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Golden Summit

When we were here 2 years ago we thought about walking Emei Shan but felt that it was too far from Chengdu and that we really needed 3 days to walk the mountain.  Closer reading of the new LP makes it clearer that there is an easy option, a bus runs to a bus station at 2450m leaving only a 500m ascent to the Golden Summit.  For those cashed up or really short of time a cable car for 80Y reduces the walking to about 15 minutes.  We have plenty of time as we have a 5 day wait for our Tibet permit, but decide that walking the mountain one way will be sufficient and down seems the better choice. 

We store our main packs at the Teddy Bear hotel in Baoguo and catch the bus up to the top stop.

View to the summit of Emei Shan
  The weather can be notoriously wet here and we are still early in the year (the local tourist office terms this the "dead season") but today seems dry, but as expected cloudy.  Anyone who has been to the Chengdu area will know that blue skies are pretty rare around here so we are not expecting great views, but when we reach the temple at the summit we are rewarded by a short break in the cloud and views over to the other 2 peaks. 

The path is a well constructed stone stairway all the way to the top, impressive for a mountain over 3000m high but the relentless steps (over 3700 - I count them going down) soon become a treadmill and hard walking both up and down.  It takes us 2 hours to walk up, but the walk down is much quicker and we are back at the bus station by 4pm.

Temple at the Golden Summit
  We head on down the path for Elephant Bathing Pool about another 5km onand 500m lower and reach here soon after 5pm.   We are both feeling tired by this time and take the 1st room on offer at the guesthouse just above the monastery.  The woman proudly shows us the room which has both ensuite and a colour TV.  The facilities are actually OK and though the TV isn't much of a drawcard for us, the beds have electric blankets so even though the room is damp and chilly I have the best nights sleep since I arrived in China.   

The Elephant Bathing Pool monastery is a spectacular setting, perched on the edge of a cliff, but seems almost deserted and does not seem to have accommodation on offer.  We decide to spread our business around and eat at the other GH where the owner seems friendly and serves us hot tea while we cluster around the stove for warmth.  It stays light late here but by 8pm it is time to retire to our room to watch a local varaition of "idol" on our TV while listening to the rain on the roof.  I hope that the rain passes overnight. 

skippyed says:
How many times did Julie swear climbing up!
Posted on: Apr 28, 2010
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Golden Summit
Golden Summit
View to the summit of Emei Shan
View to the summit of Emei Shan
Temple at the Golden Summit
Temple at the Golden Summit
Misty mountain
Misty mountain
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