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Self-guided Haute Route 2017
Walkers Haute Route trek, Chamonix-Zermatt
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Self-guided Walkers Haute Route trekking holiday How to book a trip
Self-guiding is a rapily growing market, but for those who have not come across the concept before, it couldn't be simpler. You guide yourself and all the logistics are arranged for you. We organise all the boring bits so you don't have to; route information, maps, hut bookings etc. You walk with your friends, at your pace, rather than as part of a group.
We have a logistics team in Chamonix, where you are given a full briefing by one of our guides. This is an essential resource in case you need to change hut bookings or any part of your itinerary. It is there, with a 24 hour emergency number, to support you throughout your trek. This level of support is not possible from others without a team in the Alps.
During your briefing in Chamonix, you are given a map (for you to keep) of the whole of the trek. We provide you two original Swisstopo maps (sheets 5003 and 5006) worth over £40 in total, of similar detail to OS maps in the UK. You are also provided route cards for each stage of the trek, and these are key navigational aids, as well as providing lots of details of the area.
We consider that the detail and accuracy of our routecards are a key selling point for our self-guided treks as they have been meticulously researched and produced by our guiding team. The routecards also detail emergency escape routes, local numbers, and key information about the route. One set of routecards, maps, etc is provided per group.
Price inclusions
Booking of the mountain hut and valley accommodation in your name.
New map(s) of the route, for you to keep even after your trek is finished.
The detailed Icicle route information cards, so you know where to go.
Language cards with key phrases, so you can communicate confidently.
Emergency procedure and mountain rescue card, in case of an incident.
Local information sheets, with details about the region and key sights.
Briefing on arrival about the route and kit to take, from a UIMLA guide.
24 hour in-resort emergency contact support through Chamonix team.
Exclusions. Travel to Chamonix, all accommodation / food / lodging costs, activities & travel insurance, equipment hire, all other costs as required such as valley transport via bus or train.
Our itinerary can start on any day that you choose, so decide what day you would like to start your trek, and get in touch with us by e-mail. We will then upload a private self-guided trip onto our online booking system, that is in your name, and then you can book and pay securely online. You receive an immediate e-confirmation and equipment list to help you start packing, as well as an Alpine Courses Booklet. You receive your trip detailed itinerary and walking notes etc in Chamonix.
Need any guiding?
It is a popular feature for self guided groups to opt to be guided for a couple of days near the start of their trek, so that the leader can advise them on the route, and ensure that their navigation skills and equipment selection is correct for the rest of the tour. The cost of guiding is from £200 per day.
2017 Europaweg update...
For those considering the Classic Walkers Haute Route, the final 2 days of trekking is traversing along the high level Europaweg path above the Mattertal into Zermatt. Each year this route has become less stable, as sections are prone to stonefall and landslip. Currently the
suspension bridge over the Dorfbach river above Randa is closed, and the Swiss authorities are hoping to reopen it at the end of July. Until that time, with the current closures and rockfall issues, the Classic Walkers Haute Route follow the Europaweg to its namesake hut, before descending to Randa, and following the valley paths up the Mattertal into Zermatt. Resources
; Zermatt Tourist Board.
Classic Walkers Haute Route
14 days holiday, with 11 days trekking
Price: £299 1-3 pers. £399 4-6 pers
Note these are the total prices, NOT per person.

Day 1 - Travel to Chamonix to arrive for full briefings on kit and accommodation. Night spent in Chamonix.

Day 2
-Chamonix to Trient. Train / bus to Montroc, then trek to Trient for the night. 14km, +1100m, -1000m

Day 3
- . Trient to Champex, by Fenetre d'Arpette or Bovine. Night in Champex. 14km, +1400m, -1200m

Day 4 - Champex Lac to Montfort. Trek into Orsiere then cable car to Montfort. 17km, +400m, -700m

Day 5 - Montfort to Prafleuri, trekking over three high cols between the mountain huts
. 14km, +900m, -500m

Day 6 - Prafleuri to Arolla area. Trek along Lac de Dix, then over a pass into Arolla. 17km, +900m, -1400m

Day 7 - Arolla to Haudieres. A shorter day trekking in valley to allow some rest.
9km, +0m, -700m

Day 8 -
Les Haudieres to Zinal. Trek over col and past Moiry lake to Zinal village. 15km, +2000m, -900m

Day 9 - Zinal to Gruben. Trek over a high pass then descent to Gruben village. 14km, +1200m, -1000m

Day 10 - Gruben to St Niklaus. Augstbordpass then the small cable car down
. 16km, +1100m, -1000m

Day 11 - St Niklaus to Randa and Europaweg over steep Alpine trails
. 14km, +1000m, -700m

Day 12 - Randa to Zermatt. Bus / taxi to Taschalp, then trek along to Zermatt
. 10km, +400m, -1000m

Day 13 - Explore Zermatt, then travel to Chamonix by train. Night in Chamonix.

Day 14 - Breakfast & depart

Baggage storage - We can store your extra baggage in Chamonix, so you have fresh clothes on your return.

Haute Route Highlights Trek
9 days holiday, with 7 days trekking
Price: £249 1-3 pers. £349 4-6 pers
Note these are the total prices, NOT per person.

Day 1 - Travel to Chamonix to arrive for full briefings on kit and accommodation. Night spent in Chamonix.

