Samuel was so excited to sleep in the high mountains that night. We love nature and for sure it was a great experience to sleep in Geltenhütte on 2002 m above the sea. The truth is that normally in a mountain lodges you have not so comfortable conditions. If you slept ones in a mountain lodge – you know what we speaking about. But this place made us love to do adventures like this !
image from www.geltenhuette.ch
Everyone without special health problems could reach this place in a few hours one way. With a fast tempo, you are there in two hours from Launensee parking. We made it in 3 hours with stops for photos and a little picnic. There is one more extremal way. This way we went back home. That was already quite scary in some moments. For sure for not experienced in hiking people like Yana 🙂 But the views from both ways are just picturesque…
The map is here
Way down: (harder one)
The first impression
Very very friendly people working here. From the first moment, you feel so welcome. And you have no feeling like you are in a mountain lodge, but in a hotel with an incredible view. Big restaurant, modern design, toilets, showers, food and drinks and lots of books. We immediately took a big beer and went on terrasse to enjoy the life fully.
We get the room with eight beds just for us two. What a luxury! Ok, we were not in a high season, so it was really just a few people sleeping in a lodge with 84 beds and 10 rooms. The room was not big but with the view of high mountains. Also a place for the clothes and backpacks. Nice!
When beer was finished, but the sun was still shining, we decided to use 1,5 hour before dinner, for the discovering area around the lodge. You have a round trip with the view on the glacier, but we were quite tired and we would not do it in a short time. So we went a bit away and were enjoying the view on the Alps. Around were wild Edelweiss flowers…Really romantic…
Ummm that was maybe the most uncomfortable situation 🙂 Six totally different people sitting close to each other at one from ca. twenty tables. We were of course late so we were placed in the middle. Left – woman around 60 and the men with 92!!! (yes, he came on his own up to the mountains!) Right – two of French-speaking men’s around 55. And we – before 30. We came and everyone stopped to speak. Then we greet the people and start to put the food on a plate. Everyone is still quiet. We did not know actually what to do or to say…Then french guys start to speak and the atmosphere became more friendly. At the end, we were all speaking in different languages and laughing because of the American guy. He was one of the guests and he went for a walk alone. From the window, we have seen him coming back. Not alone. A herd of goats was following him like one by one. And he tried to show them :” Go away, guys!”. But – in vain, they were following him almost until lodge. That was really funny…He came in and we laughed all together again.
That was a thing what we actually were waiting for. The night. As you know – we love stars…And the sky in mountains is the clearest and darkest. So after 22:00 we were freezing outside and starring on the early September sky. So many stars…But honestly – we were thinking it will be more. Because of the villages which are not so far, you have still light pollution. So it was the great sky, but not “knock down” one.
This small trip made us very positive. We would say – washed from the daily dirt. Pure nature, friendly people, the weather, hospitality – everything made us have absolutely no stress. This what was 1000 m down did not touch us anymore. The feeling of famous “Now is now” was really strong. Maybe, this energy from the glacier and Launensee as well came into our bones – we don’t know. But the feeling about being blessed did not leave us until we were back in a car.
Great place. Thank you, life for the opportunity to spend a great night in the Gelten lodge.
Did you guys sleep once in the mountain lodge? Where and how it was?