Haute Route 6 - Gruben to St. Niklaus
Nov 9, 2010Public
Photo: Dawn lights the Weisshorn as we gear up to cross the last pass of our trip--the Augstbord.
Photo: A steep climb through forest brings us into open country ...
Photo: ... where we can see the pass we crossed yesterday (right under the p of "Meidpass")
Photo: The deep notch ahead is the Augstbordpass.
Photo: After about 4 hours--the final climb.
Photo: On the other side of the pass ...
Photo: ... the usual rocky wasteland.
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Photo: The path narrows, and far below ...
Photo: ... lies the Mattertal, a narrow, deep valley flanked by the highest mountains in Switzerland.
Photo: The Dom (14,911 ft / 4545 m), is the highest mountain entirely in Switzerland.
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Photo: Rounding the bend we come to the famous Twara viewpoint--Zermatt at the far end of the valley, with snowy giants above.
Photo: The Matterhorn, however, remains stubbornly hidden. We won't see it till we reach Zermatt.
Photo: Soon we move on ...
Photo: ... leaving Frank and Kath to sun themselves on the rock.
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Photo: We pass a group of ibex ...
Photo: ... including this magnificent male.
Photo: Above us, a crow harrasses a hawk or eagle in front of the massive Weisshorn.
Photo: The last leg of the Haute Route, the famous Europaweg, transits the high country on the opposite side of the valley.
Photo: Our final descent along a sunny rock wall ...
Photo: ... is peaceful and easy.