Day 2
-Chamonix to Trient. Train / bus to Montroc, then trek to Trient for the night. 14km, +1100m, -1000m

Day 3
- . Trient to Champex, by Fenetre d'Arpette or Bovine. Night in Champex. 14km, +1400m, -1200m

Day 4- Montfort to Prafleuri. Bus Champex to Chable, cable car, trek to Prafleuri. 14km, +900m, -500m

Day 5- Prafleuri to Arolla area. Trek along Lac de Dix, then over a pass into Arolla. 17km, +900m, -1400m

Day 6 -
Les Haudieres to Zinal. Bus to Les Haudieres, trek over cols to Zinal. 15km, +2000m, -900m

Day 7 - Zinal to Gruben. Trek over a high pass then descent to Gruben village. 14km, +1200m, -1000m

Day 8 - Gruben to St Niklaus. Augstbordpass then cable car down. Train to Zermatt
. 16km, +1100m, -1000m

Day 9 - Breakfast & depart

Baggage storage - We can store your extra baggage in Chamonix, so you have fresh clothes on your return.

This itinerary is normally operated from Saturday to the following Sunday, so people only need to take one week off work!

Got any questions?
We have a detailed
questions & answers page. Please note that this page is for self-guided groups, as we obviously expect a good level of self sufficiency from those undertaking this trek.

What are the costs of the elements of the itinerary that are not included?

The accommodation in Chamonix at either end of the trek can be in accommodation of any style to suit your budget, from youth hostel / gite to a four star hotel. The cheapest accommodation is c.£25 pppn for B&B, and the more expensive hotels are c.£100 pppn. On the nights in mountain huts you should budget for c.£45 pppn for half board (evening meal and breakfast). Packed lunches can be ordered in huts for c.£10 per day. Cable cars, buses and taxis are not required for this itinerary, though are highly recommended in a few short sections, so if you choose to use them, then you need to budget accordingly (c. £50 in total).

Why so many people choose Icicle for self-guided Haute Route trips...
Other operators itineraries have far more nights in the valley as they often include the price of the huts / hotels in the quote, so are limited to selecting accommodation that they can pay for from a distance. Mountain huts have no card machines, which is why we do not include the cost of the accommodation, just the logistics of booking you in to the best places, so as to enjoy the best trekking staying in spectacular locations!
We are the only operator with a logistics team in Chamonix, where you can store any baggage that you are not taking on the trek. Many hotels are reluctant or refuse to store bags whilst people are away for 12 days, but you can rest assured that your belongings are stored securely for your peace of mind. This is safer and better storage than leaving your baggage in an hotel luggage room that can be accessed by anyone.
At each end of the trek you spend a night in Chamonix on a B&B basis. Below are photos of the chalet that you usually stay at. As you can see, it is fitted out to a very high standard, and gives you a bit of luxury before and after your trek. The feedback from previous clients on this chalet has been exceptionally high. It is centrally located, close to bus and train stops, and costs c.45€pp / night including breakfast and tourist taxes.
Your luxury chalet in Chamonix for a night at each end of the trek
Will the self-guided Haute Route option suit you?
Many people contact us about whether the self-guided option would suit them in terms of experience. All we ask is that you feel confident in the following...
Navigation in poor visibility, such as dense cloud / snow, or even in the dark.
Security on steep / loose ground in terms or personal ability and the group.
Language skills in case of an emergency, or for day-to-day communications.
First aid training and medical awareness, especially of altitude sickness.
If you are unsure at all about any of these points, consider a guided trek.
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When is best to travel?
The huts on the Haute Route are open from mid June until mid September, usually around the 15th of each month, so the trek is only possible during this three month period. In the first few weeks of the season, there is a greater chance of extensive snow patches on the high passes, and this risk also exists for the last couple of weeks of season too, as the Autumn snows may start early (though generally not).
For these reasons the July and August period is generally the best for conditions, but you have to counter that by pointing out that it is also the busiest due to holidays. Also in the key two months it can be hot, and afternoon convection thunder storms are more frequent, but generally in June and September it is slightly cooler, especially at the end of the season with shorter days.
If your snow skills are good then consider dates in June, otherwise July to mid September is better. If you are worried about the conditions, we really cannot stress enough that you should opt for a guided trek, as we have never had a guided group to date that has failed to complete the route due to weather or conditions.
Accommodation & bags?
  Where do you stay each night of the trek?

We vary the exact choice of accommodation that week book for different groups, to cater for the likely weather and mountain conditions, as well as for any preferences that were made at the time of booking such as accommodation where smaller rooms may be available. Our great local contacts, and highly detailed knowledge of the route and its variations, enable us to select the best options for you.
Can we arrange bag transfers each day?

We do not provide or offer any baggage transfers for the Haute Route for 3 key reasons...

1) It limits you to staying in valley accommodation, next to a road, not in beautiful remote huts.

2) You need a 25 litre rucksack, if carrying the correct kit. If you need more you've packed wrong.

3) From an ecological viewpoint, you are trekking in unspoilt scenery. Don't ruin it with minibuses!
Why choose our trips?
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Itinerary flexibility to allow you to take full advantage of the weather windows on any day, to maximise your summit chances.
Our prices are fixed in £ Sterling, to protect you from euro fluctuations, so you can budget accurately.
There is a choice of routes to opt for, depending on the weather, conditions, and your experience.
Any further questions?
A key part of choosing a company is being able to come and talk about your plans with an experienced course advisor face to face. In an increasingly virtual world, we know our clients value speaking to real people, getting open and honest advice. The vast majority of our clients are British, and our office and outdoor store is based in Windermere in the English Lake District.



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