Active + Adventure

Best Adventure Trips 2008

by Sarah Tuff

Swiss Freeze

News flash: The glaciers are melting. Fast. Which means that the time to hike the legendary ice fields of Switzerland is now, unless you've got one serious pair of waders. Starting this summer, Alps expert Cain Olsen will lead an exclusive nine-day climb across the 45-square-mile Aletsch Glacier, pausing for cool cups of glacier wine, frothy glasses of beer, and enough fondue and meat pies to sink, well, a glacier. Wearing crampons and occasionally roped up for safety, hikers will make eight glacier crossings and catch their breath for views of the Matterhorn and the towering peaks of Eiger, Jungfrau, and the Fiescherhorn. It's ice, ice, baby, but no need to practice your igloo-building beforehand. Olsen guides guests toward accommodations that include the Grand Hotel Glacier du Rhone and the Finsteraarhorn Hut; expect basic rooms with five-star views. We can't think of a better way to beat the dog days of summer—while seeing a vanishing UNESCO World Heritage site.

Departures: July 5–13, August 23–31, September 13–21

Price: $3,395, including lodging, meals, some alcoholic beverages, and travel within Switzerland; originates in Ulrichen

Mountain Travel Sobek
Tel: 888 687 6235 (toll-free)
Tel: 510 594 6000

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