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Walker's Haute Route Westerly Self Guided Trek

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This Walkers Haute Route westerly self guided trek takes you from the famous alpine town of Chamonix in the French alps to the beautiful Valaisian village of Les Hauderes and La Sage in the Evolene valley. This westerly section takes you over 115km of stunning high mountain terrain and through idyllic alpine pastures. This trek is ideal for those who haven't the time to complete the full route yet want a real flavour of this classic trek.

7 night itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN CHAMONIX:

As we are based in Chamonix please ask if you wish to have a self guided trek briefing to go through any aspect of your trek before you start on your adventure.

If you require a briefing on your day of arrival please specify at the time of booking so we can make sure someone will be available.

Accommodation:

3* Hotel, private en-suite rooms, B & B

DAY 2 CHAMONIX TO TRIENT:

You take a short bus ride to Montroc where you start the route with an ascent to the Col du Balme via the beautiful Aiguillette des Possettes. You make your way to the col by crossing the border into Switzerland and descending to the Swiss village of Trient.

Daily stats:

Distance: 14km | Height gain: +1100m | Descent: -1000m

Accommodation:

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

Guide notes:

The route over the Aiguillette des Possettes is magnificent and one of my favourite peaks in the Chamonix valley. Enjoy the 360 degree far reaching views over the Mont Blanc massif, the Aiguille Rouges and the Swiss Valais. Refreshments of a kind at the Col du Balme but don't expect service with a smile!! It's worth the experience nonetheless!

DAY 3 TRIENT TO CHAMPEX-LAC:

Leaving Trient, you climb steeply to the Fenetre d’Arpette. A tricky descent over boulders leads us to pastureland and to the picture postcard village of Champex-Lac.

Daily stats:

Distance: 14km | Height gain: +1400m | Descent: -1200m

Accommodation:

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

Guide notes:

Option to take the Bovine route if the weather isnt so good which is more sheltered in poor weather. The true Haute Route goes over the Fenetre d'Arpette and although tough you wont be disappointed.

DAY 4 CHAMPEX-LAC TO CABANE MONT FORT:

You start the day with an easy descent into to the Orsiére Valley and trough the Swiss villages of Sembrancher and Châble. From Châble, you take the cable car to Les Ruinettes within the Verbier ski area and a short trek will take us to the Cabane du Mont Fort.

Daily stats:

Distance: 17km | Height gain: +350m | Descent: -700m

Accommodation:

Refuge in dormitory with evening meal and breakfast.

Guide notes:

A lovely leisurely day after the challenges of the first two days. Enjoy the easy angled terrain and recharge yourself for what is to come!

DAY 5 CABANE MONT FORT TO CABANE PRAFLEURI:

You make our way on a lofty traverse via the Sentier des Chamois to the Col du Termin. From here, you continue to the rocky Col de Louvie and traverse below the Grand Desert Glacier where you pass a series of small tarns before ascending once more to the Col de Prafleuri and descending steeply to the Cabane de Prafleuri.

Daily stats:

Distance: 14km | Height gain: +900m | Descent: -500m

Accommodation:

Refuge in dormitory with evening meal and breakfast.

Guide notes:

It’s up and out early as possible today as the day is long and hard. Amazing views of the Grand Combin & the lunar landscape of the Grand Desert. The statistics don’t give the day justice, as the high altitude terrain is larger than life!

DAY 6 CABANE PRAFLEURI TO AROLLA:

Passing over the Col des Roux, you descend to the Lac Dix and contour above the shoreline for several kilometers before rising again to the Col de Riedmatten. Descending from the col, you finally reach the small Alpine village of Arolla.

Daily stats:

Distance: 17km | Height gain: +850m | Descent: -1400m

Accommodation:

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

Guide notes:

Another big day over challenging terrain so an early start is a must. Fabulous views of Mont Blanc Cheilon as you ascend the glacial moraine. There is of course the option of the Pas de Chevre for those with a head for heights!

DAY 7 AROLLA TO LA SAGE:

An easy day as you make your way via Lac Bleu to the typical Valaisian village of Les Hauderes and on to the hamlet of La Sage in the Val d'Herens. You arrive in Val d'Herens around mid-afternoon with time to rest and relax.

Daily stats:

Distance: 12km | Height gain: +215m | Descent: -700m

Accommodation:

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

Guide notes:

At last an easier day! Enjoy the lofty traverse and rest a while at the beautiful Lac Bleu with wonderful views back down the Arolla valley and the mighty Mont Colon.

DAY 8: DEPART LA SAGE:

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

Accommodation:

3* Hotel, Bed and 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