Chamonix to Zermatt – SECTION 1


7 days


12 people max.

TrekkingFrance, Suisse

Embark on a beautiful 7-day adventure on a wild trekking itinerary between Chamonix and Zermatt, the Mont-Blanc and the Matterhorn, high places of alpinism.



About this trip

This trekking route between Chamonix and Zermatt is surely one of the most spectacular and remarkable Alpine hikes linking two mountaineering capitals.

From Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn, this route allows you to discover an impressive portion of the Alps with more than 40 peaks above 4,000 metres (13,125 ft), interspersed with green mountain pastures, typical villages and daily pass crossings, all in the vicinity of glaciers and the highest Alpine peaks in the background.

This is the first section as far as Arolla!
Listen to the description of the route from Chamonix to Zermatt (1st section) by the guide.

Pierrick Delattre
+33 (0)665 932929

Pierrick, the founder of the agency, grew up in the Mont Blanc region.

As a true mountain lover, he has made the area his playground and his profession. He will take you off the beaten track on routes that he has designed and mapped himself. Sharing his experience and passion with you every step of the way, you can entrust yourself completely to his guidance.

Highlights of the trip

Many Alpine variants
Discovery of Swiss gastronomy
One of the greatest routes in the Alps
6 hours walking time - Night in an inn with luggage - 850 m (2,790 ft) ascent / 1,000 m (3,280 ft) descent
Meet at 9am in the hamlet of Le Tour for the departure briefing and to load your personal belongings, which will follow you during your trip.

You will then ease in to your hike towards the Col de Balme at 2,195 m (7,200 ft) where you enter Switzerland. From there you will take a little-used alpine variant to the village of Trient, where you will spend your first night in a very comfortable inn.

7 hours walking time - 30-minute transfer - Night in an inn with luggage - 1,450 m (4,755 ft) ascent / 1,050 m (3,445 ft) descent
7 hours walking time - 30-minute transfer - Night in an inn with luggage - 1,450 m (4,755 ft) ascent / 1,050 m (3,445 ft) descent
Today you will climb the famous Fenêtre d’Arpette (2,665 m / 8,740 ft), the highest point on the Tour du Mont Blanc, with stunning views including the Trient Glacier in the background.

You will then head back down to the Val d'Arpette where you will spend the night.

DAY 3: REACHING 3,000 m (9,845 ft) FOR THE FIRST TIME
8 hours walking time - 30-minute transfer - Night in a refuge without luggage - 1,600 m (5,250 ft) ascent / 1,150 m (3,775 ft) descent
Early morning transfer. You will then set off for the ascent of the Col de Lâne (3,030 m / 9,940 ft) from Bourg St Pierre in the wild landscape beneath the Petit Combin.

You will spend the rest of the day in this superb high-altitude cirque until you arrive at the Cabane Brunet.
6 hours walking time - Night in an inn with luggage - 1,000 m (3,280 ft) ascent / 1,150 m (3,775 ft) descent
Today you will set off for the Corbassière glacier, which you will climb via the moraine leading to the Panossière refuge beneath the famous Grand Combin.

From there you will pass through the Col des Otanes at 2,870 m (9,415 ft) before heading down to the Lac de Mauvoisin.
6 hours walking time - Night in a refuge without luggage - 1,250 m (4,100 ft) ascent / 950 m (3,115 ft) descent
Today you will cross the Val de Bagnes towards the Cabane de Louvie and the nearby lake via the Col de la Tête du Sarshlau at 2,622 m (8,600 ft) and the Col du Bec de l’Aigle at 2,567 m (8,420 ft). You will be able to enjoy some magnificent views all day over the Massif des Combins.
6 hours walking time - 900 m (2,955 ft) ascent / 500 m (1,640 ft) descent
Today you will set off for a stage in the Alpine wilderness, in a world of snow and rock, as you climb up to the Col de Louvie at 2,921 m (9,585 ft) and the Col de Prafleuri at 2,987 m (9,800 ft), before walking back down at the end of the day to the Cabane de Prafleuri.
Cabane de la Barmaz: It is sometimes possible to sleep at the more remote Cabane de la Barmaz. This will add 140 metres (460 ft) of ascent and 300 metres (985 ft) of descent. Meals will be prepared by your guide who may ask you to carry one of the ingredients.
7 hours walking time - return transfer (optional): 1 hr 40 - 1,000 m (3,280 ft) ascent / 1,650 m (5,415 ft) descent
A magnificent last day awaits, with mountain pastures scattered with wild flowers amidst the rocky, glacial landscape. You will hike via the Col des Roux at 2,804 m (9,200 ft) to reach the Lac des Dix, which you will walk along before hiking up to one last mountain pass to arrive in the Arolla valley at the end of the day.
Jour 8 : Et la boucle est bouclée
5 heures 30 de marche - D+ 1070 m / D- 1700 m
Ce Grand Tour du Queyras touche à sa fin mais avant vous profiterez d’une dernière belle journée de marche ! En effet, vous entamerez la journée en descendant vers le beau pont de Bramousse. Ce sera ensuite votre dernier col, celui de Bramousse (2251 m). Profitez de la vue. Vous apercevrez d’ailleurs Ceillac en contrebas, de quoi se rendre compte du chemin parcouru ! Enfin, dernière descente pour une arrivée au village en fin d’après-midi. Vous aurez l’occasion d’échanger une dernière fois avec le groupe. Le retour à la maison sera sûrement empreint de nombreux souvenirs.

