The forecast promised us the sun would be out by midday. We didn’t hold out much hope. Despite this, Mike, Humphrey and I took the train up to Gornegrat with the intention of walking back to Zermatt.
After a cuppa at the top, we eventually started off at 11.30am. Throughout the walk we were given a glimpse of the glaciers as we made our way down, but the peaks rarely showed through the cloud. Walking in clouds does have its charms though, and it was nice to have a drop in temperature.
Shortly after scaling some precarious loose rock on a dubious path, we were paid handsomely for going
“off road” when we came across an Ibex, which was a first for me.
Passing Rotenboden and Riffelberg stations, we diverted off before Riffelalp, along the woodland path Monika and I had taken a couple of days before.
Eventually, we turned off the path and descended to Ze Gassen where we took lunch and a welcome Rosti with egg and bacon. From here, it was just a 400 metre descent into Zermatt, bringing our total to 1655 metres.
The evening out was a quiet one, we were all pretty knackered.
- Date: 14/07/11
- Region: Gornegrat, Switzerland
- Status: Member
- Description: Gornegrat (3112m) – Rotenboden (2815m) – Riffelberg (2582m) – Riffelalp (2300m) – Ze Gassen (2015m) – Zermatt (1634m) – Cloudy, 12.5km, 4hrs 30m. Ascent – 176m, Descent 1655m.
- Type of Walk: International Personal Walking – Summer Conditions