Monday, 14 March 2011

Grindelwald to Zermatt day 7 - St Niklaus to Randa

A rest day really after the rigours of the High Alps where one can enjoy a leisurely stroll along the banks of the Mattervispa - the river descending from the glaciers up beyond Zermatt. The villages and meadows of the Mattertal are quite charming and best seen from the trail rather than the trains packed with Zermatt-bound tourists.

Mattervispa Herbriggen Valais A pleasant valley trail leads alongside the Mattervispa river near Herbriggen.

landslide near Randa Valais The landslide debris between Herbriggen and Randa. The massive slide occurred in 1991 and is a reminder that the Alps here are still being shaped by nature.

Mattertal view Looking back down the Mattertal from the final rise through the meadows just before Randa.

garden with goat A typical garden in Randa, goats and all.

Randa Mattertal The main street of Randa will make the route out of town the next day. Looking up the valley towards the Mettelhorn (3406m).
Back to day 6 >>> Oberems to St Niklaus
On to day 8 >>> Randa to Zermatt

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