Dalat, Vietnam (the highlands)
Trip Start Jun 26, 2006
55Trip End Ongoing
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we enjoyed our first day by just walking around town and getting information about the hiking/trekking (not sure of the difference) in the surrounding peaks. we decided to rent bikes to get to the trails and then do our hiking
on the way up the road we hiked by some guys who had a small fire going and were drinking something (rice wine we think). they offered us some and we declined but we asked if we could take the trail near them to get up on one of the peaks and they replied positively (we think). so off we went following the trail which was to become many trails. we picked our trails based upon their heading and amount of wear. we had to turn around several times and backtrack to another branch. i wouldn't call it getting lost just an opportunity to see more of the park. eventually we made it to the main trail and made our way towards the highest of the peaks. we ran into a few other trekkers who told us it was only a few more clicks to the top but it would be steep going. yep! steep and muddy but we slogged up and reached the peak just as a light rain broke out.
there was no cover up top and so we didn't stay long but there were some great views of the surrounding valleys
we had a cup of tea when we got down to let the latest wave of rain pass and then we got on our bikes and enjoyed about 5 minutes of dryness before the next drenching. we were beyond soaked when we got back to town but it was fun and luckily we had remembered our headlamps.
the next day we relaxed before taking the bus to our next destination nha trang