Group A have completed their awesome trip to the hut high in the mountains! Tommy, Maylis and Nathan hiked their way up to Caban Barraud. After a long packing and bag checking session on Tuesday morning, we set off on our 12km hike. Our route took us through typically stunning Swiss Alpine scenery, passing traditional houses and farms, meeting many of the farm residents on our way. The weather played its part; clear skies and scorching temperatures made the snow at the top even more refreshing!
After successfully completing the walk up, we cooked ourselves a curry (I have to say, after tasting other groups, DCIS students make an excellent curry!) and then cleaned and packed for the walk back the following day.
On Wednesday morning the students used their map reading skills to guide us back to Les Martinets in slightly less-than-perfect weather (although we missed the worst of the rain!), passing mountain cafés and stunning valleys. We stopped for lunch and some sneaky wild strawberry picking on the way. We arrived back in Les Martinets at 3pm Swiss time and unpacked and reflected on the awesome experience!
I am massively impressed with the students. Next up for Group A - chocolate and cheese!
It was a chocolate and cheese day for Group B. After all the walking we enjoyed a day of being tourists in the nearby town of Gruyere. We visited the cheese factory where we learned how they make their famous rounds of Gruyere cheese. Did you know it takes over 400 litres of milk to make one large round of cheese? They are pretty big rounds though! We were given samples of cheese at the end. It was a very delicious experience.
After that, we walked up the hill to Gruyere village and castle. The cobbled streets and castle made us feel like we were walking onto a set. It was really picturesque. We visited a local chocolatier to learn about how chocolate is made. The raw cocoa tastes pretty bitter! We each got to make our own chocolate bars which were really fun. Then we had an amazing guided tour of the castle, followed by a quick souvenir stop, then back to base to meet Group A and hear all their stories from the hike.
Tomorrow Group B will be heading out on their hike, hoping for good weather!
Trip Leader to Les Martinets