The Alpine Pass Route - Switzerland

Gsteig to Montreux (Days 14 and 15)

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Day 14 - 27 September 2008

I left Gsteig and climbed up to Blattipass (1900m). The guidebook said there were good views - but when I got there the mist had not yet lifted. I waited around for a while and took a few photos of flowers and fungi - but the mist was persistent so I reluctantly move on.

Above - flower

Above - fungi

Above - The trail then went through some beautiful meadows - unlike anything I had seen so far on the walk.

Above - vegetation

Above - vegetation

Above - ferns

Above - vegetation

Above - vegetation

Above - This stone fence is the boundary marking Kanton Vaud and brought me into French speaking Switzerland.

Above - One last (telephoto) view back to the Eiger and peaks near it.

Above - Les Diablerets coming out of the mist.

Above - paragliders taking off.

Above - On the way to the Col Des Mosses

Above - In the mist in the forest.

I went to Col Des Mosses where  stayed in the large Hotel Le Relais Alpin.

Day 15 - 28 September 2008

I left Col Des Mosses on a cold frosty morning.

Above - Markets being set up as I left town. The Dent du Midi in the background.

Above - A deep gorge on the way to Lac de l'Hongrin

Above - Mist on Lac de l'Hongrin

Above - Lac de l'Hongrin.

Above - This section of the walk involved road walking. You had to go through this long tunnel near Barrage de l'Hongrin (dam wall).

Above - Deciduous trees amongst conifers.

Above - Autumn colours

Above - Looking down from the last Pass - Col de Chaude (1621m). You can see Lac Léman and the outskirts of Montreux.

Above - Coral fungi in forest below the pass.

Above - more fungi

Above - Glion - a high suburb of Montreux - nearly at the end of my trip.

From Montreux I caught a train down the lake to Lutry to visit my friend Madlen.

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