On Gili Air I met a Spanish couple (Mira and Carlos) and Dec from the UK. Together we planned to hike Gunung Rinjani on Lombok. With its 3726m it is the 2nd highest volcano in Indonesia and its a 3-days hike to the peak.
As a picture usually tells more than 1000 words I give my very best to show more pics of our adventure than writing boring descriptions. I know that most of you will appreciate that, as I am not really a Shakespeare when it comes to writing articles about my trip around the world... :-)
Ok, here we go:
From the left to the right:
Will (Phl), Raph (Aut), Mira & Carlos (Esp), Dec (UK), Annetta & Casper (Pol), Romy (Ger), Charly & Sophie (UK), Julia (Ger), Jürgen (Ger)
The view in the late afternoon sun, simple breathtaking!!
On the other side of the rim we could see our final target, the peak of Rinjani.
relaxed our tired legs in the warm water. Afterwards Dec and me also jumped into the pretty cold crater lake.
Things to do before you die: Swim in a crater lake of a volcano; check!! :-)
Was pretty tough. But I think you can not complain, when I took a look to our porters.
They were carrying our food, water and the tents, which was much more heavier. And the best is that they hiked the mountain just in Flip-Flops!! They were as fast or even faster than our group, doing an amazing job!
The view from camp2 down the rim an lake was again amazing!
At sunset we could even see the majestic Gunung Agnung, the greatest volcano on Bali.
However, Dec, Charly, Sophie and me made it to the top way to early and had to wait there for more than an hour until the sun rises. It was freezing cold but luckily Charly brought some sleeping bag, which the four of us shared as a blanket while waiting and telling jokes to kill time... ;-)
Not everybody made it to the top at that time but I am proud about our group as finally everybody managed to get there!!
(According to our guide "D", just 30% of all hikers really make it to the top of Rinjani, the rest give up earlier...)
While descending it was essential to wear a scarf. Because it was super dusty walking down. Some parts I could even slide down because it was so steep!
Skiing down a volcano on gravel stones, how very cool!! :-)
I turned around and looked up to the peak, where we have been a few hours before...
Slowly I realised how crazy Dec, Charly, Soph and me were. We almost ran up to the peak in two hours... :-)
Finally we hiked down all the way to a small town, where we were picked up and had to say goodbye to each other. What an awesome trip, thank you Rinjani!!
And many thanks especially to Dec, Charly, Sophi, Mira, Carlos and Jürgen. It was a pleasure to meet and hike with you guys!! :-)