Diary of a first-time mountaineer

A young lady recounts the itinerary of her very first mountain trip made to conquer the 2,000 meter-plus Ngoc Linh Mountain in the Central Highlands.

Diary of a first-time mountaineer

A mountaineer should hold a stick and walk slowly to keep his or her breath in thin air

When I received a phone call from my colleague asking me whether I could join a trip of Ngoc Linh Mountain, I felt a little confused because at the time, I had no mountain climbing experience. I wondered whether my physical health was suitable for such a trip. At the last minute, however, I nodded to her as I wanted to challenge myself.

The 2,000-meter-plus mountain is no problem to experienced mountain climbers. But it seemed a quite difficult task to a novice like me.

Ngoc Linh, or Ngoc Linh Lien Son, is a majestic mountain range stretching over the four provinces of Kon Tum, Gia Lai, Quang Nam and Quang Ngai. Its highest peak, around 2,600 meters above sea level, is in Tu Mo Rong District of Kon Tum Province. It was also the final destination of my trip. Aside from the dramatic landscapes, Ngoc Linh is home to a rare species of ginseng. The mountain is also the roof of the Central Highlands, the most famous highland region of Vietnam.

On the morning of that day, I and my colleagues caught a coach at Mien Dong Coach Station in HCMC to travel to Kon Tum Province. We arrived at the province’s Tu Mo Rong District on the day that followed.

 

We first came to a replanted forest where our mountain trip would soon begin. Mr. Nhim—a person of the local Tay ethnic people—was our tour guide. We were advised to wear a jacket that could cover the neck and a wide-brimmed hat. We also had to apply oil balm to our feet to keep forest leeches at bay.

My first mountain climbing trip started now. The higher we reached, the thinner the air became. I sometimes felt a little bit scared as in front of my eyes were zigzag paths embedded in clouds. Occasionally, we saw some small houses perching on the mountainside.

On the way, I sometimes felt very hard to breathe or even suffocated. Mr. Nhim gave me a stick and told me to lessen my pace. Doing what he said, I carefully moved ahead to avoid a slip. On the way, I chatted with other mountaineers, which helped me feel better.

A few hours later, we reached the peak of Ngoc Linh Mountain. My feeling then was indescribable, perhaps the happiest moment I ever had in my life. Finally, I had been able to conquer the highest mountain in the Central Highlands on my first trip as a mountaineer.

Source: SGT

Khau Vai Love Market becomes National Intangible Cultural Heritage

Khau Vai Love Market becomes National Intangible Cultural Heritage

The market, the biggest festival of the northwestern mountain tribes, is expected to attract more tourists after the Covid-19 pandemic.

 
 

Other News

.
Tourists to have more experience by travelling on trains with steam engines
Tourists to have more experience by travelling on trains with steam engines
TRAVELicon  05/08/2021 

Travellers are set to have an opportunity to experience Vietnam’s beauty on trains with steam locomotives.

Binh Duong’s specialty fruit salad
Binh Duong’s specialty fruit salad
TRAVELicon  03/08/2021 

Visitors to Binh Duong Province should taste the local chicken salad with mangosteen—one of the most well-known specialties there.

Tranquil village by largest brackish lagoon in Southeast Asia
Tranquil village by largest brackish lagoon in Southeast Asia
TRAVELicon  04/08/2021 

Chuon Village in Phu Vang District, seven kilometers from Hue City, Thua Thien-Hue Province, boasts distinctive local culture as well as specialties. The village is on the bank of Tam Giang brackish lagoon—the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia.

“Thit kho” (Caramelised Pork Belly)
“Thit kho” (Caramelised Pork Belly)
TRAVELicon  05/08/2021 

We also know that meat contains a number of important nutrients that are needed by our bodies for carrying out vital metabolic functions and provide us with energy and keep us healthy. Therefore, meat is one of the most popular food in our diets.

Shimmering beauty of Cau Hai Lagoon
Shimmering beauty of Cau Hai Lagoon
TRAVELicon  02/08/2021 

The Tam Giang - Cau Hai Lagoon area is considered an ideal place to experience part of the beautiful scenery and life on the river. 

