The pictures on the migration can be found at the bottom of this article.
Even on our trip we were planning this hike, so to speak, the crowning glory. It is known as " Walker's Haute Route "and is among the most beautiful hikes in Europe. The route takes in 14 days of 'Chamonix' to 'Zermatt'. In other words, from Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn, less than ten of the highest peaks in the Alps. The hike promises immersion in a world of glaciers, towering, snow-capped mountains, green Alptälern a variety of mountain flowers and villages like in the picture. And indeed, as we experienced it too! However, we could not follow the entire original route as on the higher passes still too much snow was the harsh winter. Therefore, we remained flexible and searched anticipated for alternatives.
After about two weeks at home, we packed our backpack again. But we were still very familiar. It was funny rather to take the clothes suddenly out of a closet. We then made our way to the center of alpinism France: 'Chamonix'. The place is overrun by tourists who either enjoy one of the many street cafes raclette or are in full gear as hikers go. The latter included we. The weather was not great, but we could have a look at the Glacier des Bossons catch. The glacier comes directly from the Mont Blanc. Our first stop was brief: In about two hours we reached the campsite in 'Argentière'. This is run by an Englishman, anyway it seemed to have only English. The Tour de Mont Blanc , another well-known hike, is very popular among them.
The road took us further towards Switzerland. The first to pass Coercive was the 'Col de Balme' (2204 m asl). The backpack felt heavy on the rise. In addition, we were surprised by the first rain. But we were well equipped and did not let us keep you from moving on. The descent was steep, but the view of the Trient made it easier: He was very impressive with its size and how it flows beautifully into the valley, gorgeous! With the arrival in 'Trent' we had left France and were back in Switzerland. In our Guidebook (incidentally, also written by an Englishman), it was said the shopping in 'Trent' 'limited opening times "would. The fact that the shop but closed all day, which we did not expect. With a bit of improvisation and nice questions we were finally able to buy a pack "Hörndli" in the restaurant and had dinner and breakfast so!
The next pass led us to the 'Alp Bovine'. The location of this Alp is phenomenal! With the beautiful weather we had almost 360 degree views to the beautiful Rhone Valley. We preferred a quiet spot grass instead of the crowded terrace Alp for our lunch stop. After a hard descent we enjoyed a beer in the sun: These are the moments worth the effort! We stayed in 'Champex', a nest on a small lake. After many carbohydrates for supper we made ourselves comfortable on the lake and enjoyed the sunset.
The following stage took us about 'Le Chable' to 'Verbier'. The rise in the blazing heat was particularly hard. After investigations in the InfoCenter was clear that we will not follow the original route of the 'Haute Route' from here. The roads were not yet officially released in part and we definitely did not want to take a risk. Thanks to a tip of the tourist information in Verbier we found our perfect place to sleep: A barbeque to Verbier including fountain! So we covered ourselves with a grilled dishes and white wine and took the last 400 meters in attack. With cold white wine, torch Spiess, we let the day end sitting before the fire and gave our muscles well-deserved rest.
We followed the cable car up to the terminus. We arrived on a pleasant trail to the pass called 'Col des Mines'. After descending the path walked along the old water pipes . In the German-speaking Upper Valais they are called 'irrigation channels', in the Lower Valais (French) 'bite'. We could only marvel at this ancient irrigation system! When you consider how much work behind it and how dangerous it was also to build this and entertain. It was always beneficial to be able to follow the water, on the one hand, the tendency was never extreme and we felt and as a witness of a piece of Valais history. The expectations of our goal were obviously much too high. The place 'Siviez', also known as Super-Nendaz, made a very bleak impression on us. In winter, when it is busy, your mileage may vary. But we already felt transported back almost to Russia with this large, the collapse of nearby apartment blocks ... A supermarket there was not. So we looked for a nice spot by the stream and contented ourselves with everything the backpack had to edibles to offer.
Along the 'bite' they went on about 'Veysonnaz' to 'Vex'. This village we liked most. It seemed really intact with a village shop, a cymbal, a butcher and several restaurants. No comparison to the tourist villages on the way, the downright sleep with their empty apartments in the summer. A cozy campsite would have made the stay perfect ... If it were combined with thunder and lightning was ... At the right moment we were in the dry and enjoyed our Spaghetti therefore even more not only the heavy rain.
The walk took us past the impressive pyramids of Euseigne. The Pyramids are one of the most famous monuments of nature Eringertales and the Valais. Only we did not know before. The pyramids are impressive 10-15 meters high! They are caused by lengthy geological processes and inevitably go against a natural decay. So it's worth, this visit soon yet! We made our ascent to 'St. Martin 'just before the heavy rain began. To bridge we made ourselves comfortable in the restaurant and hot chocolate. The rain and wanted but did not stop. So we trotted off anyway and found a hilarious "accommodation": An open wooden hut beside a petanque. So we did not have to put up our tent in the wet and had yet a dry place for cooking.
The weather was lucky us the next day not at all hold. It was raining lightly at the start and then went on in thunderstorms. Not ideal to cross a pass. We had no other choice than to wait in the woods and count the seconds between lightning and thunder, so that we know when we are safe again. A hot stock then woke our spirits again. We were strengthened and were able to 'Col de Cou' now actually mastered without rain. The sight after the pass reminded us of New Zealand: Pure ... except a few sheep nothing to see nature! Gorgeous! In 'Vissoie' Once we bought the cheese on your mood, swelled potatoes and enjoyed beer and wine. We had it deserved so right!
