Explore the Gorner Gorge between Furi and Zermatt with its impressive rock formations (holes in the rock formed by glaciers, polished rock faces) pounded by enormous masses of rushing water is a unique spectacle of nature.
The passage through the gorge is over a distance of about 1 km and takes approx. 3 - 4 hours. The highlights of the climb through the gorge are: three sections which are rappelled, three sections of pulleys (the longest approx. 80 metres), the secured climbing routes over rock faces polished over the centuries, and also the holes in the rock formed by glaciers in the depths of the gorge. Your feet stay dry throughout the climb.
You will be secured for the entire duration of the climb through the gorge, which cannot be undertaken without a mountain guide with good knowledge of the area. The route passes in part over natural rock formations, fixed iron steps mounted into the rock and metal platforms.
Reservations can be made up to the day before the hike at the "Alpin Center" Zermatt.
Duration: 3 -4 hrs. / Price: CHF 120.-.
Would you like to go skiing or snowboarding right in the middle of summer? Visit Saas-Fee or Zermatt summer ski area on high altitude glacier.
These two biggest and attractive summer ski areas are for the first time offering combined ski-passes during the summer season from 2 July to 31 October.
Saas-Fee and Zermatt are a 40 minute drive apart. 41 km of groomed carving and mogul runs as well as summer parks with a half-pipe and obstacle courses for freestylers provide the ultimate snow experience on hot summer days.
Have a quick look to my Swiss deals about Zermatt to get special package...
If you're in a hurry take an helicopter flight around the Matterhorn with Air Zermatt.
I must admit that it is not the most silencious and ecological way to discover the Matterhorn, so if you have enough time enjoy it on foot or cable-car...
Example: Zermatt Heliport - Matterhorn- Roundflight
Duration: 20 Min
Min. 4 passengers (single passager in combination with other passengers is possible)
Price: CHF 210.- per passenger
Other flights available see the website for more information.
A "carnotztet" at the Klein Matterhorn: what an unusual location for a wine tasting.
There a fine selection of local white wine as Fendant, Petite Arvine, Johannisberg, Muscat,... is waiting for you. You could be sure the wine will be at the perfect temperature as the tasting is located inside the highest glacier grotto (3'800m).
If you feel a little dizzy after some glasses, you could still arguate that is due to the high
When: each Friday from 10th June 23rd September 2005
Where: Ice Grotto at the Klein Matterhorn, access by the Matterhorn Express and the Klein Matterhorn cable car (40 min of ride from Zermatt).
The most refreshing night that you could experience...
Igloo Village Zermatt
The Igloo Village in Zermatt right at the foot of the Matterhorn is an unforgettable experience. It contains two large igloos which can be used for incentive programs, fondue and chat at lunchtime and, of course, overnight stays.
Under review for winter season 2005/06... soon on line
Always a great stop to get a (very) fresh drink ;-)
The Igloo Bar Zermatt is located right next to the Igloo Village, which is situated on the ski piste from Gornergrat to Riffelberg at Rotenboden. This snow temple, ornamented with artistic sculptures, offers unforgettable pit stops with a wide selection of cold and hot beverages as well as original Swiss cheese foundue.
Head to the Stockhorn area...
You will discover enough room for freeride and off piste sensations...
More details by clicking on my VT alpine sport page
This area of Zermatt is not often mentioned probably because, by comparison with the rest of the town centre, it is singularly unattractive. I remember wondering why this small area of such a lovely town had been allowed to stand in such a sorry state. I mentioned it to the desk clerk in my hotel who told me that it was indeed an historical part of Zermatt dating back to the 17th century and beyond. Some of the buildings had been private houses whilst others were used for businesses of one kind and another. Easy to find in the centre of town running off Bahnhofstrasse.
On one of our hikes we found the Thomas Woodbine Hinchliff Monument by chance. It is neither located near one of the main hiking trails nor did we see any signs.
Thomas Woodbine Hinchliff was born in in 1825 in England and died in 1882. He was a mountaineer, writer and president of the Alpine Club from 1875 until 1877.
The Monument to Thomas Woodbine Hinchliff can be found somewhere northwest of the Riffelalp, just inbetween the Riffelalp and the tracks of the Gornergrat train.
Grächen is a small alpine along the only road in the valley leading to Zermatt. It's a cute quaint litle place with traditional wooden chalets.
There is accommodation available in Grächen if you need to break your trip to Zermatt.
From Zermatt you can hike up the Matterhorn or catch a cable car to the Schwarzsee station and walk further from there.
The views from the Matterhorn up and down the long valley flanked by snow capped mountains are simply sensational.
New 4000-metre peak in Zermatt...
Zermatt Bergbahnen want to realise the well known local artist Heinz Julen’s project. The summit of the Klein Matterhorn, at 3883 m above sea level already the highest observation platform in the Alps, is to be raised. The plan is to construct a 90m high pyramid with two platforms reached by lift. One of the platforms will be located right above the glacier, the other at an altitude of 4000 metres. The lifts go up the north-east face of the peak. Besides the lifts and observation platforms, there is also a restaurant. Zermatt Bergbahnen plans to start construction as early as this summer (first stage: laying of water and power lines, cafeteria, climbing lodge, underground access to the glacial grotto).
The "Dream Peak", as the landmark project has been dubbed, will be a steel and glass pyramid topped by a tower rising to 4,000 metres above sea level. Building begins: summer 2006. As visionary as it may sound, the project by local artist and designer Heinz Julen has won the backing of Zermatt's ski lift company, which solicited bids to upgrade and expand the existing infrastructure on the Kleine Matterhorn. Currently, the 3,883-metre-high mountain is reached from Zermatt by cable car and is used by skiers in winter and sightseers in summer, the latter spending a few minutes on top enjoying the views of the Matterhorn and the many other surrounding peaks.
The Breithorn climbing for everyone...
The Breithorn (4'164m) is the easiest four-thousand-metre peak in the area. Its snow-capped peak is rather flat and is thus easier to handle than most other mountains. A guide helps one get to the top in about two hours and the descent about 1 1/2 hours.
On the top, the view is absolutely breath-taking, you will feel dominating all alpine peaks surroundings as the Mont Blanc, Matterhorn, Dent Blanche, Obergabelhorn, Zinal Rothorn, Weisshorn, Mischabel and of course the Breithorn itself...
You take the cable-car from Zermatt to the Klein Matterhorn and the tour starts at the mountain station of the Matterhorn glacier paradise (3'883m). Please note that one needs to be in good shape.
Reservations at the "Alpin Center" located in the middle of the Bahnhofstasse.
The walk from Findeln to Zermatt was through a shady larch forest. A bit of a zig-zag path down at times and of course the views are not as stunning as those seen higher up. At the lower edge of the forest we met with the gornegrat railway line and then followed a path contouring round above and eventually down into the centre of Zermatt - the steps down here were quite tiresome by this stage. We did see some some wildlfe - marmotts can be seen by Blauherd and the lakes there and we manged to snap this deer which shot across our path (surprisingly as we neared Zermatt) and down into the grassy fields.
At the far end of Zermatt not far from Furi you can enter the glacier gorge for a small fee - much like the one at Grindelwald. A series of boards around this ravine will enable you to see the rushing water cascading down from the glaciers safely.