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Backpacker Magazine – November 2012
Dine lavishly in the homeland of huts.
From St. Luc, ride the funicular to Tignousa, then follow signed trails 11 miles via 9,154-foot Meid Pass to the Turtmann Hut (turtmannhuette.ch) and spend two nights. On the layover, dayhike from the hut roughly six miles round-trip and 3,600 feet up the 11,844-foot Barrhorn, known as the highest hikeable summit in Switzerland (no technical skills or gear required), for views of 12,580-foot Brunegghorn, 13,625-foot Bishorn, and 14,783-foot Weisshorn. Day three, follow signed trails 13.3 miles to Moosalp via 9,495-foot Augstbord Pass. Catch a short bus ride to the village of Burchen to spend the night in Silence-Hotel Burchnerhof (buerchnerhof.ch). On day four, take public transport to connect with the Europaweg (Europe Trail) in Grächen. (Travel by bus to Visp, then take the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn little red train to St. Niklaus, then bus to Grächen.) Pick up the Europaweg across the street from the Swiss Tourism office and follow it 9.9 miles to the Europa Hut (firstname.lastname@example.org). On day five, continue south on the Europaweg 13.4 miles to Zermatt, savoring jaw-dropping views of the Matterhorn along the way.
Season Late June to late September
Map Kummerly & Frey Zermatt-Saas Fee ($35; omnimap.com)
Get there St. Luc and Zermatt are served by bus and train (rail.ch).