Trekking Chamonix to Zermatt

The Classic Walkers Haute Route

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Chamonix to Zermatt, Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn in two weeks of mountain travel you will see the greatest collection of 4000 metre peaks in the Alps and visit some of the most spectacular valleys. You will discover delightful villages and remote hamlets, wander flower meadows and forests, skirt exquisite tarns that turn mountains on their heads, and clamber beside glaciers.

The way intrudes on lonely stone-filled corries, with marmots along the boulders and ibex on the heights, and provides a surprise around every corner. The route is more than 180 kilometres long. It crosses 11 passes, gains more than 12,000 metres in height and is a strong contender for the title of Most Beautiful Walk in Europe. This new edition has been thoroughly updated, and now includes the exciting two-day Europaweg a true high-level path that carries the Haute Route way above the Mattertal and into Zermatt a worthy conclusion to a great trek.

Seasons

Alpine summer walking, so mid-June to mid-September; snow could remain on higher passes well into July.

Centres

Chamonix, Argentière, Trient, Champex, Sembrancher, Le Chable, Verbier, Arolla, Les Haudères, La Sage, Zinal, Gruben, St Niklaus, Zermatt

Difficulty

225km 11 passes and 14,000m of ascent make this a fairly tough trek; high alpine mountain walking, some sharp cols; final 2-day section on Europaweg is challenging and exposed, with some parts protected by cables and a 500m suspension bridge to cross

Must See

Mont Blanc and Chamonix’s Aiguilles, Grand Combin, the Grand Desért, the fabulous Vals d’Herens and Moiry, the Twära view of the Dom, Weisshorn, the view of the Matterhorn on the approach to Zermatt

Weight 320.00 g
ISBN

9781852847807

Author of book

Kev Reynolds

Publisher

Cicerone

Publish Date

01 March 2015

Language

English

Page size

112mm x 172mm

Binding

Encapsulated paperback

Number of pages

224

Author description

A lifelong passion for the countryside in general, Alps and Himalaya, and mountains in particular, as well as walking guides for Kent, drives Kev's desire to share his sense of wonder and delight in the natural world through his writing, guiding, he also writes and illustrates brochures for national tourist authorities and travel companies. When not away in the mountains, makes him The Man with the World's Best Job; a title he aims to keep by remaining active for another 100 years at least. Kev has enjoyed a fruitful partnership with Cicerone since the 1970s, photography and lecturing. Spending several months each year among various high mountain regions researching guidebooks, producing walking and trekking guides to the Pyrenees, Sussex and the Cotswolds and he has several more books in the pipeline. A frequent contributor to outdoor magazines

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