Bishorn 4143m
Gran Paradiso Summit
Grimentz Village
Cabane de Moiry
Classic Haute Route: Camonix to Zermatt
Classic Haute Route
Classic Haute Route

Clifton College Bishorn Expedition 2022


High altitude trekking in the Swiss Alps

Hike over stunning high passes in the footsteps of smugglers, pilgrims, armies and traders. Enjoy the fresh alpine air and stunning views as you create your own alpine adventure in the land of the giants! We culminate this expedition the challenge of climbing the mighty Bishorn 4151m, a classic Swiss 4000m peak, combined with a stay in superb modern high mountain hut. Standing alone in the shadow of the majestic Weisshorn the Bishorn has without doubt one of the most beautiful panoramic views in the whole of the Alps.

Highlights

  • World class breath-taking alpine scenery
  • Five days of top quality high level trekking 
  • View many of the highest peaks in the Alps
  • Stay in two remote high mountain huts
  • Challenge of the Bishorn Summit 4151m
  • Mountaineering skills; use of axe and crampons, glacial travel
  • Highly experienced and expert professional guide
  • Traditional Swiss Alps Experience

In 2022 a team of highly trained and motivated Clifton College pupils will undertake an exhilarating expedition with a summit attempt of the Bishorn 4151m. The Bishorn belongs to the Weisshorn Group and its located in the French speaking part of the Swiss canton of Wallis. It's one of the Northernmost Fourthousander of the Alps, located just North of the great Weisshorn.

Although demanding at times the route provides a non-technical trek and is suitable for those who would like to experience some of the very best high altitude trekking in the Alps. The trip starts and finishes in the delightful Swiss chocolate box village of Zinal, visits two well located high mountain huts and even has the option of the summit of a true 4000m peak.

The Bishorn is an all year snowy mountain situated 900m above the Cabane de Tracuit. The guides for this expedition will two fully qualified and experienced IFMGA British Mountain Guides.

NB. The enclosed map is not the actual route but for guidance only to understand the area being visited.


Itinerary

  • Flight to Geneva, private transfer to Zinal and overnight stay in a comfortable hotel.

    The picturesque Valais village of Zinal at an altitude of 1670m belongs to the municipality of Anniviers. The Val d'Anniviers has 100 kilometres of scenic hiking & biking trails, is a popular winter sport destination and is surrounded my numerous 4000m alpine peaks. 

    Zinal is a typical Valaisian mountain village that has adapted to summer and winter tourism. It's well worth a stroll around this typically Swiss chocolate box style village so that it can reveal it's charm.

    Your guides will meet you at your hotel tonight with an up-to-date weather forecast for the week and will run through the planned itinerary and do an equipment check. This meeting is also an opportunity for you to ask any last minute questions and ensure you have all the information you need for the days ahead.

    Note: You will also be spending nights 4 and 6 in the same hotel in Zinal so it's possible to leave snacks and changes of clothes here for both your trip up to the Cabane de Tracuit / Bishorn and also travel clothes home.

  • After breakfast, and a final kit check, you will take the local post bus 30 minutes from Zinal village via Grimentz to reach the Moiry Dam

    Situated atop a rocky knoll along the west side of the Moiry Glacier, the stone built Cabane de Moiry 2825m (9268ft) overlooks an incredible river of ice and seracs spilling down the north face of the Grand Cornier, Pigne de la Lé and Pointes de Mourti, in the heart of the Valais Alps. Mountaineers as well as experienced hikers love this cabin for its authenticity, location and wonderful views. The walk from the dam runs along side the turquoise waters of the Lac de Moiry. The water is an amazing colour due to the amount of glacial 'rock flour' in the lake. The short, steep hike to the hut ascends through rocky meadows and then climbs steeply up a hillside covered in rock and boulder fields. Using the hut as a base, your guides will use the rest of today to start teaching the essential alpine skills required for the days ahead.

    To the hut only: Ascent: 575m Distance: 4 miles / 6.5 kilometres Duration: 1 hour 30. Additional time and distance will covered close to the hut.

