Last weekend, from 20 to 23 of August we had a Japanese friend visiting us from Romania. She was very interested in natural beauty of Switzerland more than other things, but the weather had other plans. I had in mind some interesting routes, but remote places should only be accessed on perfect weather, as at high altitudes the weather changes come very fast and sometimes even dramatic. As the weather was unstable, I selected two locations which could provide some activity even on rainy weather: Leukerbad for Saturday and Gruyere area for Sunday.
By finding their location and orientation I have concluded that afternoon light would be the best for observing them, as during the morning they avoid the sun from under their own shadows. Of course the light would have been perfect on the other side during the first half of the day, but getting on the other side coming from Lausanne would prove slightly more complicated...
Jaun town (French and German only) the top of the mountain range was under the cover of clouds and we could only see the vertical wall behind the pine trees. We started heading towards the Chalet du Soldat (Soldathaus) - about an hour of walking. By the time we got here and eat the clouds have started to clear away giving away the site of this majestic mountain range. We started even spotting the mountain climbers trying their luck on the vertical walls.
Although the Gastlosen mountain range is a little bit longer than it appears in the pictures in this article, the most imposing sector is Sattelspitzen, visible on the left image with the head in the clouds. The highest point of this sector is 2124 meters high and called Ruedigenspitze.
After lunch we started climbing up towards the right of the range as it is positioned in the images above until a point where we could cross over on the other side, but we did not pursue any longer as the weather was still unstable and we did not want a rain to catch us exposed.
The landscape of the path that we were following was very interesting, dominated by the green of the pine trees and the gray of the dramatic rocks. From above, there was a splendid view of the valley below and of the chalet that we stopped for lunch. I have a few more images that I would like to have the time to upload in the following week...
Castle of Gruyere was closed. My wife and myself already visited it a few months back (hence the left image taken from the inside of the castle), but I was hoping to visit the HR Giger Museum, opened in 1998 right at the entrance of the castle, dedicated to the artist responsible for the artwork in the Oscar winning Alien movie. I had to settle down with a beer in the Giger Bar, design by the same guy, and enjoy a beautiful sunset over the Leman Lake on the way back to Lausanne.