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    Arrival transfer to Tash.Tour briefing in the evening.

    Our start point is a comfortable 3-star hotel in Täsch, situated in the heart of the Mattertal Valley, very near to Zermatt. The valley is surrounded by some of the most impressive summits of Valais. In the evening our guide will hold a welcome meeting to discuss the week ahead, give advice and answer any questions. This evening we can lighten our load, pack a small lightweight bag and this will be transported to Saas Grund, we will be reunited with our bag on day 4. *Standard Hotel*

  • 2

    Trek along the Europaweg to Europa Hutte.

    We begin by heading uphill to Blasboden, before reaching Eggenstadel where the route takes us to the extraordinary Europaweg. This high-level balcony path contours along the Zermatt Valley with stunning views of the white summits of Mattertal until we reach Europa Hütte. *The Eggenstadel path may be closed due to rock falls. If this happens, it is possible to descend to Randa by train (or by foot), and then hike directly up to the Europa Hütte. *Mountain Refuge*

  • 3

    Continue on the Europaweg, cross the Grathorn pass (2,320m), before reaching Grachen.

    Today’s route continues along the Europaweg. The trail traverses the mountain side and is protected by ropes and tunnels up to 2,630m high. After reaching the Grathorn Pass (2,320 m), we will hike along the bottom of the Ried Glacier and arrive in Grächen (1,620m). *Standard Hotel*

  • 4

    Follow high trails leading to Saas Grund.

    We start by trekking up the Hannigalp pasture (2,122 m) before continuing to the high trail that follows the bottom of the summits Seetalhorn, Lanmenhorn and Balfrin (3,796m). The route reaches Saas Grund after a fantastic day of trekking. *It is possible to shorten the hike by taking the Hannigalp cable car (not included in the price). It shortens the climb by 1h30 (3.2km) and a 500m elevation gain. If the rest of the group does not wish to take the cable car you will need to wait for them at the top. This evening you will receive the luggage which you left in Täsch. From now on you will be carrying all your belongings. *Standard Hotel*

  • 5

    Transfer to Lake Mattmark; Walk to Macungnaga via the Monte Moro Pass.

    Today starts with a short transfer, taking a public bus to Mattmark Lake at 2,200m. The path takes us to the Monte Moro Pass. The atmosphere becomes more and more alpine as we progress through the climb. At the top of the climb we cross the pass, a golden statue of Marie marks the border with Italy. We descend until Macugnaga (1,320 m) below one of the most impressive cliffs of the Alps, the north east face of the Norden Peak (4,609m). *Standard Hotel*

  • 6

    Walk to Pastore Refuge by the Turlo Pass, and Alagna Valley.

    The trail continues up through the Quarazza Valley until the high pasture chalet of Piana (1,613 m). The path then climbs up to the treeline on the Schena pasture (2,037m) to reach Lanti bivouac (an Italian Alpine Club). The route finally takes us up into a series of switchbacks to the Turlo Pass where we discover the Alagna Valley on the other side. The descent above the Turlo Lakes reaches Grafenboden pasture (2,200m) before it continues on to the Faller pasture, and ends at our refuge for the night. *Mountain Refuge*

  • 7

    Walk to Gabiet Refuge; cross the Ollen Pass before discovering the high valley of Gressoney.

    We ascend through Bors pasture, on to Balma pasture at 2,207m, before crossing the green meadow of Boccheta delle Pisse (2,396m). The trail descends to 2,200m, before taking us up in the ‘closed’ valley of Rothone and Genshhore where the Ollen Pass enables us to continue our journey. Behind the Ollen Pass, we discover the high valley of Gressoney, arguably one of the most beautiful landscapes of the Aosta Valley, found right below the Monte Rosa. *Mountain Refuge*

  • 8

    Hike to Ferraro Refuge (Resy), via the Bettaforca Pass.

    This morning we descend until Stafal (1,825m), on the top of the Gressoney valley. It is the starting point of the climb to the Bettaforca Pass (2,672m) through Sitte and Bätt pastures and the wonderful panoramic views of the Lys Valley and the Lyskamm/Monte Rosa glaciers await. We follow the path and descend on the Fourcare “combe” until the mountain hamlet of Resy. *Mountain refuge*

  • 9

    Trek across the Cima Bianche High Pass (2,982m); continue to Théodulo Refuge (3,317 m).

    The trail starts with a descent into the St Jacques Valley and continues uphill on a long ascent through the Aventince and Mase pasture up to the Cima Bianche, with an astonishing view of the iconic Matterhorn. The path heads towards the small lake of Cima Bianche, above the ski resort of Brueil Cervinia, and continues steeply upward to Théodulo refuge, on the Swiss-Italian border, right next to the glacier. *Mountain Refuge*

  • 10

    Cross the spectacular Theodule Glacier Pass; trek finishes in Zermatt or Tasch.

    Today we set off early to meet a local Italian high mountain guide to descend on the Theodule Glacier Pass (he joins us just for this section only). Here we experience a fantastic atmosphere surrounded by 4,000m high peaks including the Matterhorn and the Dent Blanche. We will be walking on ice, however this is not particularly technical. Walking poles and lightweight trail crampons are advisable and can be hired for 10EUR payable locally. We descend further on the Furi pasture and finally reach Zermatt (1,650m). Our final evening will be spent in Zermatt or Täsch depending on accommodation availability. Here we will be able to have a celebratory drink and toast our success at completing the trek. *Standard Hotel*

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    End

    End of the tour after breakfast. **

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