The Trip Notes provide detailed information and background for Adventure Consultants Walker's Haute Route.
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Walker's Haute Route Trip Notes 2020
Adventure Consultants trekking guides are International Mountain Leaders or qualified under the BMG/NZMGA and/or IFMGA/UIAGM. They are professional trekking guides and operate to the highest industry standards.
Our standards demand that our trip leaders are great guides with good people skills as well. You will find your guide friendly, approachable and focused on providing a safe and enjoyable trip in line with your objectives and comfort level.
Success with the highest margin of care is always a hallmark of our approach; promoting the realisation that even extreme pursuits such as high altitude mountaineering can be undertaken safely.
Head Office Support Team
Running successful journeys and expeditions is more about experience, knowledge and strategic management than any other factors. As an organisation, we place a substantial amount of time and resources into ensuring our trips are well planned and supported. You can be assured that the AC staff will provide you with friendly advice and knowledgeable support throughout the planning stages of your trip and we will be there to provide backup while the trip is running.
Hayley Furze, Client Liaison
Hayley joins the AC team with a wealth of experience working in the tourism and hospitality industry along with a love of travel. She works as Client Liaison on a number of our European and international treks, ascents and expeditions.
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Preparing for Your Trip
The Walker's Haute Route is suitable for trekkers with a reasonably high level of fitness. The trek requires participants to be able to walk between 7–9 hours per day, with daily ascents and descents of around 1,500m/4,900ft or more. It is imperative that you are able to carry a 10kg/22lb daypack each day and a bag with overnight gear on Days 2 and 3, where you won’t have access to your main luggage. Your guide will be attuned to your fitness levels and will regulate the pace accordingly. See our Fitness Training Programs for information on how we can help you prepare for your trek.
Adventure Consultants will provide breakfasts and picnic lunches for the duration of the trek and evening meals on the hut/refuge nights while the trip is running. Should the group decide to take a restaurant lunch that is not in the programme this will be at your own expense. Evening meals on hotel nights are not included, so that you have the option to explore many of the wonderful restaurants in the region. Any additional food, beverages or meals you purchase that are not mentioned in the inclusions will be at your own expense.
We provide nutritious lunches and a supply of snack food throughout the trip according to the programme. It is a good idea to bring a small selection of your favourite snack food and hydration drinks with you to ensure you are fuelled by your preferred brands. Actual amounts depend on your consumption but 2 per day in addition to the lunches that we provide would seem reasonable.
If you have any special dietary requirements, please advise us at the time of registration. If your dietary requirements are especially strict, you are advised to bring a sufficient supply of your required food types with you to ensure you are provided for.
Accommodation is provided on a twin share B&B basis from the evening of the first night (Day 0) through to the morning of Day 8 after breakfast. Accommodation in the mountains is in alpine huts in shared bunk rooms or dormitory rooms. Blankets are provided and no sleeping bag will be required. There is no single supplement (or private rooms) available in the mountain huts, but we can arrange this for you at additional cost for the hotel nights during the trek. Please ask about costs at time of enquiry.
We will arrange for your main luggage bag to be transferred between your accommodation destinations each night, meaning you only have to carry a light daypack with the essentials you will need for the day. Please note that due to the remote locations of the Cabanes de Louvie and Prafleuri, we are unable to offer this service on nights 2 and 3 and you should be prepared to trek with overnight gear on these days.
Clothing & Equipment
Climbing and trekking in the European Alps require you have high-quality clothing and equipment due to the extremes of weather conditions. Our focus is on having the essential clothing and equipment to keep you warm and comfortable during the trek.
You will be sent an equipment checklist on confirmation of your booking. Your guide will go through an equipment checklist with you at the beginning of your trip. You can rent technical equipment for the trek but you must provide your own clothing appropriate to trekking as per the equipment list.
Communications & Messages
Our guides are in cell phone communication with our operations base throughout the trip. This assists us with schedule and weather forecast updates, lift/taxi and accommodation co-ordination and safety back up. Your own mobile phone should work in the region though you may want to check with your own service provider first. Local mobile phones can be rented at the international airports.
We operate in the Alps mid-June to mid-September and other times as conditions allow. Europe has a continental climate which in general encourages more stable weather. However, the weather in the high mountains can be changeable and at times, very severe. June may still bring some cooler weather and even snow, whilst July and August bring settled hot weather.
We commence our Walker’s Haute Route from Chamonix in France. The closest international airport is at Geneva, just over the border in Switzerland. Regular shuttles operate between Geneva airport and Chamonix, with the trip taking about 1½ hours. Your shuttle driver will drop you directly at your accommodation.
The trek ends in Zermatt, Switzerland. The closest major airports are in Zürich and Geneva, which both offer services to a wide range of international destinations. Trains are easily the cheapest and fastest mode of transport from Zermatt to these hubs. Services transfer at Visp and will see you arrive in Zürich in 3½ hours and Geneva in 4 hours.
Alternatively, taxi/shuttle services are available from the airports, and offer a door to door service to your accommodation. Transfer costs are at your own expense, but we can provide advice and assistance with your transfer arrangements.