The July 1st Glacier
Jiayuguan Travel Blog› entry 6 of 17 › view all entries
May 6th, 2008 – by: portia
Phil had read in the LP that there was a train which went to a town near the glacier, but we couldn't buy any tickets at the train station. The agent claimed that only Chinese mine workers were allowed on the train. In any case, it's then another 20km from the glacier, and you won't be able to find a taxi from the mining town. We never saw the mining town and could not verify if that was indeed the case, but it didn't look hopeful that there was another way to get to the glacier.
The (90km) road to the glacier was quite interesting to say the least, paved at first, then it was very crumbly, supposedly due to the mining trucks carrying heavy load all the time on this road.
By now we had reached 3800m altitude, another couple of kilometers and 100m higher, we were at the trail head. There was one car there, and we would meet the sole passenger on our way up the glacier when he was on his way down.
A long flight of stairs, and some huffing and puffing, we were on the trail. Due to the altitude, we were not walking alll that fast, and made it to the glicier in about 1 hr 45 minutes.
It had started to snow a bit, and I was tired so I did not climb down to the glacier, but Phil and Julia went down. I hoped they would not fall or get hurt because it would be a long way and time to get any help here. Luckily they emerged safely, and we took a group photo using my tripod. Deats has photos of the glacier close-up in his blog which you should check out.
The way back was much quicker, and took about 45 minutes. Then it was another 2 hours of driving to get back to Jiayuguan.
We met again for dinner at the night market. However, this time, we had forgotten to tell the vendors to not put any hot chillis in the dishes, so poor Phil had to suffer. The bagger's chicken baked in clay was not spicy however, and we did not have our Chinese friend from last night either.
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