A selection of high level routes to summits and viewpoints in the Alps in photo diary format. These routes are classed as walking or hiking trails rather than climbs and are not beyond the ability of the average hiker. Also included here is my 8 day journey between the Eiger and the Matterhorn undertaken in July 2007.
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.
A pleasant valley trail leads alongside the Mattervispa river near Herbriggen.
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.
Looking back down the Mattertal from the final rise through the meadows just before Randa.
A typical garden in Randa, goats and all.
The main street of Randa will make the route out of town the next day. Looking up the valley towards the Mettelhorn (3406m).