With the continued warm weather, thankfully only a few small patches of snow are left to cross. The update for August is focused on trail deterioration, closures and changes as well as some general information and tips to help those still planning to complete the Haute Route during 2019.
The Europaweg Trail between Grächen and Zermatt is one of the key highlights on the Walker’s Haute Route. Unfortunately a key section of the trail destroyed by a large rockfall last year requires a new, safer route to be established. According to the local authorities responsible for work, the new route is not expected to be be open during the 2019 hiking season. Due to so many hikers being impacted by this closure, I’ve prepared the following analysis and options to help everyone choose an alternative route.
While going completely off the grid during the Walker’s Haute Route is appealing, it’s best to be making that choice by switching your mobile to flight mode rather than not having a way to find a signal at all. In this blog post, I’m going to share with you which mobile network has most verified coverage along the Walker’s Haute Route and how you can access it for your hike.
So you are interested in hiking the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt but want to camp, instead of staying huts, hotels or B&Bs each night? To date, only about 5% of Haute Route Hiking customers have/or plan to camp along the trail. I suspect that part of the reason is because camping is not necessary, so hikers choose to remove some weight from their pack and look forward to experiencing the hospitality offered by mountain huts and alpine villages. But for the true campers at heart, I believe a previous lack of firm guidance on where it is permitted (and possible) to wild camp on the Haute Route, has been a deterrent to completing this legendary trail. I’d like to change that.