Day 37: To Shangri-la

After a nice long sleep, we woke up to the amazing views. We had a really relaxing breakfast up on the terrace, we finally set off on the hike. It was just a two hour mostly downhill walk to Tina’s guest house. The trail was almost entirely cut into the mountains…with a steep drop into the river on one side and high mountains on the other. Once again, just beautiful!
After climbing over rocks and waterfalls we finally made it to Tina’s Guesthouse which officially marked the end of the trail. Yay!
We had around three hours to kill before the bus to Shangrila…which it so happened, nine out of the ten of us were going to. Only one of the group was going back to Lijiang but she was going to meet up with us in Shangrila anyway the next day.
We had a bit of trouble finding a hostel for nine people…none of us had booked ahead either! Which was probably not the best idea! 🙂
Finally, we found a great hostel in the old town…and a short while later we all ended up at a cafe next door which came highly recommended by some Israeli backpackers! Apparently, their yak burgers and their pizzas were superb…which they certainly were. That first bite of my thin crust, veggie delight pizza was just heavenly!
Shangrila is at an altitude of 3200 mts and altitude sickness is very common. Most of us had mild headaches and were mostly just tired from two days of hiking.
Tomorrow, we explore the town.

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The gang before we took off from Halfway GH. L-R: Oli, Bill, me, Alex, Emily, Mitae, Pao, Asaf and Soriya. Missing Will as he was unfortunately unwell.

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The girls

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Yet another waterfall

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Bill and Oli

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One thought on “Day 37: To Shangri-la

  1. Seems u guys have made friends quickly and its always fun to hang around in a group. The pix are fun
    Post more photos on the tiger gorge and Shangrila.

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