Weekend hiking in fantastic Zermatt (matterhorn)

  • June 20, 2014 · 6:00 PM

Dear All,

The idea is to have two great days hiking in Zermatt.

The plan is to travel by train on Friday night to Zermatt, i.e. take the 18.02 train in zurich hb arrival 21.10 PM in Zermatt.

On saturday morning we will start hiking (8.00 am - 8.15 am at the latest) towards the  Schonbielhut (2700 meters above sea level) departing from Zermatt (1700 meters). See utmost right on the picture below. This magnificent walk offers constant views to the Matterhorn's North Wall. The hike follows a very long but gentle uphill gradient towards the hut. This trail receives a lot of direct sun and is known for fine fields of wildflowers from mid May till end of June. It takes 4 hours to get to the hut and 3,5 hours back, so approx. 7 hours of hiking -  1000 meters up and 1000 meters down. The 1000 meters down can be shortened by taking the cable car down half way. The idea is to either eat at the lunch for those who want or lunch around the hut for those who do not need warm food.

On sunday we will do the 5 lakes hike (see last picture below). The hike is 300 meters up, 600 meters down and 9 kilometers. In the Leisee swimming can be done so please bring towel along.

In case the weather would not be good on saturday but good in sunday, obviously the saturday itinerary is switched to sunday.

Price is 120 francs per person and the price is for two nights accommodation , breakfast and one dinner (saturday night)- on Friday night we will arrive too late. We will be staying in the Youth hostel / address Staldenweg 5, Zermatt. This is a 15 to 20 min walk from the train station.

I have taken an option for 25 spots - which I need to confirm as soon as possible.  Therefore it is there is interest, please transfer the money into my bank account before May 26 (date I need to confirm the final booking).  If there is little or no interest, I will cancel this activity.

For the details of my bank account and name, please look at the Wallis hike July 19th.

The date of payment received will be used as a basis for allocating spots - whether or not you clicked yes on Meetup before is irrelevant.  I will regularly update all of you as to whom I received the payments from.


On the way to Schönbielhütte

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SUNDAY

The 5 Lakes path leads past the lakes of the Stellisee, Grindjisee, Grünsee, Moosjisee and Leisee. Each of these mountain lakes is very different in terms of shape, colour, character and size, and has its own special attraction. The Leisee is good for swimming: children love it. The Grünsee looks out over a rather more rugged landscape, where Swiss stone pines nevertheless manage to grow among the scree and sand. The shores of the Grindjisee are home to rare flowers. And so on – each one promises a unique experience.

IMPORTANT 

* 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.

* To bring along : hiking boots, rain gear, water, snack, lunch ( I suggest we take lunch on the trails and or Schonbielhu), smile, positive attitude, suncream, 

* In case there is lots of rain, storm or foggy etc. then of course this hike does not take place

* Reservations will be made on buses and trains - in case however we as a group do not show up or change the hours, I as organizer get charged. The hours of trains and buses needs to be confirmed at least 3 working days in advance, any changes after that SBB cannot deal with. Furthermore it is not nice to reserve a large amounts of spaces if  only a fraction show up, so therefore please adapt your status in real time. 




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  • Arthur

    The hike and the people were incredible! It was great to see so many people smiling and having fun all the time in such a beautiful place. Just an incredible positive experience.

    1 · July 4, 2014

  • Arthur

    Video link to Mateusz Birthday celebration: http://youtu.be/n79w778Ef8I

    1 · June 24, 2014

  • Erica

    what an billiant time we had! so many many highlights with all of you awesome guys in this incredible landscape ... no doubt, there is definitely nothing what could have been any nicer this weekend!
    thanks to everyone for all these wonderful moments, hope to see you soon and thanks patrick for making everyone so happy! really looking forward to see you next!

