Category: Switzerland

Monte Tamaro – Monte Lema Traverse

Monte Tamaro – Monte Lema Traverse Alpe Foppa (1527m) – Monte Tamaro (1956m) – Monte Lema (1555m), 13km A fantastic 5-hour ridge walk with breath-taking panoramic views. Unexpectedly physically challenging! Today Philippe and I had a different program on our 3rd sunny Ticino day:… Continue Reading “Monte Tamaro – Monte Lema Traverse”

Lavertezzo to Corippo hike

This village is nestled away on the other side of the valley and seems as if it has been left forgotten by the gods. We quietly wandered around very narrow stone-paved alleys just wide enough for one person to walk.  The alleys are uneven and… Continue Reading “Lavertezzo to Corippo hike”

Verzasca Valley

Roman bridge, Verzasca

The ehtnographic path: Lavertezzo –  Revöira – Motta, 5km Rain, rain, rain in the northern part of Switzerland for weeks. We had enough. A great weather forecast for the Tessin part pulled us south. So off we go for a short holiday to the Italian-speaking Switzerland and… Continue Reading “Verzasca Valley”

Reflecting on my 2-week long hike on the Haute Route

It’s been more than a month since a Japanese friend and I came back from our 2 week-long “Haute Route”. This long-distance walk from Chamonix/France to Zermatt/Switzerland was quite an experience and the images of the scenery still linger in my head.

Alp Spektakel Seewis

Patrick and Katharina joined us for a sunny day in Seewis. As every year the farmers celebrate the “coming down” of cattle and shephards with lots of cows, goats, sheeps, dogs, bells and cheese. Over the years this intimate event turned into a lucrative… Continue Reading “Alp Spektakel Seewis”

Hiking the Prättigauer Höhenweg – Day 4

St. Antönien (1416m) to Jägglischhorn (2290m) to Madrisa Bergstation (1939m), 13.4km, 850m up and down To Yasuko’s surprise, Philippe decided to accompany her for the last leg of the Prättigauer Höhenweg. He may have regretted it later (silently) as the wind for model airplane flying was good.… Continue Reading “Hiking the Prättigauer Höhenweg – Day 4”

Hiking the Prättigauer Höhenweg – Day 3

Schesaplana Hütte (1904m) – Cavelljoch (2239m) – Carschina Hütte (2220m) – St. Antönien (1416m), 24km, 1’050m up, 800m down! The day started with a gorgeous sunrise and cloudless sky and made us feel warmer than the outside temperature of 0°C. Having a quiet breakfast before… Continue Reading “Hiking the Prättigauer Höhenweg – Day 3”

Hiking the Prättigauer Höhenweg – Day 2

From Seewis (947m) to Alp Stürfis to Schesaplana Hütte (1904m), 15km – 1’200m up! Philippe joined me for the 2nd and 3rd day of the Prättigauer Höhenweg. We left home early in the morning and took a bus to Seewis. The first part was… Continue Reading “Hiking the Prättigauer Höhenweg – Day 2”

Hiking the Prättigauer Höhenweg – Day 1

Spectacular Prättigauer Höhenweg (Prättigau high-level trail) A 72km-long hike from Landquart to Klosters in Graubünden This multiple-day hike was in Yasuko’s list for a long time, particularly the stretch from Schesaplana Hut to Carschina Hut. It is a spectacular area with soaring limestone rock… Continue Reading “Hiking the Prättigauer Höhenweg – Day 1”

The Haute Route – Zermatt

Zermatt, a short hike from Trockener Steg to Schwarzsee