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China Yading Nature Reserve, Sichuan

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Without a rest. At 8 in the morning the coach Chinese were already knocking at the door! These people are quite shy but you spend 24 hours with them and they consider you family!

Well, I hadn't slept for 6 hours and the knocking of the door woke me up. I got up and went to see what was happening. The girl who spoke English suggested that I accompany them in a 4 × 4 to the Yading Nature Reserve, about 50 km away from where we were. I did not hesitate for a minute since the idea was appetizing. In Yading there are the 34 sacred peaks of the Tibetans of Sichan at more than 6000 meters.

So almost without breakfast, some cookies and a bottle of water, we got into the 4 × 4 seven Chinese, a Catalan and the village driver. We visit one of the few Tibetan temples left in Sichuan trs the Chinese devastation during the annexation and communization of the country. Later we bought some noodles and headed to the natural park. The entrance is quite expensive to be in China (about 15 euros) but I got the student reduction thanks to the Spanish Federation of Mountaineering card (at least it has helped me!)

Once in the park we drive until we reach the slopes of one of the 6032 meter peaks. Sorry, I only have the names of the spikes in Chinese characters and I am unable to reproduce them!). From there we walk a path of about 8 km until we reach a kind of base camp with tents and cabin with fire and kitchen. It had rained and the hot noodles sat to glory. The place was beautiful, a valley nestled at 4000 meters surrounded by peaks up to 6000 meters with glaciers and waterfalls detaching from perennial snow. Surprisingly the vegetation also grows in this climate with little oxygen and the meadow was full of trees and flowers of different colors.

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