  • As part of the alpine training for the Bishorn, your guides will choose an appropriate acclimatisation peak for today from the Moiry hut. You will not only be able to practice all the skills you've learned but it is also important that you reach a higher elevation in order for your body to adapt to climbing at a new altitude.

    You will return to the Cabane de Moiry for a second night.

  • Today is a linking day, joining one valley to another. After breakfast you will leave the Cabane de Moiry and retrace your steps back down to the Lac de Moiry (2250m) taking about an hour. Then it's onwards and upwards to the imposing pass called the Col de Sorebois, a climb which is short in length and not technical in difficulty however is quite sustained. Once at the pass you can't resist continuing on to the Corne de Sorebois (2895m), a peak just 5 minutes further up. From here, we have spectacular views of the famous peaks of the Weisshorn, Dent Blanche and Zinal Rothorn. The descent drops immediately into the Sorebois / Zinal ski area and finally into the woods to reach Zinal village and hotel where we spent the first night of the trip. There are sports shops, a supermarket and a pharmacy in Zinal so you will be able restock on supplies and a change of clothes before heading to then next remote hut, the Cabane de Tracuit 3256m (10682ft).

    Total ascent 645m (2116ft). Total descent 1570m (5150ft). Duration 4-5 hours

  • After a good nights sleep in Zinal we should feel re-energised for the final part of our expedition, to reach the Cabane de Tracuit 3256m (10682ft) and if the weather allows, the opportunity to climb a 4000 metre peak, the Bishorn. Leaving Zinal first along the valley floor we soon come to the main trail up to the Cabane de Tracuit. The route up is a fairly tough day, gradually gaining height and leaving the tree line to meet steeper, rockier ground taking in total about 5 hours. The cabin is a welcome sight perched on a ridge surrounded by rock and ice! It is a modern and spacious hut with large glass windows that offer wonderful views of the surrounding peaks including the Bishorn itself. It is important that we arrive to the hut in good time today in order to acclimatise further and get plenty of rest for the big day tomorrow.

    Total ascent 1580m (5183ft). Duration 4.5-5 hours

  • A classic 'alpine start' is required today. After an early breakfast and final weather check you will leave with all of your climbing gear to start the Bishorn climb. Usually the sooner you depart means the better the chance of success so it's important that you get yourselves as ready as possible the evening before. As you will be passing the hut later on today you can leave some hut items here to travel as light as possible.

    Even before leaving the Cabane de Tracuit you will enjoy magnificent views of the surrounding Swiss Valais Giants making this a climb, no matter how far you go, one to remember. Whilst technically quite straightforward, this is a physically tough summit climb, and one requiring significant training & preparation. It's an opportunity to put all of the skills learned during your training into practice.

    Leaving the hut you will cross a glacier and climbing all on ice and snow reach the summit after ascending 900m (2952ft) taking about 3.5 hours. The descent back to the hut is via the same way.

    It's important to refuel back at the hut as from here you will make a long descent to return to the valley floor. The trail is via a summer footpath to reach back down to the village of Zinal 1670m (5460ft) for farewells with your guides and final overnight stay.

    Total ascent 900m (2952ft). Total descent 2476m (8123ft). Duration 8-9 hours

  • This morning is your departure day. After breakfast there will be a transfer to Geneva from Zinal and onwards flight to the UK.

It is always our aim to complete the proposed itinerary outlined above, however, it may be necessary for our guides/instructors to adjust the daily itinerary based on the weather conditions, group safety and enjoyment.

Accommodation

We always aim to accommodate our guests in well-situated, clean, characterful, family run accommodation. In many cases we have known the management for years, and it’s like visiting friends. If unavailable we will book alternative accommodation of a similar standard.

Our trip fees are based on two or three people sharing a room in the hotel and group dormitories in the mountain huts. When staying hotels you will be sharing with someone of the same gender, in the mountain huts the rooms are mixed.

 

Hotel Trift, Zinal

Hotel

Situated in Zinal’s village centre, the 2* Hotel du Trift offers rooms with panoramic views of the surrounding forest and the Imperial Crown mountain range. The rooms are decorated with wooden furniture and parquet floors. All rooms have shared bathroom facilities. Guests can enjoy local traditional dishes at the restaurant. Free Wi-Fi is available in Hotel du Trift’s public areas and there is an on-site cash machine.

