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The whooshing and cracking inside the glacier, the steady cool wind, and the smell of coldness are ever-present on this trek. An exceptional experience, but recommended only with a mountain guide who is familiar with the area.

Description

The Gorner Glacier, which is the third longest of the Alps, offers magnificent views of the nearby 4000-meter peaks. A lake and unusual ice formations also attract attention.

Pebbles and boulders of the centre moraine are in the middle of the glacier, which continues to fracture due to small streams as well as rocks warmed up by the sun. They burrow further and further into the ice and leave small lakes behind.

The tour starts in Rotboden and continues along the side moraine. Fixed iron ladders, about a meter high, are provided at the start of the Gorner Glacier to make it easier to access the glacier below. Because the second largest glacier in the Alps continues to recede rapidly, the conditions have become unstable. Until just a few years ago, it was possible to trek over to the Monte Rosa Hut without much risk, but today the tour is recommended only with an experienced mountain guide.

This guided hike is also ideal as a two-day tour. Overnight accommodations are available at the Monte Rosa Hut, a model in terms of energy and resource efficiency. The first day of the tour consists of the ascent to the Monte Rosa Hut, followed by the descent on the next day.

Guided tours can be booked at the Alpine Center Zermatt.

An enjoyable tour includes the careful planning of the same. Please inform yourself in advance at the local information center about the route and weather conditions. Depending on the season and weather conditions, this route may be blocked or interrupted

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