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Chamonix – Zermatt, section 1

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Practical information

Time difference
No time difference.

You can find advice on foreign travel from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs on their official website at under the heading “Conseils aux voyageurs”.

Information published on the website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs is subject to change and is provided for guidance only. Furthermore, please remember that no country or region of the world can be considered safe from the risk of terrorism.


Temperatures vary according to the altitude. It can get very hot in the valley in the summer and cold up at the top. The wind can also make it feel colder.


Luggage transfer on days 3, 5 and 6.


Meet at 9am at the car park in Le Tour, at the bottom of the ski lifts.

Any travel during the trek is included in the price, except for transport to and from the meeting point on the first and last day.

We can organise your return transfer from Arolla: optional and on request.

For those who wish to continue with the second section, we ask for a contribution of €20 per person (to be paid on the day) for the transfer to the starting point for the second week.

No particular instructions.
Some (but not all) refuges allow small electronic devices (smartphones, cameras) to be charged.

Picnics at lunchtime. Breakfasts and evening meals are taken in the accommodation or prepared by the Watse team. Snacks are provided but you can also bring your own favourite snacks.


3 nights in inns and 3 nights in refuges.

For those who wish to continue with the second part of the trek, there is an additional night in Arolla at the Hotel Les Glaciers (from CHF 95 to 110 per person on a half-board basis). We will book the hotel for you.

We are sometimes able to replace the Cabane de Prafleuri with the nicer and more remote Cabane de la Barmaz. If this is the case, your guide will take care of the meals and will ask you to carry one of the ingredients.

Health and vaccines

No compulsory vaccines.

We strongly recommend that you make sure you are up to date with the standard vaccinations: diphtheria-tetanus-poliomyelitis, whooping cough, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, hepatitis A and B.

We recommend that you have a check-up with your dentist before you leave.

No specific instructions.

Supervised by a qualified French mountain leader.

Transfer times and walking times are provided for guidance only. For safety reasons (due to weather conditions or other hazards) and in the interest of the participants, the guide reserves the right to modify the route described above.

Formalities and Visa

No visa is required for French nationals and citizens of bordering countries.

The trip is all inclusive from departure to arrival. Only personal expenses (drinks etc.) are not included in the price. Details of the services provided or not provided are indicated in the "price includes" and "price does not include" sections. Tipping is not mandatory and should reflect your satisfaction with the team.

By post:

Ask us for a registration form

Send us your registration along with a copy of your passport, your details (postal address, phone numbers and email address) and a deposit of 30% of the cost of the trip.

Also, if you wish to take out a Comfort or Comfort Multi-risk cancellation insurance policy, this must be paid at the same time as the deposit when you register. You can consult the insurance contracts on our website.

On the internet:

Book your stay directly on our website: on the page for the trip by selecting your date and insurance options.

PLEASE NOTE: Airfares will be maintained until 3 months before departure and may be readjusted if necessary if you are booking less than 3 months before.

Insurance and assistance

We strongly advise you to take out insurance for the duration of the trip.

We offer two tailored insurance policies: Comfort Cancellation and Comfort Multi-risk to be taken out when you register for the trip.

Details of this insurance cover can be provided on request or can be viewed by clicking here.

There are other insurance options available, such as Mondial Assistance, your own insurance company or the Club Alpin Français. You should check that they cover trekking.

Make sure that your insurance covers all medical costs in the event of an accident.

It is essential that you check and ensure that you have insurance cover for mountain rescue costs. If this is the case, you must provide us with the following information prior to your departure on the trek:

A certificate from the insurance company stating that mountain rescue costs are covered.

The contract number and telephone number of the assistance centre.

Be aware of the restrictive clauses contained in certain insurance policies (particularly those linked to bank cards such as Visa Premier, Gold or others), for example mountain insurance restricted to snow activities and altitude sickness not recognised as an illness requiring repatriation, resulting in refusal to repatriate.

Please check the actual content of your insurance and make the necessary arrangements where required.

Chamonix – Zermatt, section 1



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Added benefits from Watse


Our trekking guides have designed this route between Chamonix and Zermatt as a complete and uncompromising route to offer you the chance to discover all the most beautiful places along the way. There’ll be no sacrifices, you will see everything there is to see!


This trek between Chamonix and Zermatt is very diverse. High-level traverses, passages through remote valleys, far-reaching views from high up above – there is no room for weariness during this trek. You can expect changes in surroundings, scenery, flora and fauna every step of the way!


Watse's trekking guides know the northern Alps inside out and have designed an exclusive route that you won't find anywhere else.

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Trek Chamonix to Zermatt, section 1



  • Supervision by a qualified mountain leader.
  • Overnight stays as indicated in the programme.
  • Half board in the accommodation indicated in the programme.
  • Picnics at lunchtime.
  • Luggage transfer on the evenings of days 3, 5 and 6.
  • Transfers as indicated in the programme.


  • Cancellation and repatriation assistance insurance to be taken out at the time of registration.
  • Cold or fizzy drinks in general.
  • Personal hiking and travel equipment (boots/shoes, poles, personal toiletries).
  • Transport to the meeting point on day 1. Possibility of transfer from Geneva airport at an extra cost.
  • Any private transfers or cable cars not included in the programme.
  • The return transfer from Arolla.
  • Anything not listed in “What’s included in your trip”.

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