Indonesia / Climbing Rinjani: Day Two

What goes up…

Day two – We woke at 2.30am to make it to the summit for sunrise, so by the time we reached the top we were exhausted and happy. We were rewarded with the most incredible views.

Little did we know what was ahead of us.

The climb down began by navigating our way down the steep track of loose stones, making good use of BOTH hiking poles. We met some monkeys – living at crazy altitudes – and stopped to take in the views along the way, constantly changing with the light as the sun rose higher in the sky. rinjanitwo3rinjanitwo4rinjanitwo5rinjanitwo2rinjanitwo6rinjanitwo7rinjanitwo8rinjanitwo9rinjanitwo10rinjanitwo11Those were the last photos I took before putting my camera in my backpack to protect it. Parts of the track were steep, with large boulders and sheer drops.

Eventually, the track flattened out as we hiked through the forest and open fields headed for camp.rinjanitwo12rinjanitwo13rinjanitwo14We arrived at camp late afternoon, our tent already set up for our second night under the stars, and just in time to soak our weary bodies in the nearby hot springs before sunset, then it was back to our tent for dinner and an early sleep.rinjanitwo15rinjanitwo16rinjanitwo17rinjanitwo18rinjanitwo19rinjanitwo20rinjanitwo21Read more – Indonesia / Climbing Rinjani: Day Three

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