Recently I made a hike through the high mountains of Valais near Zermatt, a small town in the Swiss Alps.
It was breathtaking to watch all these 4000-meter-peaks with glittering glaciers and famous names, crossing the Gorner Glacier and ascending to the New Monte Rosa Hut
On the other hand it was sad to see the melting and declining glaciers as a sign of climate change. For example the shown ladders are necessary because the glaciers has gone away many, many meters, or the ice towers, that are high as a house, once were part of the Gorner Glacier, but now they melt down to nothing in the sun.
But nonetheless nature is magnificent and one feels like a small ant if he or she is in the middle of this arena.
If you want to experience and see all this life: Make a trip to Switzerland, go to Zermatt, take a ride on the famous Gornergrat railway, leave the train at station Rotenboden and walk through this impressive landscape. In 3 to 4 hours you will reach New Monte Rosa Hut, where you can have a hearty meal, drink a prickling beer, gaze at the mountaineers who come back from big mountain tours carrying heavy rucksacks, stay overnight if you wish to, and watch... watch... watch. But be aware: you will be in a high mountain area, so good weather is mandatory, adequate equipment (including crampons) is absolutely necessary, plenty of drinking water you should carry with you also.
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Photo credits: Cristalloid.