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  1.  Our route    8 January 2021    Haute Route, Lightroom Map Switzerland
         8 Jan 2021
  Haute Route, Switzerland, Lightroom, Map  
  2.  The hike begins    9 January 2021    Haute Route, Switzerland
         9 Jan 2021
  Haute Route, Switzerland  
  3.  On the road    10 January 2021    Haute Route, Switzerland
         10 Jan 2021
  Haute Route, Switzerland  
  4.  Trient    11 January 2021    Haute Route, Trient Switzerland
         11 Jan 2021
  Haute Route, Trient, Switzerland  
  5.  Trient hotel    12 January 2021    Haute Route, Trient Switzerland
         12 Jan 2021
  Haute Route, Trient, Switzerland  
  6.  Goodbye Trient    13 January 2021    Haute Route, Switzerland
         13 Jan 2021
  Haute Route, Switzerland  
  7.  Emily in the fog    14 January 2021    Haute Route, Switzerland
         14 Jan 2021
  Switzerland, Haute Route  
  8.  Paul and yours truly in the fog    15 January 2021    Haute Route, Switzerland
         15 Jan 2021
  Haute Route, Switzerland  
  9.  Alpage de Bovine    16 January 2021    Haute Route, Switzerland
         16 Jan 2021
  Switzerland, Haute Route  
10.  Hiking to Champex    17 January 2021    Haute Route, Switzerland
         17 Jan 2021
  Switzerland, Haute Route  
11.  Just a little farther     18 January 2021    Haute Route, Map Switzerland
         18 Jan 2021
  Haute Route, Switzerland, Map  
12.  Champex Lac    19 January 2021    Haute Route, Switzerland
         19 Jan 2021
  Switzerland, Haute Route  
13.  Hotel du Glacier    21 January 2021    Haute Route, Switzerland
         21 Jan 2021
  Switzerland, Haute Route  
14.  Champex Lac    22 January 2021    Haute Route, Switzerland
         22 Jan 2021
  Switzerland, Haute Route  
15.  Goodbye Champex    23 January 2021    Haute Route, Switzerland
         23 Jan 2021
  Switzerland, Haute Route  
 
 
 
1. Our route
8 Jan 2021    Haute Route  Lightroom, Map, Switzerland 
1. Our route   
8 Jan 2021    Haute Route, Lightroom, Map, Switzerland   
 
 
 
 

Here's where we're going, courtesy of the gps coordinates recorded in photos taken along the way. We began in the lower left in Chamonix and ended up on the lower right, in Zermatt.

 
 
 
 
Lightroom terrain map
     
 
 
 
Lightroom terrain map
     
 
 
 
Lightroom terrain map
     
 
 
2. The hike begins
9 Jan 2021    Haute Route  Switzerland 
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2. The hike begins   
9 Jan 2021    Haute Route, Switzerland   
 
 
 
 

To get to Trient we split up, two going by foot, two by bus.

 
 
 
 
We're off to Trient
     
 
 
 
We're off to Trient
     
 
 
 
We're off to Trient
     
 
 
Trient is to the right
     
 
 
 
Trient is to the right
     
 
 
 
Trient is to the right
     
 
 
3. On the road
10 Jan 2021    Haute Route  Switzerland 
3. On the road   
10 Jan 2021    Haute Route, Switzerland   
 
 
 
 

The way to Trient was along a road, though not a busy one. About half way there it began to rain and soon after a fellow stopped and insisted on giving us a ride to our hotel.

 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
4. Trient
11 Jan 2021    Haute Route  Trient, Switzerland 
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4. Trient   
11 Jan 2021    Haute Route, Trient, Switzerland   
 
 
 
 

We spent a night at a hotel in the small town of Trient. It's a typical Swiss town, with groomed greenery and maintained buildings.

 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
Our hotel, campers, hay bails
     
 
 
 
Our hotel, campers, hay bails
     
 
 
 
Our hotel, campers, hay bails
     
 
 
Trient resident
     
 
 
 
Trient resident
     
 
 
 
Trient resident
     
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
5. Trient hotel
12 Jan 2021    Haute Route  Trient, Switzerland 
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5. Trient hotel   
12 Jan 2021    Haute Route, Trient, Switzerland   
 
 
 
 

We stayed at the Auberge du Mont Blanc, a hotel aside the Trient river.

 
 
 
 
Paul, river, and hotel
     
 
 
 
Paul, river, and hotel
     
 
 
 
Paul, river, and hotel
     
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
The hotel's notably-ugly room
     
 
 
 
The hotel's notably-ugly room
     
 
 
 
The hotel's notably-ugly room
     
 
 
6. Goodbye Trient
13 Jan 2021    Haute Route  Switzerland 
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6. Goodbye Trient   
13 Jan 2021    Haute Route, Switzerland   
 
 
 
 

After a night in Trient and two good meals we're off to Champex Lac.

