Chamonix to Zermatt: The Walker's Haute Route

Chamonix to Zermatt: The Walker's Haute Route

Paperback Mountain Walking

By (author) Kev Reynolds

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  • Publisher: Cicerone Press
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 122mm x 170mm x 16mm | 322g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Cumbria
  • ISBN 10: 1852845139
  • ISBN 13: 9781852845131
  • Edition: 4, Revised
  • Edition statement: 4th Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: colour photographs and maps
  • Sales rank: 52,817

Product description

A guidebook to walking the classic Chamonix to Zermatt trek, from Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn, described in 14 stages. In two weeks of mountain trekking you will see the greatest collection of 4000 metre peaks in the Alps and visit some of the most spectacular valleys. The route crosses 11 passes, gains more than 12,000 metres in height and is a strong contender for the title of 'Most Beautiful Walk in Europe'. This guidebook also includes the exciting two-day Europaweg - a true high-level path that carries the Haute Route way above the Mattertal and into Zermatt - a worthy conclusion to a great trek. Throughout this trek you will discover delightful villages and remote hamlets, wander flower meadows and forests, skirt exquisite tarns that turn mountains on their heads, and clamber beside glaciers. The way intrudes on lonely stone-filled corries, with marmots along the boulders and ibex on the heights, and provides a surprise around every corner. With information and advice on travel, accommodation, facilities and sights to see along the way, together with mapping and route profiles for each stage, this guidebook is the ideal companion with which to walk from Chamonix to Zermatt.

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Author information

Kev Reynolds, author of this guide, is a freelance writer, photojournalist and lecturer. A prolific compiler of guidebooks, his first title for Cicerone Press (Walks & Climbs in the Pyrenees) appeared in 1978; he has since produced 27 titles for the same publisher, with others being researched at present. A member of the Outdoor Writers' Guild, the Alpine Club and Austrian Alpine Club, his passion for mountains and the countryside remains undiminished after a lifetime's activity, and he regularly travels throughout Britain to share that enthusiasm through his lectures.

Table of contents

Preface to the Fourth Edition Introduction The Walker's Haute Route Getting There and Back Again Accommodation When to Go Notes for Walkers Equipment Languages Paths and Waymarks Safety in the Mountains Flora and Fauna Recommended Maps Using the Guide Information at a Glance The Route Stage 1: Chamonix - Argentiere Stage 2: Argentiere - Col de Balme - Trient Alt Stage 2: Argentiere - Col de Balme - Les Grands - Col de la Forclaz Stage 3: Trient - Fenetre d'Arpette - Champex Alt Stage 3: Trient - Col de la Forclaz - Alp Bovine - Champex Stage 4: Champex - Sembrancher - Le Chable Stage 5: Le Chable - Clambin - Cabane du Mont Fort Stage 6: Cabane du Mont Fort - Col Termin - Col de Louvie - Col de Prafleuri - Cabane de Prafleuri Alt Stage 6: Cabane du Mont Fort - Col de la Chaux - Col de Louvie - Col de Prafleuri - Cabane de Prafleuri Stage 7: Cabane de Prafleuri - Col des Roux - Col de Riedmatten - Arolla Alt Stage 7: Cabane de Prafleuri - Col des Roux - Cabane des Dix - Arolla Stage 8: Arolla - Lac Bleu - Les Hauderes - La Sage Stage 9: La Sage - Col du Tsate - Cabane de Moiry Alt Stage 9: La Sage - Col de Torrent - Barrage de Moiry/Grimentz Stage 10: Cabane de Moiry - Col de Sorebois - Zinal Alt Stage 10: Barrage de Moiry - Col de Sorebois - Zinal Stage 11: Zinal - Forcletta - Gruben Alt Stage 11: Zinal - Hotel Weisshorn/Cabane Bella Tola Alt Stage 11a: Hotel Weisshorn/Cabane Bella Tola - Meidpass - Gruben Stage 12: Gruben - Augstbordpass - St Niklaus Stage 12a: St Niklaus - Gasenried Alt Stage 13: St Niklaus - Tasch - Zermatt Stage 13: Gasenried - Europa Hut Stage 14: Europa Hut - Taschalp - Zermatt Appendices Appendix A: Walks from Zermatt Appendix B: Climbing from Zermatt Appendix C: Useful Addresses Appendix D: Bibliography Appendix E: Glossary 229 Route Summary 232