Time: 6 hours, 15 minutes
Today’s weather was a thousand times better than yesterday. I’m so glad I decided to stay in the first hut and hike longer today instead.
The morning was still rough: it was slightly less windy, but the winds were still strong, and it was raining. I was soaked about 30 minutes into the hike, and my shoes were still wet from yesterday.
Luckily, at around the 7km mark, I descended down a long hill into a valley where the wind and rain completely stopped. It was stunning: the valley was green with a river flowing down the middle, and mountains were on the horizon in every direction you looked. For the first time on the hike, I was able to enjoy myself. It was hard to enjoy the walk with the weather being so terrible previously.
On this stretch of the hike, I had to wade across two rivers: one was calf deep and the other knee deep in water. I didn’t even bother taking off my shoes because they were already soaked. Luckily my pants were able to dry by the time I arrived at the campsite.
The last 20km of the hike was very easy: it was basically flat the entire way. The hut warden told me it would take 10 hours to do the whole stretch, but it only took me a little over 6. I rolled into the campsite by 2pm and decided to splurge on another mountain hut because I was cold and wet.
Last night in the hut I met an American couple and ended up hiking the last 15km of the hike today with them. I did the first day and a half alone, and so it was a nice change to walk with someone else. I realized while it can be nice to hike alone, I prefer to have other people with me. Hiking alone can sometimes be boring, and being able to talk to someone else takes your mind off of the distance you have left.
Tomorrow is the last day of my trek. It will be a piece of cake compared to the first two days. It’s only 15km and pretty much flat, and I heard the weather will be better than the first two days.
Despite the weather, I have really enjoyed this trek. I would recommend it to anyone who likes hiking as it’s not too difficult. However, I would recommend staying in the huts. The weather can be unpredictable, and camping in conditions like my first night would have been horrible.