The first mountain I climbed up to was Yushan, which is the highest mountain(3952m) in Taiwan. According to many hikers on the internet, Yushan was like the basic level and we thought it would be a good start for us beginners. The total journey was 2 days 2 nights, and for someone who had never carried this heavy and walked for this long, it was as tough as I had imagined.
In the first couple of hours, I still managed to smile and taking photos along as we walked. The weather was sunny with a blue clear sky, the scenery was so amazing and it was very quiet, only the sound of nature and your footsteps. Gradually I started to feel the tiredness, my mind was blank and I just walked, eyes on the footsteps ahead of me. To be honest, on the way the thought of “Why am I here?” “I should’ve stayed home …blahblahblah constantly popped out of mind. However after we reached Paiyun Lodge, which was where we would be sleeping during the night, I finally get to put down that heavy backpack and ran around discovering the beauty from every angle on top. We found a platform to sit and watch the cloud movements and sunset, pigs were even spotted to our surprise having dinner beneath us.
Early 2 oclock in the morning, we woke up and started climbing up towards the peak. It was absolutely dark, our vision was totally depending on the head lights. I remember it was freezing, and our hands were all stiffed. After a rough climbing process using both hands and feet, we finally reached the peak. We stood there, watching the sun slowing rising, at that moment you realised that everything was worth witnessing that view, nothing could describe how much I felt at that time.