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!! 🙂
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.
Another weekend full of sunshine! So we decide to take the train to Kandersteg. We stay at the Kanderhuette which is great, because it is very cheap and still a cosy place and it also includes a kitchen. The next morning we walk up to the Oeschinensee. This lake is super beautiful! 🙂 We are very early and only a few other people are there. We take a long break here before we continue hiking up to the Bluemlisalphuette. From the trail we have a good view of the glacier (or at least what is left of it) and for a few hundred meters the trail also goes along the moraine. After a steep ascent we reach the Hohtuerli. From here it is only another 10 minutes to the hut.
The Bluemlisalphuette is a very nice place! We stay there for almost two hours and enjoy the sunshine and the perfect view to the Bluemlisalp! Tonight is a concert at the hut and the helicopter is flying in the instruments! When all instruments and musicians are there they start to play music! This is fantastic! On the way back we walk over the Heuberg which offers a great view down to the Oeschinensee. This was definitely again one of the best hiking days this year! 🙂
After waking up today we feel reeeally tired because of the long hike to the Großer Krottenkopf yesterday. So we decide to take it easy. We have a really good breakfast at the Weinklause. Then we walk up to the ski jumping arena and along the Walserweg to the Gaisalpe. We then continue to the Gaisalpsee.
There are many people at the lake and also many people are going up to the Rubihorn. We decide for the quieter trail and walk up to the Oberer Gaisalpsee. Now we meet only a few other people. We continue until the Seealpe. Here we take a long break, have a drink, and then go back down to Oberstdorf. This trail offers great views and was a nice end of our summer vacation 🙂