Adventures at Matheran Hill Station
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Matheran is a Hill Station located near Mumbai, Karjat.   It is located 800 meters above sea level in the Jambol Forest of Maharashtra.  It was found by Hugh Poynts Malet in May 1850.  It spreads over an area of 8 square kilometers in Sahyadri Mountains.  It is one of the best places to spend a two-day holiday if you are in Mumbai or in the vicinity of Mumbai or its suburbs.  To reach Matheran,  [...]

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Haute Route: Walking the ski trail from Argentiere to Zermatt

Posted on November 30, 2010 | Adventure TravelNo Comment

The Zermatt Haute Route is the high level walk path that must be explored by all those who take pleasure in mountains and possess the talent to pass through the chilled glaciers along with the unknown risks of the crevasses. Adventurously and ironically sadly, I have walked in both the ways, but unfortunately the weather was bad due to which I just could not cover up the technically tough route from Cabane de Valasorey to Cabane de Chanrion. Beginning from Argentiere, the best way to take up this walking route is to take up a ski lift to reach at the uppermost station. Avoid taking up an easy walk over the meadow of Alpine and then through glacial moraine that takes one to the ‘Albert Premier’ hut. However, for a stay, it is one of the most recommended places here. Your initial half of the second day is completely on ice and snow that is justly easy until the usual precautions are observed to prevent crevasses after which you reach Champex. This walk down is actually very light that makes you save some pounds.

After a long and tiring day over the Alpine meadow and the sheer rock rib, one reaches the Cabane de Valsorey while exploring this advanced walking route. Over here, a doubtful appearing rope needs to be used although it was looking very ragged. Both the times of my trip, I chose the public transport that included an ideal hostel stay at Bourg St Pierre on the way while returning from the Valsorey. As compared to the Valsorey, the Cabane de Chanrion on the Zermatt Haute route is accessible via a vehicle but with a permit. Here, there are two ways to choose from for the exciting walkers of which the most enjoyable one is by the side of the east of Lac Mauvoisin across the hills. On the Zermatt Haute route, this is ardent one, but also rewards one with great vistas and scenery. The second way is more wearisome walk of 2-3 hours, which is the trail also utilized by the motorized vehicles.

From Cabane de Chanrion, take up the simplest walking route to Cabane Vignettes, which is by the side of the Otemma glacier. This one is very dry indicating that some crevasses will be there discarding the needs of roping up. But wait, a row of profound holes above the glacier exists that demands an extreme care as salvage from any of these might be unattainable. In case, if it is night or there is bad visibility, a rope becomes a must. The last 100 m that takes one to the hut is really interesting due to its location at the end of a rocky edge. Several walkers prefer the comparatively easy snowy route to the ridge’s north, which is dealt ideally by crampons.

From Vignettes, the walk is twisty up to Cabane de Bertol. Go east to reach the Otemma glacier from where a good path exists. Then, go north and west followed by a slide in the valley taking one to Arolla. If the weather is fine, Bertol becomes visible on the rocks. Although it appears to be completely unreachable from a distance, one can still manage to reach here via the ladders and chains. It is from Bertol that you can reach Zermatt via the Haute route. The initial part of this trail is completely snowy. On my trip here, it was true that the visibility was bas as I could see very little. This was when I found the GPS navigation useful. But, still I met a hidden crevasse! As you go further, this snow vanishes making a rock visible followed by the alpine pasture. It was my bad luck that I stayed in the Schnobeiel hut. Rather, try to reach Zermatt in some hours from where you can take a train to Tasch where you can stay in a hostel and camp. Kindly note that this part of the Haute route is inhabited with chamoix and ibex. So, be ready to spot them, especially ibex that is seen occasionally here.

Haute route is must a try once in lifetime.

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