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! 🙂
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.
This weekend was said to be quite good weather, so we decided to spend it in the Tannheimer Tal. We slept at the camping site directly in front of the Haldensee. This is a really nice camping site and we were allowed to set up our tent directly in front of the lake. The atmosphere was very relaxed.
On Saturday we walked pass the Tannheimer Hütte and up to the Rote Flüh. It was already 8 years ago when we did this hike for the last time! From the Rote Flüh we walked down. This path where some parts are not secured by ropes was quite demanding. The via ferrata up to the Schartschrofen was very relaxed and after a short break we walked back down. Unfortunately the sun didn't come out today, but still we enjoyed the day back in the mountains.
On Sunday our muscles were aching a lot and therefore we decided to take it easy. We drove to the Vilsalpsee and walked up to the Landsberger Hütte. From there we walked to the Sulzspitze. This is a really nice summit, no people, and a beautiful view around. On the small hut below we enjoy a cold drink before walking down to the car.
Finally we were able to go up to the Gaißhorn. It is a really nice summit with a perfect view around! We walked up from Birgsau via the Krumbacher Höhenweg and passed the Mindelheimer Hütte. After the hut there was still a lot of snow, but it was no problem to continue. The Gaißhorn is only a few minutes away from the path to the Gemsteltal. We were the only people on the summit which was really nice 🙂 Afterwards we went down to Mittelberg where we took the bus back to Oberstdorf.
This year I decided to travel to another perfect spot if you love mountains - Patagonia! I heard and read so much about this part of the world that I finally wanted to see it by myself!
From Stuttgart I took the plane via Atlanta to Santiago and from there it was another flight to the end of the world! When I arrived in Puerto Natales it was raining and windy and my first thought was 'Why didn't I go on vacation to a country where the sun is shining all day?'.
Anyway I stayed in the Wild Hostel which can be really recommended and the afternoon went by quickly because I had to organize a couple of things (lighters, gas cartridge, food). There was heavy rain all afternoon and I became really worried about my plan to do the eight day trek around the Torres del Paine. But the next morning the weather was absolutely perfect! The bus ride to the Torres del Paine National Park took about two hours and to see the landscape was absolutely amazing! There is so much space - no towns, no cars - only nature and many rainbows (guess why? :D).
I successfully completed the Torres del Paine Circuit in eight days. Every day was a new adventure. The weather changed within minutes and almost every day there was rain, sunshine, snow - and of course wind! I never thought that the wind can be that heavy. Sometimes I was not able to walk anymore or hold my camera to take photos. But all in all it was just a great experience. You are so close to nature and every day there is a new panorama. I was especially impressed by the Grey Glacier! I have seen many glaciers in the Alps, but this one is so huge! And of course the Torres del Paine - they are just amazing!
There were moments of pure joy and happiness, but also moments when I was really exhausted - because of the rain often everything was wet and moist, my back hurt a lot while carrying the 20kg backpack and my companion on the trek, my tent, broke two days before the finish (luckily I carried a repair set and a guy helped me to fix it :D). Nevertheless it was really worth all the effort and I can only recommend Patagonia to everybody who likes nature!! 🙂
Day 1: Park Entrance - Campamento Serón Day 2: Campamento Serón - Refugio Dickson Day 3: Refugio Dickson - Campamento Los Perros Day 4: Campamento Los Perros - Refugio Grey Day 5: Refugio Grey - Campamento Italiano Day 6: Campamento Italiano - Los Cuernos Day 7: Los Cuernos - Campamento Torres Day 8: Campamento Torres - Park Entrance