We had two options where we could hike that day – either to the Sacred Waterfall, or to the Ice lake. However, our HK hipster friends were attempting the Ice Lake hike and failed badly. The lake is situated at 4500 meters above the sea level and from around 4300 m there is snow everywhere. And not just up to your ankles, but all the way up to your waist. And that was a bit hardcore for (some) of us.
So we chose the Sacred Waterfall.
It was raining since morning and compared to sunny weather from previous day, everything seemed blue and gloomy. Even the hike seemed more difficult, although the waterfall was only 200 meters higher that the village. So I was blaming the weather for my performance.
First part of the hike lead through a forest, among brooks and streams. The weather was a bit chilly but after couple of meters going uphill, I was already sweating because of the high humidity. After a while we arrived to a river bank that was covered with small cairns. From afar it looked a bit creepy, like from the Blair Witch movie but I made myself to think that those are prayer cairns or at least they should symbolize some positive energy. Whatever, it worked and I didn’t feel THAT creeped out. See for yourself😆
In the second half of the hike forest disappeared and the road lead through fields and then among rocks. It was raining all the time, the higher we were the colder it was and I just wanted to have this trip over. We stopped in a shelter below the waterfall and ate some snacks – whole box of Oreos helped me to regain some energy and warmth😂
At the end of the road it was finally obvious why there is an avalanche possibility – the whole mountainside was covered with snow and with optimal conditions (like when we were there), it must be pretty common that the snowpack breaks and avalanche starts..
Attentive reader might notice that this mountainside is the one we were seeing from the village, the “spectacular view” if I should describe it😊
At the top at the waterfall it was super windy, wet and cold and I stayed only for the necessary soul-cleansing, sin-removing time (and to take a few pics of course). Unfortunately, the waterfall was not that amazing and I was a bit disappointed, I was expecting something more monumental I would say 🙂
Anyway, on our way back, to complete the full sin-removing process, we had to make so called “Small pilgrimage”. This meant that at a certain point of our descend we had to take only roads that were going to the left (because during the ascend we also mostly walking on the left side as well), meaning that by going clockwise the whole time we would complete the circle. And we should also chant while doing the Small pilgrimage, so I was chanting Om Mani Padme Hum. Afterwards, all our sins would be erased and we would start with clean slate again😊
And yes, I definitely felt lighter at the end😁
Then, all happy we came bake to our village and after like 3 or 4 days I took a proper shower, washed my hair and felt like a human being again😅 Then we ate some dinner (which also consisted of potato pancakes and Tibetan-style pork = fried fat basically, but OMG, the best dinner I ever had in China, YUM!!!), drank local Schnapps and wine, had fun and went to sleep in the Snow Dragon guest house, with comfy beds and electric blankets❤️