This is the final part of my Mount Hua blog before I move on to my next destination. I don’t know why I’ve written so much on Mount Hua but I guess because it breaks the record for being one of the biggest climb I’ve ever done, the heaviest I’ve carried (my cameras) for a hike and of course the funniest because of my unforgettable friends. This trip has become THE most memorable group trip ever! Now that I have a family with twins, I have no idea when I will have the luxury (time wise) to do another trip just like this. Yet, I treasure every moment of being a dad, as you can tell from my baby blogs HERE.
While we were walking the path, we saw our destination from distant. It was amazing yet scary. That’s the path to the Western Peak. Before we could reach the peak, we had to walk through a virtually unprotected ridge with steep slopes on either sides. Amid our goal to ‘conquer’ all peaks and this dangerous looking path was the only way to Western Peak, we ventured towards it. It looked pretty close at first but the journey from our stand point took almost an hour to get pass. It was a up and down journey with some icy paths threw in as bonus.
When we were finally there at the ridge, it was amazing. It didn’t look as scary as we first thought and the clear view on either sides was simply stunning. After 20 minutes accent, we arrived at the Western Peak. Suddenly we all felt relieved and proud that we had made it and conquered all five peaks! We didn’t stay as long as when we were at the Southern Peak because the view was similar but the achievement of conquering all five was definitely made our day. The sun was starting to set and as much as we wanted to stay and witness this beautiful clear sky coloured by the sun, we just ran out of time and had to move on, unless we hike all the way back down in pitch black and left our hired driver and van and made our own way back to our apartment.
The journey back was another challenge, we realised. Just any hiker will tell you, going down is more difficult than going up. You knees start to hurt after about an hour. Fortunately the terrain was just simple steps but still, it was simply too steep in some parts and it made the whole experience even more, argh… exciting. As we decent, we didn’t see many people and most had left, but we still saw people hiking up, for the sunset or waiting for sunrise. These visitors would be staying over.
After about another hour, we reached the Northern Peak and the cable car station. Our legs were shivering and hungry. As we approached the station, we realised that we were one of the groups to leave. Lucky! Our drivers then took us to a local restaurant for dinner before our home journey. That’s it, our big climb ended with lots of happy memories and photos. We all slept in the van dreamt about the time we just had in Mount Hua.
It’s also time to leave Xi’an and our next stop, the famous Quilin.
If you have missed my previous blogs of China travel, here’re the links:
Gallery (Snap shots)
Have a good day!