This mountain was on top of my wish list for years and finally I did it! 🙂 For the last years I was afraid to do this hike alone because it is marked in blue which means that it is more difficult than an ordinary hiking path.
I started in Wasserauen and went up to Bogarten. From there the path becomes smaller and steep and very exposed. You walk on the side of the Marwees and later on the grassy ridge. The view all around is really amazing! I was the only person there during this time and I could enjoy every meter of it! This is one of the best tours in the Alpstein massive and I will definitely do it again! 🙂
Finally it was time again to go up a high mountain! Together with a mountain guide and two other people I met in Saas Fee. From there we hiked up to the Mischabelhütte. The hut is really nice, but there were many people and we had to squeeze in for dinner. The view down to Sass Fee, which lays 1500m below, is great! The path to the hut is also very interesting as it is almost a via ferrata and walking up there was really worth it.
The next morning we started in the darkness and were able to see the colorful sunrise in the morning from the glacier. All the day there was a storm, it was really cold and icy. That made the ascent quite difficult. In the beginning you just have to walk on a glacier, but for the last hour some climbing on the ridge is required. After about 4 hours we reached the summit, unfortunately it was completely covered in a cloud and we could see only a few meters. We stayed only for a couple of minutes before going the same way back down to the Mischabelhütte. When we left the glacier we also left the cloud and walked the rest of the day in sunshine. The way to the summit of the Nadelhorn is really a great tour and would even be better with sunshine 🙂
For this year I planned to go up the Nadelhorn together with a mountain guide. As a preparation and to acclimatize I arrived in Sass Fee two days earlier.
On the first evening I walked up to the Plattjen after the calbecar stopped running. I was the only person walking around and the view to the high mountains on the other side of the valley was fantastic. I could even see the Weissmies where I was three years ago. During a break I spotted some young ibexes which came really close 🙂
The next morning I decided to walk up the Langflue. Unfortunately the weather was not as good as the forecast said. But still the view of the glacier was great! On the way I saw two cute marmots. In the mountain hut I enjoyed a hot coffee before walking back down to the village.
Today was the perfect autumn day! 🙂 I started in Brülisau and walked up to the Hoher Kasten. From there the view to the Rhine valley was absolutely amazing! Then I walked below the ridge via Staubern to Saxer Lücke where I descended to Bollenwees. Just before arriving at Saxer Lücke the view down to the Fählensee was very beautiful and full of autumn colours 🙂 I continued via Bogarten to Wasserauen. When I stayed at Bogarten for a short break I was envious of the people coming down from Marwees. The traverse of the Marwees is almost on top of my wish list for next year 😉
Here are some impressions from my hike on October 3rd which is a public holiday in Germany. The weather forecast said a mix of clouds and sunshine, but more or less it rained the whole day 😛 The hike took me from Wasserauen via Hüttentobel and Bogartenlücke to Bollenwees. Luckily it was still open and so I enjoyed a hot peppermint tea in front of the fireplace. Then I walked up to Staubern and shortly before the Hoher Kasten I took the path down to Brülisau. Even if the weather was quite bad I enjoyed the hike and the nature and being completely alone most of the time.