Stretching from the Rhone valley at 500m high to the Plaine Morte Glacier at 3,000m, there are picture-postcard panoramic views from Dufourspitze
to Mont Blanc.
Conditions in the early hotels were particularly bracing; a climber in the party that first scaled Switzerland's highest mountain, the Dufourspitze
at 4,634m (15,203ft), remembered that 'when I was writing in the Monte Rosa hotel lobby, my ink would freeze.'
There is the beauty of climbing out of Zermatt on the Gornergrat Bahn to the Rotenboden Station and then striding out with majestic 13,123ft high snow-capped peaks in all directions, including the Breithorn, Dufourspitze
, Weisshorn, and the Matterhorn.
Here, at the foot of the Dufourspitze
. the SAC and ETH Zurich have teamed up to explore new methods of power generation, water purification and waste management--in short, they are trying to find answers to questions determining our future on this planet.
This viewpoint overlooks the Monte Rosa massif, whose summit I gazed at earlier--the 4,634-metre Dufourspitze
, which is the highest point entirely within Switzerland's borders.
Set above Zermatt amid the Gorner, Grenz and Monte Rosa glaciers--overlooked by the 4,634-metre Dufourspitze
, with a fabulous view of the iconic Matterhorn--from the get-go, staying at this mountain hut would be a peak experience.