Trekking the 2nd highest volcano in Indonesia, 12,224' (3,726 m)
30.04.2014 - 02.05.2014
Greetings from Labuan Bajo, on the island of Flores, following two awesome adventures. The first was a 3 day trek of Mt. Rinjani which included a little bit of everything.
We started out Wednesday morning by heading to Lombok by boat, and then to the trailhead by van. We each carried a day bag with a change of clothes, and we had a guide and porters to carry tents and food. Within ten minutes of starting day one, it began to rain. And then it started to downpour. This went on for about two hours straight but luckily lightened up following lunch. At lunch, our group of 7 merged with 3 others. All in all it included the three of us, two gals and a gal from the UK, an Irishman, a guy and a gal from Spain, and a French gal. While we were able to catch a little bit of sun once we arrived at camp, it was not enough to dry our clothes much. Once the sun went down, temperatures dropped, and it was quickly time to bundle up and try to get some sleep.
Thursday started with a banana pancake breakfast, and the the hike down to the lake. The hike down was treacherous at points, and included stories of mishaps that had occurred in the past, which made us all feel good. We reached the lake, and the followed the outlet to a waterfall and a hotsprings, which we took a nice long break to enjoy. We then continued back to the lake for lunch and a quick swim. The afternoon threatened more rain, but we mostly only had to endure mist. It was pleasant hiking weather, as it kept the temperature cool. Camp for the second night was on the rim below the summit and above the lake. The clouds broke just in time to watch the sunset, and once it was dark, it was time for bed, as we had to get started early the next morning.
Friday morning started just after 2am. We set off for the summit at 2:30, and Eric, Colin, and I followed one of our porters the guide had hired to take us to the top. He basically ran all the way up. We thought we didn't have a chance to pass everybody, but ended up being the first once to the summit by a fair margin. On the plus side, the stars were beautiful and we saw multiple shooting stars and satellites. On the downside, it was extremely windy and cold. An hour and a half after bundling up and laying side by side, it finally started to get light out. The scene was magnificent, and I wish pictures could do it justice. We then returned to camp for breakfast and to pack up, before spending the rest of the day hiking down. After hiking, taking a truck for an hour to retrieve bags, and taking a van back to the harbor, it was 5pm. We then returned to Gili Air for a night of solid sleep before embarking on our next adventure.