These villages are car-free. People were skiing or sledging to their houses. Also there are some snow mobiles operating as taxis taking people between these villages.
1. Find deals from the Swiss Railways (SBB) - We try to travel cheap. However the word cheap doesn't go so well with Switzerland. Hence we try to find all the offers and make our trips as affordable as possible. We took an offer from the Swiss railways where they were selling day pass for two for 75 CHF. To take this pass at least one person should be having a Swiss half fare card. In the span of our 6 months in Swiss, this was the second time we saw this offer. Having already purchased the Half fare card, this was a no-brainer to take this deal. In case if you don't have a Swiss pass, there is something called Saver day pass if purchased in advance from SBB, you can get it for as cheap as 49 CHF per person. So this pass is particularly useful to make you flexible as well as to efficiently use this wonderful Swiss transportation system. These day passes usually allows you to take any train, bus or boat in the country. Also in some cases, Cable cars are covered. In this particular region, all the cable cars - Mörel - Riederalp, Betten- Bettmeralp and Fiesch - Fiescheralp are covered. So our entire trip from Geneva got covered in this day pass.
2. To see the Aletsch glacier you will have to take another cable car further up to the mountains from any of these villages. We decided to not do it in winter since we assumed everything being covered in Snow, the Glacier wouldn't be very contrasting and not that appreciable. Save the visit to the glacier for a warmer season.
3. Though there are couple of restaurants and a supermarket, we had taken our own food which obviously was a big relief for the pocket.
4. The water we took in our metal bottle got froze and hence we had to eat ice at the end. So take warm water in insulated flasks.
5. We took maps from the tourist office in Fiesch for the hike which was really not a must since the path is well marked and quite easy, however, was very informative. Printed maps are always useful since you phone battery drain much faster in the cold.
6. The sun is extremely bright at the altitudes and the reflection from the snow adds to the intensity. Apply sunscreen generously. Even our relatively tolerant skin got burned around the neck where we overlooked to apply it sufficiently. A nice lady from the tourist office specially asked us to take care of the sun and even gave us some sachets for free.
7. It is impossible to do the hike without sunglasses as you will be literally blinded from the sun and its reflection.
8. The panorama way from Fiescheralp is truly remarkable which make it another strong reason to start the hike from here. Except for small stretches the trail is mostly downhill in this direction and hence quite easy to do.
9. These villages seemed to be slightly cheaper than Zermatt which is the most popular destination in Valais for skiing due to the Matterhorn. Hence could be an alternate option to try out. Also, it looked like we were the only tourists/non-swiss people in the area and hence was not at all crowded like the typical locations like Interlaken/ Grindelwald. The trails were hence much more serene, peaceful and enjoyable.
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