    June 23, 2014

  • Lynn

    Many thanks to all, was a great hiking-weekend! :-)

    June 23, 2014

  • Daniela L.

    thank you all from my side, too! it was just the perfect weekend and it was a pleasure meeting all of you

    June 23, 2014

  • Arthur

    This was my first meetup ever, just incredible! Thank you Patrick for all the work in organizing the weekend! I sincerely enjoyed meeting everyone and appreciate the warm welcome. This is an amazing group, THANK YOU! (I'll post pics and/or link to pics later this week)

    June 23, 2014

  • Marta W

    Thanks to all for the amazing time. See you soon!

    June 23, 2014

  • Maria

    Great to meet you all! It was fun and good for the body, mind and soul :) Patrick, this was my first hike in ages and I really enjoyed it - many thanks for organising. Have a good week everybody and hope to see you soon!

    June 23, 2014

  • Heidi

    Many thanks also from my side!

    It was a fantastic weekend with a lot of great people and many moments of so much fun and laughter.

    Special thanks go also to the organizer Patrick and Mateusz who extra carried all that vine (although it was his birthday).

    I wish everyone a good start tomorrow and hope to see you soon on another hike :)

    June 22, 2014

  • Juri A.

    Thanks Patrick and everyone for this great weekend in the beautiful surrounding. There is still a lot to explore around Zermatt :)

    June 22, 2014

  • Alex G.

    Great time. Great hikes. Majestic scenery. Beautiful weather. Plenty of drinks and even live music up to 2AM! Laughing with no end. Having fun like if there was no tomorrow (at the office ;-)).

    A weekend that will not be forgotten so soon!

    Thanks Patrick and all the Girlsz and Boyz! (seems a bit like Polish, but they were well represented this WE ;-))

    1 · June 22, 2014

  • Mateusz

    Patrick, Thanks for putting together a superb weekend and thanks to everyone for making it the best birthday weekend I have ever had by a long way! See you all again soon :)

    1 · June 22, 2014

  • Patrick

    Interesting weekend - great weather, great company, great scenery and then someone who drags several bottles up the hill for this birthday. This standard will be hard to beat for other organizers. Wish you all a relaxing evening and fantastic start in the new week.

    4 · June 22, 2014

  • Susanne

    Unfortunately I've got sick and not able to join. Anyone interested in my spot?

    June 19, 2014

    • Li

      Marta, u can take the spot if u want, something urgent came up at work this morning.. Sorry Susanne!!

      June 20, 2014

    • Marta W

      @ Li, my friend is male so the spot cannot be taken by him. Only the girl can take a spot. So Li and Susanne please find somebody else

      June 20, 2014

  • Patrick

    Dear All,

    We will take the 6.02 PM train to zermatt on friday. We can meet at 5.50 PM under the blue weird angel next to the ticket counter in zurich - alternatively you can do directly to the respective platform and go all the way to the front of the train, usually on the outside windows of the train there is a sign with MEETUP. There is no need to bring sleeping bags, you only need a towel (also for swimming on sunday). Although this is obvious I will say it nevertheless everyone needs to buy their own train tickets, I only provide the train reservation. Given that on sunday some people might stay later, some want to return earlier I have not made a group reservation for sunday.

    I have allocated everyone to a room so upon arrival in the reception, just let them know your name and then a room number and key will be provided to you. I suggest we meet for breakfast starting at 7.15 am and meet at reception at 7.45 am, ready to go at 7.50 am.

    1 · June 16, 2014

    • Arthur

      Patrick, breakfast sound like it will take place at the hostel both mornings. Should we pack our own food for lunch and dinner?

      June 18, 2014

    • Patrick

      On friday night you either eat something on the train or eat something at a local restaurant. Saturday night dinner and two breakfast are indeed taken care of. On saturday and sunday we can stop at restaurants or mountain huts to have our lunch - I do not mind having lunch on the trails with everyone bringing their own food however I do not know whether there are coop/migros etc. open on saturday morning when we leave and hence if you need to buy your saturday lunch on friday might not be such a good idea. Suggest we eat on saturday at schonbielhut and on sunday at one of the restaurants on the trail.

