Saturday, 18 February 2017

Aletsch glacier

Last week we have been skiing and hiking in Fiescheralp. But the real reason why we came here remains to be discovered. Follow me, we need to catch the cable car. And no, we are not going down, back to Fiesch. We will be going further up.

Here it comes. Have you noticed that all cable cars are basically red?

Off we go. When you look down you can see the ski-highway below us.

On the left we pass the high rocky walls.

Finally, we arrive to the top, 2,893 meters above sea level. My friends - welcome on Eggishorn.

The view is spectacular whichever way you look. Just behind the cable car station, you will recognise the Zermatt region.

With Matterhorn in the middle of course. 

When you turn left, you will see the Alps on the other side of the Rhône valley. Down there lies Fiescheralp and Fiesch.

The top of Eggishorn is delimited by red ropes, next to which you will find these signs. They are not there without reason. I have seem lots of people going off piste here. Some were even having parachutes.

To be honest, I do not really understand them. The black ski run leaving Eggishorn seems frightening enough to me.

When you turn left again, you will finally see the main reason why we came to canton Wallis. The UNESCO World Heritage site called Jungfrau-Aletsch.

Aletsch is the largest glacier in the Alps. Nowadays it is about 23 km long. But during glacial period it went up to the city of Solothurn, being roughly 200 kilometers long! Due to global warming the Aletsch glacier gets shorter and thicker almost every year.

Jungfrau is the mountain in the back, slightly covered with clouds. It is possible to reach Jungfraujoch, the saddle between the Mönch and the Jungfrau, with a cogway railway. It is the highest railway station in Europe.

On the right, you can spot the Fiescher glacier.  A bit smaller but still impressive because it seems much steeper.

A bit on the left again comes the Aletschhorn. Just as impressive as its cousin.

Our cable car is coming. But to be honest I do not feel like going down yet.

Why don't we get ourselves a hot tea and some nice rolls in the little cafe on the top of the world, with a world-famous glacier just behind us.

Let's sit for a moment and simply admire the beauty of the planet we were entrusted with.

1 comment:

  1. Wow! Ale widoki zapierające dech w piersiach! ;)