The images for the migration can be found at the bottom of this article.
Even on our trip we were planning this hike, so to speak, as a grand finale. She 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, below ten of the highest peaks of the Alps. The walk promises immersion in a world of glaciers, the 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 because of the higher passes still too much snow lay from the harsh winter. That's why we remained flexible and were anticipated for alternatives.
After about two weeks at home, we packed our backpack again. But it was still very familiar to us. Strange it was rather to take the clothes suddenly from a closet. We made our way into the center of alpinism France: 'Chamonix'. The place is overrun by tourists who either enjoy in one of the numerous street cafés, a raclette or are in full regalia as hikers go. The latter included also we. The weather was not great, but we could have a look at the Bossons Glacier catch. The glacier comes directly from Montblanc. Our first stage was short: In about two hours we reached the campground in 'Argentière'. This is done by an Englishman, anyway, it seemed to have only Englishman. The Tour de Mont Blanc, another known hike is very popular among them.
The path led us further towards Switzerland. The first to pass was the Coercive '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 discourage us go. The descent was steep, but the views 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 already left France and were back in Switzerland. In our Guidebook (incidentally, also written by an Englishman) it was said that the shopping 'Trent' "limited opening times" would. The fact that the store but closed all day, with the we did not expect. With a little improvisation and nice questions we could finally buy a pack "Hörndli" in the restaurant and had so dinner and breakfast!
The next pass led us to the 'Alp Bovine'. The location of this Alp is phenomenal! By the nice weather we had almost 360 degree view into the beautiful Rhone Valley. We preferred a quiet grass cookies instead of the crowded terrace of Alp for our lunch stop. After tough descent we enjoyed a beer in the sun: For those 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 next stage took us over 'Le Châble' to 'Verbier'. The rise in the blazing heat was particularly tough. Following clarifications in the InfoCenter was clear that we will no longer follow the original route of the 'Haute Route' from here. The roads were not yet officially released part and we wanted under any circumstances take a risk. Thanks to a tip of the tourist office in Verbier we found our perfect roost: A barbecue on Verbier including fountain! So we covered ourselves with a grilled and white wine and took the last 400 meters in attack. With cold white wine, Torch Spiess we left the day before the fire end seated and gave our muscles a well-deserved rest.
We followed up the cable car to the terminus. We reached via a pleasant trail to pass named 'Col des Mines'. After the descent, the path went along the old water pipes. In German-speaking Upper Valais they are called 'suonen', in Lower Valais (French) 'bite'. We could only marvel at this ancient irrigation system! When you consider how much work is behind it and how dangerous it had been to build this and to entertain. It was always pleasant 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 placed on 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 revived, which may be different. But we felt already restored almost to Russia with this large, the disintegration nearby residential 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 edible to offer.
Along the 'bite' it continued over 'Veysonnaz' to 'Vex'. This village we liked most. It seemed really intact with a village shop, a pool, a butcher and several restaurants. No comparison to the tourist villages on the way, which downright sleep with their empty apartments in the summer. A cozy campsite would have made the stay perfect ... If it were combined with lightning and thunder was ... At the right moment we were in the dry and enjoyed our Spaghetti therefore more just not the heavy rain.
The hike took us past the impressive Earth Pyramids of Euseigne. The pyramids are one of the largest natural monuments of Eringertales and the Wallis. 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 managed to climb to 'St. Martin 'just before the heavy rain began. To bridge we made ourselves in the restaurant with hot chocolate cozy. The rain and wanted but did not stop. So we trotted going anyway and found a witty "accommodation": An open wooden hut next to a petanque field. So we did not have our tent up in the wet and had yet to a dry spot for cooking.
The weather was lucky us the next day not at all hold. It was raining lightly at the start and then went over in thunderstorms. Not ideal to cross a pass. We had no other choice than to be seen in the forest and to count the seconds between lightning and thunder, so we knew when we are safe again. A hot stock then woke our spirits again. We were strengthened and were the 'Col de Cou' now even cope without rain. The sight after the pass reminded us of New Zealand: pur ... except a few sheep nothing to see nature! Gorgeous! In 'Vissoie' arrived we bought the cheese to suit your mood, swelled potatoes and enjoyed beer and wine. We had also earned us really!
