Hardergrat Trail – an epic hike

It’s not just a trail. It’s a thrilling journey where you will have mental ups and downs, especially when you see all that stretches out ahead of you. It looks impossible, but it’s not, it’s just very, very long. There, at the first stop on the ridge, I rested with that extreme view over the mirror lake. Amazing.

The trail starts quickly to be narrow and scary and the fatigue rises. It’s only at the end, when it’s over, that you will feel the best sensations of freedom and immensity. This is something that will stay with you forever.

It’s 25km long, about 18km are spent on a sharply outlined grassy ridge, with prominent drops on both sides. It’s not for those afraid of exposure, and should never be attempted when wet.

The route is not an official trail, but the path stays on the ridge the entire length. However, the steepest section is unprotected and is a downclimb if you are going west to east.

Don’t underestimate this route! An early start is required from Interlaken to make the Brienzer Rothorn’s last train down to Brienz.

The trail is very long and people can take up to 10 or more hours to finish.

Take enough water with you. There isn’t any on the ridge from the Harderkulm station to the Brienzer Rothorn and during summer time it could be scorching when you are hiking the steepest part of the trail.

Do you want to know the story that stays behind my personal experience on the Hardergrat trail? Let’s go on reading…

In 2017 I was in Hawaii for the Honeymoon. In those mountains, I found one of the most dangerous hikes in the world. I was not ready to attempt it but it became an obsession! I promised myself that I would have hiked the Moanalua when I would have been prepared for it. So I came back and started studying for any hike that looked similar to the Moanalua and found the Hardergrat trail. I couldn’t wait to attempt it. I was so excited. I planned my three days trip to Interlaken almost one year later. It was July 2018 when I hiked the Hardergrat the first time. I started at 4:30 am to hike the first section from Interlaken to the Harder Kulm. I started the real trail at 7:30 from the Harder Kulm station to the Augstmatthorn and ended it at 8 pm when I throw the backpack on my room’s moquette so enthusiast for my effort and leave me to rest on the sofa, notably tired but very happy. It has been a weird experience. I did it again in 2019. It so magical up there when the wind blows, hitting your face and moving your hair in that immense place full of freedom.

Kalalau Trail – Kauai

Oi kau ka lau, E hana I ola HonuaLive your life while the sun is still shining: the wind behind, the ocean beyond, sometimes the rainbows above and mountains and cliffs and Nature next to you. Thank you for making me feel tiny, humble and inspired all at once.

The Kalalau Trail is a truly life experience along Nā Pali Coast of the hawaian island of Kauai. The trail runs approximately 11 miles (18 km) along the island’s north shore from Keʻe Beach to the Kalalau Valley and then to the Kalalau Beach. It’s one of the most beautiful, and dangerous, hikes in the world.

The first section of the trail is a two-mile (3 km) stretch from Keʻe Beach to Hanakapiai stream and beach. Here is where everything begins and from where you need to obtain a camping permit from the Hawai’i Department of Land and Natural Resources. The next section connects Hanakapiai stream to Hanakoa Valley, untile mile six (9 km) and then continues on to Kalalau Valley, a large, flat-bottomed valley almost a mile across. After hiking down Red Hill, it is about a half mile to Kalalau Beach. That last part is amazing, it’s like the most perfect part of the Earth. Plants, flowers, sounds, sea, wind, everything…that last part to the beach it’s the “Garden of Eden”

The narrow trail, three major stream crossings that can rapidly rise when raining, and falling rocks…this is why it’s so dangerous.

But curiosity spurs us to venture further and further and go deep into the wild. And it’s not only a trail, it’s a journey and you need so much time, also after you came back, to understand what you had lived.

When you go after the last part and you “dive” into the Kalalau Beach, you find a surreal world. Many travelers believe that a place can leave an everlasting mark on your heart and soul. Like this beach does! Here is where the spectrum of emotions you’ll go through, when experiencing one more amazing sunset, makes you understand that once you’ve had it, you’ll always want it. Wait for it! You will discover, I hope, the most beautiful thing that my eyes have ever seen on Earth. The most peaceful, energetic, exciting place.

The perfection of the Planet explodes while I am amazed to admire this immense, surreal beauty.

I felt lost in a land where there is neither space nor time as we know it, but that wraps the continuous evolving of things with a magic bubble.

Devastating! Unpredictable!

It’s like living in the time machine, you go back to the past and relive it with the awareness of the present, you return to the present in a temporal connection with the past to live it with enthusiasm and love. You have no mental or human boundaries over there. You feel inside this magic bubble or inside another unreal planet. Laws, physics, human beings are different when you find the fairness of the Eden.

Thank you Matt Kievlan

Overwhelmed by the perfection of this beach, embedded in an ancient casket, bordered by sacred peaks. The glow of the sun’s rays, shortly after dawn, gradually affects the color on the sharpest ridges, setting them on fire with green, brown, orange, yellow and perfumes that, like gold, inebriate the senses. And the chirping of birds everywhere. And the ocean waves at least three meters high. The waterfall, the palm trees, the campfire. The human smile of unknown friends.

And then just the chills down my spine for something I can’t forget.