Cabane de Moiry

Cabin

The Moiry hut is located at 2825m above sea level in Moiry Valley above Grimentz, Anniviers Valley, Wallis, Switzerland. The hut is placed in front of the big impressive ice chute of the Moiry glacier. Ideally placed, for mountaineers at the foot of some well known glaciated peaks such as Grand Cornier, Pigne de la Lé and Pointes de Mourti at the heart of the Pennine Alps.

Since summer 2010, a new building and the renovation of the original 90 year-old stone hut are now available to use.

The „new” hut gives you the choice of: classic mountain hut dormitories in the original ”old” hut, dormitory size vary between 8 to 14 beds per dorm, with nordic duvets and pillows. 

And 8 small four beds dormitories (extra charge) with a full windowed refectory with glacier view.

You may ask for a warm shower for CHF 5 / 5 Min., if water level permits it. Please ask the reception.

A silk or cotton night sheet (Mummy liner) is obligatory, demanded by the Alpine Club for hygiene reasons. In case you forget yours or are in need of one, they have some for rent CHF 10.-, or you can buy a new one at the hut.

Cabane de Tracuit

Cabin

The Cabane de Tracuit sits at a lofty 3256m, sleeps 120 people, and is surrounded by many famous Swiss peaks including the 4159Bishorn, 4505Weisshorn, 3538 Les Diablons and 3693 m Tête-de-Milon.


  • When booking a trip during the pandemic we ask that you keep an open mind and be willing to adapt and be flexible.

    Any holiday taken during the Covid-19 pandemic may be subject to change and with little or no notice of that change. As the past months have proven no-one can predict the situation from one week to the next, however, we will do our very best to gauge the best response to any new developments. New restrictions or guidelines might affect where we eat out, which accommodation we can stay in, and potentially transport arrangements if the numbers in vehicles are restricted. 

    Itineraries may not be exactly as advertised due to new regulations or restrictions. We are sure there will be various scenarios which we have not even thought about that might lead to a change or adaptation in the itinerary.

    Please read our Covid-19 Cancellation Policy and ensure you have appropriate insurance as per our recommendations. We also ask that you make yourself aware of the entry requirements of any country you are visiting on your trip. We have compiled a Travel Links Advice list to help you source the correct information. 

  • The high alpine huts are one of the big attractions to mountaineering or trekking in the Alps. They allow us to enjoy the mountains with only light packs and without having to worry about meals or finding somewhere to sleep! Most huts have only very basic facilities. Sleeping arrangements are in mixed sex dormitory-style rooms with bunks; there can be up to 20 people in one room.

    Washing facilities are limited and generally there is no running water in any of the huts, although this may vary in some huts. There are basins in which you can use bottled water to wash the best you can and clean your teeth, but they are NOT generally in private cubicles and are mixed sex. Toilets are generally septic-tank type (so non-flushing) and again mixed sex. You need to be prepared for simple living in the huts and appreciate they are located at high altitude and in inhospitable terrain.

    A 3-course evening meal and breakfast are served by the guardian and his team and food is usually nourishing and filling. Beer, wine, soft drinks and snacks are also available. All food and drink in the huts is delivered by helicopter and consequently prices will be high e.g. between 3- 5€ or 8CHF for a 1.5litre bottle of still water.

    There are a few basic hut ‘rules’ that you need to follow so that you (and your fellow climbers) have a pleasant stay:

    On arriving at the hut you must take off your boots and leave these together with your ice-axe, crampons in the foyer. Be sure to store these carefully as the hut is likely to get very busy and you’ll need to find all your kit in the morning rush!

    House slippers are provided and must be worn in the hut

    Your guide will register you with the guardian and will assign you your bunk

    Follow the instructions of your guide and keep requests to the guardian and his team to a minimum – they are usually very busy sorting out groups, cooking meals, keeping the hut clean

    In the morning your guide will often want to leave early – be sure to have all your kit ready to go the night before. Be organised and everything will be much easier!

