Given that most of the Alpine passes are still closed, I propose to do a longer hike which pretty much situates around 1300 meters altitude.
The idea is to hike from Blitzingen (1256m), Steinhaus (1273 m), Ernen (1136,), Ausserbinn (1304m) towards Binn (1318m). The hike is 17 km , 5.30 hours although I expect we will be faster.
We will be walking through tiny traditional villages in lush pastures to Ernen, where well-kept buildings and the «William Tell House» (oldest painting of Tell), are a surprise and finally through the impressive Twingisgorge into «mineral valley» to Binn.
We will be walking here in a remote part of Switzerland given that the road between Ernen and Binn has only been built in 1965. Previously during winter this valley was cut off from the outside world for weeks. The old road offers spectacular scenic experience.
The Swiss Alpine club, pro natura and Binntal signed a contract for 100 years to keep Binntal under protection (naturschutz). Binntal is the valley where most minerals in Switzerland are found.
The idea is to take the 6.02 am train to Brig (arrival 8.11 am), depart in Brig at 8.23 am arrival in Blitzingen at 9.14 am.
We will take the bus in Binn at 16.23 arriving in Fiesch at 16.52, here we depart at 16.56 by train towards Brig (arrival 17.33), departure Brig 17.49 arrival zurich hb 19.58.
* The organizer is not responsible for any bodily injury or other accidents that might happen during the hike. By signing up on this activity, the participants agree that the organizer will not be held responsible in any way. Although the hike is not complicated, it is each individual responsibility to ensure that they can do the hike and check out the trail.
* Please be aware that I will make group reservations for trains and buses. Although these reservations are free of charge, in case the Meetup group does not show up I as an organizer get charged 50 francs. If we are coming with a large number of people often Postal buses are provided to us free of charge. As you can imagine, if I reserve for a large group and then several of you do not show up, the Swiss Post is not too happy since our group could easily have fitted in the normal bus. Therefore it is important that you keep your status (coming/not coming) up to date and also please be aware that the reservation for the group, i.e. train and buses, needs to be made at least 3 days in advance and cant be changed anymore. To maintain our good reputation with Swiss Post Buses, a flat fee of 10 francs will be charged if a change happens in the last three days before the hike.
* To bring along: hiking boots, rain gear, water, snack, lunch ( I suggest we take lunch on the trails), smile, positive attitude