Furi–Zermatt, via Zmutt (2 hours) Today we prudently stick to an official Obstacle-Free route. The route is so sedate, it’s been renamed ‘Handbag Hiking’. The people ahead actually have handbags, the path is asphalt, and there’s a high incidence of inappropriate footwear.
The path is so smooth that Lotte slumbers on, missing the shimmering view of Zermatt below and our arrival in the picturesque hamlet 0f Zmutt. Threading through a tiny cluster of 500- year- old weatherbeaten buildings nestled into a valley surrounded by towering peaks, we find today’s only ‘obstacle’, the higly regarded restaurant, Z’Mutt. Lotte wakes and, against the background clink of ice cubes on crystal, we watch wind ripple across the fields and clouds circle like hawks.
It’s a heady mix of mountain purity and gourmet dining, a fairly addictive mélange. The handbag hiking route? It gets a big thumbs up from me.