High Alps Walk

From $1877 per person

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High Alps Walk4.652777777777818
  • Exciting high level walking: easy-to-follow footpaths, excellent signposting
  • Awe-inspiring views of Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, Dents du Midi and Swiss Alps
  • Spectacular Alpine flora: over 1,200 varieties of wild flowers
  • Charming mountain villages, comfortable valley hotels; two with pools, great regional cuisine
  • Amazing birds and wildlife: Ibex, chamois, mouflon, red deer, eagles and falcons

At a glance...

  • 10 nights, hotel-to-hotel
  • Departs Every two days from 16 Jun '15 to 10 Sep '15
  • Continental breakfast and all evening meals
  • Managed remotely by Headwater employed representative
  • Sustainability rating: 74%
  • Route notes and maps provided
  • Walking transfers included
  • Luggage transfer between hotels

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High Alps Walk

This is a real Alpine walkers' holiday, offering exciting self-guided walks at a safe altitude but with an 'Haute Montagne' feel, plus the luxury of comfortable hotel accommodation every night. En route you can conquer the two highest peaks in the Chablais (both 2432m and both wildlife reserves). The mountain scenery here is staggering with breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks in one wonderful geography lesson: Mont Blanc, the Dents du Midi, the Matterhorn, Monte Rosa, the central Swiss Alps and the Jura.

Amazingly, most of the Chablais is hardly frequented by walkers. The countryside is a mosaic of colourful Alpine meadows, mixed woodland and glacial tarns, crowned by dramatic rocky mountain peaks. Flora enthusiasts are well catered for - there are wild flowers everywhere: 1,200 species, including gentian, orchids and edelweiss, and plenty of alpine wildlife too. The footpaths are easy to follow, with excellent signposting, and there is virtually no road walking. Part of your route follows the classic Alpine long distance footpath (GR5), and part follows old smugglers' trails high up along the Swiss border.

You stay in a mix of ** and *** family run chalet style hotels and a traditional Chablais house, two with pools and all offering good regional cuisine.

This is one of the most demanding walks that we offer, with some strenuous climbs and descents each day. You'll need to be a regular walker and reasonably fit. Walking boots are essential and, given that mountain weather can change rapidly, waterproofs should always be carried.

Read more about this holiday on the travel blog.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive at Les Gets

A taxi transfer from Geneva to Les Gets, then time to explore this charming alpine village or take a swim in the pool before enjoying M. Hominal's delicious cuisine.

Day 2 - Les Gets to Lac de Montriond 20km/12.5mi/7.5hr

A well-marked path takes you to the summit of Mont Chery (1826m) for fabulous views of the Les Gets valley. There's a fantastic panorama from the top, including Mont Blanc, before you descend through a flower-filled meadow to Col de l'Encrenaz. Skirt below the jagged peaks of the Pain de Sucre and the Pic de la Dollaz and descend to Montriond. Then it's a pretty riverside walk up to your chalet hotel beside the Lac de Montriond.

Day 3 - At Lac de Montriond

Excellent choice of local walks from a gentle stroll around the picturesque lake to an exhilarating ridge walk via the Ardent waterfall up to the bustling village of Les Lindarets and then along the Super-Morzine ridge offering fantastic 360 degree views. Full walking route notes provided.

Day 4 - Lac de Montriond to Chatel 17km/10.5mi/6hr or 21km/13mi/9hr

The highlight of today's walk is the magnificent limestone pyramid of Mont de Grange (2432m), a wildlife reserve. Around 500 chamois live here, along with mouflons and red deer. From the summit you see a huge Alpine panorama as far as Italy and central Switzerland. Then down to Chatel for breathtaking views and excellent regional cuisine.

Day 5 - At Chatel

Lots of choice of well-signed footpaths in the mountains here, and only a short walk into Switzerland is the pretty village of Morgins. Perhaps stay in Chatel and potter round the village market.

Day 6 - Chatel to La Chapelle d'Abondance 17km/10.5mi/7hr

From Le Morclan (1970m) you feel you can reach out and touch the jagged teeth of the Dents du Midi, with Mont Blanc to the south and a sweeping view east of the Bernese Alps. You follow the old smugglers' route high up along the Swiss border. Down through lush Alpine meadows thick with campanula, daisies and gentian to the pretty village of La Chapelle d'Abondance with its famous onion-domed church.

