The Haute Route, (or the High Route or Mountaineers’ Route) is the name given to a route (with several variations) undertaken on foot or by ski touring between Chamonix in France and Zermatt in Switzerland.
The 180-kilometer route is packed with glorious views of glaciers, mountains, and snow-capped peaks. Though the hike is rather strenuous and challenging, there are mountain huts providing ample backpacker’s luxury: hot showers, hot meals, soft beds, cold drinks and stunning views of the glaciers or the alps. The best part of our Haute Route experience was finding a heated mud room for our wet gear after a long hike through a hailstorm.
We were advised that rock climbing skills are not required for this hiking route. However, I was very glad to have the rock climbing experience of knowing how to collect my marbles when we were to take via ferrata.