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Walker's Haute Route Easterly Self Guided Trek

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Trek self-guided from La Sage in the beautiful Evolene valley to the famous town of Zermatt on this 80 kilometer easterly section of the classic Walkers Haute Route. The Walkers Haute Route easterly sef guided trek takes you over high mountain cols and descends into the traditional Valasian valleys of Zinal, Gruben and the Matterhorn. This trek is ideal for those wanting to trek independently and experience the route in a shorter space of time.

7 night itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN LA SAGE:

Please ask us for further information on travel to La Sage.

Accommodation:

Hotel, private en-suite rooms, evening meal and breakfast.

DAY 2 LA SAGE TO CABANE DE MOIRY:

Leaving La Sage you climb steeply to the Col du Tsate and descend to Lac de Moiry. Following the shoreline of the lake for a while before a further climb towards Cabane de Moiry situated in the truly stunning location next to the Moiry glacier.

Daily stats:

Distance: 11km | Height gain: +1650m | Descent: -500m

Accommodation:

Refuge in dormitories, evening meal and breakfast.

Guide notes:

Don't underestimate this col as its high at 2868m, with far reaching views from the col back towards Arolla and its significant peaks, on a good day you can see Mont Blanc!

DAY 3 CABANE DE MOIRY TO ZINAL:

Taking the same path from the cabane that you ascended on the day before before traversing high bringing you to the far end of Lac Moiry and joining the path to the Col de Sorbois. Once over the col a descent through the Zinal ski area brings you to the cable car de Sorbois and beyond on a steep track through the trees to Zinal. Option to take the cable car to Zinal to shorten the day and descent if needed.

Daily stats:

Distance: 14km | Height gain: +500m | Descent: -1550m

Accommodation:

Hotel with private en-suite rooms, evening meal and breakfast.

DAY 4 ZINAL TO GRUBEN:

A steady climb through woodland to the high mountain pastureland passing the remote Barnueza Alpage. Once at the Col du Forcletta, you make your descend in to the Gruben valley to the small village of Gruben.

Daily stats:

Distance: 14km | Height gain: +1200m | Descent: -1000m

Accommodation:

Auberge with private rooms and shared facilities, evening meal and breakfast.

Guide notes:

Making your way over the Col de la Forcletta and into one of the most remote valleys of the trek is a fabulous experience. This valley is closed off from autumn to spring and is used during the summer months for cattle farming. Get ready for the Hotel Schwartzhorn which seems totaly incongruous to this remote valley.

DAY 5 GRUBEN TO ST NICKLAUS & GRACHEN:

Another steep climb from Gruben to high-level pastures of the Augustbordpass. You make your descent steadily from the col towards Jungen where you take the little cable car to St Niklaus and a short buss ride across the valley to Grachen.

Daily stats:

Distance: 16km | Height gain: +1100m | Descent: -1000m

Accommodation:

Hotel in private en-suite rooms, evening meal and breakfast.

Guide notes:

The Augustbordpass passes without any notable acclaim as the col seems to be somewhat hidden away, the views are reserved for later in the day with the narrow traverse above Jungen which reveals the delights of the Matterhorn valley!

DAY 6 GRACHEN TO RANDA:

Today you have a choice of two routes depending on weather, route conditions and ability you can take the high route via the Europaweg or a lower route leading down into the Matterhorn valley to Randa.

Low Route via the Matterhorn Valley
Departing Grachen you traverse along the Wanderweg to Gasenreid and beyond before descending into the Matterhorn Valley and taking the valley path to Randa.

High Route via Europaweg
Departing Grachen you traverse along the Wanderweg to Gasenreid before gaining height steeply to Mittelberg and the St Bernard statue, which offers great views of the Bernese Alps and magnificent Grosser Aletschgletscher. The path continues over difficult terrain at times before descending to Randa.

Daily stats:

Via the low route, Distance: 14km | Height gain: +200m | Descent: -460m

Via the high route: Distance: 14km | Height gain: +1000m | Descent: -700m

Accommodation:

Hotel with private en-suite rooms, evening meal and breakfast.

DAY 7 RANDA TO ZERMATT:

Departing from Randa, you ascend to the Europaweg and take the impressive Charles Kuonen suspension bridge for the final day on this stunning traverse via Taschalp and finish taking the hight route into Zermatt.

Daily stats:

Distance: 21.5km | Height gain: +1175m | Descent: -850m

Accommodation:

Hotel in private en-suite rooms, B & B.

Guide notes:

In August 2017 the Europaweg was reopened after closure for some years. Therefore there are many options for today, which can be decided before the day. My recommendation would be to include the final stage from Taschalp, which has stupendous views on the mighty Matterhorn.

DAY 8: DEPART ZERMATT:

Breakfast is included however on the departure day you are free to leave at any time you wish.

Option to add an additional day in Zermatt.

Accommodation:

3 Hotel, Bed & Breakfast

Guide notes:

Once you have completed the trek I hope you will agree that the Walkers Haute Route is truly an exceptional trek & has a worthy place as of one of the worlds top 10 long distance walks.

"Take only memories, leave only footprints"
Chief Seattle