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Sunnegga Zermatt hike down left side

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Published on Aug 10, 2014

http://tourvideos.com/ We're in Zermatt, Switzerland starting off the day with another adventure -- up to the Sunnegga, a mountain high above Zermatt town. We will ride a funicular up and then we are going to walk down. This funicular goes up through a tunnel in the mountain. You're never above ground – it's like a subway inside the mountain itself. It was opened in 1980. From the top there are many different trails that you can take.
And there's a restaurant up here of course and a bar, you just have a drink, have a meal, or just skip it, as we are going to head right out and do some walking.
And so we begin our descent – we figure this'll take us about an hour and a half – it actually took about two hours, but it's all downhill and really quite easy and scenic.
You have a choice of direction in walking down from Sunnegga to Zermatt. You can either go left or you can go right down each side of this ridge. If you go to the left, that's to the south, it takes about an hour and 45 minutes. If you go to the right that's on the north side, they say takes about two hours. Well in this movie we went to the left and in the next movie we go to the right. Actually doing to the right it's a little bit more of a forested trail winding through a slightly steeper hill. If you go to the left as we did it's more of a gentle and straight slope and we'll have some forest coming up as you'll see, so you take your pick.
This early part of the trail was reached within about 15 minutes and it was so pleasant, quite level you got the rocky outcrop, you've got the hillside coming down with the grassy slopes and a few wildflowers – slightly above the tree line and were about to enter into the forest. It's a magnificent forest of Larch trees, the typical forest cover of this part of Switzerland, a very hearty and durable wood that's used for construction as well as firewood.
Getting into the characteristic zigzag cut of the trail, it's going steeper downhill but still it's been planned so that the slope is very easy for anybody to cover. You do not have to be in any kind of special physical condition to make this hike, it's really quite easy. It's going take you an hour and a half to two hours, and might help if you have a walking stick, especially when you're going downhill. Another trick when you're going downhill is don't try and put on the brakes, just go with gravity, go with the flow and let the hill carry you down.

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