Mount Zwegabin Hpa anZwegabin Hpa mountain
It is also possible to select which side of the hill you want to ascend - the eastern or western side. From the eastern side, we chose to ascend. Mostly there are steps made of cement that wrap around the hill and have enough places to relax in between. Make sure you take enough bottled up with you, as you will probably be sweating a lot!
Instead of a large room where we would be sleeping with other travellers, we got a small room with separated bed. Nevertheless we had a good stay there and could enjoy the view. In the evenings we used to enjoy the view and the ambience, the sound of the breeze and the prayer of the people.
So we went to sleep and agreed to get up early the next mornin' to watch the sun rise. Around 5 a.m. we awakened and drove to the other side of the hill to see the sun rise. Unfortunately it was a little overcast, but we could still have a beautiful look over the neighbouring hills.
We had a small breakfeast and a cup of tea and after we dodged a bunch of apes that came all of a sudden (it seems as if they would come at dawn), we lowered the hill further, this one from the north. As we approached the foot of the hill, we saw a plain surrounded by several hundred Buddha-statures.
All in all we can strongly advise a visit to the Zwegabin cloister. There are more and more visitors walking up this hill and you have to part with the idea of just staying the whole day with a monk and practising yourselves.