Hiking my Hood: Melchsee-Frutt – Tannalp

Melchsee-Frutt -- Tannalp

Melchsee-Frutt -- Tannalp

Melchsee-Frutt -- Tannalp

Melchsee-Frutt -- Tannalp

I’m a big fan of SBB’s special offers – their current best one is 50% off a winter hiking trip to Melchsee-Frutt, coming in at just over CHF 30 for the round-trip (if you have a Halbtax, that is). The offer is good through 6 April – maybe the below photos will encourage you to take the same trip. I’d strongly recommend it!

From Basel to Stöckalp – where you get on the cable car up to Melchsee-Frutt – it’s a scenic 2-hour train ride. Once up, follow the signs that say “Winterwandern”. Before hitting the actual path, the panorama platform is a great way to take in the mountains around you and the action on the frozen lake.

Melchsee-Frutt -- Tannalp

Melchsee-Frutt -- Tannalp

Melchsee-Frutt -- Tannalp

Melchsee-Frutt -- Tannalp

Melchsee-Frutt -- Tannalp

Melchsee-Frutt -- Tannalp

Melchsee-Frutt -- Tannalp

Melchsee-Frutt -- Tannalp

Once down, you can either take a left or right turn to walk towards Tannalp – the path reunites just before frozen Tannsee. We took a left to go there, and then the other lane to come back.

Melchsee-Frutt -- Tannalp

Melchsee-Frutt -- Tannalp

Melchsee-Frutt -- Tannalp

Melchsee-Frutt -- Tannalp

Melchsee-Frutt -- Tannalp

Melchsee-Frutt -- Tannalp

Melchsee-Frutt -- Tannalp

Melchsee-Frutt -- Tannalp

This really is more of a walk – a perfect stroll through winter wonderland, almost completely flat. After a good hour, the path arrives at Tannalp, next to frozen Tannsee (I can vouch for its beauty in summer, too). It’s an ideal spot for a break in the sun – they even had deck chairs out.

Melchsee-Frutt -- Tannalp

Melchsee-Frutt -- Tannalp

Melchsee-Frutt -- Tannalp

Melchsee-Frutt -- Tannalp

Melchsee-Frutt -- Tannalp

On the way back, we turned left at the path split, and took the other “lane” to go back. On it, we crossed a small river that showed us how much snow we were actually walking on. (Can you see the tiny people on the second photo?) This also made me want to try cross-country skiing (much like when I was in Goms). Let’s see if I make it on a “loipe” at some point in March!

Melchsee-Frutt -- Tannalp

Melchsee-Frutt -- Tannalp

Melchsee-Frutt -- Tannalp

Melchsee-Frutt -- Tannalp

Back in Melchsee-Frutt, we took in the views from the panorama platform once more, before heading back down and home. Mission “sunny Sunday in winter wonderland” accomplished!

Stats

Start of the hike: Melchsee-Frutt

End of the hike: Melchsee-Frutt

Duration: 2.5 hours

Fitbit steps of the day: 17’000

Full photo set: flickr

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