    What to wear in the hut - we are often asked by people what they should wear in the hut. It's a good question as you don't want to carry many or any extra clothes with you if they are not required. In the summer you will probably have or be wearing some loose trousers or even shorts, so these are ideal to wear around the hut in the afternoons/evenings. Your base layer top is what you will probably wear on your top half or you can carry a t-shirt to wear in the hut that can double to sleep in.

    Breakfasts: in the huts a typical breakfast will consist of coffee, tea, hot chocolate, orange juice, bread, butter, jam. In the Swiss Alpine huts you also often get muesli and yoghurt.

    Evening meals: a set menu of 3 courses. Typical menu will be soup to start, a main dish of meat or pasta with mash or rice and vegetables. Dessert will be fruit or mousse. The vegetarian options are often limited with omelettes being the standard main course.

    Lunches: will picnics ordered from the hut the night before.

  • Arrival and Departure

    Grimentz, Switzerland is easily reached from other European and worldwide destinations by road, rail, coach or plane.

    Geneva is the closest international airport, only 2h15 by road which makes shared transfers, buses or trains easy to arrange.

    We have arranged a return private airport transfer for your group.

  • When booking a trip we ask you to acquire insurance to cover you for the following:

    Mountain Rescue Insurance

    It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical expenses, injury, illness, death, mountain rescue, cost of repatriation and personal accident risks. Please ensure that your insurance covers you to the maximum altitude given on your trip itinerary. The maximum altitude for any trip can be checked on the 'At A Glance' box on each trip page. Most of our trips have a maximum altitude of 3,000 metres. If you are unsure or are joining a bespoke trip, then please ask us for specific details.

    Trip Cancellation/Curtailment Insurance

    You should also have insurance to cover trip cancellation and curtailment. Please note that your deposit and balance payments are non-refundable, unless it is Tracks and Trails who cancel the trip due to a failure to reach the required minimum numbers. In this case we will offer you a refund or the option of transferring to another trip if one is available. We also advise that you should have insurance which covers baggage loss/equipment damage as Tracks and Trails will not be held responsible for loss/damage to baggage/equipment.

    COVID-19 Insurance

    As well as medical cover, we recommend that you have appropriate travel insurance so that if you fall ill and test positive for COVID-19 prior to (or during) your trip, you will be financially covered for cancelling your trip. You should also consider booking a policy that covers you if you have to cancel or curtail your holiday because you have to self-isolate. If you choose to cancel, cancellation charges will be payable, but if the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim these charges. Please read the clauses below detailing trip cancellation and curtailment.

    Travel Insurance covering COVID-19 is now available from a number of suppliers, Campbell Irvine, Trailfinders and Staysure. Please check their websites for the latest information on what is and isn't covered. It is likely that more companies will offer COVID related cover in the future.

    All of the above insurances are detailed in our Terms and Conditions

    If you are joining a trip in the UK helicopter/mountain rescue insurance is not required as this is a free service.

    For further details, please read the Insurance section on our website.

  • Summer mountain weather in the European Alps can vary considerably, and in this respect it is no different to any mountain environment where the terrain influences the weather and it can change from valley to valley. 

    However, in the summer months it is generally good in the Alps, but it can deliver everything from glorious sunshine, to rain, fog, high winds and even snow. Temperatures can reach over 30°Celsius (86°F) in July and August, but can drop to 5°Celsius (41°F) on the high passes, or 'Cols' as they are known in the Alps. Essentially, as with all mountain journeys, you should be prepared for any eventuality. The average temperatures range from 15-25°Celsius (59-77°F) in the valleys and 5-15°Celsius (41-59°F) on the passes.

    Even in mid-summer we can be faced with overnight snow especially when we have spent the night in a mountain refuge/rifugio/hut at higher altitude.

