Haute Level Route, a high level walk

Haute Level Route, a high level walk

Haute Level Route, a high level walk
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An adventurous but really stimulating walk through the French and Swiss Alps, taking about 10- 12 days
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christophermW3291NS
Hampton, NJ42 contributions
Jul. 2018 • Family
You'll need a minimum of 12 days but longer would be better. Fantastic scenery. Trails are well marked and well maintained for the most part. You can easily do without a guide by research and using a good guide book such as The Classic Walker's High Route" by Kev Reynolds. Make sure you get fit before you go!
Written September 8, 2018
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DdraigGoch1948
Watford, UK208 contributions
Jul. 2018
This is one of the more challenging of any Alpine walks with perhaps the walk across the plateau from Le Chable to Arolla being one of the highlights of the whole trip apart that is from the walk up the Zermattal into Zermat with the opportunity to go up the Gornergrattbahn at the end for a wonderful veiw across to Castor, Pollux and Monte Rosa with views of the Matterhorn from many different angles.
Written August 27, 2018
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Syed A
6 contributions
Sep. 2016 • Solo
I wanted to see the Matterhorn and asked what I could do around Zermatt in a 3 day trip on a Swiss forum. Someone suggested doing pat of this trek but upon researching a bit I got so excited that I decided to start all the way from Chamonix. Due to lack of time I walked till Grimentz because after that I would not have had access to buses for a couple of days.
This was my first proper trek and I was backpacking solo. Some parts of the trek I would not advise doing alone the way I did. A Swiss couple got upset with me when they found out I was alone, as some parts of the trek are not advisable to be done alone, since you can get lost or break a bone without even trying. I did it in mid September. The weather was really good except for that one time when I was stuck in a snow storm and visibility was very poor.
I am not very good at navigation but the route is well marked and I had a few printed maps. The most helpful thing was the guide book "Chamonix-Zermatt: The Walker's Haute Route" by Kev Reynolds that I borrowed from my local library.
The route is planned well enough so that you mostly reach a town or a village at the end of every day, but in the mountains I stayed at the huts (quite expensive if you do not have your own food).
The views are stunning and words can not describe them. The landscape changes from lush green to rugged brown and then back to green. This trail also overlaps with some parts of the Mount Blanc trail but I liked this trek because it is less crowded and gives you the feel of walking through the wilderness. Even saw an Ibex :) .
Written April 22, 2017
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susieQ321_12
Huddersfield, UK331 contributions
Sep. 2016 • Couples
After careful planning my husband did this walk in 12 days. It was well worth the effort. In places vvery high and rugged landscapes, with few people around. The accomodation is varied and high standard for mountain huts and hotels. Some steep ups and downs so high fitness if needed plus expereince in high mountain walking.
Written September 21, 2016
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Peter H
Kyoto, Japan107 contributions
Sep. 2015 • Solo
The reviews tell it all. Fantastic experience and challenging. It was my first of what I hope will be many treks. My wife did the Haute Route without me a few years back and I hiked it September '15. She told me that there were many sources of potable water along the way. I don't think there were enough and became dehydrated in hot weather on some of the longer days. Don't assume that there will be plenty of water and bring a water purifier,
Written April 20, 2016
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Mark B
Fordingbridge36 contributions
Aug. 2015 • Friends
I walked this in Aug-Sep 15 in a group of 5 led by a guide from Alpine Treks (strongly recommended). It's harder than the Tour de Mont Blanc, but wilder and more demanding in terms of fitness and route finding, but the satisfaction of travelling a linear route through constantly changing mountain scenery is greater. Stayed in small hotels, dortoirs (dormitory accommodation) and huts. You will become intimately familiar with your companions as you will spend 24 hours a day with them! All huts etc provide meals, showers and most importantly - beer. You need a bit of a head for heights at times. Top tips: don't attempt this if you are not an experienced mountain walker, a rest day in Arolla is likely to be most welcome, if you can't fit all you need into a 40 ltr rucksac you are carrying too much (unless you are camping) and take earplugs to keep out the noise of your snoring room mates.
Written September 30, 2015
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Helen S
Leyland, UK380 contributions
Jul. 2015 • Couples
My husband and I self guided and completed Haute Ruoute in July this year. We chose to walk every inch rather than using any transport or cable cars. We also did it in 11 days rather than 16 - my advice is take more time to do it!
Written August 15, 2015
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Roger E
Surprise, AZ227 contributions
Jun. 2015 • Family
This is a fantastic hike. We backpacked with full gear so we could tent along part of the way. Long haul hikes in Europe are different than in the US as there are more frequent hotels, huts and hostels with food along the way. I highly recommend this hike to anyone up for 12 days of serious hiking.
Written July 10, 2015
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wenvoeman
Cardiff, UK699 contributions
Sep. 2014 • Couples
The other reviews here are rather off track. This route is correctly called the Walkers's Haute Route or the Summer Haute Route - it does not involve skis (obviously) and it avoids serious glaciers. By avoiding glaciers you can travel light without the ropes and stuff you need on ice.

I went with my wife in September 2014 and we had a terrific time. It takes about 14 days from end to end and is pretty relentless. You can do it in less but you probably have to take short cuts or transport to achieve that.

We found that we were walking about 8 or 9 hours a day with few stops and that was rather demanding. We bought the excellent pocket guide book by Kev Reynolds and published by Cicerone. You can buy the maps in Chamonix but best order the book before you go.

Being just two people we called the huts in advance to make reservations. This is essential and allows the guardians to plan accordingly for meals and beds. The phone numbers are in the guide book.

Do keep your rucksack as light as you can - aim for 20 pounds and no more than 30. You can wash your clothes as you go along and they will generally dry overnight.

We had a really excellent time - fantastic scenery - we saw ibex, Chamois and Marmottes and all at close range. The paths were often steep but always well marked. The last stretch of the Europaweg is not for the faint hearted.

The huts and hotels we used were all good and comfortable and fairly expensive about 160 Euros for dinner bed and breakfast - not a lot in a proper hotel but expensive for a hut.

Most groups use a professional guide but we found it an easy route to follow and the only danger we faced apart from steep cliffs was an angry cow or bullock which threatened us one morning.

So in summary this is a fantastic classic route though some of the most impressive mountains in the Alps. Do get fit before you go and keep the packs light.
Written February 2, 2015
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Aug. 2014 • Family
I did this in August 2014 with my 15 year old son. After visiting the top of Aguielle de Midi for the SECOND time in TWO days, we stopped at the middle cable car station, found that the clouds cleared and the sun appeared, and chose this walk, which took over three hours. Great views! we ended bu visitng Mer de Glace, which for me was not interesting.
Written September 2, 2014
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