Chamonix Zermatt

Chamonix Zermatt

Global Trekker Adventure - Grades 9-12

Our Chamonix Zermatt adventure will take you on two of the most famous hiking routes in Europe: the Tour du Mont Blanc and the Haute Route. You will fully immerse yourself in the exploration of France, Italy, and Switzerland. You’ll meet travelers from around the globe, trek among wildflowers and the most beautiful countrysides imaginable, and explore the cobblestone streets of Chamonix.

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28 Days

$6,595

  • June 28th - July 25th
  • Geneva, Switzerland

Day 1-4

Your journey will begin as you meet your trip leaders in Geneva’s airport and head to Chamonix, in the heart of the European Alps, by train. Nestled between the Mont-Blanc Range to the south and Aiguilles Rouges Mountains to the north, Chamonix was the birthplace of mountaineering over 200 years ago and the location of the first Winter Olympics in 1924. 15,771 feet tall, Mont Blanc is the highest peak in the Alps and the second highest in Europe. It dominates the scenery from the village. A full day in Chamonix will provide enough time for a short introductory day hike and a visit to a local mountaineering museum. On day four, you will begin to prepare for your first big adventure: trekking the Tour du Mont Blanc.

Day 5-23

You will begin your 20-day journey of a lifetime with the famous Tour du Mont Blanc. You will trek for eight days on the TMB through France, Italy, and Switzerland, all while circling Mont Blanc. In Champex, Switzerland, you will take a day of rest before resuming your trek and meeting up with the  Haute Route (High Route).

The Haute Route combines natural beauty with cultural exploration. Your group will set out through the high regions of Switzerland for this final 11-day adventure. This magnificent high traverse starts north of Champex and eventually concludes in Zermatt, Switzerland. It was first completed as a walking route in 1861 by the members of the famous Alpine Club. Your trek links the villages of the Mont Blanc region to the western Valais, crossing through the Pennine Alps, the highest mountain range in Western Europe. You’ll hike through two distinct cultural regions: the French speaking and German speaking Alps. Dramatic valleys, hanging glaciers, blooming wildflowers, and snow-capped cols will surround you on a daily basis. The accommodations each evening along the trail will be a mixture of high alpine huts and small village hostels. The comfortable dormitory style sleeping rooms and filling dinners will be the perfect way to end each day of magnificent hiking.

Along the way, each member of your group will take a turn as the “WA leader of the day”. Leading the group on the trail will be the perfect opportunity to learn and practice route planning, map and compass use, and other essential backcountry techniques. The 20 days spent on these two iconic European routes will provide each student with several more opportunities to build upon leadership skills as well. Arriving to breathtaking views of the Matterhorn in Zermatt on the final day will be a tremendous and memorable accomplishment for everyone.

Day 24-28

Mountaineers from all over the world are drawn to the vast glaciers and 13,000 foot peaks that dwarf the historical European village of Zermatt. Following in this rich climbing tradition, you’ll take the next few days to explore the town following your completion of the Haute Route. Zermatt’s main street, Bahnhofstrasse, is lined with boutique shops, restaurants, and more. There are over 400 kilometers (~248 miles) of hiking trails in the area, including mule traders’ routes dating back to the Middle Ages. You’ll take on the Five Lakes Trail, a diverse, 9-kilometer (between 5 and 6 miles) hiking tour through the mountains with incredible mountain lake views reflecting the Matterhorn and several other impressive peaks. You’ll zip-line for a day, taking to the skies and giving your legs a break before hiking the beautiful Flower Trail to see the alpine flora of the region. You will see it all! As a culminating experience, your group will ride to the base of the 14,692-foot Matterhorn for an inspiring panorama of one of the world’s most famous mountains. On your last day, following your traditional WA final banquet, you and your group will take a short train ride back to Geneva and head back home from there.

Day 1-4

Your journey will begin as you meet your trip leaders in Geneva’s airport and head to Chamonix, in the heart of the European Alps, by train. Nestled between the Mont-Blanc Range to the south and Aiguilles Rouges Mountains to the north, Chamonix was the birthplace of mountaineering over 200 years ago and the location of the first Winter Olympics in 1924. 15,771 feet tall, Mont Blanc is the highest peak in the Alps and the second highest in Europe. It dominates the scenery from the village. A full day in Chamonix will provide enough time for a short introductory day hike and a visit to a local mountaineering museum. On day four, you will begin to prepare for your first big adventure: trekking the Tour du Mont Blanc.

Day 5-23

You will begin your 20-day journey of a lifetime with the famous Tour du Mont Blanc. You will trek for eight days on the TMB through France, Italy, and Switzerland, all while circling Mont Blanc. In Champex, Switzerland, you will take a day of rest before resuming your trek and meeting up with the  Haute Route (High Route).

The Haute Route combines natural beauty with cultural exploration. Your group will set out through the high regions of Switzerland for this final 11-day adventure. This magnificent high traverse starts north of Champex and eventually concludes in Zermatt, Switzerland. It was first completed as a walking route in 1861 by the members of the famous Alpine Club. Your trek links the villages of the Mont Blanc region to the western Valais, crossing through the Pennine Alps, the highest mountain range in Western Europe. You’ll hike through two distinct cultural regions: the French speaking and German speaking Alps. Dramatic valleys, hanging glaciers, blooming wildflowers, and snow-capped cols will surround you on a daily basis. The accommodations each evening along the trail will be a mixture of high alpine huts and small village hostels. The comfortable dormitory style sleeping rooms and filling dinners will be the perfect way to end each day of magnificent hiking.

Along the way, each member of your group will take a turn as the “WA leader of the day”. Leading the group on the trail will be the perfect opportunity to learn and practice route planning, map and compass use, and other essential backcountry techniques. The 20 days spent on these two iconic European routes will provide each student with several more opportunities to build upon leadership skills as well. Arriving to breathtaking views of the Matterhorn in Zermatt on the final day will be a tremendous and memorable accomplishment for everyone.

Day 24-28

Mountaineers from all over the world are drawn to the vast glaciers and 13,000 foot peaks that dwarf the historical European village of Zermatt. Following in this rich climbing tradition, you’ll take the next few days to explore the town following your completion of the Haute Route. Zermatt’s main street, Bahnhofstrasse, is lined with boutique shops, restaurants, and more. There are over 400 kilometers (~248 miles) of hiking trails in the area, including mule traders’ routes dating back to the Middle Ages. You’ll take on the Five Lakes Trail, a diverse, 9-kilometer (between 5 and 6 miles) hiking tour through the mountains with incredible mountain lake views reflecting the Matterhorn and several other impressive peaks. You’ll zip-line for a day, taking to the skies and giving your legs a break before hiking the beautiful Flower Trail to see the alpine flora of the region. You will see it all! As a culminating experience, your group will ride to the base of the 14,692-foot Matterhorn for an inspiring panorama of one of the world’s most famous mountains. On your last day, following your traditional WA final banquet, you and your group will take a short train ride back to Geneva and head back home from there.