

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Italy, Switzerland Argentiere, Le Tour, Albert Premier, Col Superior Du Tour, Col Du Neve De La Rousse, Bourg St. Pierre, Col De La Vuardette, Mont Rogneux, Pannassiere Hut, Col Des Otannes, Cabane Des Dix, Pigne D'arolla, Col De L'eveque, Col De Bertol, Cabane De Bertol, Tete Blanche, Matterhorn North Face, Zermatt
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Rob L  

Our guide did a great job both organising the trip and as our guide for the first three days. The other guide was excellent guiding the rest of the trip, particularly as this was the first time she had led this trek. The scenery was spectacular; the trip exceeded my expectations.

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Rene D  

I most enjoyed learning new skills, finding a new and demanding challenge, finding fellow travelers who were comparable in experience and fitness and discovering alpine huts in crazy places. I can't speak too highly of our leader. She was a leader who inspired us to listen to her intently and follow her unconditionally. Her broad experience in the Alps and other mountains shone through, yet she was not pompous nor arrogant as a result of this. She was focused, calm and considerate of our needs at all times and gave us regular sound advice that got us through this extraordinary trek without incident or problems. I found the level of professionalism and support from your organisation excellent and worthy of my repeat business.

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Grace  

The guides told us this is the most difficult trek the company offers in the Alps. It required determined effort to cover the distance and 30,000 feet of elevation gain and loss. Some of the trails are very steep and the downhill speed is hard on the knees. The summits offer views of this unbelievable set of mountains. The lead glacier guide is a low key talented skilled caring leader with a fine sense of humour. I hope to engage her again in 2016. Dave was also excellent ever watchful and experienced and highly skilled glacier and rock climber. I would give them both 5 stars and will follow them on other trips. If you can ski, that would be the best and a preferable way to complete the Haute Route.

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Leslie  

I loved this trek. The trails were great, the views were fantastic, the food was amazing, and the huts were cozy (and often perched in the most amazing spots!). I had never been hiking in Europe before this and had therefore always camped on my treks, but the hut-to-hut experience was fun. It's definitely a different approach, but it was more social, and having a warm bed and good food waiting for you was pretty nice! Our guides were all great and took good care of us. I have absolutely nothing bad to say about this trip. Go!

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Matthew  

The Classic Haute has been on my short list for a couple years now, and it exceeded every one of my expectations. It is notably more arduous than any of us had expected. Difficulty level was at times at 10 or 11 with the daily prolonged ascent/descents, but the pay-off's and reward were unobstructed views, breath-taking vistas, idyllic meadows full of bell-ringing cows,charming encounters with cheese-makers, auberge-keepers and cow-herders dramatic scenery only seen on Planet Earth or in the movies. Our group ranged in age from 30 to 60 and in fitness levels from search-and-rescue mountain readiness to minimally active, but we all managed to complete the adventure. Do as much training as you can manage beforehand because you will inevitably wish you had done more. Why choose this trip? If you are looking for an intense, active, outdoor adventure with unobstructed views and scenery, this ones for you. What would your advice be to potential travelers? Train, train and train some more. You will be travelling with a group for nearly two weeks in circumstances that can put modesty to the test. Grand accommodations do not exist in these parts. Be prepared for the comedy of sharing community showers and bunk bed rooms in the Refugio, sharing bathrooms in one or more of the inns; and showers in your room that may suggest emphasis more on exhibitionism than hygiene. It is all part of the adventure. -Pros Group Camaraderie Once in a Lifetime Experience Well Organised Itinerary Guides E

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Russell 

A higher altitude route with breathtaking scenery and stunning mountain huts. We were fortunate to have 'Lori' as our mountain guide, a man of endless knowledge of the mountains and a passion for all he does. Not only did he ensure we all had a great time and look after our group but he also extended his help towards others in the mountains. This trip has inspired us to go further and higher in the mountains.

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Adrian 

The trip couldn't have been more pleasurable, yet challenging and with excellent company and size of group, 5 plus guide, couldn't have been better. The weather was wonderful, snow conditions perfect for crampons and ascents and I have to say our guide Lori, what an honour to have such a professional climber to guide us. All of us learn't from his extensive expertise and knowledge and safety and I have to say too, the game UNO! Lori is a guide and climber you'd want beside you up the Matterhorn and beyond. This was not a general hike, be under no illusions but a very strenuous and demanding hike and climb and all in the group were very fit which was fortunate. Very long days and some high altitude climbs. A very rewarding trip but probably more suited to June or September with snow and also with a high fitness level. Not one for those with a fear of heights. I couldn't fault the organisation and I definitely would recommend this to anybody wanting experience the Alps at altitude.

Tour Operator

KE Adventure Travel

KE is your number one choice for classic treks such as Everest Basecamp in Nepal, Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Mount Toubkal in Morocco or the Tour du Mont Blanc in the European Alps. Our record is also second-to-none on climbing expeditions to peaks as diverse as Mera Peak in Nepal, Mount Khuiten in Mongolia and Monte Rosa in Switzerland

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