DAY ONE

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Sun­negga-Fin­deln-Zer­matt (5 hours) In the shad­ows of Zer­matt’s an­cient chalets, the air is thrillingly crisp and I’m ea­ger to set off on a new ad­ven­ture. Af­ter a three-minute fu­nic­u­lar ride from Zer­matt to Sun­negga, past restau­rants drib­bling down the moun­tain­side like tum­bling crumbs from a Miche­lin ta­ble, the scenery gives way to sun-black­ened larch build­ings amid flow­er­ing pas­tures.

Un­like the hikes to come, this one is not listed as an Ob­sta­cle-Free, wheelchairac­ces­si­ble route. That’s be­cause it is ‘ Ob­sta­cle Full’. To­day, we put the ‘ E’ in

Zer­matt’s mighty Mat­ter­horn, seen over the Rif­fel Lake at sun­set © Switzer­land Tourism/ Ivo Scholz

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