Flower-spotting hike up from Montreux + alpine garden + century-old railway

Even wild native orchids like these are quite easy to spot along this hike. Photos by author Luciano Abriata.
View from the train on the way up. The Dents du midi (max. 3257m) sit in the back. Getting to the summit is no easy hike but the mountain has a very interesting, easier to rich plateau at around 2500 m, with lakes and a couple of refuges where to sleep. In the bottom left corner, the Château de Chillon, well worth a visit. Photo by author Luciano Abriata.
Beginning the hike on the easy path that slowly goes up through the forest, which this time was so green that it looked more like a jungle. Photo by author Luciano Abriata.
This sign guides you and also ensures you that this part of the hike will be easy (no red bands that would indicate mountain trail, as you’ll see later). In fact in the first part you walk just through a gravel road. Photo by author Luciano Abriata.
Already the sides of this road are full of flowers of all colors and shapes. Photos by author Luciano Abriata.
Left: Raspberry fruits just starting to grow. Right: wild strawberries, small but quite tasty! Photos by author Luciano Abriata.
You can even spot some wild orchids already in the first minutes of hike. Photo by author Luciano Abriata.
This flower, quite easy to find in canton Vaud, reminds me of a plasma globe. The photo of the flower is my own. The photo of the plasma globe is by Diliff, CC BY-SA 3.0 <http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/>, via Wikimedia Commons.
Left: Fern on a vertical rock wall. Right: A future king of the forest. Photos by author Luciano Abriata.
Chicory. Did you know you can prepare a hot drink that tastes similar to coffee by roasting its root? I will show you some day. Photo by author Luciano Abriata.
More flowers, more colors. Photos by author Luciano Abriata.
Rosehip, whose fruit (to ripen in around 4 months) is not easy to eat but can be used to prepare a delicious jam. Stay tuned for the story on that! Photo by author Luciano Abriata.
From this point, a mountain hiking trail starts (see red and white bands in the sign). Not really very tough. By the way, we are hiking here through the Via Alpina (national hiking route 1) as defined by Schweizmobil: https://www.schweizmobil.ch/en/hiking-in-switzerland/route-01.html Photos by author Luciano Abriata.
Some more flowers… Photos by author Luciano Abriata.
…and the trail becomes more steep. Photo by author Luciano Abriata.
A refreshing cave on the way up. Photo by author Luciano Abriata.
More wild orchids. Photo by author Luciano Abriata.
Playing with focus effects. Photos by author Luciano Abriata.
Farmer ants. I find this so cool. Photo by author Luciano Abriata.
Keep walking up the rocky trail… Photo by author Luciano Abriata.
…and you get to see flowers that like more rocky areas, (“rochers”). Photos by author Luciano Abriata.
A wild orchid sprouting. Photo by author Luciano Abriata.
Quite high already, here we see across the valley the Tour d’AÏ (right) and the Tour de Mayen (left), around the Leysin area in canton Vaud. Photo by author Luciano Abriata.
We keep going up as the terrain gets more rocky and the last pine trees tell us that we are passing the 1800 m. Photo by author Luciano Abriata.
But you still get to see flowers… Photos by author Luciano Abriata.
…even at the very top (this photo was shot at the summit). Photo by author Luciano Abriata.

Thought this was enough? Well wait for a whole alpine garden at the top: La Rambertia

Just some examples of flowers, among around a thousand varieties they keep. Photos by author Luciano Abriata.
Photos by author Luciano Abriata.
Right when you get to this flat area around the restaurant and train station, 10 minutes walk away from the very top, this sign shows you all the possible directions you could take. Photo by author Luciano Abriata.
Photo by author Luciano Abriata.
Seriously, not a single city from Latin America or Oceania and only one from Africa?? Photos by author Luciano Abriata.
View from the very top towards the north east, where you see the end of the cog railway and an antique hotel/refuge where today only the restaurant and train station operate. Photo by author Luciano Abriata.
View from the very top to the south west, with Lac Leman dominating the scene. Photo by author Luciano Abriata.
View from the very top towards the northwest, with the Dent de Jaman. Photo by author Luciano Abriata.

About the train from Montreux to Rochers de Naye

The train console as it pushes up from Montreux to Rochers de Naye. Photo by author Luciano Abriata.

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