Binh Ba – ‘Island of lobster’ on Cam Ranh Bay
Binh Ba – ‘Island of lobster’ on Cam Ranh Bay
TRAVELicon  02/08/2021 

If the south central region is considered to be the ‘kingdom’ of farmed lobsters, Binh Ba Island (Cam Binh Commune, Cam Ranh City, Khanh Hoa Province) is regarded as the capital of that ‘kingdom’. 

Lettuce rolls - Exquisite dish of Hanoi
Lettuce rolls - Exquisite dish of Hanoi
TRAVELicon  02/08/2021 

Lettuce rolled with rice grains, pork and shrimp is a sophisticated and delicate dish of Hanoians. People often have lettuce rolls in summer to quench the heat.

Unique Muong Va Tower in Son La
Unique Muong Va Tower in Son La
TRAVELicon  02/08/2021 

Muong Va Tower in Son La province’s Sop Cop district was built in the mid-16th century. 

Hue-Danang steam train project for tourism development approved
Hue-Danang steam train project for tourism development approved
TRAVELicon  01/08/2021 

The Ministry of Transport have given in-principle approval for a project to use steam trains on a Danang-Hue railway section.

Hoa Lo Prison Spotify channel debuts
Hoa Lo Prison Spotify channel debuts
TRAVELicon  30/07/2021 

Hanoi’s Hoa Lo Prison now has an official podcast channel on music streaming service Spotify, aiming to bring the Vietnamese history closer to public audience, particularly young people, according to its management board.

Hanoi village preserves ancient values
Hanoi village preserves ancient values
TRAVELicon  31/07/2021 

Located about 40 kilometres from the centre of Hanoi, Cuu ancient village is distinguished for its peaceful atmosphere and unique architecture.

Online tourism in the midst of the pandemic
Online tourism in the midst of the pandemic
TRAVELicon  30/07/2021 

The longer the pandemic lasts, the more it will be necessary to see online tourism as a necessary direction to open the flow of tourism and partly limit the heavy losses being experienced in the industry.

Phu Quoc among world’s 100 greatest places
Phu Quoc among world’s 100 greatest places
TRAVELicon  29/07/2021 

Phu Quoc island off the southern province of Kien Giang has been listed among the world’s 100 greatest places to explore in 2021 by US Time news magazine.

Travel blogger inspires youth to seek out the world
Travel blogger inspires youth to seek out the world
TRAVELicon  29/07/2021 

“Keep travelling when you are young to enrich your experience, open your eyes and know more people… When you know a lot, don’t hesitate to share your helpful experiences… Then you will be soon considered a travel blogger, an influential person.”

Rau rut - a special veggie of Vinh Phuc locals
Rau rut - a special veggie of Vinh Phuc locals
TRAVELicon  28/07/2021 

Locals in Vinh Phuc Province’s Thuong Trung District are very proud of their rau rút or nhút, known as water mimosa in English, a green, reed-like vegetable that grows in freshwater ponds or lakes.

Cu Da ancient village
Cu Da ancient village
TRAVELicon  27/07/2021 

Located in Hanoi’s outlying district of Thanh Oai, Cu Da village was founded four centuries ago. Through many changes over time, the village still retains its original features.

Exploring Vietnam through photos
Exploring Vietnam through photos
TRAVELicon  26/07/2021 

The ninth national tourism art photo competition, themed “Explore Vietnam”, was launched by the Tourism Magazine of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism. 

Sa Pa local spreads Giay culture, cuisine, and traditions via Youtube
Sa Pa local spreads Giay culture, cuisine, and traditions via Youtube
TRAVELicon  27/07/2021 

The trend of making Youtube videos has become popular among many young people, even those in the more remote parts of Vietnam.

Ninh Binh specialties from mountain goat
Ninh Binh specialties from mountain goat
TRAVELicon  27/07/2021 

Aside from the beautiful mountainscape and caves in Trang An and Tam Coc-Bich Dong, Ninh Binh Province is also famed for its specialties made of goats that live on limestone mountains.

Spectacular natural shapes in UNESCO-recognized geopark
Spectacular natural shapes in UNESCO-recognized geopark
TRAVELicon  26/07/2021 

In April 2018, Non Nuoc Cao Bang Geopark in Cao Bang Province was recognized as part of the UNESCO Global Network of National Geoparks.

 
 
 
Leave your comment on an article

OR QUICK LOGIN