Early morning get up once again. Damn! This time to see the natural phenomena called rainbow Mountain.
This place once covered in Ice now open and exposed thanks to global warming. It’s a surface on a mountain covered in different types of sediment. The sediment is all different colours like red, green, yellow etc:
This time got up had breaky and got into the van it was about a 1 and a half trip on a paved road then another hour on a dirt track on the side of 2 different mountains going up and down.
That dirt track was something a single lane going through the mountains winding around up and down with just enough room for the car. The issue was if another car came from the opposite direction now that’s scary as someone had to Park as close as they could to the edge so the other could pass.
Once arrived at the carpark for the hike to the mountain you could see on this day we weren’t going to be lucky with very low cloud cover and freezing cold conditions, however, you know you made it this far so trek on your will.
Once the trekking starts you could see the horses up ahead which can be rented for the trip. That’s if you didn’t want to trek yourself but the catch was the last section you still had to do on your own as it was the steepest and horses couldn’t go up that way.
While you trek you could see the horses and the owners walking quite fast to the cut-off point and then pretty much sprinting back to the start to get the next tourists on the horses back. Damn, they were some fit locals.
For 3 quarters of the trek, it’s a fairly standard mountain walk not too difficult the issue is the altitude, not much oxygen up there so the simplest trek is quite hard because of that.
That last 200meters or so is intense straight up sucking in whatever air you can get many people including myself had to stop several times to calm the heart and get some air back in.
When you get to the top and see the Rainbow Mountain it was worth the hard yards. Unfortunately for me, it wasn’t the greatest as the cloud cover was very low so could just see or make out some of the colours. Also with my awesome luck at the top, I got snowed on as well as freezing cold winds.
Once the pictures were taken the best I could do with the situation I was in. I trekked back to the van. Now, this was super easy as my body acclimatised at the top so basically, I marched back like I was on a mission.
Overall good experience hiking in such high altitude knowing that my body could do it makes me happy. The only thing that was a disappointment mother nature wasn’t nice to me today hahahah