If you are looking for a short, enjoyable winter hike in Germany, you have come to the right place. In a 4-day tour in the Allgäu Alps, the path from the Hochgrat cable car to the Gündlesscharte and back is very easy to master and is also ideal for beginners.
Thick clouds form in the sky as we park our car on the Mt Robert carpark (880m). What happened? There was bright sunshine just a minute ago…
But hey, there is no bad weather and we are not made from sugar. Put the sweater out and put on the rain jacket and then let’s go to the Angelus Hut (1650m).
In the center of Germany lies one of the most beautiful hiking trails of the country: The Harz Witches’ Trail.
With a total distance of 150km, the long-distance trail leads from Osterode to Thale. It combines magical places with largely untouched nature and insights of the history of the Harz mining industry.
The idea of crossing the Alps has for sure gone through every head with love for the mountains. In fact, more and more people choose to cross the Alps by foot. However, before the adventure begins, the route has to be chosen, because there are countless routes across the Alps.
8 pm Airport Tegel
The first part of on our way to Sweden is done: we are on the train to Berlin central station. Ok… we accidentally took the wrong bus so we drove all the way through Berlin in the wrong direction. But anyway we made it finally.
The snow is crunching under the snowshoes. Nothing else: no noise penetrates the silent winter landscape. The snow sparkles in the sun and we are hiking in the middle of it. There is no one around but us from horizon to horizon.
Finally, it is time – we are on a hiking trip again. Let’s take our backpacks and make sure the GPS has the right information. ;)
We take the bus from Guayaquil to Guaranda, our starting point. The drive takes about 4 hours. Already 1 hour after departure I need a toilet. I go to the driver. He doesn´t speak any English or German…I start a very emotional spectacle to show him how urgent it is.
My pulse is racing as I snap for air. Every inch of my body hurts. We are at 4,308 meters above the sea level. I´ve never been in such an altitude before! We stop hiking and taking a break. My pulse calms down and I´m able to take a deep breath.
I’m covered in snow up to my hips. Every step again I break into the meter-high snow cover. Why didn’t I bring the damn snowshoes?