Pavel climbed the mountain, believing the bar was his hotel
An Estonian tourist, known as ‘Pavel’, 30, accidentally climbed the side of a mountain while trying to return to his hotel room after a night out.
The drunken man was reportedly on his way home after some après-ski in Cervinia, a resort in Italy’s Valle d’Aosta.
While his exact route is unknown, it is believed Pavel mistook a snow-covered street for the road back to his hotel.
The tourist instead climbed up the Ventina piste which fringes the town, wearing only shoes, before finally breaking in and taking refuge in a mountain restaurant.
According to Italian newspaper, La Stampa, the incident occurred between 2 and 3am when Pavel, oblivious to the steep incline in front of him, continued up the mountain.
On the horizon, Pavel spotted the outline of a chalet – what he mistakenly thought was his hotel room.
However, this was in fact the bar and restaurant ‘Igloo’, located some 2,400 metres above sea level.
Fumbling with his hotel room key, Pavel miraculously managed to break in and take shelter for the night.
LUCKY ESCAPE: The bar is located 2,400 above sea level
He was found by staff the following morning, having taken two small bottles of water from behind the bar counter and sprawled across the bar’s benches.
Two employees found Pavel in the morning at around 8.30am, and called the restaurant’s owner, Alessandro Zavattaro.
According to La Stampa, a search rescue party looking for the lost man had been in operation for hours – including firefighters with two dog units, as well as drones.
The drunken tourist had a lucky escape. However, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have reported a number of deaths in the Alps this year.
In February, a British skier died in the French Alps after falling from a cliff.
There have also been a number of tragic avalanches sweeping across Alpine ski resorts in the French and Swiss Alps, with catastrophic consequences.
The FCO advises British nationals in ski resorts to “check weather forecasts and conditions and make sure you’re properly equipped.
“Don’t undertake any activity alone…[and] always leave copies of your itinerary with someone”.
Advice continues: “For travel to mountainous areas, make sure your insurance covers you for extra medical costs, repatriation to your country of residence… mountain rescue services and helicopter costs”.
In extreme weather conditions, it is important to “observe all warnings regarding avalanches and where appropriate consider carrying avalanche search equipment.”