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Tour du Matterhorn – June 2007



Tour du Matterhorn: a two week hut to hut treking  around the Matterhorn massif (this trip is also called “Tour du Cervin”). We flew to Geneva and got a train to Zermatt.

Europaweg

Europaweg

DAY1:Randa
We took the Europaweg from Zermatt (which was quite loose and unstable). Unfortunately the Europa Hut was closed as we were too early in the season. So we dropped down to Randa for our overnight stay.
Accom: Haus Alpenblick

DAY2: St Niklaus (1120m)
We regained the Europaweg  which was even more loose and dangerously unstable than the previous day. So much that we eventually had to retreat back to Randa and get the train to  St Niklaus.
Accom: Hotel La Reserve

Augstbordpass

Augstbordpass

DAY3: to Gruben Meiden (1820m)
Over the Augstbordpass (2894m) to Gruben Meiden.
Accom: Hotel Schwarzhorn

DAY4: Zinal (1675m)
Over the Meidpass (2790m) to St. Luc (where we got a bus to Zinal)
Accom: Hotel Poste

Meidpass

Meidpass – Where is that signpost?

DAY5: Les Hauderes (1452m)
Up to the Moiry Barrage (dam) and over the Col de Torrent (2916m) to Les Hauderes
Accom: Hotel Melezes

Arolla Glacier Crossing

Arolla Glacier Crossing

DAY6: Arolla (2006m)
This was a bit of a rest day really, just walked up the valley to Arolla.
Accom: Hotel Aiguille de La Tza

DAY7: Rifugio Prarayer (1990m)
This was our first of the glacier crossings, over Col du Collon (3087m)
Accom Rifugio Prarayer 

DAY8: to Rifugio Perucca Vuillermoz (2909m)
Over the Colle di Valcournerra (3075m)
Accom:  Rifugio Perucca Vuillermoz

Rif Perucca Vuillermoz

Rif Perucca Vuillermoz

DAY9: Breuil (2006m)
We didn’t quite make it to Theodul Hut (3301m) as planned due to very bad weather.
Accom: Hotel Le Piolet

DAY10: Enforced rest day stuck in Breuil with more high winds!

DAY11: Zermatt (1616m)
finally to Zermatt over the Theodul Pass and a second glacier crossing.

Glacier crossing to Zermatt

Glacier crossing to Zermatt

We then based ourselves at Zermatt YHA for some day trips:

 


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