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The Matterhorn is the famous mountain in Zermatt.
A lot of tourist from around the world meet in Zermatt.
Typical traditional switzerland Alphorn, the long music instrument.
The Matterhorn in detail.
The structure is easy to remember.
Taking the cable car. The group is quickly on the small Matterhorn. Ice and snow will be the environment the next week.
The first summit. The quietness, the sight, the height and physical training change the mind.
A beautiful panorama.
It is not so cold as it seems. In the sun the snow is melting.
This summit is more difficult to reach. With the ropes it
is a matter of time to reach the top and safe.
On each side the mountain is steep. You have to follow the path.
The lodge for today. The food is enough. A lot of people.
The space is small. Some group are leaving early for the summit.
As early as one o'clock. Getting sleep is sometimes difficult.
Getting up is around 5:30 am. To be sure to walk on hard snow.
When you are breaking in, it is very hard to walk.
This was the coldest spot. The wind was strong, cold and no sun to warm.
I was getting really cold. Quickly climb to get warm again.
Small and steep. But it is looking worse than it was.
We come from the left. Only 5 min later we had a rest in the warm sun drinking and eating.
Slowly walking long distances. Slowly the view changes.
Around another corner and so on. About 6 - 8 hours walking.
In the morning a lot of people are moving to the summits.
You see not only old people like me, but young people too.
The highest lodge in the Alps. About 4500m high.
Coming down on the Glacier. During the day you are mostly alone.
The look downwards. We have still to go.
This is more dangerous than the rest of the tour.
The gaps are moving and sometime very near to the surface under your steps.
Nevertheless i found this way down very impressive. Something new i haven't done before.
On the right is the Monte Rosa lodge, our destionation for today.
The warming can be clearly seen. The grey color beside the glacier.
Near the lodge, we are leaving the glacier and walk on stone again.
And the first blossom with yellow and green.
Enjoying coming back to living areas. Before only snow and ice at height around 3500 to 4000m.S
The next day we had only to go down on the glacier.
So moving from the stone to the ice again.
And it is really very hard ice. It is not flat.
And often water is flowing.
The glacier is moving and transports a lot of stones.
Only possible with crampons on your shoes. Not flat at all.
The end of the glacier. Water is running down the valley.
A last look on the ice, glittering in the sun.
Finally gras and trees again. Beautiful colors to look after the long trip.
Following the river in the deep valley. Sometimes the rock was very slippery. Always using ropes for safety.
A very nice trip. It is strenous, but worth to do.