Zermatt–Stellisee Lake (2.5 hours) Although it’s warm in Zermatt, I pack the pram for the Arctic – we’re ascending almost 1000 metres to an elevation of 2537 metres. Upon exiting the cable car, cool wind nips at our heels, we’re utterly alone and it’s slightly eerie. We are walking on a lovely, flat gravelled fire track that’s so far above the world, it seems parallel with heaven.
A short 20 minutes later, the lake reveals itself; a sapphire surrounded by cotton grass growing along the shore, providing splashes of white among green- brown meadow hues. A fisherman raises his eyebrows. “Une poussette (a pram)?” he queries. I grin inwardly, remembering the hard hike through Findeln. Lake Stellisee, Monsieur? Piece of cake.
We sit quietly by the water, my daughter and I, playing with edelweiss, rugged up against the breeze. To be among mountains with my new bundle has brought me the epitome of contentment, and I know this moment of new motherhood will be memorable for many years to come.
As the first big adventure with a baby, experiencing the world in a new way is exciting. It has also become an assurance that with some logistics and inspiration, travel with a small one is more than possible. In Zermatt, the sky is literally the limit.
A picturesque pause in an Alpine meadow