Adventure Travel Tours A Day On The Trail

Adventure Travel Tours A Day On The Trail



An adventure travel vacation is​ a​ great way to​ explore your world. Join a​ group of​ fun people who share your interests as​ we go on​ a​ day hike in​ the​ Alps. Enjoy a​ little taste of​ Switzerland.

Up,​ Up,​ and Away

After consuming a​ hearty breakfast,​ we depart for the​ trailhead. It's close to​ our conveniently located inn,​ so we take a​ leisurely stroll - greeting friendly locals and shopkeepers along the​ way.

We board a​ bright red cable car that whisks us soaring above the​ valley to​ a​ far away peak. One of​ your companions excitedly nudges you,​ "Look,​ marmots!". We gaze at​ a​ trio of​ cuddly creatures staring back at​ us from the​ rockface - so close we feel we could reach out and touch them.

We disembark at​ a​ solid rock and timber mountain station - now peaceful,​ this station hosts a​ clattering mass of​ skiers during the​ winter season.

Clean Mountain Air and Emerald Lakes

Breathing in​ the​ fresh mountain air,​ we set out on​ our trail. Carpets of​ wildflowers surround us. Gentle cows graze the​ alpine grasses - serenading us with a​ cheerful tinkle of​ bells. Hiking here is​ so refreshing.

A meandering path leads us through hillocks of​ glacial moraine,​ now cloaked in​ a​ splendid green,​ to​ the​ edge of​ a​ startlingly beautiful emerald lake. the​ nearby mountains reflect on​ its surface.

We make a​ brief stop to​ admire this natural jewel. Some of​ our group rambles around the​ tiny lake - others lay back and enjoy the​ serenity.

Hiking Amongst Towering Peaks

Our trail continues along a​ high mountain valley bordered by towering snow-capped peaks. Beautiful Alpenroses form a​ lovely rolling heath. We tramp across a​ small snowfield - its coolness underfoot contrasts with the​ glorious warmth of​ the​ alpine sun.

We spy a​ cairn ahead with the​ familiar red-and-white trail marking painted on​ one of​ its rocks. Rounding a​ corner we spot our lunchtime destination in​ the​ distance - a​ solid Berghaus growing out of​ the​ surrounding rocks.

Lunching on​ the​ Sonnenterrasse

As we settle ourselves on​ a​ rustic,​ sun-drenched Sonnenterrasse,​ a​ tantalizing smell of​ frying onions and sausages greets us. Lunch is​ hearty mountain fare - plates heaped with Rosti mit Spiegeleier und Speck (a wonderfully golden,​ crispy fried potato pancake with egg and bacon) - served by a​ flaxen-haired girl in​ a​ traditional,​ powdery-blue farmer's smock.

We wash down our delicious lunch with bottles of​ local beer and gaze out across a​ massive glacier winding its way down between two peaks and glistening in​ the​ sunlight.

Stunning Views

Well sated,​ we regain our trail and soon find ourselves breaking out onto a​ sloping hillside - affording us stunning views of​ the​ valley far below. We see a​ tiny hamlet across the​ valley,​ its sun-burned houses and barns surround a​ central church spire. a​ massive mountain rears up behind this peaceful scene.

Slowly dropping down a​ gentle path,​ we enter a​ straggle of​ dwarf pine. We're greeted by a​ pungent fragrance that reminds us of​ the​ cleanliness of​ this wonderful habitat. the​ afternoon sun is​ gaining strength and it's a​ perfect time for us to​ enter the​ cool loaminess of​ the​ lower forest. We follow the​ edge of​ a​ cascading glacier-fed creek - its frostiness refreshes the​ air around us.

Warm Sun and the​ Smell of​ Hay

We clatter across an​ ancient wooden bridge - its surface well worn by generations of​ cows being driven to​ Alpine meadows. in​ the​ lower pastures,​ local farmers are harvesting the​ hay with large wooden rakes. a​ comforting,​ sun-rich smell of​ dried grasses greets us.

Off to​ the​ Konditorei

The relaxing smell of​ hay and the​ warmth of​ the​ sun has put us into a​ peaceful,​ lazy mood. We beeline to​ the​ nearest Konditorei to​ debate our biggest decision of​ the​ day - is​ it​ to​ be the​ daintily glazed apricot torte,​ the​ decadent chocolate mousse with lashings of​ whipped cream,​ or​ the​ traditional (and oh so tasty) Engadiner Nusstorte.

We relax in​ a​ cozy nook and relieve today's experiences.

Relaxing Back at​ the​ Inn

We amble back to​ our welcoming inn - a​ great time for relaxed exploration of​ the​ local shops. Back at​ the​ inn,​ some members catch up on​ reading in​ the​ inn's glorious wood-paneled library - others send postcards or​ nap in​ the​ warm afternoon sun.

Later,​ we'll watch as​ the​ sun paints the​ mountains with golden color. an​ adventure travel vacation in​ Switzerland is​ a​ fantastic experience.

Tomorrow,​ we set off on​ another lovely adventure.




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