The Haute Route, France-Switzerland
With millions of trails crisscrossing the mighty Alps which arc through Italy, Switzerland, France, Austria and Germany, you could spend your entire lifetime hiking in these amazing trails. But The Haute Route linking Chamonix in France to the southern part of Zermatt in Switzerland, delivers far more scenic beauty and adventure in a single achievable trail. It takes you through some of the most difficult and highest terrains in Europe which passes through ten of the twelve highest peaks of the mighty Alps. Weaving through the green pine forests sprinkled with berries and wild mushrooms, you would often emerge onto green grasslands where herders graze their sheep, goat and cows throughout the spring.
Today the route is popular for its 200 km summer trek and winter ski mountaineering. The trek does not require any special skills or technical ability and is suited for any hiker who is fit and healthy to survive the 14 day hike gaining a total of about 14000 meters in elevation. A wide network of huts and tents allows the hikers to have occasional showers, healthy and clean accommodation with delicious food. All the hikers have to hike without any sleeping bags, tents or stoves. The trail is full of adventure and is a lot of fun.
Though the Haute Route is bi directional, most of the hikers start from Chamonix and then move towards the south region as written in most of the books and guide tours. This puts the harsh sun on the back of hikers as they ascend the slopes of Alps. From the north of Mont Blanc you will make swift ascent past the dramatic and shiny needles of snowy dome to a small refuge camp at Col De Balme. You will pass through a
series of beautiful and peaceful glaciers ending up in the cold deserts filled with snow dust. On the fourth day, you will take a stroll through eastern shore of Lac Dix, which is considered to be the most harsh and challenging route of the whole journey. Fin ally after thirteen days of hard work, you will climb the valley leading to Zermatt which is the final point of the destination.
You will be amazed and blessed with the beauty of Matterhorn. The great Swiss mountains along with the scenic beauty is the perfect ending to an amazing trail. It is no doubt that the Haute Route is the most adventurous and rewarding Swiss Alps long distance tour.