    You can check out the local weather in Grimentz here: Meteo Swiss

  • When packing for a trip in the mountains it is important to have appropriate equipment and clothing. This kit list features items we believe are necessary for the weather you might encounter and accommodation you will be staying in. It is essential that you have 2-3 thin layers that you are able to put on/take off as the conditions change. Thin layers also allow better movement as opposed to one layer of bulky clothing. If you have any questions with regards to what to bring, do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

    Equipment

    • Alpine Mountaineering boots (B2 rated) that are crampon compatible and specifically designed for snow, ice and steep and rugged terrain. Alpine huts supply hut slippers so that you don't need to take any other footwear apart from your boots. Boots are not allowed in the dining room or dormitories and must be left in the foyer. that are crampon compatible

    • Rucksack – 35-40 litres, with a chest and waist strap, and one loop for carrying an ice-axe. Try using it loaded before your trip
    • Rucksack liner or cover - to keep the contents of your rucksack dry
    • Water container - 1 to 1.5 litres, or hydration system
    • Short gaiters
    • Climbing helmet with a karabiner
    • Ice Axe - General mountaineering / alpine pick 55-70cms long depending on your height
    • Boot crampons - with anti-balling plates
    • Climbing Harness – adjustable leg loops are useful for ease of putting on over your boots
    • Adjustable trekking pole(s)

    Clothing

    • Waterproof jacket - this MUST be waterproof and breathable like Gore-Tex. We can encounter heavy rain in the mountains and you need to be able to stay dry and warm
    • Waterproof over trousers - this MUST be waterproof and breathable like Gore-Tex. We consider these vital items for the reason given above
    • Trousers - comfortable walking trousers allowing free movement, ideally soft shell
    • Shorts or walking trousers with zip off legs
    • Sun hat
    • Warm hat
    • Gloves - one thick and insulated for very cold and windy conditions
    • Gloves - one thin pair
    • Base layer e.g. t-shirt, thermal tops
    • Fleece jacket/shirt
    • Socks - technical walking socks 2/3 pairs
    • Duvet jacket/second warm jacket
    • Thermal leggings

    Comfort

    • Sunscreen
    • Lip salve
    • Sunglasses - eye protection is essential
    • Ski goggles - for strong winds and poor weather
    • Tissues
    • Antibacterial hand wash - small bottle
    • Supplementary snack bars/chocolate/trail mix
    • Book/Kindle/Music

    Documentation

    • Passport, plus a paper copy
    • Mountain Rescue Insurance - compulsory
    • Travel Insurance
    • Credit Card
    • Cash - Euros/Swiss Francs
    • Waterproof bag for documents

    Personal First Aid

    • Personal medication - if required
    • Antiseptic cream/spray
    • Painkillers/anti-inflammatories
    • Glucose tablets
    • 2 x Rehydration sachets – like Dioralyte
    • A few throat lozenges
    • Blister plasters 
    • Blister tape eg. Strappal
    • Bandaid plasters

    Items for the nights in mountain huts/refuges

    • Sheet sleeping bag 'liner' - lightweight ‘silk or cotton liner’ to be used under the blankets/duvet provided by the refuges/huts
    • Ear plugs - optional, but advised
    • Head torch - plus batteries
    • Teabags – optional, tea is expensive, whereas ordering hot water is less so
    • Toiletries – miniature soap/toothpaste etc 

    Additional Items

    • Camera/phone
    • Penknife
    • Clothing for use at accommodation
    • Padlock - for luggage being transferred
    • Toiletries – shower gel; not all accommodation supplies these
    • 1x Medium size kit bag/holdall/suitcase

    **Supplementary snack bars and additional snacks if you follow a gluten free or coeliac diet**

    If you need to rent any technical equipment you should let us know in advance. This can usually be arranged through our guides and you will need to pay the guide directly in resort in Euros or Swiss Francs.

    Leaders are all first aid trained and will carry their own first aid kit

  • On many of our trips there will be an element of 'group kit' which will be shared amongst our guests. As mountain people you will be used to team work and working together to the mutual benefit and safety of the group.

    The 'group kit' will be minimal and usually just a case of sharing a few lightweight 'survival shelters'. For example on a week-long trip you may carry a small shelter for just one day before passing it on to the next person. 

    If you are booking a trip in winter there will be a few additional safety items. These will be distributed in such a way that no one is over burdened. 

    Other group items necessary for safety and comfort will be carried by your guide/instructor.

  • We go to great lengths to work with first class guides who are passionate about their work. They are all fully qualified, insured, and hold the correct documentation.

