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En route to World’s End

And so began a 9 km hike.

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windy

The wind made my hair dance.

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Thataway.

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Into the strange hush we trudge…

Except for a curious knocking sound made by an unseen bird, and the rustle of the wind through the grass…not a sound.

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mist

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The trail was sandy at first…

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Wet and surrounded by vegetation further on..

Just the gentle sound of light rain on the overhead leaves…

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When the going got rocky…

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rocky

And dream-like.

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We reached World’s End, the lesser one. A misty, windswept precipice not as high as the actual World’s End, but the view was similar….if only we could have seen it. (It is a cloudforest after all.)

We walked on from there and soon….

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We were halfway through our trek! Here stands a triumphant Amu, at the edge of a precipice that plunges dramatically for almost a kilometer down to the lowlands below.

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This is what we saw.

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An assortment of nationalities.

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One of the local guides there warned us that if we had found the walk challenging thus far, it would get tougher henceforth, especially the detour to Baker’s Fall. We could turn around and go back the way we came….or continue to walk till the end.
It was a no-brainer. πŸ™‚

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Onwards!

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11 responses

  1. The hush is palpable. The rock-stairs are beautiful. Can’t wait to see the falls πŸ™‚

    September 10, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    • Those rock stairs were beautifully pigmented…unbelievable colours, as you can see from that close-up. It got a bit difficult juggling our cameras and umbrellas with all that drizzle and wind! You’ll notice a smudge or two in the pix I’ll put up next 😦 Didn’t realize the lens needed to be wiped clean, but we got so damp by the time we reached World’s End.
      Falls next πŸ™‚

      September 10, 2013 at 5:21 pm

  2. The first thing that came to mind when I saw these – Mandalay! Then Middle Earth in the days of the Eldar…sigh…Heather said it best – the hush is palpable πŸ™‚ A cloud forest…what could be more romantic?!

    September 10, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    • You’ve been to Burma?! How cool. (must do research on it) And yes, the landscape was totally Tolkien-esque! The three of us were simply wonder-struck….could only shake our heads in disbelief and grin at the sheer beauty. We’d go back in a blink and do it all over again….even though it took me two days to recover from the tiredness πŸ™‚

      As for romantic….well, yes. But you know Huz πŸ˜‰

      September 10, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      • LOL…I wish I had been to Burma (although I don’t know I h oils be safe), but I meant Mandalay from Rebecca…the landscape, the mist just instantly reminded me of Mauier and Olivier πŸ˜›

        September 11, 2013 at 1:59 am

  3. Wow, this feels almost surreal. Lovely. Also, however, it looks like you must have been cold–and damp.

    Hugs from Ecuador,
    Kathy

    September 10, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    • Surreal and dreamy…that’s the best description for this place. Yes, it was really cold at first Kathy, but walking warmed me up. However, by the end of 9 km, I was soaked through, and really, really tired. But it was thoroughly worth it. Truly the highlight of our trip!

      September 10, 2013 at 5:30 pm

  4. So atmospheric. Great series.

    September 10, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    • It was gorgeous Alan, like being in an Impressionist landscape painting πŸ™‚ I could have easily spent the entire day there, just absorbing the atmosphere and watching the changes in light. One should go there twice a year. At least.

      September 10, 2013 at 5:37 pm

  5. Oh how beautiful! I love this trek you are taking us on — I feel like I’m stashed in a very cozy weatherproofed spot in your bag. πŸ˜‰

    September 11, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    • If that’s how YOU feel Ms World Traveller, then my work here is done πŸ˜‰

      September 11, 2013 at 7:24 pm

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