Worth watching out for.
 — John Cleare

The Walker's Haute Route

The Walker's Haute Route

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Table of Contents


Table of Contents | Introduction | When to go | Route options | Swiss food and drink | Sample route guide



TABLE OF CONTENTS

Chapter 1: TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION

PART 1: PLANNING YOUR TREK

With a group or on your own? 9

Getting to the start of the trail 12

When to go 16

Route options 18

Budgeting and costs 19

What to take
Rucksack 20 – Sleeping bag 21 – Footwear 21 – Clothes 22 – Toiletries
and medical kit 23 – Miscellaneous items 24 – Photographic equipment 25

Health precautions, inoculations and insurance 25

Maps and recommended reading 27

PART 2: SWITZERLAND

Facts about the country 33

Alpine fauna and flora 42

The people 49
Lifestyle 49 – Language 50 – Religion 51 – Politics and the economy 51
Environmental concerns 53 – Culture 54

Practical information for the visitor
Documents & visas 57 – Money 57 – Getting around 58 – Accommodation 60
Food 63 – Drink 65 – Electricity 66 – Time 66 – Post & telecommunications 66 – Holidays and festivals 67 – Shopping 68 – Safety 68 – Drugs 68

PART 3: THE ALPS

Facts about the region 69

PART 4: CHAMONIX

History 98 – Practical information 99 – Where to stay 101 – Where to
eat and drink 104 – Nightlife 105 – Moving on 106

PART 5: ZERMATT

History 107 – Arrival 108 – Orientation 109 – Getting around 109
Services 111 – Where to stay 112 – Where to eat 116 – Bars & nightlife 117
What to see and do 118 – Moving on 121 – Walks around Zermatt 122

PART 6: SAFE AND MINIMUM IMPACT TREKKING

Safe trekking 138 – Minimum impact trekking 143

PART 7: ROUTE GUIDE AND MAPS

Using this guide 145

The Walker's Haute Route
Introduction 146 – Chamonix to ArgentiËre 152 – ArgentiËre to Trient 159 Trient to Champex 166 – Champex to Le Ch‚ble 176 – Le Ch‚ble to
Cabane du Mont Fort 184 – Cabane du Mont Fort to Cabane de Prafleuri 189
Cabane de Prafleuri to Arolla 194 – Arolla to La Sage 203 – La Sage to
Cabane de Moiry 209 – Cabane de Moiry to Zinal 216 – Zinal to Gruben 223
Gruben to St Niklaus 232 – St Niklaus to Europah¸tte 238 – Europah¸tte
to Zermatt 244

APPENDIX Useful words and phrases 251

INDEX 252

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