We had a very early morning to start our hike to Tiger’s Nest. We ate a sack breakfast prepared by the hotel and started our short drive to the famous monastery. We drove up to the main base camp where some people rented walking sticks, and the group decided it would be best to rent horses and mules which carried us to the halfway point. The staff helped us get on our horses and mules. I had a horse named Nina, who I am sure was not impressed with my heavy weight! The horse minded well, and stayed apart of the group. The horse guide gave commands by voice. At some points I was nervous because the horse trail is very close to the cliff’s edge, and one stumble could result in danger. But, we made it to the halfway point safely. The halfway point is marked by a cafeteria and restrooms. After resting for just a bit, we started our hike to the top. It was definitely a challenging trail. At the end, the altitude was close to 10,300 feet. The air was much different. Rounding the corner in order to go to the viewing area was incredible. It offers the view of Tiger’s Nest that people most commonly put on postcards. The trek then starts again to getting to the entrance. You pass a small waterfall and then go up steps to the entrance of the monastery. Pictures are not allowed at the entrance or inside, and there is a guard stationed to ensure you have the proper documentation and to frisk for you for any electronics. The inside was amazing, filled with shrines, people worshipping, and making offerings. We toured the facility for about 45 minutes or so, and then trekked back down. On the way down, we didn’t have horses, but it was less treacherous than the way up. We finished our journey and loaded the bus back to the hotel. We were able to rest and ate a buffet style supper before going back to the room.