Convinced that Matterhorn is the most beautiful mountain in the world, Yasuko’s birthday wish was to spend a few days in Zermatt. Our friend Patrick was so kind to let us stay at his studio with a fantastic view of that magnificent mountain. We could have sat in the studio just watching that magnificent mountain from the window, but not with Yasuko, of course.
For non-climbers, the closest you can get to the Matterhorn, is the Hörnlihütte, the base camp for the Matterhorn peak ascent. That’s not something one needs to tell my darling twice. So the birthday wish became a hike, as the weather forecast promised a sunny day. We packed the sandwiches and off we went…
Can u see the hut, right there?
Before the steep part
… almost there 🙂
The Hörnlihütte has been renovated a few years ago, is very modern and serves nice and simple Swiss food (Rösti and similar stuff, that is). Every hiker takes that same picture on the terrace with the Matterhorn in the background. Except us, we took many 😁.
very modern dining…
back of the house
We were a bit worried about the descent, as there are some really steep and scary parts, with a ladder, ropes and almost vertical drops of a few hundred meters right next to the secured path. But it all turned out to be quite manageable. We just avoided looking down for too long.
Schwarzsee (almost home)
Last steep descent
On the way down, Yasuko expressed a wish for her next birthday. The guess is yours…
Blauherd – Stellisee – Fluhalp – Findeln – Winkelmatt
It started in the complete fog, when we got out of the gondola at Blauherd this morning….
Yasuko in the fog…
but soon it cleared out and picturesque lake Stellisee reflected the Matterhorn in its water!
Our plan was to do the 5-lake hike but we saw the tempting glacier beyond the lake so we walked up to the moraine which is simply…
Walking up the moraine slope
… spectacular. Rocks, stones, gravel and sand pushed by icy snow creates moraines of massive dimensions. Nature at work.
On the moraine
Matterhorn in the south-east
A nice stop at the beautiful and well-known restaurant Chez Vrony.
Trockener Steg – Hirli – Schwarzsee
7km, not much up and down
This trail is a fantastic walk so very close to the towering peak of Matterhorn. The weather was changing rapidly from grey to shiny blue and then foggy. That change made this magnificent mountain change its face as well.
First, at Trockener Steg, the trailhead, we visited the exhibition about the new Kleine Matterhorn gondola station project. It is an engineering wonder built between 3000m and almost 4000m of altitude where even spaghetti take 45 minutes to be cooked. There was a little demo gondola cord to hang on and pretend. My (Yasuko’s) trial was so miserable, that I prefer to keep its photo to myself : ) But it made us laugh for a long while…
When we started walking, the sky was grey – Zermatt covered by a layer of fog. Pretty to look at it if you stand above the fog…
The atmosphere was winter-like with a calming stillness.
Lunch break with a view of Matterhorn
Matterhorn is reflected in the lake.
We could clearly see the Hörnlihütte and the path leading to it. Weather permitting, the hike to the Hörnlihütte is going to be my birthday hike.
A fearful impression of Matterhon….