From refuggio Bonatti we walked for about an hour on a plain route and then headed all the way down to the valley. The way was very green, and it got hot so we took some of our clothes off before the next ascent. Oh boy, was that a mistake.
As we started gaining height again, we realized it was *freezing*. The route went on and on. I knew refuggio Elena was somewhere, yet I wasn’t able to see it. In retrospect I can say it was really hard to see as it was located behind a small hill. We kept ascending and I started to lose the feeling in my fingers, as well as my nose.
Eventually we reached refuggio Elena for our last coffee and hot chocolate in Italy. Oh boy, was that good. And it was really hard to get out from there and back into the cold.
The climb to the peak had been described to us as the hardest part of the TMB by people who had done it before, yet I found it enjoyable and not too tough. Besides, the views were amazing.
On the way up I saw a horse getting down with lots of luggage on its back. Apparently some people find it too hard to hike with their equipment in a backpack. When we reached the top we found snow around, and actually a bit of snow was falling. And the view was really pretty.
That point was where we said goodbye to Italy and crossed to Switzerland. As the clouds engulfed us it was freezing and we hurried to get the mountain. On the way down we came across some scary cows that didn’t look so content to have us wandering around.
We kept walking straight through the valley. It was a long way. In the end we reached La Fouly and found our hotel, which was completely deserted. We were the only guests. And yet the view was really nice.
Apparently the hotel we stayed in didn’t serve dinner. They told us we had to find a restaurant. And then we realized – its Switzerland, its fucking expensive! We crossed an invisible border and the prices exceeded by as t least 25% all of a sudden. Oh well, hello Switzerland.