 
 
 
 
Gingie, Emily, and Paul at breakfast
     
 
 
 
Gingie, Emily, and Paul at breakfast
     
 
 
 
Gingie, Emily, and Paul at breakfast
     
 
 
And we're off
     
 
 
 
And we're off
     
 
 
 
And we're off
     
 
 
6:15 huh
     
 
 
 
6:15 huh
     
 
 
 
6:15 huh
     
 
 
7. Emily in the fog
14 Jan 2021    Haute Route  Switzerland 
7. Emily in the fog   
14 Jan 2021    Haute Route, Switzerland   
 
 
 
 

The weather was grey and getting greyer as we hiked to Champex Lac. Here is Emily with a couple of barely-visible cows in the background.

 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
8. Paul and yours truly in the fog
15 Jan 2021    Haute Route  Switzerland 
8. Paul and yours truly in the fog   
15 Jan 2021    Haute Route, Switzerland   
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 

 
 
 
9. Alpage de Bovine
16 Jan 2021    Haute Route  Switzerland 
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9. Alpage de Bovine   
16 Jan 2021    Haute Route, Switzerland   
 
 
 
 

We stopped for lunch at Alpage de Bovine, a cafe and dairy farm in Martigny. It's said to have beautiful views but this day it was socked in by fog.

 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
10. Hiking to Champex
17 Jan 2021    Haute Route  Switzerland 
10. Hiking to Champex   
17 Jan 2021    Haute Route, Switzerland   
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 

 
 
 
11. Just a little farther
18 Jan 2021    Haute Route  Map, Switzerland 
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11. Just a little farther    
18 Jan 2021    Haute Route, Map, Switzerland   
 
 
 
 

We're heading to the right, parallel to the road. Champex shouldn't be much farther.

 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
12. Champex Lac
19 Jan 2021    Haute Route  Switzerland 
12. Champex Lac   
19 Jan 2021    Haute Route, Switzerland   
 
 
 
 

We stopped for a night in Champex Lac, a Swiss village centered on a lake. It's at about 1,500 m elevation. Two long-distance hikes pass through Champex, the Tour du Mont Blanc and the Haute Route.

 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
13. Hotel du Glacier
21 Jan 2021    Haute Route  Switzerland 
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13. Hotel du Glacier   
21 Jan 2021    Haute Route, Switzerland   
 
 
 
 

So let's get back to our hike to Zermatt. We stayed one night at the Hotel du Glacier in Champex. It's the yellow building in the photo below. We stayed there several years earlier when we hiked the Tour du Mont Blanc.

 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
View from room at Hotel du Glacier
     
 
 
 
View from room at Hotel du Glacier
     
 
 
 
View from room at Hotel du Glacier
     
 
 
14. Champex Lac
22 Jan 2021    Haute Route  Switzerland 
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14. Champex Lac   
22 Jan 2021    Haute Route, Switzerland   
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 

 
 
 
15. Goodbye Champex
23 Jan 2021    Haute Route  Switzerland 
15. Goodbye Champex   
23 Jan 2021    Haute Route, Switzerland   
 
 
 
 

It was morning in Champex and we were supposed to get to Cabane Louvie by nightfall. Ideally we'd stay somewhere in between but we didn't have the time, we were skipping a stop on the route. But we weren't free of hiking because Louvie is remote, it's up in the mountains with no road access. The nearest town is Fionnay so that was our plan, take a taxi to Fionnay then hike up from there.

 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
Grand St Bernard taxi
     
 
 
 
Grand St Bernard taxi
     
 
 
 
Grand St Bernard taxi
     
 
 
It's a long way
     
In the lower left corner is Chamonix. In the lower right is Fionnay. Near Fionnay you might make out the line for a cable car. I don't think the cable car had been built yet when we were there. At the end of the cable car you can see Cabane Louvie and the lake. View Larger Map
 
 
 
It's a long way
     
In the lower left corner is Chamonix. In the lower right is Fionnay. Near Fionnay you might make out the line for a cable car. I don't think the cable car had been built yet when we were there. At the end of the cable car you can see Cabane Louvie and the lake. View Larger Map
 
 
 
It's a long way
     
In the lower left corner is Chamonix. In the lower right is Fionnay. Near Fionnay you might make out the line for a cable car. I don't think the cable car had been built yet when we were there. At the end of the cable car you can see Cabane Louvie and the lake. View Larger Map