There was no vegetation along the way, just rocks and soil debris moving beneath our feet. On the bedrock surface were long parallel scratches, attributing to a slow but powerful glacial motion.
Arthur's Pass is a township in the heart of the Southern Alps (New Zealand). We camped at the village for a night and set out for the hike in Avalanche Peak the following morning.
I'm back to civilization from a nearly unplugged trip in the ultimately pure and unspoiled southern New Zealand!
The whole track spans over 19km across breath-taking volcanic terrains, and from the highest point no one could resist a photo opportunity with the world famous Emerald Lake that has long become an icon of the crossing.
As we approached the ski resort, a fairytale-like landscape opened up in front of us with lovely wooden cottages, icy stream and brownish mountains against the backdrop of clear blue sky.
After several days of drizzle, the sun finally returned and we did not miss the chance to get out of town for a little excursion.
Garzirola is a mountain of the Lugano Prealps on the Swiss-Italian border, two hours away from Milan by car.