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Climb every mountain

Bit foggy

sunny 32 °C

Alarm went off at 1.30am and jumped out of bed ready for my volcano hike. Got ready and met driver at the front of hotel. Off we went stopped to pick up a young couple from melbourne. It was strange to be driving through ubud with no traffic. 45 minutes of driving and we stopped for breakfeast. There were anout 30 people from different tour groups doing the same. Then it was onto the volcano. Arrived and met our guide a young fellow, again cant remember his name, and we set off. He told us he does this everyday. Has not had a day off for 3 months. We set of into the darkness with our guide and our torches leading the way. The start of the walk was nice and gentle through light forest and very flat. After 15 minutes we hit the base of the volcano and this is when the fun started. For the next 1hour we climbed up a very steep goat track covered in loose volcanic rock. Lots of large jagged rocks mixed with loose stones. It was a hard walk and the fact we were in darkness did not make it any easier. Finally made it to the top! Or that is what we thought. Our guide informed us still had another 25 minutes to go. Lets go. The track now turned into an even steeper track but replacing the large jagged rocks was loose gravely volcanic rock which caused your feet to slid all the time.
While walking up this part we came across a group of english girls who we struggling with the walk. Up ahead i see one girl throw her torch on the ground and yell "this is f*****" As i passed another she yelled "i came to bali to find myself not do this s***" We quickly moved pass them and we could hear swearing in the distance. I pity the guide.
Made it! Our guide lay some grass mats on the ground so could watch the sunset. He made some banana sandwiches ,boiled eggs and a cup of tea. Just then the clouds rolled in and the top of the volcano was covered in cloud. This is how it stayed until the sun came up. Bummer. This is why we climbed this volcanic. The guide said that we should move to a different part of the volcano. Good move the clouds lifted enough for us to see this great sight. We had missed the sunrise, however, we could now see the giant crater. It was awesome. While still shrouded in some cloud we were able to see the volcano in all its glory. After half an hour of looking around the volcano we headed down. Getting down was quicker and a lot easier in the sunlight. Got to see what we had crawled up and the great views we missed in the dark. Made it down safely and we were all buzzing from our experience. Bummed about not seeing the sunrise, however, loved everything else. Bucket list moment.
Back in the car for the trip back to the hotel. Got back to find Jen kicking back on our balcony having had nice a sleep and a lovely breakfeast.
Was famished so went to Mesari warung only a few minute walk next to a rice paddy. Excellent food.
By now my legs were aching so i went to hotel spa for a foot and leg massage. 30 minutes of bliss. I floated out of there feeling like i could climb a volcano (well maybe not). Time to relax with a few bintangs and rest my old weary body.
Zzzzzzz needed that nap. Woke up feeling a little groggy but not to sore. Made our way to a local bar for a couple of happy hour cocktails then back to hotel for an early night. Have got our canoeing expedition tomorrow.

Posted by andrewjenny 04:57 Archived in Indonesia Tagged bali indonesia volcano walk sunrise mt batur ubud

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