Chamonix to Zermatt, Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn - in two weeks of mountain travel you will see the greatest collection of 4000 metre peaks in the Alps and visit some of the most spectacular valleys. The route is more than 180 kilometres long. It 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 new edition 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. Since the second edition of Chamonix to Zermatt was published, a few minor changes have occurred to the original route, as well as the creation of an exciting high path along the east flank of the Matteral which provides a more dramatic and scenically spectacular approach to Zermatt than was hitherto possible. There are updates to the accommodation lists and the telephone numbers.
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
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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.