The Haute Route
The snow is melting, the chair lifts have closed, the ski season is over, and it’s still too early to lace up the hiking boots and go for a proper hike in the Alps, so what are all these people doing walking through Champex with backpacks, hiking boots and skis on their backs??? It’s that time of year, in-between seasons, where serious mountain lovers take on the "Haute Route", originally known as "The High Level Route". The Haute Route is a trail between Chamonix, France and Zermatt, Switzerland where serious mountaineers do a combination of skiing and hiking to cover a 180km trail, taking anywhere from 7 to 12 days. They go from the base of Mont Blanc to the base of the Matterhorn, 2 of the most famous mountains in the Alps. Spring is definitely a quieter time of year in the mountains and resorts, so if you’re looking for a real physical challenge and some peace and quiet in nature, this might be the thing for you ! And if you’re looking for a great place to stay in Champex, try the Hotel Mont Lac (with spa !) to rest for the night and recuperate for the next day ahead!