Published: October 14th 2007October 14th 2007
Hike, Heading back down looking over Gimmelwald having a break
Everyone get your passports organised because you will want to go to this place!!
I decided to do a blog just on this small town off 200 odd people just because it is simply amazing! Most of you would know that I was coming here after stumbling across it over a year ago on the net and then and there I decided I was heading to this remote village.Getting here is quite difficult as there are no cars allowed and either hiking or using the cable car is the only means of transport. The town is on a cliff face over looking a massive valley and with snow capped mountains on the other side it is just amazing.Think this place would be full of touirsts... think again... The goverment put a hold on building, saying that there is an avalanche danger or something so the only touirsts are backpackers hiking around!The hostel is like the real old style, made out of timber and real small dorms, even Kylie near hit the roof!! Waking up from noise was defantly not from the traffic, just the cows with the bells ringing from around their necks!
Now for the hiking.... First day
Hike 2, inside the glacier looking out
when we arrived we did a small walk to the near town of Murren and that is where all the tourists are packed in then just cruised around the many tracks above Gimmelwald. Second day we hiked up to Mt Schiltorn and this is at 2970m high so can imagine the views! The sun was out once again and could see into France and into Northern Switzerland with Mt Eiger and many 4000m plus mountains blocking the view from the other direction. On the way up there was a real thick layer of fog and once above that all we could see was what looked like a layer of carpet with snow capped mountains all around and was fantastic. Also up there is where the made one of the James Bond movies back in the 60's I think for the Bond fans out there....
Now for the last day and probably the best day so far since leaving Aus we went for a hike on a mission to find snow... We got more than we bargained for, in the end we found two massive glaciers and there was no one else around and was amazing. In each one we found
Hike, Heading back down
a cave and maybe silly of us went in for a quick look. It was like another world in there with water running around us and completly surrounded by ice not knowing if anyone else has even been in there since it is a melting glacier and could have just opened up. The second cave was huge and we could easily stand up and walk around and even had a sky light that went up 10m through the ice looking into the sky. We didn't hang around long in there as occasionally we would hear the ice crack and crap ourselves then get out. But still it was a great experience and we never thought of doing that any time while travelling, just a ramdom thing that made it sooooo good. On the way back we did some rock climbing, maybe silly again, but we were running late and had to head directly back home. It was a 10 hour day hike and gets dark fairly early over here so was a bit rushed in the end. Also we saw on the way some kinda Reindeer running around over the hills and that was pretty cool to see...
Trophies for the locals
thats about all I'm going to write on the best place on earth.....
I have posted heaps of photos so that will give you a real good idea of how great this place really is.
Chall for now
There are more photos below