Saturday, 25 September 2010

Haute Route: Verbier to Zermatt in 9 days

There are many, many personal blogs and sites about the 'Haute Route' (High Route) - the famous long distance walk linking up arguably the most famous mountain resort in the Alps - Chamonix andZermatt. There also seem to be an equally large number of different variations and ways of walking and skiing between the 2 resorts.

Some colleagues and I decided to do the Walkers' Haute Route this September. Due to time constraints (we only had 9 days) we decided to start of from Verbier, so missing out the following sections:
Chamonix - Argentière
Argentière-Trient / Col de la Forclaz
Trient / Col de la Forclaz-Champex-Lac
Champex-Lac-Le Chable
Le Chable - Cabane de Mont Fort

We rode up on first cable car from Le Chable up to Les Ruinettes and joined the trail from Cabane de Mont Fort on Saturday. In the following blogs I will describe the route, the hotels and cabanes where we stayed. But, of course, before we started the hike we spent a lot of time reading up on the route, deciding where to stay, booking the accommodation and checking the maps. Here are just a couple of the blogs that we found useful when planning this hike: (i know this is not a blog ;-) (complete with charts of altitude gains and losses and distance walked per day).

Worth its weight in gold proved to be the Kev Reynolds classic guide 'Chamonix-Zermatt, The Walker's Haute Route'. This is the bible of English speaking hikers. We used this for planning and throughout the hike.

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