Day 7 - At La Chapelle d'Abondance

If you're up to the challenge, the Cornettes de Bise is a must. As high as the Mont de Grange (2432m), this is one of France's few ibex reserves, with 400 in the area at the last census. Or perhaps just go as far as the beautifully secluded Lac d'Arvouin, you'll still be rewarded by spectacular views. If you're feeling lazy, wander round the pretty village and relax by the hotel swimming pool.

Day 8 - La Chapelle d'Abondance to Abondance 14km/8.5mi/5hr or 16km/10mi/6.5hr

From the Pointe de Lachau (1962m) you can see the Matterhorn, 80km away! Down to the gorgeous hamlet of Ubine, where old chalets huddle round a tiny C17 chapel under the sheer wall of Mont Chauffe. The afternoon's almost all downhill, and you're soon relaxing in the hotel's private sauna and jacuzzi.

Day 9 - At Abondance

Opposite the hotel is the C12 Abbaye de l'Assomption. The church (1275) is impressive, but it is the C14 Gothic cloister with C15 murals by Giacomo Jaquerio which steals the show. Why not also take a day trip to the lakeside town of Thonon or a boat ride on Lake Geneva?

Day 10 - Abondance to St Jean d'Aulps 14km/8.5mi/5hr or 15km/9.5mi/5hr

A choice of two very different walks today. The less energetic takes you to the Pointe des Follys, a great picnic spot for a relaxed end to your holiday. Or, weather permitting, you could climb to the wonderfully isolated tarn, Lac de Tavaneuse, with magnificent views as you go over the Col de Tavaneuse at 2000m. We meet you in St Jean d'Aulps for a ride back to Les Gets.

Day 11 - Leave Les Gets

Please note In July and August ski lifts can be used to gain altitude on Days 2,4 and 6 (pay locally). The Day 10 Lac de Tavaneuse option is often not possible until July. Please note also that many shops and mountain restaurants don't open until late June/early July.

Where you stay

During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking. You can call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 to discuss accommodation options.

Hotel Alpina, Les Gets   (3 Star)

Hotel Alpina, Les Gets

Hotel Alpina is our base hotel for the High Alps Walk. M Hominal and his team will make you feel very welcome in this chalet style hotel.

The rooms are beautifully furnished with intricately carved wooden panelling. Most rooms have balconies.

The hotel has excellent facilities with a covered, heated pool, jacuzzi and sauna.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • Mastercard accepted
  • Swimming pool
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Safe

Hotel Les Sapins, Montriond   (2 Star)

Hotel Les Sapins, Montriond

This hotel is situated about 3km from the village in a particularly quiet and charming location.

All 18 rooms are equipped with private bathroom, toilet, television and telephone.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television

Nearby facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed

Hotel Le Renard, Châtel   (2 Star)

Hotel Le Renard, Châtel

Situated just below the main part of town, you stay as the guests of the affable Robert Brown at his comfortable 8 room 'Hôtel Le Renard'.

The rooms are nicely furnished in a modern style, with tea and coffee making facilities.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • Mastercard accepted
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Tea/coffee facilities

Hôtel Le Chabi, La Chapelle d’Abondance   (3 Star)

Hôtel Le Chabi, La Chapelle d’Abondance

Hôtel Le Chabi, where you stay is situated just 500m from the village, on a hillside with nice views looking down the Abondance valley.

All 21 rooms are tastefully decorated and equipped with either a bath or a shower, telephone, television and balcony offering a beautiful view of the mountains.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Mastercard accepted
  • Swimming pool
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television

Nearby facilities:

  • ATM / Cash machine

Hotel de l’Abbaye, Abondance   (3 Star)

Hotel de lAbbaye

The Hotel de l'Abbaye is a fine traditional Chablais town house right in the centre of the village.

This hotel boasts 14 well renovated rooms, all of which are en suite with televisions and balconies.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • Mastercard accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Television



Extra nights and stop over hotels

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra nights at the start or end, or if you'd like to arrange a stop off point en-route, then we recommend the following hotels.

Hotel St Louis, St Omer   ((2 star))

Hotel St Louis, St Omer

A traditional hotel recently modernised in the town centre - very convenient for the channel ports and also for exploring St Omer itself - an aristocratic town that boasts the finest Cathedral in Northern France.