      June 19, 2014

  • Li

    Hello guys, if any of u cant make it last minute, I will be glad to take your place...! Cheers,

    June 16, 2014

  • Heidi

    I am going by train, too. Looking forward :) cu soon

    June 16, 2014

  • Pavel

    Hi, I would love to go. Anyone cancelling ?

    June 16, 2014

  • Marta W

    Hi Patrick, Do we need to take our sleeping bags? I confirm I will be going by train with everybody.

    June 16, 2014

  • Kaustav

    Hi Everybody,

    My spot is still open. Please let me know if anyone is interested in taking it over.

    June 13, 2014

    • Alexandra

      Hi Patrick.i have sent the money to Kaustav on friday.he is out for the weekend and said that he will check his account on monday

      June 15, 2014

    • Patrick

      Alexandra, this is fine to me.

      June 15, 2014

  • Patrick

    Please advise if you are not planning in taken the above train, but taking other transport means (own car) and/or are coming from elsewhere, so that I can adapt appropriately the number of people needed for transport.

    June 10, 2014

    • Maria

      Hi Patrick, no need to arrange a seat for me either, I will be traveling later in the evening. Thank you!

      June 12, 2014

    • Susanne

      Hi Patrick, I'm travelling from Basel so I will connect with you in Visp. Looking forward to a great weekend!

      June 13, 2014

  • Kaustav

    Hi Everybody,
    Unfortunately I need to cancel my RSVP, and am looking for a replacement, ideally of the same gender, so that the rooms dont have to be rearranged again. I have already made the payment to Patrick, and to save him some bother, please make your payment to me directly by bank transfer. Please message me if you would like to take my place, and I will send you my bank account details.

    Thanks
    Kaustav

    June 12, 2014

    • Marta W

      Hi Kaustav. My friend Alex Rugina would be interested in the place. I will send you his contact by private message.

      June 12, 2014

  • Aggie

    Hi Patrick, will we be able to leave the luggage at the accomodation and pick it up before going back to Zurich? Thanks Aggie

    June 10, 2014

    • Patrick

      Yes - luggage can be left in hotel and later picked up.

      1 · June 10, 2014

    • Aggie

      Excellent! Thanks Patrick.

      June 10, 2014

  • Patrick

    I have cleaned up the waiting list and removed all to NO. At the same time I have updated the list of people going - 24 persons. If anything is not correct, then please let me know.

    May 25, 2014

    • Arthur

      Thank you Patrick! Can you confirm for me you received payment for my +1 (Daniela) and that she is in as well. Much appreciated!

      May 25, 2014

    • Patrick

      yes payment received

      June 6, 2014

  • Codrin

    Hey guys,

    Is it possible to still join? I would be very interested.

    Thanks

    May 27, 2014

    • Patrick

      See below. In the past I allowed people to join anytime which resulted in me having to make endless changes to the reservation between the date of RSVP close and starting date of the hike. I am afraid I no longer have the time to make all these changes and also 24 people is already a decent size for hiking several hours. Increasing the size of the group would complicate things, reduce interaction within the group, make it more difficult to get tables for lunch, dinner etc. Thanks for understanding.

      May 27, 2014

  • Arjan S.

    Hi Patrick, I saw you have one place left? If this is correct, I would be very happy to join, seems like a fantastic hike! Just let me know and I can transfer the money!

    1 · May 25, 2014

    • Zenit K.

      If there is some room I'd make a priority transaction so you could have the money fast enough.

      May 25, 2014

    • Patrick

      From the beginning on I have set the maximum number of people on the hike at 25. If anyone cancels, either one of you can take over the free spot.

      May 26, 2014

  • Lynn

    Hi Patrick, I made payment yesterday. Can you pls confirm. Thanks Lynn

    May 22, 2014

  • Patrick

    Payments received from Mateusz, Bose, Eve, Kaustav, Paulina (2), aggie, jennifer, evelyn, marbon, ricarda, heidi, maria K, sheila B, patrick, juri, jose gracio, sally, sarah E, marta W, Susanne, Arthur. Total 22 pers. Status May 21. 8pm

    May 21, 2014

    • Alex G.

