We arrived late on the 18th after a beautiful train ride through the valley from Brig. We made our way up the main street to our accommodation and were instantly shocked by the prices which were more than Norway! The next four days is going to be expensive!!
Day 1: We purchased some tickets up the Gornergrat to meet our guide to climb the Riffelhorn. 78 francs later we were at the top. What a magnificent view of the Matterhorn and the surrounding mountains! Unfortunately there was a meeting point mixup and we were meant to meet at the bottom so we had to walk down to the next station which was where we were meant to catch the train to. Urs (the Swiss guide) took us up the Riffelhorn over some steeper sections and took me away for 30 minutes for some harder Matterhorn training which was great. We then made our way down by rappelling and jumping/climbing. At the bottom we parted ways with Urs and walked all the way back to Zermatt which took around three hours. What a view all the way down! As we got back to our accommodation the weather turned which was perfect timing. We then relaxed and showered and headed out to get a cheap supermarket precooked dinner and some beers (no cooking facilities at the Matterhorn Hostel) and went to bed early.
Day 2: In the morning we explored Zermatt and the tourist and sports shops and then went in separate directions for some exercise. Matt did a long uphill run/walk to just below the Gornergrat Station which was a 1300m climb and Van went for a long 29km run around Zermatt and Tasch. Greta and her orienteering mate Jula then came over for some predrinks (which didn't eventuate due to no cups) and snacks before fondue for dinner. Fondue was heavy, had a strong alcohol taste and we couldn't finish it, but it was a fun experience.
Day 3: We woke up to blue skies so had an early start to take some pictures and finally get our clothes cleaned. We then milled around town to see if the weather would hold for Van to go paragliding, which it didn't, so we then checked out the Matterhorn museum which was very quaint. After this we had a Bratwurst and a cheeky beer and then Greta came over for a second attempt at predrinks and an epic Ping game which Matt obviously won. After that we headed out for some Zermatt cheese and cold meat and a spritz.
Day 4: We had a sleep in and then caught the train to Milan with a coffee in Brig on the way.