We set off for the trek to Yubeng village. At 8:20 in the morning a mini van was awaiting us so we could continue to the starting point – Xidang Hot Spring. The ride took us hour and half. In the mini van we realized that there was another foreigner with us and we started to guess where is he from. Aga got it right – she guessed he’s Czech. So we started to talk a bit and then we realized we are from the same city in Czech Rep! Crazy coincidence, really. It doesn’t happen that often that you run into Czech person somewhere in the middle of Yunnan province in China, at a starting point of a trek to remote village.
So we were on our way, slowly climbing up the mountain. That day we planned to climb 1150m up(from altitude 2650 to 3800) and back to 3200m where Yubeng was located. I thought it’s gonna be much more difficult, especially when carrying my heavy backpack but surprisingly it wasn’t that bad. We kept steady pace and reached the top of the mountain pass in 3,5h. All along the way there were colorful prayer flags hanging between the trees, flattering in the wind and it felt to me like everything is very peaceful when walking among them.
After a short break we began our descend to the Yubeng village. And I really must say that climbing up is much better than going down, despite the fact it is more challenging. But after only couple of hundred meters, the most amazing, breath taking view stretched out it front of us. We could see the mountains and the valley in all their beauty, nothing was standing between us and the snowy peaks. And we stayed there for a good one hour, because we just couldn’t get enough of that. See for yourself 😉 ❤️
And the village we were heading to stood at the foot of the mountain. Just a bright green field with couple of houses, set between stupendous mountains with clouds roaming around their snowy summits. Yes, the scenery and everything made me feel like I was in a poem 🙂 Because I already knew what beauty lies ahead of us, I didn’t even feel tired during the walk and in about 2 hours we arrived to the Lower Yubeng. Upper Yubeng is located bit higher, above the Lower Yubeng (who would say, right😋), but we decided that Lower looks nicer so we went there.
So. The whole Yubeng village is a place “untouched by modern civilization”, and as every guide says, unreachable by car (or sometimes they say by any vehicle whatsoever). But we discovered you can get there by motorbike (and mule haha) so it’s not completely true😋 And the Wifi there was pretty good as well, sometimes even better than in Shanghai or Beijing. Local people are growing rice and wheat in there, keeping chickens and other domestic animals and are living pretty normal and happy life I would say. And if you want a chicken for dinner, first they have to catch it and kill it, and then cook it (and it’s crazy expensive – better to eat yak meat😉).
I forgot to mention that we met some guys from Hong Kong in the Feilai village previous day and we had dinner together. And during our trek today we met them again. The recommended us a guest house in the Lower Yubeng (Snow Dragon Guest house, but you won’t be able to google it. I tried and I failed), which is very popular among Chinese and really, that place rocking it! Cool atmosphere, kind people, fun and happiness in the air… Unfortunately, they were full for the first night😢 So we were looking around for another guest house, we found one, but this one couldn’t compare with the Snow Dragon. It was exactly the opposite – kinda gloomy, empty and sad – but we didn’t have any other choice, so we stayed.
We had our dinner at the Snow Dragon, then they lighted up a fire, put some Tibetian pop on and we (not me haha) were dancing around the fire and had a really good time. I must say that my decision not to dance was a strategical mistake because it got really cold in the evening and I was freezing quite a lot. Beer didn’t help either. Luckily, our guesthouse somehow managed to have hot water, so shower helped a bit😊
And as I was lying on my bed in the middle of nowhere, I realized that this life is not that bad as everyone would think. It’s cool that hot water runs only sometimes and electricity is a scarce resource. It’s great that I don’t hear any cars in here, maybe a little tractor plowing fields but that’s ok. One then realizes that all that FB, Instagram and social media in general is just a superficial nonsense, created only to distract us from the real life around us. Real life can be experience only when you disconnect from all those things, get in the nature, climb a mountain and realize that this is perfection. You breath fresh clean air, enjoy the views along the way, breath hard trying to reach the summit. And then the view that awaits at the top is indescribable. You are perceiving it with every cell in your body and you don’t want to abandon such a place ever in your life, because there is nothing that is more beautiful than this moment.
And because the last paragraph was a bit deep, I would like to finish with our 3 internal “jokes” that we made that day. Sorry if you won’t get it.
Rule #1: Always follow the HK hipsters.
Sentence #1: My butt is in heaven.
Expression #1: Schlafentrunken