When you start the hike you go downhill for a bit which can be a little disconcerting, since you know you are going to have to make it back up sooner or later. But what is really bad about starting downhill is the fact that it means at the end of the day when you walk back down, you end walking uphill when your legs are completely spent.
The reason you start downhill is so the trail can go through the first of the many temple you pass through on your way to the top.
|The first temple you hit after walking downhill.|
|The main shrine in the first temple.|
|Some trees full of the red fabric.|
If you don't feel like walking up, you can also have some Chinese guys carry you up, like this lady.
|The Pilgrims Temple|
|Maggie let Andrew take the extra steps to explore the temple while she rested at the bottom.|
You go through two arches called Heaven Gate One and Two before you hit another temple that is a sign that you are getting very close to the top.
|The temple that lets you know, you are getting close.|
|The view from the "Getting Close" Temple.|
After paying your entry to the Golden Temple, you are surprised with... wait for it, more stairs. Actually a fair amount more stairs. The Monastery takes up a fairly large area of the summit and to get to the actual Golden Temple, you have to keep climbing until there's nowhere else up to go.
|The coolest knocker ever on one of the temple doors.|
|Getting closer to the top, everything starts falling away from you and you realize how high up you are.|
|As you climb to the Golden Temple, you get a good view back on the Monastery.|
|It was also cold.|
|The Golden Temple from right below it.|
|A quick lunch with some Health Wine, before heading back down.|