Friday, April 16, 2004

Hike to Valley of the Kings

Everybody was advised us not to cycle to Valley of the Kings, as it's long hard ride. So we decided to 'walk' (hike should be more appropriate) over the hill behind Temple of Hatshepsut to Valley of the Kings instead. The path starts at beside the canteen or rest area at a corner in front of the Temple of Hatshepsut. We asked few people before got to the correct path. It was noon, and it's intensely heat and hot! Just imagine when I saw a cave and entered it, just like I immediately stepped into an air-conditioning room from hot oven. To make matter worse, I got very weak, may be due to not ate enough food for the past few days.

If you choose to walk to Valley of the Kings, you will be rewarded with great view of Temple of Hatshepsut in amphitheatre setting.

Temple of Hatshepsut when viewed from higher level of the hill.

Hiked up the steep hill. There were police checkpoint up at the hill, and some donkeys that hired by tourists passed through us. The walk to Valley of the Kings was comparatively easy, just took us less than an hour. However, when came back to Deir al-Bahri (our bicycle was there), we lost our way. At the top of the hill, the path and surface looked all the same. Finally we found our way and returned in 90 minutes. So make sure you remembered some landmark if you want to hike this hill.


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