    Please note your guide has complete discretion to make a daily decision on whether or not to take the advertised route based on the weather and the ability of the members of the group. They have our authority to make any route changes they believe are necessary in the interests of safety and enjoyment. 

    The guides for your trip will be two fully qualified and experienced IFMGA British Mountain Guides including Oliver Allen who is also a qualified school teacher.

  • The Bishorn trek requires no previous high-altitude trekking experience. However it is physically demanding and on most days you will be walking for 6-8 hours on varied terrain up and down steep hills carrying a large rucksack.

    The trek involves difficult and demanding days on rough and sometimes loose terrain, snow and ice, crossing passes at an altitude of up to 3100m (10,168ft) and peaks of up to 4200m (13779ft). There may also be sections of path where the trail is good but exposed, however, these sections will be short. A good level of fitness and previous trekking experience is essential. You need to be able to deal with bad weather when necessary.

    Doing sports that increase your aerobic fitness and leg strength is key. So when preparing for this trip nothing beats activities that increase your heart rate and build your aerobic levels e.g. running, cycling and swimming.

    Movement skills - agility, balance, flexibility - which allow you to adjust to uneven terrain - are also very relevant. If time permits try to include some yoga or pilates into your training schedule.

    For any trekking trip you will be doing exercise that requires you to operate for long periods of time at a relatively low intensity. You will be carrying a rucksack which will mean you may have added weight to carry but it’s a lot easier if you have strong core muscles (stomach and back). It’s also essential to prepare and practise walking downhill, not just up! Long, steep downhill walks take their toll on your body too, hips, knees and ankles need to get used to the motion of going down on varied terrain. So make sure you not only get lots of uphill but you train to walk down too.

    It’s best to get prepared in plenty of time, not by trying to pack in as much training in the last 2- 3 weeks as it takes about this length of time for the body to adapt to an increase in exercise. Don’t think that you will get fit during the programme you won’t and don’t think that simply going to the gym to run on the treadmill for 40mins twice a week will be enough – it won’t!

    In the last 2 weeks you can decrease the amount and intensity of the exercise you do; so you arrive fresh and ready for the challenge. Good fitness will make your trip overall much more enjoyable and you will get more out of it!

  • Lunches on this trip are 'picnic' style lunches, in other words you take a packed lunch with sufficient snacks, food and fluid to sustain you throughout your day of activity. If there is the possibility of lunch being taken at a restaurant/farm/cafe beside the trail, your guide/instructor will advise you of this. 

    Each evening your guide will advise you of the options so that they can be ready for you in the morning. In all cases we would always ask you to settle any 'bill' for snacks or drinks in the evening before you depart, and not on the morning of your last day when there may be a queue.

    If you have any food allergies or dietary requirements especially if you are a Coeliac (Gluten free) or have a dairy allergy we strongly recommend you bring some food with you that you can supplement your dinners with. The huts are fairly good at providing for vegetarians but less so for other dietary needs.

  • On your itinerary you will find an indication of the amount of ascent and descent you can expect each day. This offers a guideline to how much effort might be expended each day and allows you to decide, based on previous experience, if your fitness and stamina are correct for the trip. 

    We make every attempt to ensure these statistics are as accurate as possible, but ask you to note that the most modern of technology used to record these details can show considerable variations in terms of ascent, descent, and in particular distance. In other words no two people using GPS devices on the same route will have exactly the same details recorded at the end of the day. 

    The statistics given should be used as a 'general' indication of the effort required. 

  • Your leader will carry the correct maps and you are not expected to navigate, but if you would like to have maps of the itinerary you will find that those listed below cover the route: 

    Carte Nationale de la Suisse 5006: Matterhorn Mischabel 1:50,000

    Your leader will carry the correct maps and you are not expected to navigate, but if you would like to have maps of the itinerary you will find that those listed below cover the route: 

    Carte Nationale de la Suisse 5006: Matterhorn Mischabel 1:50,000

  • It is useful to arrive at your destination with some cash in the local currency, however, on most occasions it is relatively easy to visit a 'cash machine' after arrival and withdraw money on a credit or debit card. Some of our locations are an exception to this in particular Norway, where the accommodation will often have no facilities for withdrawing cash, but they will take a credit card. 

