The view from Almagelleralp

It’s mid June and so far we’ve had a mere handful of warm sunny days. In less than a week’s time it will be the longest day and then the evenings will draw in on the long descent into gloom and……Christmas. What a grim thought.

So, I’ve banished miserable thoughts of a wet summer spent in the UK and my mind is focused on our two-week holiday in Switzerland where, please God, we will have some typical old-fashioned Alpine summer weather.  This year we are giving Zermatt a miss and hopping over the mountain range into the neighbouring valley – Saastal. One of a number of beautiful valleys that snake south from the main Rhone valley. At the roadhead at the end of  Saastal, a four hour walk will take you to the Monte Moro pass into Italy.

The main resort in Saastal is Saas Fee village that sits on a high shelf (a classic hanging valley) above the main valley floor backed by the fabulous Mischabel mountains. If you drop back down to the valley floor and walk up the opposite side from the village of Saas Almagell you will come to Almagelleralp from where today’s image was taken.


The Mischabel Range: from left – Taschhorn, Dom, Lenzspitze, Nadelhorn

This is the view back across towards Saas Fee (hidden) and the Mischabel mountains. Click the image to see an enlargement. The highest point in this range is the Dom, 4545M (14911ft) – Switzerland’s highest mountain.  (Click here to go to the first in a three-part post written about the Dom and my ascent of it). This is a majestic view but I often think that photography in the mountains can never convey size – you have to be there to appreciate the true grandeur of scenes like these. But hopefully in a few weeks I will be sitting outside this mountain restaurant enjoying a beer and maybe lunch, bathed in warm sunshine and taking in this view.  Not a bad way to spend a day!

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About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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31 Responses to The view from Almagelleralp

  1. athyfoto says:

    An awe inspiring view well captured. I bet the beer tastes even better with this view!

  2. oneowner says:

    Sounds like you’re off to a good start of the vacation. The Mischabel mountains look beautiful.

  3. What a view. Gorgeous Andy.

  4. Len says:

    Wow Andy, this scene is absolutely stunning. A new place to add to my ever growing bucket list.

    • LensScaper says:

      Yes Len – stunning is the word. The Valais Alps with Zermatt and Saas Fee in neighbouring valleys has the greatest concentration of 4000M peaks in the whole of the European Alps. The scenery is spectacular. You must visit one day

  5. lucywilliamspoetry says:

    My parents are currently staying in Interlarken in Switzerland. The first time they went there me and my sister went to. I have been to Switzerland a few times now, it is a beautiful country.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Lucy. Switzerland is my favourite country. Lost count of the number of holidays I have spent there. I know Interlaken and the other well known places in the Bernese Oberland well. I learnt to ski in Wengen which is not far from Interlaken

  6. Mike says:

    Andy, you have a great vacation basking in some sunshine and free time. Lovely image, looking forward to more.

  7. What a perfect place to enjoy that cold beer. Great use of the leading line from the footpath to take us through this magnificent scene.

  8. ehpem says:

    This looks idyllic. What a place to sit and enjoy a beer.

    It does make me wonder though, which poor schmuck has to carry in the beer barrels, looks like it could be a long haul, even for a very fit person.

    • LensScaper says:

      Idyllic is a good word for it. I can’t remember accurately but a lot of these huts can be reached by four-wheel drive vehicles. Alternatively a lot of huts in the Alps – all the high ones certainly – are supplied by helicopter. Adds to the costs of course, helicopter supplies don’t come cheap

      • ehpem says:

        That is slightly disappointing. I was picturing sweating giants with a barrel on their backs, or at least a pack train of mules. Helicopters! Oh well.

  9. I am sure your alpine summer will be great. make sure to make some great, alpine posting afterwards. 🙂

  10. Stunning view! Your upcoming vacation vacation sounds wonderful 🙂

  11. theaterwiz says:

    Just stunning! What a view

  12. Pete Buckley says:

    Great pic Andy – I remember walking up that very valley! The Saastal’s a beautiful area and possibly a bit quieter than Zermatt. I definitely recommend the Monte Moro walk if you’ve not already done it.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Pete, good to hear from you. I carried on up to the Zwischbergen pass, well worth the extra distance. Been to Monte Moro too – a little spoilt by finding so many Italians in flip-flops who had made the journey in a Cable Car! Saas Fee is quieter than Zermatt and all the better for it, I think. And now you get a free pass in Summer to all the lifts (and buses in the entire valley) including Mittel Allalin. Now that’s not to be sneezed at!

  13. How could we not subscribe and miss a vista like this! Its just …my dream.

  14. linhartb says:

    Beautiful! I love the Swiss Alps!

  15. seekraz says:

    Yes, I could do a four hour walk with you there…what a wonderful background for a hike. I’m looking forward to your two weeks over there….I love the photos from your travels, Andy.

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