We wanted to do a hike and settled for Hoher Kasten which is in canton Appenzell. It was a two hour drive from Basel to get there.
We parked the car, got the cable car up the mountain, took in the most incredible views (we could see lakes and also the Rhine) and from there started what was to be our 6 hour hike for the day.
It was an incredibly challenging hike. The first part was basically hiking from one mountain top to another and the hike was demanding – you had to keep going up and down, up and down.
We passed cows and goats along the way.
We reached the famous Saxer Lücke from which it was a steep hike downhill.
We stopped and had our packed nasi goreng cina (chinese fried rice) lunch by the lake while being entertained by other hikers trying to swim in the freezing cold water.
The next part of the hike shocked me. I had never had to walk on such a steep slope (or ever seen one) in my life! It was demanding on our knees but I was thankful we were going downhill as opposed to uphill – I wondered how all those people heading in the opposite direction would survive the long incredibly steep climb. Otherwise it was another incredibly amazing day hiking again in the Swiss Alps.