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Haute Route: the Alpine Legend

Haute Route: the Alpine Legend

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 16 people
Destination(s): Switzerland  
Specialty Categories: Walking Tours   Hiking & Trekking  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 750 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 900 Euro (EUR)

Your Itinerary:

Day 1: Les Haudères. After flying to Switzerland and making your way to the Goms d'Annivers, you will spend your first night in a charming hotel in a valaisan style town. Your hotel offers food typical of the valley. A good start would be to try a glass of Arvine (white wine of the region). The owner of the hotel plays the accordion in the restaurant most nights - what better way to get introduced to the culture. Town: Shops, bus. Accommodation: 2* hotel, rooms en-suite with view. Includes: (D).

Day 2: To Cabane de Moiry. The walk begins today. After climbing the teasing Tsaté pass (2868 m) through pasture land and a rocky trail, the walk down presents the Glacier du Moiry. You will be so close to the glacier that all its details will be visible on your way up to the "Classic" Cabane de Moiry. Good food and a great atmosphere are on the menu. Town: No public facilities although food and drinks can be purchased in the hut. Accommodation: Mountain hut, dormitories. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 3: To Zinal. You start the day with a gentle walk overlooking the Lac de Moiry and bringing you near its impressive dam (148 m high). Then, after passing the Col du Sorebois (2896 m) your descent features an incredible view across the Zinal valley with Les Diablons (3609 m) and the Pointe de la Forcletta (3078 m). The village of Zinal is small and quaint with charming valaisan houses. Town: ATM, shops, tourist office, bus, train. Accommodation: 2* Hotel with restaurant and bar. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 4: To Gruben via Weisshorn. Today you will begin walking through woodlands before reaching our cruise heights on a high Alpine trail up to the hotel Weisshorn (2337 m). Pasture lands will then bring you up to the Meidpass (2790 m). There, the views on the Schwarzhorn, the Gletschhorn and the Weisshorn are stunning. On your way down, you will pass the Meidsee lake before reaching the isolated village of Gruben; so remote that it is only inhabited from June to September. For those who wish to have shorter walking days, we offer the option to stay in the Hotel Weisshorn and split the stage in 2. Town: No public facilities although food and drinks can be purchased in the hut. Accommodation: Hotel/Hut. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 5: To St. Niklaus. This stage, one of the finest of them all, has so many contrasts, so many features that capture one's attention. Crossing your final pass is a highlight in every sense of the word. Never as demanding as the total height gain and loss might suggest, it leads through spacious woodlands, over high pastures and into a stony wilderness, but then opens to some of the loveliest views in all Switzerland. Then comes the descent, full of pleasures and the odd surprise, none greater or more beautiful than the discovery of the little hamlet of Jungen clinging to the desperately steep mountain slopes high above St. Nicklaus. Town: ATM, shops, tourist office, bus, train. Accommodation: 2* Hotel with restaurant and bar. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 6: To Europahütte. Today is a day of contrasts on this trail opened in 1997. Starting with a stiff walk up to the Statue of St. Bernard, you will then experience walking through boulder fields; the remains of a massive rock fall in 1991. The footpath is demanding and is often secured with ropes and chains. A challenging, yet rewarding experience. The Europahütte for the night offers great comfort and views over the Weisshorn and its glacier. Town: No public facilities although food and drinks can be purchased in the hut. Accommodation: Mountain hut, dormitories. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 7: To Zermatt. The scenery on the last day is stunning. At the beginning, the path alternates between boulder fields and forest. After a short climb uphill, you will enter Tachalp glen with fantastic views at its very end. Continuing on, the majestic Matterhorn will stun you as you get closer to Zermatt, following the gentle footpath. Zermatt is the place for mountaineering in Switzerland. The streets are busy and vibrant and your hotel is right in the heart of this buzz, making for a great night ahead. Town: Shops, bars, restaurants, ATM, Internet, bus, train. Accommodation: 3* hotel in the heart of Zermatt. Includes: (B), (L).

Day 8: Zermatt. After breakfast, we bid you farewell. We recommend taking the famous Gornergrat railway to 3090 m, and getting views of the spectacular Riffelalp glacier. Includes: (B).

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- 1 night in 3* hotel, 3 nights in 2* hotels, 1 night in a Hotel/Hut and 2 nights in mountain huts
- Full-board except no dinner in Zermatt
- Transport of luggage to Zinal, St. Niklaus and Zermatt
- Detailed walking notes.

Price Excludes:
- Flights
- Swiss Pass
- Transfers from/to the airport (included with the Swiss Pass)
- Drinks.

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