In September we flew to Zurich to spend a couple of weeks hiking and eating our way through Europe. We planned to spend roughly a week on the Haute Route, then spend a second week on northern Italy. With only a week to hike, we decided to pick the best section of the Haute Route that runs from Chamonix to Zermatt. We decided to join the route at about its midpoint in the Swiss village of Le Hauderes, then hike to Zermatt.
From Zurich we took a couple of trains to Zermatt, spent one night in town and dropped some gear at a hotel. The following morning we took two trains and a bus, and by about noon we were in the quaint little village of Le Hauderes.
Europe is literally filled with hiking trails, mountain huts and little towns that are ready to host hikers and climbers. It is quite easy to hike from town to town, always sleeping in a bed, and eating most meals in delightful little restaurants or huts. We came prepared to camp and cook our own meals, but we soon abandoned that plan and gave in to the rhythm of European hiking.
The mountains are big, the food is good, the valleys are deep and the climbs are steep.
Here are some photos that capture some of our trip.