Excursions in Valchiavenna with the dog
If you have already been in our pet friendly hotel you have surely met Black, our very dark Belgian shepherd. During the last fall, our German guests also noticed how adventurous and stubborn it can be, even (or above all!) at 2,800 meters…
Starting from the Hotel Saligari for the Lombard stage of “Sentiero Italia”
Gerold, Reinhard, Leo and Winfried are four friends with a common passion: the mountain. They arrived from Bremen last autumn to walk a small piece of the very long trekking path “Sentiero Italia”, route of over 6,000 km that connects the whole Italy. A leg of this route, in fact, starts right from the mountains of Lake Mezzola. They planned a six-day trip between shelters and bivouacs, but they had not come to terms with Black…
Prepare yourself for the trekking trip with a rich dinner and a comfortable bed!
After landing in Bergamo, our guests took the train and in two hours they arrived at the hotel, just in time for dinner. For the six days in the mountains they prepared soups and nudeln: in that period, all along the path, the shelters were closed and they had to organize themselves as they could. Conscious of what was waiting for them from the culinary point of view, on that evening they enjoyed a Sassella risotto that no it seemed to them more delicious than usual. The following morning, after a nice rest and a fresh orange juice from our breakfast buffet, they left for the challenging excursion full of energy.
An unexpected adventure companion
After a while, Gerold realized that someone was following him: it was Black, the nice dog he met the night before at the hotel. The four friends did not worry too much about his presence because, once reached a herd of donkeys, the Belgian shepherd went back to the Hotel … or at least it seemed so: after about an hour, in fact, Black suddenly reappeared, trotting happily. At that point how to behave? Cell phones’ line didn’t work, there was not a living soul within a radius of kilometers, and going back was out of question … that’s how an unexpected fifth elemen has added to the quartet.
Black: 3 adjectives to know him better
Affectionate, pampering lover and curious: these are the main features of Black, which is often done on the outskirts for the mountains following the guests of the hotel that best suits him. He is three years old and is Mario’s dog, the owner of the Hotel, but we can say that he is the dog of all of us: it is impossible not to fall in love with this puppy!
The emotion that only an uncontaminated sky can give you
After 9 hours of walking, 2,000 meters in altitude and a succession of enchanting landscapes, the group has reached satisfied the Capanna Volta, the goal set for the day. In this small bivouac of about 7 square meters, two Spartan beds are at the disposal of hikers who, like our guests, want to experience the mountains in an authentic way, watching the stars closely. At 2,800 meters the show of shooting stars lasts all year, not just the night of San Lorenzo! Despite the limited space in the bivouac, Gerold has found a place for Black as well, as the outside temperature dropped a few degrees below zero.
An insurmountable obstacle even for the bravest dogs
The following day, the original company slowly set off for the second goal: the Bivacco Valli. However, at the Bocchetta di Spassato, two-hour walk from the goal, you had to face a last exposed climb, secured in different points with ropes and chains. The four German friends tried every trick, but there was no way to persuade Black to go there. Reluctantly, knowing they had the second goal at hand, they gave up and went back to the Volta Hut just in time to avoid an autumn dusting of snow. There, to console themselves, they ate a double portion of soup with their stubborn four-legged friend.
Which is the real reason why Black did not want to continue the excursion?
The next evening we were all surprised to see the four exhausted and happy friends peeping at the reception accompanied by a Black who behaved as if nothing had happened. We listened to their adventure and, to thank them for taking care of our daring friend, we invited them to spend the night in the Hotel for free. But why did Black insist so much not to continue the excursion? Was he just afraid of going through a piece of exposed path or was there something else? Had he sensed a danger and wanted to protect his new friends? Did he feel that a snowfall was coming?
The comfortable beds of our rooms have been widely appreciated by the friendly group (especially after two consecutive nights at Capanna Volta!), Which the following morning set off again to continue exploring our mountains. Despite their original plan had blown, our guests went away very happy: they lived an experience that they will never forget and, at the same time, they met a faithful and caring friend!