Luxury in Monte Rosa: Fantastic hiking and trekking around this imposing mountain
Monte Rosa is the highest mountain in Switzerland and the second-highest in both the Alps and in Western Europe. For more than 30 years Monte Rosa Ski resort has been described as vibrant and if you go there for the first time, you will be stunned by the brilliant views. Tourists love to explore the pretty local villages or to browse around through the traditional houses and historical churches. Sauna and spa facilities provide in the need for physical and mental healing. The local bars and restaurants are favourites among skiers and non-skiers alike. The resorts still preserve much of the genuine character of typical Alpine villages, with their stone and wood buildings. Many old houses are being beautifully restored these days, due to the restrictions to build new houses. Various luxury ski chalets are available for rent. Most of Monte Rosa's restaurants are in hotels, but there are a few stand-alone places.
From the melting snow and the retiring glaciers on top of the Monte Rosa massif, rivers formed the well-known valleys of this area. Since the Middle Ages, people have been building their villages here and today those villages are the famous resorts of Monte Rosa. Starting at the feet of the Matterhorn, we find Cervinia and Zermatt, going north-east to Saas Fee, and going south-east to Champoluc, Gressoney, Alagna and Macugnaga. In the summer Monte Rosa is an aspiring goal for summiting the high peaks. The climbing is well served by the high 'rifugi' for dining and sleeping before the early morning start. The villages down in the valleys are a perfect start point for day hikes and, due to the distinctive circular shape of the Monte Rosa massif, there is a net of often ancient trails from the Walser period, still used to make long trekking tours in this region.