IT‘S 11AM AND THE GEN­TLE SUM­MER SUN

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be­gins to warm my skin – like kisses from the di­vine. The late Au­gust air shim­mers on the hori­zon and the oc­ca­sional cool breeze wafts through the moor­lands. Bloom­ing fields of flow­ers have come and gone, and all that re­mains are a cou­ple of loose clus­ters scat­tered across the park. The skies are a vi­brant azure – a fine can­vas for the almighty Alps that stood be­neath it. And even though in late sum­mer the Alps are just mostly bare, jagged rocks with the ex­cep­tion of its high­est peaks, it is still breath­tak­ing to be in such close prox­im­ity to the moun­tains. Known as Alp Flix, this high plateau moor­land is lo­cated within re­gional na­tional park (RNP) Parc Ela, the largest na­ture park in Switzer­land. Fer­tilised and dry grass mead­ows are in­ter­min­gled with moun­tain for­est, high and flat moor­land and moun­tain lakes to form a mul­ti­far­i­ous mo­saic. In Alp Flix alone, 2,092 species of flora and fauna were dis­cov­ered within a span of 24 hours back in 2000. “I have dis­cov­ered about 500 species of flow­ers my­self ear­lier this sea­son,” says our lo­cal guide Vic­to­ria, an af­fa­ble mid­dle-aged lady of Ro­mansh her­itage. “Now that sum­mer is end­ing soon, we are us­ing the fields to gather hay and make farm­ing tools. In the next two months, au­tumn magic hap­pens and the leaves turn to a gold, red and rust colour. The view is sim­ply beau­ti­ful, es­pe­cially from high up the moun­tains.”

Un­sur­pris­ingly, Alp Flix is a tran­quil coun­try

Proper hik­ing gear is essen­tial for long hikes, the most im­por­tant be­ing sturdy hik­ing shoes ABOVE Sweep­ing moor­land and pine forests are the main fea­tures of Alp Flix

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