Starting again from Saas Grund we take the cable car to 3,800m have a wander around the lake and take in the views before a descent back to Saas Grund at 1650m. However it is quite a steep descent, some good views glanced between the forest and many beautiful flora and fauna
So we return to Saas Fee and walk to the side of the village, after a short cable car ride up Hannig to 2342m and walk facing the Fee glacier. A glacier like so many suffering from climate change. at one point not so long ago, snow and ice were at the edge of the village! This is a nice 3 hour amble with lots of flowers and the odd goat. In the village lots of really interesting history, especially the Priest who first brought tourists to the place.
Today we are in the Zermatt region of the Alps and a bit frustrated as there is not the spectacular view of the big fella. But it is a beautiful spot – almost 2000 m travel up on a railway built in 1898! So the top is 3135m and on this day we had to acclimatise. Enjoy the views and atmosphere.
On holiday with the four Doctors
Wrap up warm today, after a short bus ride we go from the small village of Saas Grund at 1559m up to Hohsaas at 3101m and trek in the snow. Get proper boots on and a decent coat, maybe your walking poles. To appreciate the scale, look out for the little marks on the photos which are ….people, proper serious climbers. we just walked the peaks. Views are marked by posts with rocks on and a description of the mountain in view, Dom , Mischabel etc and you might be interested a Biblical quote. You’ll be Ok in a sheltered spot to sit in shorts and a t-shirt for a picnic though.
This is one of my most favourite Alpine walks and I will bring you here again to enjoy different views and colours another day. its a place that deserves a second or third trip to enjoy.
View across to Saas Fee
Climbers on the glacier
This is the last walk near Grindelwald (1034m) for a while. After taking the cable cars up to the tourist activity centre at First (2166m), we take a steady 6km walk to Buchalpsee. This is one of the more iconic views in the area. Whilst only about a 100m climb, the route is almost like a motorway with tourists, however the fauna and flora are quite amazing….as are the views. It’s a walk where the Swiss signposts say 1.5hr but it takes us about 2.5hr as you just have to keep stopping for views and to examine the endless variety of rockeries of flowers and spot a marmot. Oh and I added a photo of me to show we were really there.