7 Best Foods I Ate on The Walker's Haute Route (A Budget Guide to Eating Well)

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The Walker's Haute Route is a challenging 12-14 day hike from Chamonix, France to Zermatt, Switzerland. The elevation gain is serious; almost daily you're faced with another big pass to climb. Of course you're not done once you reach the top as each hard-earned ascent only serves to plunge you back down into the next valley. Thankfully, the rewards as well as the challenges are many: ever-changing views, remote villages, cozy mountain huts, and dramatic glacier-studded valleys. You also work up quite an appetite. Eating in France isn't exactly cheap and Switzerland ranks among the most expensive countries in the world. What's a budget traveller who loves mountains (and food) to do? My advice: rely heavily on plentiful grocery stores and don't be afraid to splurge when the time is right. A meal out can easily cost you $25 to $30 and up, so it can feel like a costly gamble each time you sit down at a restaurant. Luckily for you, I've put together this list of my favorite foods from the Haute Route. Here are seven dishes not to be missed by even the most budget-minded walker.

7. Cheese from the Cheesemaker. See cows on the mountainside one hour, eat their cheese the next.

6. Pulled Pork Sandwich. Trust me, it's even better than the burger and the perfect pre-hike nosh.

5. Raclette. Melted cheese with crispy little bits. Need I say more? 4. Apricot Tart. Enough to make the stunning Matterhorn view fade from consciousness with each bite. 3. Duck Pâté. Don't let either of those words scare you off. This was one of the tastiest things I've eaten anywhere.

2. Croûte au Fromage. All my savory cheese dreams come true.

1. Le Dahu Pizza. Third best pizza in the world might be understating things. Did I mention the truffle oil?

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Ryan Moore