      Hi Patrick.
      Just in case, José Gracio is my "other name" :-)

      May 22, 2014

  • Vitor

    Hi Patrick,

    just made the payment! Hope I can still make into the group!

    Cheers,
    Vitor Azevedo

    May 21, 2014

  • Juri A.

    Hi Patrick, just wired up the payment! Thx

    May 20, 2014

  • eco_s

    Payment made!

    May 20, 2014

  • Arthur

    Hi Patrick! Count me in! Thank you so much for organizing this! I'm on the waiting list but really hope a spot opens up.

    May 19, 2014

    • Arthur

      Hi Patrick, I clicked around too much apparently and my RSVP was reset. Hopefully it's ok : ) Thanks!

      May 20, 2014

    • Arthur

      Hi again Patrick, I have another friend joining. I'm initiating payment now, looks like there's still space.

      May 20, 2014

  • Patrick

    Payments received from Mateusz, Bose, Eve, Kaustav, Paulina (2), aggie, jennifer, evelyn, marbon, ricarda, heidi, maria K, sheila B, patrick. Total 15 pers. Status May 20. 7pm

    May 20, 2014

    • Arthur

      I show my bank account trade date of May 19th... Looks like you should see it tomorrow. Thank you for the update.

      May 20, 2014

  • Martin

    Plenty on edelweiss on the way! If I remember well, there will be a "bar" mid way up, but plenty of water is required to make it to the hut in warm weather (permanent exposure to sun). Any effort invested will be rewarded by view to Dent Blanche, Matterhorn, Rothorn plus a drink in the hut that is located just on the glacier moraine/ridge. A must to go!

    May 20, 2014

  • Sally

    Hi Patrick, payment made, thanks for organising!

    May 20, 2014

  • Marta W

    Hi Patrick. I have just made a transfer for 120 CHF into your account. It should reach you soon. Looking forward to the hike!

    May 20, 2014

  • Jennifer

    Hi Patrick, thx for the organization. Made the transfer just now.

    May 20, 2014

  • Alex G.

    Hi Patrick. Il likely only be able to make the transfer tomorrow evening. I hope that is ok.

    May 19, 2014

    • Alex G.

      Hi Patrick. Payment is in its way, should be on your account by tomorrow.
      Thanks for organizing it!

      May 20, 2014

  • Sheila

    Hi Patrick, made the payment today. Thx for organizing! Best, Sheila

    May 19, 2014

  • Maria

    Hi Patrick, the CHF 120 should be on your account tomorrow morning. Thanks & best regards, Maria

    May 19, 2014

  • Erica

    Patrick, best thanks for this awesome idea! it's exactly what I wanted to do! transfered the money today and now I'm looking forward so bad!
    I really can't wait! Cheers!

    May 19, 2014

  • Susanne

    Transfer has been done. I'll join you from Basel. Looking forward to the hike!

    May 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Transfer is done. Looking forward to the hike! Thanks for organizing! Evelyn

    May 19, 2014

  • Pauliina S.

    Transfer for myself plus 1done :)

    May 19, 2014

  • Aggie

    Hi Patrick,
    What is an estimated time of arrival back in Zurich on Sunday?
    Thanks
    Aggie

    May 18, 2014

    • Patrick

      Dear Aggie, to allow sufficient flexibility I have not fixed an exact hour of arrival in Zurich but usually the idea is to get in zurich hb anywhere between 6 and 7, so departing zermatt around 3pm or so.

      May 19, 2014

    • Aggie

      Thanks Patrick I have just made the transfer

      May 19, 2014

  • BoSe

    Hi Patrick, just made the transfer. You should get it by tomorrow. Thanks a lot

    May 19, 2014

  • Mateusz

    Looks awesome Patrick! Thanks for organising. Have just made payment of the CHF 120.

    May 19, 2014

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