|Profile: Zermatt (S) + Courmayeur (I), Jun 23 - Jul 8, 2018|
Today, Zermatt is one of the world's leading mountain resorts — summer and winter. It is reached from Geneva or Zurich via Visp in 3 1/2 – 4 hours. Zermatt's valley, the Nikolaital, runs south from the Rhone Valley and Zermatt itself lies at the head of the valley, entirely surrounded by 4,000 meter peaks (some 35 of them) and dozens of glaciers. The high mountain scenery is truly breathtaking and may be viewed not only by the hiker, but from the various high lift systems — the Gornergrat, the Unter Rothorn and the Kleine Matterhorn, the highest cable car in Europe at about 13,000 feet. The village, while no longer small, has been developed in good taste — chalet-style architecture with geranium pots in virtually every window. For a glimpse of what life was like 50 years ago, one need only visit the tiny hamlets which dot the hillsides around Zermatt.
The Hotel Schoenegg — built in the late 80's — lies high above the village. It is reached from "downtown" via a James Bond-like tunnel and lift. It features the convenience of a central location with the quiet which prevails above the village. The views to the Matterhorn will make it hard for the less motivated to leave their balconies! The hotel offers a cozy dining room and bar area, with very tasty food. The rooms are comfortable, and all have Matterhorn views. The hotel has a fitness center, with sauna, swimming pool and whirlpool.
With its four side valleys — Findeln, Zmutt, Gorner and Trift, Zermatt offers a wide variety of hikes at every level of difficulty and with ever-changing vistas. There are numerous Swiss Alpine Club climbing huts. Among those we may visit are the Schoenbuhl and Fluhalp. Particularly popular is the walk via Schwarzsee to the Hoernli Hut at the foot of the incomparable Matterhorn. A walk in the Findeln Valley passes 3 lakes (swimming possibilities) as well as Gault et Millau-rated mountain restaurants. An 11,000 foot peak — the Ober Rothorn — may easily be climbed with the aid of the lift system. In case of bad weather, there are lots of medium level walks, all of which will wind up at outstanding mountain restaurants! Despite its reputation as a mass tourism resort, you will be pleasantly surprised to discover that most of our walks are in no way overpopulated. And, the trails are particularly well groomed.
When You're Not Hiking
Zermatt is rather isolated at the end of its valley, and while it is possible to take the train back down to the Rhone Valley, most of our guests elect to stay put. A ride up any of the major lift systems will be memorable in fine weather. It would be possible to rent skis and ski from the top of the Kleine Matterhorn! The numerous mountain restaurants (some 40 in all) are a major attraction on a "rest day." Depending on what tickles your palate, we'll be happy to make suggestions. In Zermatt itself, the Alpine Museum and the cemetery are interesting destinations. The Wega book shop is a great place to browse on a rainy day. Swimming in the mountain lakes is also popular. In the evening, there are numerous climbing films and lectures as well as an excellent concert series (the Zermatt Music Festival was started by the late Pablo Casals!). Rain or shine, you won't be disappointed.
Come Join Us
If you are intrigued by our "small is beautiful" philosophy and would like to receive additional information or make reservations for Zermatt, or any of our upcoming treks, please email Sheila Duigan or call her direct at 800-291-8126.
|Meran (I) + Soglio (S)||Apr 20 – May 5||$4,600|
|Courmayeur (I) + Zermatt (S)||Jun 23 – Jul 8||$4,800|
|Sils Maria (S)||Jul 27 – Aug 11||$5,800|
|Sulden (I) + Vent (A)||Aug 25 – Sep 9||$4,000|
(A) = Austria (I) = Italy (S) = Switzerland|
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