The next day we had time to make the village 'Vissoie' to explore. It is true urchig walliserisch with wooden houses and the beautiful church of stone. But the next target uphill was worth seeing: 'St. Luc 'with an almost dreamy mood and a village square out of a picture book. Unfortunately, the weather deteriorated again, but we were again lucky to get the tent up before the rain. We opted for a campground next to the 'Lac Combavert'. An idyllic mountain lake. The rapid change of weather a real spectacle was offered to us this evening. Alternately, rain, fog and sun. Each television would be boring about it!
The 'Meidpass' was our next destination. The climb was fortunately not very steep, but constant. And the effort was rewarded with a beautiful view! Moreover us a private air show was offered. To this day we do not know what it was exactly. Two Swiss fighter jets exercised any maneuvers over our heads. Because of the location, we were surrounded by mountains, the noise was deafening. The fascination packed us anyway, at least David. We met in a long time after that other hikers and the best part was, we were able to converse in Swiss German with them! Namely, we reached the first German city: 'pits'. Here we enjoyed the first time a meal away from home. And we were not disappointed! A super Käseschnitte inspired us already to go a ways towards the next pass. The rain messed up our plan but then. We could set up our tent near a hut just as the rain insets. At this time we did not know that he does not stop until the morning and it was less than four clock in the afternoon. The first time we had to cook in the rain and then crept away again in the tent.
Because the weather forecast improvement in the weather promised we allowed ourselves to the sunrise wake 05.40 clock. This has then also very worth it. We quickly packed up everything and went. The 'Augstbordpass' (2897 m asl) once again provided us with a great view. But what awaited us after two hours exceeded this: The view the Matter with the glacier right in front of us, Bern (former ski resort of David) opposite and high mountains as far as the eye was enough! In addition, talked funny mountain goats with long shaggy hair and curved horns. After a steep descent we reached 'St. Niklaus'. As there was no campground and we had a shower again even necessary, we moved further upstream as far as 'Niedergrächen', where we expected the perfect campground. We were able to cook, hot showers and even wash our clothes in a machine!
This was followed by the first day of relaxation. However, the walking time was just under two hours to 'Gas Ried'. There we found a nice place to stay. The "Raiffeisen Roost" was luxuriously equipped with two fireplaces, a fountain and benches. We bought spontaneously in the "consumption" steak and white wine and made us a lovely evening. We had to be strengthened for the next day, because a hard climb stood before us.
During the night it rained again. When we had the biggest rise behind us, we spread out the wet tent to dry and enjoyed the views of the Bernese Alps and the Matter. We were for the last two days on the Europe Route . It is the Königsettappe the "Monte Rosa Tour", and is sold as a highlight in the life of all nature lovers and hikers, even as the most beautiful mountain trail in the Alps. And he actually offers a lot: the many glaciers, lush meadows full of mountain flowers, the narrow paths that are making through the rocks ... and yet we were not always comfortable. Due to the permafrost of the entire mountain seems to be in motion. There are warning signs on rocks and we also heard such. If you look at what can cause the nature, one is a bit "uncomfortable". Thanks to the adrenaline you are but then at certain points and very quick! The main attraction of the road, a 250m-long suspension bridge was destroyed by falling rocks. Geologists have given the all-clear for this area. That is why the future of this bridge, or maybe all the way, even in the stars. The path leads because of the absence of the bridge almost to the village 'Randa' down and then everything up until it opens again back into the original Europaweg. Exactly on this "detour" We had a very good meeting. We were in search of drinking water and discovered a fountain between several mountain huts. Fortunately, only four people there and we could go to a place for our tent ask. We wanted to go to sleep when one of them showed up and invited us to a little drink in her hut. We were thrilled and enjoyed the conversations in the cozy wooden cabin with beer and freshly baked Aprikosenwähe, what a luxury!
On the last day of the hike we got the Matterhorn for the first time to cloudless face! We all agreed: this is the most beautiful mountain we have! However impressive as it overlooks the valley! With the Matterhorn in mind, we took the final stage in attack. Now the road was again more populated. It was a pleasant trail, which can be reached by train from Zermatt even. Happy and proud to have made it all the way from 'Chamonix' to 'Zermatt' with muscle strength we reached our destination. To top off Roger Federer won Wimbledon this evening, which still gave us another reason to celebrate. On a simple camping in the middle of 'Zermatt' we made ourselves comfortable and rebounded us first of all. We enjoyed the time with aperitif, fondue on the camp stove and even raclette at discretion in the restaurant. On the day of departure, we were visited by Karin's sisters and her grandmother. We spent the day together and traveled together back home.
The two weeks on migration were sometimes very hard, exhausting, challenging, tiring but fulfilling, impressive and absolutely beautiful, it has to offer a nature! A completely successful completion of our trip!
Enjoy the summer as we are sincerely and greeted!
For anyone interested here are some of the statistics:
Height profile of the hike, including the most important waypoints (click to enlarge)
GPS track of the modified route with tents between Chamonix and Zermatt
Pictures of the hike