The hotel has two restaurants. One of these has an airy modern feel, the other is more intimate with low lighting and a brick 'cellar' feel. There is also a residents' bar: le Flo.

The rooms are furnished in a simple but appealing style and all have an en suite bathrooms.

The hotel also has private parking for its guests.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Mastercard accepted
  • American Express accepted
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Television

Nearby facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine

Hotel Le Senat , Paris   (4 star)

Hotel Le Senat , Paris

The 4* Le Senat is simply stunning! There are just 41 rooms, all stylishly furnished and a couple of suites with terraces, if you really fancy splashing out! All have satellite television, mini bar, air-conditioning, safe and hairdryer, plus Internet access.

The hotel has its own small bar - adorned with photographs of eminent artists, being in the heart of the artists' quarter - plus a reading room with complimentary internet access.

Breakfast is taken in the basement, where you'll find a copious buffet of viennoiseries, cereals, fruit salad, ham, cheese, bread, yoghurt, bacon, eggs, sausage, fruit juices, tea or coffee. If you prefer, you can have a continental breakfast served to your room at no extra charge.

Le Senat is perfectly located on a quiet side street just a stone's throw away from the Luxembourg Gardens and metro, and a 5 minute walk from the vibrant Latin quarter, where you'll find a plethora of restaurants to suit all budgets.

Further details on the hotel website, and independent reviews on Trip Advisor.

Local facilities:

  • Shops
  • Market
  • Banking / cheques cashed
  • ATM / Cash machine
  • Mastercard accepted
  • Hairdryer
  • Wifi hotspot
  • Internet access
  • Television
  • Minibar
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe

Travel options

Transfers included from Geneva airport at 12:00, and back to Geneva airport at 10:30.

Please call our sales team on 1-800-567-6286 or email info@breakaway-adventures.com to arrange connecting flights.

Customer reviews

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus, of course, an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted straight to our website - totally unedited. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.

Reviewed by Mr Versteeg on 30/08/2015

***#.
We really enjoyed ourselves on the High Alps Walk. We were very pleased that we had built in additional days (taking the holiday to twelve) to provide variety and be 'tourists' We really enjoyed 'Belle Dimanche' - the annual Fair high above Chatel. (next year it's on weekend around 21st August) Cloisters at Abondance very interesting. In twelve days we had two dull and one very wet day(be prepared); rest of the time very good. Can be hot.

Reviewed by Mrs Hine on 30/08/2015

*****
A good holiday. The weather was not kind to us, but the hotels were very helpful about this, offering drying room services. The notes were very helpful. Accuracy was a problem in only one area where substantial redevelopment work was being done on the tracks. The fact we had a good map (supplied by Headwater) with us, meant this was not a major issue. One of the hoteliers summed up the area as being good for cows and cheese! The walking is therefore mainly through pasture (often quite high), but which was very pretty, if a little muddy in the rain. Some of the views (when it was not raining) were magnificent. Overall, despite the rain, we had a relaxing break.

Reviewed by Mrs Dentith on 26/07/2015

*****
This is a true three booter there isn't a lot of level walking , have good comfortable boots and poles ,I think, are essential. Do use the lifts if they are working ,it's no fun walking up those gradients with a working chair lift over your heads. The views from the tops are dramatic on clear days. The walk timings are pretty accurate.

Reviewed by Ms Rose on 16/07/2015

*****
We had a fabulous time, beautiful weather, gorgeous alpine flowers and a hard enough walk to feel we had earned our delicious evening meals.

Reviewed by Mrs Glover on 15/07/2015

*****
Well organised trip that met all our expectations. New walking guides provided during trip as a result of changes to routes.

Reviewed by Ms Steenman-Clark on 13/07/2015

***#.
The Chablais region is certainly very beautiful but with the excellent hotels in the valleys a lot of the walking was up and down farm/ski/access tracks or roads to the higher level, flower strewn, paths with the fantastic views. These tracks, especially in the heat we experienced, were quite brutal and did detract somewhat from the overall pleasure of the walks.

Reviewed by Mrs Pogson on 17/09/2014

*****
This was a fantastic holiday - all the walks are interesting & varied with spectacular views. We were very lucky to have good weather everyday. The accommodation was excellent throughout - can't fault a thing.

