Chamonix Zermatt Trip

Chamonix Zermatt

Global Trekker Adventure - Grades 12-12+

Our Chamonix Zermatt trek combines spectacular hut trekking over one of Europe’s most famous routes, with visits to charming villages in France and Switzerland. The trek culminates with stunning views of the Matterhorn.

28 Days

$6,195

  • July 3rd - July 30th
  • Paris, France

Day 1-3

Your journey will begin as you meet your group leaders in Paris in the early morning.  We will stay in Paris night one, giving us a chance to regroup after the long flight! The next day, we will move quickly across France to Chamonix, the location of the very first Winter Olympics in 1924, to reach the heart of the European Alps. Nestled between the Mont-Blanc Range to the south and Aiguilles Rouges Mountains to the north, Chamonix is the birthplace of mountaineering over 200 years ago. Mont Blanc, which is the highest peak in the Alps and second highest in Europe (15,771 feet), dominates the scenery from the village. It’s the prefect staging location to organize and prepare for our upcoming hike. A full day in Chamonix will provide enough time for a short introductory day hike and visit to a local mountaineering museum.

Day 4-23

You will begin your 20 day journey starting with the famous Tour Mont Blanc. You will trek for 8 days, meeting up with the famous Haute Route (High Route), combining natural beauty with cultural exploration. You will have a day of rest to reflect upon your last few days experiencing the tour and then the group will set out through the high regions of Switzerland for our final 11 -day adventure. This magnificent high traverse starting north of Champex, and eventually concluding in Zermatt, was first completed as a walking route in 1861 by the members of the famous Alpine Club. Our trek links the villages of the Mont Blanc region and the western Valais, crossing through the highest mountain range in Western Europe, the Pennine Alps. While there, we’ll hike through two distinct cultural regions, the French speaking and German speaking Alps. Dramatic valleys, hanging glaciers, blooming wildflowers, and snowcapped cols will surround us on a daily basis. Our accommodations each evening along the trail will be a mixture of high alpine huts and small village hostels. Our comfortable dormitory style sleeping rooms and filling dinners will be the perfect way to end a great day of hiking. Throughout our days of hiking, group members will take turns as the “WA leader of the day”. It’ll be the perfect opportunity to learn and practice route planning, map and compass use, and other essential backcountry techniques. Our 20 days on these two converging trails will provide each student several more opportunities to build upon the leaderships skills acquired earlier in the summer. Arriving in Zermatt on the final day with views of the Matterhorn will be a tremendous and memorable accomplishment for everyone.

Day 24

Mountaineers from all over the world are drawn to Zermatt because of the vast glaciers and 13,000 foot peaks that dwarf this historical European village. Following in this rich climbing tradition, we’ll ride to the base of the 14,692-foot Matterhorn for an inspiring panorama of beauty and wonder. In what is certain to be a fantastic culminating experience. We will then board a train to Paris.

Day 25-28

We will head to Paris for 3 days of relaxation and exploration. Our quaint hotel located a block from the Seine River will serve as our base while we explore the city of lights. We’ll visit many historic sites, including the River Seine, the Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower. Our European experience will conclude with a final farewell banquet. The final evening will be spent enjoying an excellent meal while reminiscing about our life changing summer before saying au revoir to one another the following morning.

Day 1-3

Your journey will begin as you meet your group leaders in Paris in the early morning.  We will stay in Paris night one, giving us a chance to regroup after the long flight! The next day, we will move quickly across France to Chamonix, the location of the very first Winter Olympics in 1924, to reach the heart of the European Alps. Nestled between the Mont-Blanc Range to the south and Aiguilles Rouges Mountains to the north, Chamonix is the birthplace of mountaineering over 200 years ago. Mont Blanc, which is the highest peak in the Alps and second highest in Europe (15,771 feet), dominates the scenery from the village. It’s the prefect staging location to organize and prepare for our upcoming hike. A full day in Chamonix will provide enough time for a short introductory day hike and visit to a local mountaineering museum.

Day 4-23

You will begin your 20 day journey starting with the famous Tour Mont Blanc. You will trek for 8 days, meeting up with the famous Haute Route (High Route), combining natural beauty with cultural exploration. You will have a day of rest to reflect upon your last few days experiencing the tour and then the group will set out through the high regions of Switzerland for our final 11 -day adventure. This magnificent high traverse starting north of Champex, and eventually concluding in Zermatt, was first completed as a walking route in 1861 by the members of the famous Alpine Club. Our trek links the villages of the Mont Blanc region and the western Valais, crossing through the highest mountain range in Western Europe, the Pennine Alps. While there, we’ll hike through two distinct cultural regions, the French speaking and German speaking Alps. Dramatic valleys, hanging glaciers, blooming wildflowers, and snowcapped cols will surround us on a daily basis. Our accommodations each evening along the trail will be a mixture of high alpine huts and small village hostels. Our comfortable dormitory style sleeping rooms and filling dinners will be the perfect way to end a great day of hiking. Throughout our days of hiking, group members will take turns as the “WA leader of the day”. It’ll be the perfect opportunity to learn and practice route planning, map and compass use, and other essential backcountry techniques. Our 20 days on these two converging trails will provide each student several more opportunities to build upon the leaderships skills acquired earlier in the summer. Arriving in Zermatt on the final day with views of the Matterhorn will be a tremendous and memorable accomplishment for everyone.

Day 24

Mountaineers from all over the world are drawn to Zermatt because of the vast glaciers and 13,000 foot peaks that dwarf this historical European village. Following in this rich climbing tradition, we’ll ride to the base of the 14,692-foot Matterhorn for an inspiring panorama of beauty and wonder. In what is certain to be a fantastic culminating experience. We will then board a train to Paris.

Day 25-28

We will head to Paris for 3 days of relaxation and exploration. Our quaint hotel located a block from the Seine River will serve as our base while we explore the city of lights. We’ll visit many historic sites, including the River Seine, the Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower. Our European experience will conclude with a final farewell banquet. The final evening will be spent enjoying an excellent meal while reminiscing about our life changing summer before saying au revoir to one another the following morning.

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