Lombok

Trip Start Sep 30, 2013
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Trip End May 31, 2014


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Flag of Indonesia  , West Nusa Tenggara,
Monday, March 31, 2014

Monday 31st March
 
Left Gili Air on an 8am ferry boat loaded with empty water and beer bottles. The passengers seemed to be an after thought. We had to wade though the warm tropical sea to get on board. Didn't bother to look for life jackets as it was only a 20 minute crossing through calm sea.


 


 We were picked up by horse and cart (cidomo) and taken to the ATM, then on to the tour office where we met our guide for the next 3 days, a highly personable 20 year old called Anton. We drove for a couple hours past paddy fields similar to those of Bali except there were no shrines in the fields, and through villages with no monumental masons nor wood carvers nor temples, just the odd splendid mosque.
 



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Later Anton brought us to a couple of waterfalls - pretty neat and well used by locals who seem unconcerned about casting aside their plastic rubbish. Marian counted 395 steps on the way child's play for us these days.  





 

Tuesday 1st April
 
I awoke to my alarm clock at 4:30am with a sore throat and a cold. The usual advice for a cold is rest, not a 2,000 meter climb up a volcano, but that is what I did. It took 8 hours including several stops and was the hardest trek yet attempted. It was steep UP UP UP all the way and no amount of Barbican Hills comes anywhere close. Some sections consisted of rock climbing, many parts were natural steps formed out of layers of tree roots. The hardest section was volcanic scree where you go two steps up and slide one step down. The last hour an half was endured under a severely hot sun.




 Our goal for the day was the crater rim, and this did indeed afford some stunning views of the caldera with Rinjanai towering above, of a lake within the caldera containing a smaller volcanic peak, of the Gili isles to the west and Bali beyond. However, by far the best part of getting to the crater rim was being able to stop - not having to climb another inch.Top marks to Anton and the porters for erecting cooking and carrying all the tents water and food. He even picked a little posy of wild lowers to decorate our dinner. 




 
The night was cold wild and windy with sheet lightening all round the horizon. The moon was new and the stars shone bright - I was pleased to identify the great bear again, barely visible from the Southern hemisphere.  

 




Wednesday 2nd April

Having spent all that pain and effort ascending the volcano, the next day we went back down the same route, thus exercising (to the limit) any remaining muscles that had escaped the punishment of the first day.

N.B - sunrise was nice and pretty.  






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 Thursday 3rd April
 
We have a nice hotel in Kuta (Lombok) with A/C, Bintang beer and a pool. Spent the day hobbling about with sore legs, but did achieve some useful internet work (first time for a week that I have had usable online access).


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viv on

Thank you for sharing your amazing journey with us, the 'blue room' looks surreal x

viv on

Thank you for sharing your amazing journey with us, the 'blue room' looks surreal x

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