Haute Route Maps for Self-guiding

Current Challenges

A Haute Route map is necessary for self-guiding the trail. This is because the Haute Route is not marked on any of the trail signs along the journey from Chamonix to Zermatt.  There are plenty of yellow trail signs that estimate time to different points of interest, including villages, cols and huts. However, it requires you to always know the next place of interest on your route. 

At some junctions you will find the trail signs directing you down two (or more) separate paths for the same place of interest, or to places that aren't on your itinerary.

Topographical maps of the area can help solve this problem, however, they too do not have the Haute Route marked so it will be up to your interpretation when making decisions on which trail to take. 

During your long days on the trail, you don't want to make any wrong decisions that could add extra distance (and time!) to an already challenging hike, or worse, result in missing dinnertime at your Alpine hut!

Our Solution

I’ve created a mobile trail map of the Haute Route that works offline, providing hikers their exact location in relation to the trail. This gives hikers clear direction on the right trail at any confusing junction or path. It works the same way you would use Google maps in urban areas.

Over the past 2 years, I've recorded over 1,500 GPS coordinates resulting in a comprehensive Haute Route mobile trail map, that can be used on any Android or Apple smartphone.

The mobile trail map works offline, which is necessary as there is no mobile reception on parts of the trail.  Because the mobile map uses the GPS function on your smartphone, it does not require internet or cell signal. This is perfect for international travellers that choose not to buy a local sim or activate a data roaming package when hiking the Haute Route.

These GPS coordinates have been grouped into the same 80+ subsections in the itinerary builder program. This means you receive a set of mobile maps that reflects your custom Haute Route itinerary, broken down per day.

Lets Take a look AT what the mobile maps look like

Haute Route Map of the Elite 6-day shortest route itinerary

Your location is shown on the map

Your location is shown on the map

Alternating red/yellow trail markers to identify different days

Alternating red/yellow trail markers to identify different days


Once you start the Haute Route, your location will be marked on the map provided you have your smartphone GPS turned on.  Remember that your smartphone GPS runs independently of your smartphone signal, so provided you have downloaded the underlying maps (I provide instructions on how to do this) for the entire route beforehand, you can use the app offline. The trail/hiking statistics for each section and day in your itinerary can also be found in each trail marker on the map. I want you to access the information you need as quickly as possible then get back to enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Alps.


Map markers have been coloured differently so you can easily identify which to lead you on the trail and which are for services you may need. The colours represent;

  • Red & Yellow: Your daily itinerary alternates between red and yellow trail markers, and links back directly to your personalised itinerary. I.e Day 1 = Red, Day 2 = Yellow, Day 3 = Red .....

  • Pink: Toilet / WC

  • Blue: Water Refill

  • Brown: ATM

  • Purple: Food / Restaurant

  • Green: Shortcut Options with timetable and prices i.e Train, Gondola, Bus (these will be updated for 2019 timetables/costs at the start of Jun-19)

Toilet Locations are shown in pink on the map

Toilet Locations are shown in pink on the map

Water re-fill locations are shown in blue

Water re-fill locations are shown in blue

Shortcut locations are shown in green and information is provided on schedule and prices

Shortcut locations are shown in green and information is provided on schedule and prices

Would you like your own Mobile Map for the Haute Route?

Because the mobile map is tailored to each hiking itinerary, you can only gain access by first selecting an itinerary for your epic journey. Click below to determine what your hiking style is and find the best Haute Route itinerary for you.

Already have one of our Haute Route itineraries?  Click here to find our instructions on how to load the mobile map onto you smart phone