Reviewed by Mrs Henry on 02/09/2014

*****
This holiday was one of the best holidays I have ever had, the scenery was absolutely wonderful once you were up the top of the mountains, and so peaceful, you need to be very fit to do this holiday, but the views and tranquillity was worth all the hard work.

Reviewed by Mr Graham on 23/07/2014

***#.
Sensible daily itineraries; good, comfortable hotels; efficient transfers, accurate guide notes; good value for money.

Reviewed by Mr Asteriades on 24/09/2013

*****
The toughest Headwater walking holiday we have been on - particularly the first few days. Great walking routes, stunning views, good hotels. We particularly liked Le Renard with enormous portions of great food.

Reviewed by Mrs Hill on 17/07/2013

*****
Excellent holiday that delivered exactly what was described - we had a wonderful time . Faultless organization with consistently high standards. Well worth the money

Reviewed by Mrs Frechette on 12/07/2013

*****
We all had a great holiday. Having the extra day at each hotel gave us a chance to settle in and get a feel for the local area as well as relaxing if we wanted to.

Reviewed by Mrs Love-Fordham on 24/09/2012

*****
The holiday was amazing! The countryside is pristine and absolutely beautiful! The walks were well planned to great destinations. We went at the end of the season which was good in that we rarely saw other hikers and no mountain bikers. BUT there were no ski lifts in operation and most restaurants and stores were closed. The closed businesses were not of concern to us since we don't shop for trinkets. BUT the closed ski lifts, in our opinion, makes this a much more difficult holiday than 3 boots because you start several mornings by climbing to the top of a ski lift for several hours. The Headwater notes suggest taking the ski lift cutting off hours of climbing - but this was not an option off season. It is doable (barely and you are exhausted by mid day). If the ski lifts had been operating, it would still have been a 3 boot holiday. Do not expect any flat walking paths. You are either ascending or descending. It is steep and often slippery. A great and fun challenge for those prepared. We would do it all again in an instant!!! Thank you Headwaters!!!

Reviewed by Mr Phillips on 13/09/2012

***#.
Excellent walking holiday with good accomodation in simple hotels.

Reviewed by Mr Baker on 05/09/2012

*****
Definitely a "3 booter"!! Hard work but so rewarding with fabulous views, beautiful surroundings and lovely food. We're in our late fifties and only of average fitness so were glad of the options to use chair lifts and have relaxing days off - we would recommend others not to be put off by the ranking though day 1 threw us into the deep end!

Reviewed by Mr Neville on 07/08/2012

*****
The overall organisation of the holiday was extremely good from the moment we arrived in Geneva where Marc met us and took us to Les Gets. On the whole we were very impressed with the hotels and it was amazing how our luggage was moved on so efficiently from one hotel to the next. The intinerary was excellent with only a few minor few errors due to local signs etc. changing and there was no problem route finding. We were very impressed by the amount of research and time that must have gone in to produce such excellent route notes.

Reviewed by Mrs Jamieson on 23/07/2012

***#.
Challenging, but quite satisfying. We felt that the 10 days could have been shrunk into 8. Some places we did not want to stay that long in.

Reviewed by Mrs Bedford on 30/06/2012

*****
This is the best (of 4 Headwater holidays) holiday we have had

Departure dates & prices

August 2015 departuresTour only 
Aug 1$2105
Aug 3$2105
Aug 5$2105
Aug 7$2105
Aug 9$2105
Aug 11$2105
Aug 13$2105
Aug 15$2105
Aug 17$2105
Aug 19$2105
Aug 21$2105
Aug 23$2105
Aug 25$2105
Aug 27$2008
Aug 29$2008
Aug 31$2008
September 2015 departuresTour only 
Sep 2$1877
Sep 4$1877
Sep 6$1877
Sep 8$1877
Sep 10$1877

Holiday details

Holiday type

Self-guided walking, hotel-to-hotel. Managed remotely by Headwater employed rep.

Departures

Every two days from 16 Jun '15 to 10 Sep '15, for 11 days (10 nights). We are able to offer non standard departures for this holiday. Please call for details.

Meals

Continental breakfast and all evening meals.

Other details

Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information. Please call us for single room supplements, room upgrade options and child prices.

Starting your tour

Transfers included from Geneva airport at 12:00, and back to Geneva airport at 10:30.

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