One of the best ski touring trails in the world, the Haute Route (High Route), is a 180km trek beginning in Chamonix, France, at the foot of Mont Blanc. It winds through several towns and villages in Switzerland, ending in Zermatt near the Matterhorn.
The official route travels through several high altitude villages, covering vast distances and the 12 highest peaks of the Alps including Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn. There are several variations of the tour, and each is varied enough to pass through flowery meadows, across giant glaciers, and crystal clear lakes.
The original route was created by members of the English Alpine Club in the late 19th century, the route has several variations made for winter and summer, as well as various skill and fitness levels. However a complete tour of the original Haute Route takes 6 or 7 days to complete.
Trekking the route requires planning, favorable snow conditions, and sustained physical effort to achieve, making most who start unable to finish. You can hike or ski variations of the route, and be assured of beautiful and varied scenery either way.