Our next goal was to see how Ulrika’s pregnant body handled altitudes so Schöntal was our option when we wanted to hike an easy trail and reach higher altitudes. Schöntal is a peak that we have seen from Sandra and Markus place every time we’ve visited them, so we felt it was time see how the valley looked from that part of the Alps. Ulrika was in week 27 so we were also curious how she could handle the ascent and the long trail – it was going to be a 18 km hike in the end of the day.
Vårt nästa mål var att se hur Ulrikas gravida kropp hanterade höjder så Schöntal var vårt alternativ när vi ville ha en lättare vandringsväg, samt nå högre höjder. Schöntal är ett ställe som vi har sett från Sandra och Markus plats varje gång vi har besökt dem, så vi kände att det var dags att se hur dalen såg ut från den delen av Alperna. Ulrika var i vecka 27 så vi var också nyfiken på hur hon kunde hantera stigningen och den långa leden – det skulle bli en 18 km vandring i slutet av dagen.
Pontus and the meadow. We started easy and we have to say that coming here during late spring is wonderful. The flowers fills the valley and the weather is great.
The first part of our 18 km hike was through the valley and not so much increasing in altitudes. Our mission was the green peak right in front of us.
We took a few breaks, because we knew that we had a long hike to manage, and waterfalls are always a reason to stop for.
Soon there were altitudes to climb and it went quite well.
We reached Schöntal and Ulrika still felt good to go so we continued and soon we had a nice view over Riezlern.
Finally, we reached a satisfying altitude at 1500 meter above sea level, a 500 meter ascent compared to our starting level at 1000 meters. The total ascent during the hike was 1000 meter.
Ulrika was very proud of herself. The pace during the whole 18 km trail was 14:50 min/km – it was not the best, but it didn’t matter. 27 weeks pregnant and still going strong! “Det lilla livet” seems to like being carried up on mountain tops.
The view was incredible and we could see the snow still on Hoher Ifen, a peak/plateau we reached last year with Sandra and Markus.
Our adventure on Ifen!
Our way back was on trafficked roads, it was in case Ulrika should start having pains or cramps, so our back up option was to jump on a bus back to our place.
But the landscape was still absolutely stunning.
The roads around Schöntal are steep and narrow.
Ulrika still felt awesome so we abandoned the trafficked roads for more nature walk for the last part of our hike.
Soon back home, we just had a small ascent left.
Our last waterfall on our hike, so we had to capture it on camera. After this successful hike we decided it was time to try a more technical trail.