Tim: Lacey and Peter who we had met the night before joined us for breakfast at 8:00 AM. Our plan was to get started early with our hike to avoid the hottest part of the day. The further we go north the colder it is in the mornings and evenings. It is around 62 degrees in the morning. We began our hike at 9:15. We had a rough idea of where to go after asking a local tour operator where the trail was. The tour comany had quoted us $35 per person for a quided trip up the mountain. The first 30 minutes of the hike was fairly level after that we began an abrupt upward climb into the jungle. There wasn't much of a view while we were hiking because of the dense jungle cover. There is also no such thing as switchbacks in Laos. The trail went straight up the side of the the steep mountain that was about 700 meters tall. The trail was slipery at times because of leaves and the steep terrain. It took us about three hours to make the summit. We could see the town of Nhong Kiaw from the peak as well as the Nam Ou River. The hike back down took just two hours.