Seeing the sunrise

Tai'shan Mountain Travel Blog

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People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Juliana (Russia)

The first days climb up the mountain began rather steadily and we made good progress for the first 60 minutes. The slope soon began to rise however, as sets of 5 steps turned into sets of 15 steps and our progress slowed as our lactic acid levels rose through our legs! Their were some interesting little temples and the views were pleasant if nothing spectacular. We arrived at Midway Gate to Heaven at 16.00, around 2 hours after setting off and found a cheap hostel to spend the night. The views were pretty spectacular as we eyed up what the morning would bring.


After a reasonably restless night, spent freezing in all the clothes we had, we set off around 4.

30am in an attempt to catch the famed sunrise on the sacred mountain. The gradient became even steeper than it had been the day before, turning into 40 and 50 step sets for much of the 2 hour journey to the top. We knew the sun would rise around 7am, so we always had a goal in mind and this helped spur us on to the summit.


As we arrived at the top, the weather became bitterly cold and the fog had engulfed the peak of the mountain. We stood shivering for 15 minutes, until the sun eventually began to peek through the clouds. The handful of souls who had made the pilgrimage, stood for 5 minutes, snapping away, before disappearing back down the mountain, into somewhat relative warmth!


The descent was somewhat easier on the muscles than the ascent, but it was a real killer on the joints. It was a really cool adventure, but something my body would regret having participated in for the following few days.

Deats says:
This was a very tough climb actually, so its probably best you didnt, if you dont normally hike. It was a shame it was so cloudy after so much effort!
Posted on: May 04, 2008
mfmcp1982 says:
Taishan is one of the few things I didn't do. I'm not good at hiking!
Posted on: May 03, 2008
Deats says:
We did, it was great but so cold, weonly stayed at the summit for a short time as the wind made it well well below freezing.
Posted on: Dec 19, 2006
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Tai'shan Mountain
photo by: Deats