Imagine a paradise where massive mountains, glacial peaks and enormous plains dominate a landscape that has more trails than roads.
Every year my sister, her family and mine meet up at our parents and share a few weeks of our holiday time; hiking the area we called home as children. Most of my childhood memories in this particular area entail snow, skiing, crystal clear skies, magical white christmas celebrations and fun filled days outside during the wintertime. Living in Dubai however, my kids spend a large amount of their summer holidays in Switzerland in the summer and are more familiar with the lush green plains, wildflowers, grazing cows and the ice cold lakes.
One of the more spectacular hikes this year was the Trutg dil Flem, which translates to Water Trail in Romansch, the 4th language spoken in Switzerland.
We started at the Segnesboden, a cauldron-shaped alluvial plain know as Plaun Segnas Sut. It lies in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sardona and has some fabulous views of the Martinsloch and the nine peaks of the Tschingelhörner. Can you believe that twice a year, for a few minutes in March and October, the sun shines through the 22 meter high, 19 meter wide opening in the rocks onto the church steeple in Elm? How cool is that?
We hiked through the valley, down the mountain, following the river Flem all the way back to the town centre of Flims, crossing seven bridges altogher.
The highlight for the children was that my brother in law flew his drone that day. I must say even for us adults it was pretty amusing to watch it hover over us, darting under the bridges as it flew and took pictures.
The trail lead us back and forth along both sides of the gorge, which we crossed three times. The hike is just over 14km long with an elevation descent of 1000m, which requires a little endurance, but as you can see by the photos, the children hiked much faster than the adults!
It's mostly immaculatly groomed which makes it easy to enjoy your surroundings while you move through. The trail alternates between epic views of the mountains, to more mundane but still pleasant forest scenes.
The photos tell the story....