    On many of our trips we will visit remote cafes/farms where it is wonderful to enjoy a drink and a cake, at places such as these they will only accept payment in the local currency in cash.

  • Food

    On our trips we encourage you to experience local tastes and dishes that reflect the culture of the country and for this reason many of our accommodation options will be family run with a reputation for the traditional food of the region. 

    If you have a 'special' diet because of an allergy or intolerance to a certain food type which will make you ill the accommodation will cater for this as best they can, eg gluten free, nut free, lactose free.

    If you are vegetarian then this is not a problem as the hotels/refuges are used to being asked for vegetarian meals. Our accommodation will try to cater for those with vegan diets but in remote refuges in the mountains this is more difficult. If you would like to discuss the suitability of a trip for a vegan diet please contact us. Gluten-free diets will be possible with regard to the evening meals, but we would advise that you bring along some gluten-free snacks for your breakfasts and lunches.

    If you have a 'special' diet which is NOT because of an allergy or intolerance, and is not 'veggie' then we apologise, but we cannot cater for this. The accommodation on the popular routes will be catering for many people each evening, in some cases up to 70/80 meals per night, 7 days a week, and realistically they cannot produce many different meal options unless the food will result in illness.

    Water

    The countries we visit all have tap water which is drinkable. If for any reason a particular hotel is having a problem with a remote mountain water supply they will normally post a sign over the tap indicating that you must not drink the water. At all times you are welcome to ask your guide/instructor if the water can be drunk. We would ask, for environmental reasons, that you avoid using single-use plastic bottles, and bring a water bottle that can be used repeatedly. 

    All food and drink in the huts is delivered by helicopter and consequently prices will be high e.g. between 3- 5€ or 8CHF for a 1.5litre bottle of still water.

  • A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required for visits to countries outside the EU, such as Norway. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice.  

  • We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

    http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

    Note that if your trip involves staying in a mountain refuge/rifugio/hut that electric sockets may be in short supply and for that night you may not be able to charge any items. Although the accommodation will have electricity this will often be supplied by solar panels or a generator and limited to use by the staff. For this reason we advise that carrying a small slimline and lightweight 'battery pack' can be very useful for recharging phones which many of you will also use as your camera. 

  • Before booking consider whether you expect to be in the appropriate physical condition on the date of your  departure to allow you to fully participate in and enjoy your holiday. If you have any doubts because of an illness or injury it would be advisable to check with your doctor.

    For UK residents travelling to an EU country you should obtain and bring with you a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). This entitles you to state provided medical treatment in certain European countries, but is not a substitute for medical travel insurance. Also note that if/when the UK leaves the European Union that the EHIC card may no longer be valid. Please check this before departing. We advise that you always carry your insurance documents with details of the Emergency Medical telephone number for your insurance provider, and your policy number. 

  • We feel strongly about protecting the environment and do not encourage the use of single-use plastic items. We would ask that you arrive with a ‘water bottle’ or ‘hydration system’ that can be used repeatedly. We would point out that we operate a ‘zero tolerance’ for rubbish, and would ask you to remove all your rubbish items from the mountain even those you consider to be bio-degradable. In particular we ask that you remove any toilet tissue.

    You can read our full policy here.


Prices may vary depending on date.

2022

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What's Included

The organisation and planning of a bespoke mountaineering expedition 

3x nights half board in hotels
3x nights half board in mountain huts
5x picnic lunches
Rental Equipment
2x guides expenses and wages
Guide to visit the school to give a talk about the trip
Private return airport transfer from Geneva Airport
Buses as required to the start and end of the itinerary
Flights
Insurance
Training given in the UK

What's Not Included

Extra drinks 
Extra snacks

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At a Glance

From Price £2175
Holiday Type Walking
Duration 12 Days
Group Size 6
Maximum Altitude 4151m (13618ft)
Countries Visited Switzerland
Meet In Geneva, Switzerland
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Classic Haute Route: Chamonix to Zermatt

Why book with T&T?

  • Highly professional guides
  • Personal service guaranteed 
  • Attention to detail throughout
  • Explore off the beaten track
  • Single rooms on request
  • No surcharge guaranteed
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