alpha /æɫfə/ n.pl. -phas [Greek alpha (άλφα), from the Phoenician aleph] 1. the first letter of the Greek alphabet (Α, α) 2. the first in order of precedence 3. Astron. the brightest star in a constellation 4. the first version of a new software product that satisfies all the requirements and is distributed to internal testers   hütte /ˈhʏtə/ n. fem.pl. hütten [old high German hutta, from Indo-European *kudhia-, related with *(s)keu- “to cover”] 1. a little house or cabin of the plainest or crudest kind 2. mountain hut as those commonly found in European Alps   alphahutte n. [comb. of alpha and hütte] A. the Internet website dedicated to travel, outdoors, photography, science, technology, etc. B. the personal website of Andrea Busnelli

Zermatt-Hornlihutte

Matterhorn is without any doubt the most spectacular peak in the Alps. Located between Switzerland and Italy and famous for its particular shape that looks like a horn, it’s also one of the most climbed mountain-tops in the world. This review describes a very nice one-day trek that starts from Zermatt (in Switzerland’s Valais), reaches Hornlihutte where most of expeditions on Matterhorn depart and goes back to start point running through a valley lateral to the one where Zermatt lies.