Perched on the upper northeast ridge of the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps, a tiny cottage known as the “Solvay Hut” has provided a refuge for climbers since it was built in 1915.
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As cozy and welcoming as that sounds, we should also point out that the path leading to the hut lies about 13,000 feet up the mountainside. Here's a better perspective:
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Established by Belgian mountaineer Ernest Solvay (who donated it after several deaths occurred on the mountain), the hut serves as an emergency rescue station, providing climbers with food, communication equipment and shelter from the elements. The view is also spectacular, as you can see below... but it seems like getting there takes nerves of steel.
Photo: Twisted Sifter
If this sounds like your ideal vacation getaway, then you might also like to visit this tea house in China, which can only be reached by an incredibly narrow and dangerous mountain trail.