Only the next day we had time to make the village 'Vissoie' to explore. It is true urchig walliserisch with wooden houses and the beautiful stone church. But the next goal 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 again we had luck and could set up the tent before the rain. We decided on a campground next to the 'Lac Combavert'. An idyllic mountain lake. The rapid change of weather a real natural spectacle was offered to us this evening. Alternating rain, fog and sun. Each television program would be boring about it!
The 'Meidpass' was our next destination. The climb was fortunately not very steep, although constant. And the effort was rewarded with a beautiful view! Moreover us a private air show was offered. To date, we do not know what that was exactly. Two Swiss fighter jets were practicing any maneuvers over our heads. Because of the location, we were surrounded by mountains, the noise was deafening. The fascination grabbed us anyway, at least David. We met afterwards in a long time other hikers and the best part was we were able to converse in Swiss German with them! Indeed, we reached the first German City: 'pits'. Here we enjoyed the first time a food away. And we were not disappointed! A super Käseschnitte inspired us already to go a bit towards the next pass. The rain messed up our plan then but. We could set up our tent near a cabin just as the rain insets. At this time we did not know that he no longer stops up in the morning and it was still 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 received the sunrise wake 05.40 clock. This has then also very worthwhile. We quickly packed up everything and went. The 'Augstbordpass' (2897 m) once again offered us a great view. But what awaited us after two hours surpassed this: The view to the Matter with the glacier right in front of us, Grächen (the former ski resort of David) opposite and high mountains as far as the eye! Moreover talked funny mountain goats with their long shaggy hair and curved horns. After a steep descent we reached 'St. Niklaus'. Since there was no campground and had a shower again even necessary, we moved further upwards as far as 'Niedergrächen' where we expected the perfect campsite. We were able to cook, hot showers and even wash our clothes in a machine!
This was followed by the first day to recover. However, the walking time was just two hours to 'Gasenried'. 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 "consumer" steak and white wine and made us a nice evening. We had to be strengthened for the next day, because a hard climb was us before.
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 Europaweg. It is the Königsettappe the "Tour Monte Rosa", and is sold as a highlight in the life of all nature lovers and hikers, even as the most beautiful trail in the Alps. And indeed he has a great deal: The Many Glacier, the lush meadows full of mountain flowers, the narrow paths, the paths through the rocks ... and yet we were not always well. The permafrost of the whole 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 a bit is "queasy". Thanks to the adrenaline you are but then in certain places also very quick! The main attraction of the road, a 250m long suspension bridge, was destroyed by falling rocks. Geologists have been no clear signal for this area. Therefore, the future of this bridge, or perhaps all the way, still in the stars. The route leads due to the absence of the bridge almost to the village 'Randa' down and afterwards everything up until it opens again back into the original Europaweg. Exactly on this "detour" we had a very nice encounter. We were in search of drinking water and discovered a fountain between several mountain huts. Fortunately, only four people there and we were looking for a place for our tent wondering. 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 hut with beer and freshly baked Aprikosenwähe, what a luxury!
On the last day of the trek we got the Matterhorn for the first time to face cloudless! We all agreed: this is the most beautiful mountain we have! So impressive as it towers over the valley! With the Matterhorn in mind, we took the last leg 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 One Simple camping in the middle of 'Zermatt' we made ourselves comfortable and rallied us first of all. We enjoyed the time with an aperitif, fondue on the camping stove and even raclette à discrétion in the restaurant. On the day of departure, we were visited by Karin's sisters and their grandmother. We spent the day together and traveled together back home.
The two weeks on migration were sometimes very hard, exhausting, challenging, very tiring but satisfying, impressive and absolutely gorgeous, it has to offer a nature! All around a successful ending to our trip!
Enjoying the summer and as we sincerely and be greeted!
For anyone interested here is some of the statistics:
Profile of the migration including the major waypoints (click to enlarge)
GPS track of the modified route between Chamonix and Zermatt campgrounds
Pictures of Hike