Morteratsch Glacier

Morteratsch Glacier

Eastern Swiss Alps

Route: Morteratsch Glacier walk

Area: Eastern Swiss Alps

Date of walk: 30th June 2014

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 5.2 miles

Weather: cloudy but plenty of sunny intervals

We’d been planning a high level walk today but last night’s freak snow made us pause for thought. The mountains were covered and we decided it would be safer to stay low. A visit to see the glacier at Morteratsch would fit the bill perfectly. This is a popular walk so we caught an early train from just outside our hotel and disembarked at Morteratsch a few minutes later

We set off down the wide track leading to the glacier. It was very easy going and it was apparent that we were the first people here today. Every so often there were information signs to show how far the glacier has retreated over the years – fascinating

We soon reached the glacier itself, an awesome sight, and after spending some time looking around we headed back down the track. We were glad to have come early as parties of visitors were by now walking past us in the other direction. We noticed a minor path leading off the main track and decided to follow this to get away from the crowds. This was an enjoyable end to the outing

We were back at the start by 11am and as this wasn’t a strenuous walk, we planned another one as we returned on the train – click here for part two of this great day

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