Another adventure

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

New Monte Rosa Hut

that is newly built and that was designed as self-sufficient mountain hut regarding energy supply and is a study object of many business concerns and of Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule ETH Zurich.

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.

Big melting ice towers

Mountaineers climbing down a steep ladder

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.

Mountaineers on Gorner-Glacier

Matterhorn summit

Summits of Castor, Pollux and Liskamm

Summits of Monte Rosa (left), Liskamm, Castor

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August 29, 2012

beautiful photos !


August 29, 2012

nice pics.


August 27, 2012

Wonderful images and blog. Switzerland is a beautiful place to explore.


August 24, 2012

enjoyed your blog and the photos from this amazing trip. I am ready to go!


August 24, 2012

It looks like an amazing place.


August 24, 2012

Beautiful description of these amazing images, a real shame that the glaciers melt, unfortunately we are witnessing a radical climate change, congratulations for the picture caption!