Elite Hikers

Our Elite itineraries are for fast, experienced hikers or trail runners. They are for endurance athletes with battle hardened bodies that can cover an average of 28km / 17mi on the trail with multiple mountain passes each day. At an average gradient of 10% over the entire trail, it will feel like the only time you get to enjoy a flat surface is when your lying in bed each night!

We’ve created 2 itineraries for Eliter Hikers:

  • 7 Day (A Little Luxury): This itinerary is targeted to hikers that would like to stay every night in a private room - this means no sharing, no loud snorers in your dorm keeping you up or smelly socks to contend with! Unfortunately it skips Moiry Glacier as there are no private rooms at Cabane de Moiry.

  • 8 Day (All Highlights): This itinerary allows hikers to experience all highlights along the Haute Route trail, including Moiry Glacier, Skywalk suspension bridge and the entire Europaweg balcony trail into Zermatt.

**Note: Due to the closure of a section on the Europaweg Trail, a detour has been incorporated into all impacted itineraries.

3 packages to choose from:

What happens when you buy a package?

  • You’ll receive a link and automated email to download a file with details of a website address and password. This link will expire within 24 hours so please download this file immediately after you make the purchase. If your link has expired and you haven’t downloaded the file, email me on info@hauteroutehiking.com so I can resend

  • Go to the website address contained in the file and use the password to gain access. This address will not expire until after you’ve completed your 2019 Haute Route hike. This page will contain all the products in the package you’ve purchased.

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Examples of the different products


Elite Hiker Itineraries

 

ITINERARY 1: 7 DAY (A LITTLE LUXURY)

This itinerary is targeted to hikers that would like to stay every night in a private room - this means no sharing, no loud snorers in your dorm keeping you up or smelly socks to contend with! (Unless your partner is the problem hiker…) This route covers most of the key highlights along the Haute Route, only missing Moiry Glacier, which doesn’t offer private rooms in their Cabane. This is a great itinerary for “light-packers” (as you don’t need to carry any additional sleeping gear) or those that are willing to spend a little extra money to enjoy more of a luxurious adventure. No judgement here!

Total Distance: 207 kilometres / 129 miles

  • Average hiking distance per day: 30 kilometres / 18 miles

  • Average hiking time per day: 8.5 hours

  • Average elevation change per day: 3,763metres / 12,347 feet

  • Longest hiking day: 36 kilometres / 22 miles

  • Biggest elevation change day: 4,592 metres / 15,066 feet

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Accommodation Options Available at Finish Locations

  • 6/7 nights - Private room & bathroom (1 night required in private room with shared bathroom)

These accommodation options are listed in the booking portal for you to choose from and book directly with the provider. See blog post on how to estimate cost of your Haute Route trip

Key Trail Highlights on Route

  • Sentier Trail: Amazing balcony trail above the Bagnes Valley with views of the Grand Combin Massif where the original Haute Route ski tour crosses

  • Grande-Dixence Dam: Stay a night at the base of this Swiss hydroelectric engineering marvel. It is the tallest gravity dam in the world and the tallest dam in Europe

  • Crossing Chelion Glacier: Experience a self-guided glacier crossing after stopping in at Cabane Des Dix to plot your path and enjoy some food on their patio

  • A night at Hotel Weisshorn: An institution of the Swiss Alps, Hotel Weisshorn has been in service for over 130 years. It is perched in isolation with views of the Rhone Valley and the Bernese Alps

  • Europaweg Trail: A high alpine balcony trail running up the Mattertal Valley to the Haute Route finish line, which includes the world's longest suspension bridge.

**Note: Due to the closure of a section on the Europaweg Trail, a detour has been incorporated into this itinerary


itinerary 2: 8 DAY (ALL HIGHLIGHTS)

This itinerary has been designed for an Elite hiker that has 8 days to complete the Haute Route. It includes all the natural highlights that the Alps offers on the Haute Route trail, taking a classic route which features a night at Cabane de Moiry, which is located beside it’s namesakes glacier at an altitude of 2,825m (9,268 ft); lunch at Cabane Des Dix at 2,928m (9,600 ft), which is also a stop on the winter ski-touring Haute Route perched above the Chelion Glacier; and enough time to complete the entire Europaweg trail. Although most finish locations offer accommodation with private rooms, it does have some required dorm stays which ensures no natural highlights of the trail are skipped.

Key Trail and Hiking Stats

  • Total Distance: 205 kilometres / 128 miles

  • Average hiking distance per day: 26 kilometres / 16 miles

  • Average hiking time per day: 8 hours

  • Average elevation change per day: 3,404 metres / 11,168 feet

  • Longest hiking day: 36 kilometres / 22 miles

  • Biggest elevation change day: 5,267 metres / 17,280 feet

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Accommodation Options Available at Finish Locations

  • 8/8 nights - Dorm room

  • 6/8 nights - Private room with shared bathroom (other 2 nights in mountain hut dorms)

  • 5/8 nights - Private room & bathroom (1 night can be in private room with shared bathroom, 2 nights in mountain hut dorms)

These accommodation options are listed in the booking portal for you to choose from and book directly with the provider. I help you secure the bookings with the Alpine Huts but you still pay the market rate on arrival. See blog post on how to estimate cost of your Haute Route trip here

Key trail highlights

  • Sentier Trail: Amazing balcony trail above the Bagnes Valley with views of the Grand Combin Massif where the original Haute Route ski tour crosses

  • Crossing Chelion Glacier: Experience a self-guided glacier crossing after stopping in at Cabane Des Dix to plot your path and enjoy some food on their patio

  • Cabane de Moiry: Spend a night at the modern Cabane next to Moiry Glacier with a huge glass facade in the dining room to enjoy the spectacular view

  • Europaweg Trail: A high alpine balcony trail running up the Mattertal Valley to the Haute Route finish line, which includes the world's longest suspension bridge.

**Note: Due to the closure of a section on the Europaweg Trail, a detour has been incorporated into this itinerary


Custom Package for Hikers

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Do you have specific needs for the Haute Route, including time restriction, accommodation or trail requirements or planning for a group? I’d love to help you work out how to navigate these and come up with the perfect personalised Haute Route plan for you or your group!

Once you purchase this package, you’ll receive immediate access to a planning portal with details on trail highlights, accommodation options and other preferences.  Once you’ve read enough, completed the form within the portal, I’ll send you a draft itinerary for us to discuss.

Once you are happy with the plan, I’ll create your personalised detailed itinerary, offline mobile map and booking portal for your epic hiking journey from Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn! 


The portal is a tremendous fillip to our planning, many thanks!
— Issac, UK

If Elite isn’t your hiking style, check out the other itineraries we have available for instant download