Ramblers Walking Holidays

A week in the Swiss Alps - Cecilia Carlton

Blog post   •   Sep 06, 2010 09:21 BST

The alpine setting next morning was eagerly awaited, following our later night arrival in the eerie fog. The family run hotel was perfect for walkers. The manager and the staff put themselves out to be cheerful and hospitable to the group.

The cable cars were a boost, as they enabled us to gain height without pain. A few misty mornings did not mar the splendour of the lofty ridges, which would appear throughout the day as the mist cleared and reappeared. One great experience was to walk above the cloud base in the Klosters’ valley.

On sunny days, the deep green of the pine-clad mountains and the vivid green of the lush meadows, which were dotted with wooden huts, did not disappoint ones notion of the alpine landscape. Numerous rivers, which rushed down the slopes to join the main river, added another dimension to the walks in both sight and sound.

My most memorable walk was in the Vereina valley, heading for the base of Fleula Weisshorn. This trip began with an exciting half hour bus ride up a steep road, which was used to walk cattle up to the higher pastures in summer. This ride was worth every SK franc, due to the 2000 m rise and numerous hair pin bends. We undertook a five-hour walk along this remote and unspoilt valley. This gentle walk led to some fantastic glacial lakes, which on a sunny day reflected magnificent hues of green and blue. After a truly exhausting day we recovered at the Berghaus Vereina hut – the hot chocolate and apple pie were a treat as we sat gazing at the wide valley and the lofty peaks, which surrounded us. It was heavenly.