Last week was our summer trip out to Switzerland to bag some 3000m summits on our Swiss 3000 summits week. We met up in Zermatt and I was joined by James, Katie, Ian and Steve and ably assisted by my good friend Sandy. Our first day saw us do over 1200m of height gain and about 14km as we wound our way unto the Trift Hut, high above Zermatt. Hugo the guardian was on fine form and we were grateful for his iced tea in the super warm temperatures. We often miss Theresa May by a few days at this hut and this proved to be the case agin this year – no doubt with a bit more of a spring in her step than that last couple of years!
An early start on Tuesday morning saw us bag the summit of the Plathorn (3345m) before descending back to Zermatt for lunch and then using some cable car assistance to get up the other side of the valley for a short walk to the FluAlp – our accommodation for the night.
On Wednesday we climbed the Pfulroe (3314m) is some slightly cooler temperatures which were very welcome. We then headed down to the valley and transferred round to the village of St Luc in the neighbouring valley of Val d’Anniviers. This is much less commercial than Zermatt, feels a bit wilder and is also rather less costly! That night saw up head to the Cabane Bella Tolla which became our home for two night.
Over the last two days of the week we climbed Le Touno (3017m) and then Bella Tolla itself (3025m), also managing to squeeze in a visit to the Hotel Weishorn for coffee and cake.
This is a stunning way to visit the Alps without having to do any technical climbing or mountaineering. We don’t need ropes, axes or crampons and yet bag some great summits and are surrounded by a plethora of 4000m peaks in all directions. Oh, and we have 2 spaces left for next year 🙂