We had half an hour for a refreshment break before we were called forward to board a traction train which serves the steepest cogwheel railway in the world with an incredible ascent gradient of 48%. Even though this took us most of the way up the 2132 metre mountain, it was only achieved by following an exhaustive zigzag trail which takes you perhaps 200 yards before finding yourself only about 10 foot higher than when last you were at this same geo-coordinate about five minutes ago.
You actually travel 4618 metres to reach the top which is more than twice the height of the mountain!
The journey up the mountainside gave us some magnificent views, but little opportunity for photography since there were trees, high banks and even train shudders to contend with, we could only hope for more luck at the summit. We were also getting closer to the low hanging clouds.
Eventually we reached the point beyond which further upward traction was no longer possible and after a brief pause to orient ourselves, we proceeded up a wooden stairway toward the nearest summit. To say that the views here are dramatic and spectacular, would be an understatement, they are among the most inspiring I have ever experienced; you gaze down from whence you came and there beneath lie the apparent tracks of a disturbed centipede who has thrashed his demented way up the dramatic mountainside!
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