Gornergletscher

Gornergletscher

The Gorner Glacier (German: Gornergletscher) is one of the largest glaciers in the Alps. It is about 12 km long and 1 to 1.5 km wide (depending on when you read this, as it is rapidly retreating). The Gornergletscher is situated on the west side of the Monte Rosa massif close to Zermatt and is easily reached with the Gornergrat Bahn from Zermatt. I first visited Zermatt and the Gornergrat summer 2014. The following year I took a guided tour across the Gornergletscher to the Monte Rosa hut.

Gornergletscher
The Gornergletscher on a glorious day
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One of the tributaries of the Gorner glacier (in fact this one is called Gornergletscher)
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On the left the Gornergletscher proper on the right the Grenzgletscher
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A former tributary of the Gornergletscher, which has receded too far to contribute much or anything
The ladder down to the glacier
In the top right corner the destination: the Monte Rosa hut
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The Gorner glacier from up close
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The Gornergletscher and the Matterhorn seen from the Monte Rosa hut
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The Gornergletscher as seen from the Gornergletscher
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The Gornergletscher as seen from the Gornergletscher
Don't be mistaken: there's ice underneath the rocks
Gornergletscher
To cross the glacier you have to step over the crevasses and follow the ridges