First taste of trekking

Before we start on the actual hike there is the small matter of crossing the river via a wonky cage on ropes!

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Wind it up and then release us!!! Cue some girly squeaks as I whizz along the wobbly rope.

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After arriving safely at the other side we faced a good few hours hike up some fairly challenging trails.

Of course, this couldn’t be straight forward with me experiencing my first ever panic attack before setting off! Truly terrifying – I thought I was dying!

My throat closed up and all that came out of me was an odd high pitched whistle whenever I tried to talk! Tears streaming down my face, the other half was rather perturbed and thought I was having an asthma attack . . .

However, after composing myself (really did need a paper bag to breathe into) we set off.

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Here’s some photos from our climb up the mountain!! Occasionally stopping to look at icky insects, remove icky insects off ourselves (Neil) and run away from icky insects (me).

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I might not look exhilarated but believe me I actually am!!!

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It really is a spectacular journey.We climb higher and higher as the day wears on.

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Thank goodness it is a relatively cool Thai day, probably a nice 25 degrees, any hotter and it would have been very uncomfortable!

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Late on in the day we briefly take a break in one of the smaller village settlements.

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We get a chance to really appreciate the stunning views from our high up vantage point.

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Slightly vertigo inducing however. Just don’t look down.

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As the light was fading we pressed on upwards towards our night time accommodation.

Our home for the night was a communal wooden hut in a picturesque Lahu village situated about 1,200 metres above sea level on a mountain top!

Here’s our first glimpse of the ramshackle collection of wooden huts that would be our resting place.

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Here we’d eat, shower and all seven of us would sleep in one communal wooden bedroom.

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Here’s our bed for the night, the eating area and the “facilities”!

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Unfortunately for us, it was one of the coldest periods they had experienced for quite some time, (in fact they actually declared a state of emergency in several areas and had to send blankets to the hill tribe people!)

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It got to about 4 degrees at night and we had to sleep in the fleece coats that luckily we still had in our bags from the airport!

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However, the amazing views and serenity of the village more than make up for any trivial complaints I might have had!!!

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Here’s the man having a chillax outside the hut. I don’t think we’ve ever had such a spectacular view from any accommodation we’ve ever had!

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Next up, a brief exploration of the village before a second day of trekking.

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