Day 14: Three-Day Hike Day 1: Hiking to DaHuaDianBa
The three-day hike was intense. And by intense I mean, really intense.
On friday, we woke up at 7:30, and ate a delicious meal of bacon and eggs. It was very scrumptious because bacon and eggs was a delicacy we didn't have before. After breakfast, we left YZR and started our hike. The moment we arrived at the foot of the mountain, I saw these gigantic mountains in front of our tiny green bus, I thought to myself, "This is going to take a longgg time."
The hike itself wasn't so bad, it was just really long. From start to finish, it took around 7 to 8 hours, and the whole time it was uphill. The first two hours or so it was just rocky terrain going uphill, then it was into the mountain itself which was three hours or so, then we were on the edge of the mountain, and it was very very rocky. That took one and a half hours, then finally we reached the plains (DaHuaDianBa) and walked for around 1 and a half hours. All the trails seemed never-ending- it would go on through the horizon, and once we walked to that point, it would just continue on. We walked through rain, sleet, hail, wind, and a storm, but once we finally arrived, just seeing everything around us from the yaks to the amazingly clear blue sky to the sheep to the farmhouse inn made the whole trek totally worth it.
At the local farmhouse, we feasted on yak meat and headed upstairs for an early night in. We were going to camp outside, but the weather conditions were far too perilous and unpredictable that we just slept indoors in the inn. I was relieved because I didn't think I could last a whole night out in the sleet. At this time, I was already loosing feeling with my hands and feet.
I was extremely proud of myself for doing this three-day hike and not giving up. I never go hiking, so I didn't know what to expect, but on that day I think I reacted well to those surprises. I have to thank Mrs. Mai for being encouraging and supportive the whole way there, and also for giving me food whenever I was hungry :D. I also have to thank Ashley because, like me, she was equally having trouble with hiking, but she never gave up and continued to power through the rough terrains and weather. She was inspiring to all of us and to me, she was the reason why I kept on hiking even after I was soaking wet from the sleet, and even after we stopped at a farmhouse thinking it was our destination but realizing that our farmhouse was one more hour away.
to be continued