Rude villagers operating the trucking business bringing all the tourists up to the temple. Supposedly we shall be treated well but those barbarians are not. Lousy ride up sitting behind their truck with very narrow seating. If this place is not one of the icon...More
Good morning. I am discussing walking from the base of the mountain all the way to the gate at the top. At my pace it took me about two and a half hours, and that took into account two long stops to play with a puppy, and... More
Good morning. I am discussing walking from the base of the mountain all the way to the gate at the top. At my pace it took me about two and a half hours, and that took into account two long stops to play with a puppy, and walk up a side hill to inspect a fake Golden Rock (which was very very funny). The absolute bottom line: can you hike? Are you in shape? what time of year are you going? I am a 62 year old athlete. I went in May. It was about 47 degrees C. 98% humidity. I had no problem whatsoever. I went steadily up the mountain with rare stops, I packed a ton of water, and had a blast.. However, I am a serious hiker, and I train. So what you have to ask before you do this is: am I in pretty good shape, can I keep a steady pace? The road up consists of crumbling stairs that wind their way through folks's homes, which is designed that way so that they can sell you food and water on the way..When there are no stairs there are rocks. Nothing is either very steep or very epic, there are just a LOT of them. figure, for the average guy, about 3.5 hours. For the average woman, about 4 hours. Average. It is a beautiful breathtaking, gorgeous, view filled trip. Plenty of shade along the way. I wouldn't have missed this AT ALL. As I told my driver Zaw when I got back down the mountain, other people are VERY QUICK to place THEIR limitations on others and say that YOU can't make this or that climb because THEY can't. That has nothing whatsoever to do with your capacity to do this. It's bad enough that others will scare people off with stories about their own limitations. What's worse, and this is the real climb, is that we ourselves will buy into the stories that now WE can't do it, and now we live in the jail that someone else made for us because THEY couldn't do it. Don't ever ever ever be dissuaded by a story of someone else's limitation. You don't know their physical situation, how much work they do, whether they are overweight. You don't know what you don't know. You can end up cheating yourself out of many of life's BEST adventures by convincing yourself that you can't do something because someone else backed out, was scared, or had some mewly excuse. This is a GREAT hike. It's a BEAUTIFUL hike. And like any other hike, you're going to up, which is work, but trust me, give the stairs, the frequent opportunities for a photo op, the shade, and the views, and especially the insanely crazy and fun truck ride down (beware of sitting in the back row!!!!), you'll be SO glad you did. YOUR life. YOUR novel. YOU write it. Don't let someone else's fear or limiations scare you off a wonderful adventure. If this were climbing Everest, it would be a different story. This is just a day hike. For heaven't sake. Go do it. It's lovely.