Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn

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Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn - Exodus Travels
Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn - Exodus Travels
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Start in Geneva and end in London! With the hiking & trekking tour Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn, you have a 15 day tour package taking you through Geneva, Switzerland and 12 other destinations in Europe. Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a campsites as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
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18 to 80 year olds
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Hiking & Trekking

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  • Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn reviewer 1
    Written on October 7, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    excellent guide (Mike Rhodes) - right out of the top drawer.  Would have enjoyed it more and would have been happy to pay more if the trek focused on Auberge accommodation.  Under canvas is not the best way to prepare oneself for a daily slog.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?First sight of the Matterhorn from a colWhat did you think of your group leader?Warm, accomplished, highly experienced, confident with an easy relaxed style - but we still all knew who was in charge.  Right out of the top drawer.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Despite the bulk, try to take a substantial mat for sleeping on the hard ground.  Self-inflating but with a 5cm height would be preferable.

  • Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn reviewer 2
    Written on August 14, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    An outstanding and challenging trip. The mix of day walking and light backpacking, and the slow transition from France, French Switzerland to German Switzerland meant every day was subtly different and interesting. The reward of the Matterhorn on the last day was mesmerising. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?For me, there were several. Finally getting to see the Matterhorn was superb. I don't know who Exodus pays to do the weather, but they pay well - it was bathed in shining sun and was a worthy end to the trip. The challenge of getting up the Fenetre d'Arpette, Col du Reidmatten and Col du Torrent was immense. It was hard work, no doubt, but the views and feeling of elation was worth it. The best of all was chatting to a fellow tripper Mike, an engineer, experienced alpiniste, mountain walker and an inspiration. More of one of life's adventurers really, who had some amazing tales, like pushing a pram from London to Leicester in under 12 hours! It goes to show that the group really make the holiday and in this case, ours was excellent.What did you think of your group leader?I felt Simon was an excellent guide. His hands off style really suited me as I felt I could try and walk on his (very fit) heels if I wanted to push myself, but equally, I could stroll at the back in my own time and not feel under pressure to be in sight at all times. It was quite refreshing to be "off the leash" a little as some Exodus trip-notes describe how a leader might allow everyone to walk at their own pace, but I'd yet to experience it. Again, it underlines how having a sensible, fit and smart group can really be the making of the holiday. Simon dealt well with the variable walking styles in the group too. Some wanted to walk and stop, have a paddle or take photos, others just wanted to push on, so it was nice to see trust from him to allow people to come on in their own time while he steered the diesel engines who just ploughed on relentlessly up front. I suffered with an ongoing injury that mean I had to sit out two days of walking (hence the ish), but I communicated with Simon each night as required to get an idea of what was coming, how I was feeling and so on and always felt looked after. In the end it came down to this for me - I had total faith that if there was a problem, Simon would deal with it perfectly.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Go for it. It's a great route, and don't be put off by it sharing some of the TMB route at the start, if you've done that before. Even a month apart, the hillsides are totally different. If you're new to alpine dorms be aware, you might get a bunk bed, but equally, you might end up in an eight person wide mega-bunk. There's plenty of room and your own pillow and duvet (plus your liner) but private it ain't. It pays to get in early and bag a tidy spot, preferably next to a good friend. Earplugs and something to cover your eyes, like a Buff, really help too. Eat many rostis. With cheese, egg, bacon, ham, whatever. They're such good fuel and super tasty. If you're thinking of saving money by bringing your own chocolate bars in, this works really well, until they all melt horribly and you have to put them in a stream to make them solid again. Maybe muesli bars are the way to go? Is there anything else you would like to add?The only minor grumble in a five star trip is the lunch rations were a little meagre. Not even the fillings - there was always plenty of filling, just never quite enough bread. It got better in the second half of the trip, but no one wants to be a hungry little soldier! Otherwise, in my deeply biased view, this is an excellent trip. Some of this is based on luck - I got great weather, a great guide and best of all, a fit, fun and great group - but much is simply due to the stunning terrain over which you walk each day, from high alpage, hot valley floor, picturesque Swiss villages, past clanking cattle, up thigh-screamingly steep cols with chains to pull you skywards and glacial streams to cool your feet (and more) off.  Book it. Now. It's worth it. 

  • Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn reviewer 3
    Written on July 23, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Fantastic trip, somewhat challenging but that's all part of the fun. Great sense of achievement at the end. Brilliant scenery, and we were lucky with the weather too. Very well organised trip, with an extremely competent mountain guide, who was happy for people to walk at their own pace whether that was fast or slow. The camping was very civilised - the only campsite chores that had to be done were taking down your own tent and helping out with the washing up now and then. This made changing campsites each day hassle free. Laundry facilities were available en route - I didn't need to take as much stuff as I did. The food surpassed all my expectations, and I am a fussy eater. Three courses every night of the best food I have ever had whilst camping. Overall one of the best trips I have done - recommended!

  • Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn reviewer 4
    Written on July 20, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    The ‘Haute Route’ through the mountains of France and Switzerland is a fantastic two weeks of spectacular scenery, some good old fashioned hard work and an indescribable sense of accomplishment. This part of the Alps has some of the best hiking I have ever experienced, with photos to last a lifetime. With an extremely competent and knowledgeable leader, and great hearty food every evening, you would be hard pressed to find yourself getting bored or going hungry on this trip. A brilliant holiday, which left many of my friends extremely envious, of both my pictures and my achievements.

  • Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn reviewer 5
    Written on July 20, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent


  • Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn reviewer 6
    Written on January 4, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    The walking and the scenery were breath taking.  Every day yielded new views. It was a challenge to ascend each pass but the rewards were fantastic.  The trip was challenging but within my capabilities.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?A moment I remember was setting off in the morning at 7am from the first of the mountain huts and making our way up to the first of the three passes of the day.  We climbed on snowy patches of hillside and the slippery conditions stretched us all; we received excellent guidance from our group leader. I recall the sense of pure exhilaration on reaching the pass.  We had got off to a great start, the views were wonderful and a whole day of high mountain walking lay ahead.....What did you think of your group leader?Confident and relaxed, comfortable, competent and knowledgeable in the mountains, and able to accommodate all levels of walker, Mike inspired confidence.  An ideal leader for a mountain trek of this nature.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Love the mountains!  Love pushing and extending yourself!Is there anything else you would like to add?I enjoyed the supported camping, appreciated the support team's welcome, the endless cups of tea, the delicious food and the hot showers on several of the camping sites!!

  • Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn reviewer 7
    Written on September 22, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    A beautiful & challenging trek. Not at all to be underestimated, but acheivable for any fit hiker who will be rewarded with stunning views at the end of every climb. We experienced all possible weather, from arriving at the refuge in heavy snow to glorious sunshine on many trails, which only added to the scenery and experience.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The nature of the trek in camping low and climbing out of the valleys over the cols meant an opportunity to 'reach the top' virtually every day, with a new spectacular view to discover.What did you think of your group leader?Mike was a fantastic leader, really knew his stuff and was able to add lots of value through his own experience and knowledge, and kept the group motivated and moving well. The support crew of Jane & John were second to none also with delicious catering and ensuring the welcome sight of biscuits & a cuppa awaited post a tough days trek! Is there anything else you would like to add?Highly recommend an ascent of the Breithorn on the final free day in Zermatt - a wonderful way to end the trip on a high at 4164m.

  • Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn reviewer 8
    Written on September 16, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    A challenging walk through fantastic scenery, with excellent support from the Exodus Team.Like the Tour du Mont Blanc this is an excellent journey through magnificant scenery in the heart of the alps, the days on Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn are however more demanding. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Two stand-out; the first is the spectacular vistas of the Matterhorn when it finally comes into view on the final day's walking into Zermatt, until then the mountain remains hidden except for the odd fleeting distant glance.The second was the optional ascent of the Breithorn some of us completed on the free day in Zermatt, completing my first European 4000m peak and the stunning views right across the Alps and the Bernese Oberland, with both Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn visible.What did you think of your group leader?Mike (a new leader for Exodus this year) was an excellent group leader/ mountain guide, his knowledge and experience in the mountains was very impressive. Mike always gave you confidence he was in control however demanding the situation, including when we got snowed off the mountain at the Cabane Mont Fort!Jayne & John the support crew/chefs were also excellent, the tents were always up and tea ready for us when we arrived in camp, even when we arrived at Les Hauderes a day early. The food in camp was impressive, first time I've had duck whilst camping.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn is a fantastic route with amazing scenery and the Exodus trip is very well organised, so if you are looking for a fantastic journey through the Alps with all the hassles sorted this could be the trip for you.The walking is demanding so you do need a good fitness level for the trip, the days are harder than the Tour du Mont Blanc.Remember the weather can do anything in the Alps especially at the start/end of the season so be prepared for that, we had most things from 30 degress and sunshine to heavy snow over the two weeks (that much snow is not normal for the end of August though).Is there anything else you would like to add?Most of the campsites used along the way are excellent with very good facilities, however note two are basic (Grimentz & Trient), we had a great night a Grimentz so don't let that put you off. Sadly Exodus have not been able to find a good alternative at Trient which scores as the worst on the trip (I raised this last year as it is a common site with the Tour du Mont Blanc). This year two sites are in use, one at the top of the village which is quite small but quieter and a larger one at the bottom end of the village that is between the main road and a rock crushing plant. We were at the larger site, on the plus side it has a very good covered area to eat/relax under avoiding the thunder storms which has lighting and power however when we were there there was building work going on at the rock crushing plant adding to the noise of the road and the water supply failed during the evening. Our support team did what they could to get drinking water from the other site, but we had to improvise with rain water and buckets from the river for the toilets etc. You are only there for one night so don't let it put you off though.

  • Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn reviewer 9
    Written on September 14, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    Excellent trip, great guide, good food and wonderful scenery!  And a good challengeWhat did you think of your group leader?Mike is an exceptional leader.   He clearly has a passion for the outdoors and his knowledge was impressive.    Mike did an excellent job for the 2 weeks!  :)Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Book it!  you will not regret it.   Its a good physical challenge

  • Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn reviewer 10
    Written on August 21, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    This was a very challenging walk which at the conclusion prooved to be very rewarding. The torrain is rugged and combined with high temperatures makes it a lot tougher than the grade in the magazine emplies. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The reward is when you get your first view of the Matterhorn as you come around the Europaweg. You know that you have arrived at your destination and all has been worthwhile.What did you think of your group leader?A very experienced guide who has been there, done it and got the T shirt.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Make sure that you have plenty of spending money. Switzerland  is not cheap and there are a lot of other expenses that you would not exspect.Is there anything else you would like to add?Make sure that your equipment is up to the challenge. The torrain will rip your boots apart and when it rains, it absolutely bungs it down.


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  1. Day 1: Start at Les Bossons, near Chamonix
  2. Day 2: Free day in the Chamonix Valley
  3. Day 3: The trail contours high in the valley before descending to Les Frasserands
  4. Day 4: Cross Col de Balme to Switzerland.
  5. Day 5: Over Fenetre d'Arpette to Champex
  6. Day 6: From Champex the trail leads to Verbier and on to Cabane Mont Fort
  7. Day 7: Cross the highest pass of the route, Col Prafleuri (2965m). Views of Rhone Valley, Mont Blanc, the Grand Combin and the Matterhorn
  8. Day 8: Long walking day with two passes to cross; overnight at Les Hauderes.
  9. Day 9: Rest day
  10. Day 10: Past Lac Moiry to the picture-postcard village of Grimentz
  11. Day 11: Longest walking day with excellent views of the Weisshorn
  12. Day 12: Join Zermatt Valley; descend to Jungu and St Niklaus, short transfer to Randa.
  13. Day 13: Follow a high-level balcony path that contours along the valley towards Zermatt.
  14. Day 14: Optional trip to Zermatt
  15. Day 15: End Randa

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Covering a total distance of approx 1,061 km.
  • Geneva (Switzerland)
  • 68 km
  • Aiguille du Midi (France)
  • 5 km
  • Les Bossons (France)
  • 3 km
  • Chamonix (France)
  • 9 km
  • Les Frasserands (France)
  • 15 km
  • Champex (Switzerland)
  • 11 km
  • Verbier (Switzerland)
  • 22 km
  • Les Haudères (Switzerland)
  • 26 km
  • Jungu (Switzerland)
  • 2 km
  • St Niklaus (Switzerland)
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