we took a bus to northern Sichuan to the Tibetan town of Songpan, there not a whole lot to do here , though its a nice enough town, other than to go horse trekking with some local guides. So after a night in a bizarre hostel above the bus station which cost 10 yuan we set off on our Mongolian horses up the mountains. The altitude is fairly high here (about 3000 meters) and I felt pretty bad for the horse having to carry me and my tent up a hill!
view back over the Sichuan mountains
Clear blue lake
By lunchtime we were at our campsite and from there we walked into a local park which contained some crystal clear lakes. Or at least it did when it rained the first 10 were all dry as a bone but the last 2 had water in and were beautifully clear. I think its because of the high ph levels in the water meaning that absolutely nothing grows in them.
We then strolled back to the campsite had dinner and built a fire. It was bloody freezing and the ground was hard too so after a restless night we rode back to town via at village and over another slightly smaller hill.
A nice enough trip but we didn't ride all that much, mind you i didn't mind and i'm sure the horse wasn't too gutted either!
on May 6, 2008
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