Two Weeks in the Swiss Alps ~ First Stop: The Matterhorn

After months of planning (mostly by my Dad), the day has finally arrived. Tomorrow, Saturday 15th of September 2018, we set off on yet another one of our adventures.

The destination, you ask? Switzerland! For the next 2 weeks, my Dad and I will be hiking and climbing our way through the Swiss Alps. Mountain peaks, glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, the lot!

The first stop of course has to be Zermatt! We’re gonna climb the Matterhorn, or try at least! Recognise it? From chocolate maybe? That’s right, it’s the iconic peak featured on every piece of Toblerone chocolate you’ve eaten! The summit stands at an impressive 4.478 metres or 14.642 ft above sea level and is the fifth highest peak in the Alps. You can see the route we’ll be taking in the photo of the mountain. It apparently seems much scarier than difficult. Might be something to do with the 4000 foot shear drops down to the glacier below on either side, but we won’t be letting that faze us.

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  The Matterhorn, Switzerland  ~ Photo by  Samuel Ferrara  on  Unsplash

The Matterhorn, Switzerland ~ Photo by Samuel Ferrara on Unsplash

  Aletschgletscher Glacier, Bettmeralp, Switzerland  ~ Photo by  Samuel Ferrara  on  Unsplash

Aletschgletscher Glacier, Bettmeralp, Switzerland ~ Photo by Samuel Ferrara on Unsplash

After that, I’m sure we’ll need a little break, but I’m not entirely sure we’ll be getting one! From Zermatt, we’ll be leaving the Valais area and heading toward Lauterbrunnen in the Berner Alpine area, a little further north. Here is where we will get the chance to explore the amazing Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn World Heritage Site. It’s home to the Aletschgletscher Glacier, which is the largest glacier in the Alps with an impressive length of 23 km, as well as some of the most beautiful mountain peaks in Europe, including the deadly Eiger!

  Berggasthaus Aescher-Wildkirchli, Weissbad, Switzerland  ~   Photo by  Christian Regg  on  Unsplash

Berggasthaus Aescher-Wildkirchli, Weissbad, Switzerland ~ Photo by Christian Regg on Unsplash

  Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland  ~ Photo by  Stephen Leonardi  on  Unsplash

Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland ~ Photo by Stephen Leonardi on Unsplash

Plenty more to do after that, but let’s take it one step at a time. I’ll keep you up to date with it as we go along. I’m sure I’ll be posting a couple of photos on social media!

And hey! Who knows? We might even get a 5 or 10 minute break to check out the odd chocolate factory. Fingers crossed!

What about you? Have you been to Switzerland yet? Would love to hear all about it, not to mention any tips you might have on places to see and food to eat! Leave your comments in the section below!

Thanks for listening!

Chris Czermak