I'll divide this review into two parts. The volcano hike and the guide. First, the hike is very hard and not to be attempted if you are not in decent condition. The first half isn't bad as it goes through forest but it is steep.
The lookout at around 1000 meters is extremely windy. Of the three other groups hiking the volcano that day all turned around at this point because of the wind. Gust up to 50-60mph. Enough to blow a person over.
Once you pass this point the wind died down considerably but the hike became much harder. It is above tree line the rest of the way. Someone mentioned it is a scree field but that is not accurate. There is a base of sand/dirt with a lot of loose rock but there are also anchored rocks. The pitch of the volcano would be to steep to climb up scree. You use your hands most of the way up the last 600 meters.
Save some energy for the way down! Again it is necessary to use your hands coming down. The dangerous thing is if you step on a rock that is not anchored you will slip a bit and worse send a rock down below. It so steep they just keep rolling. The guys in front had to constantly dodge rocks that were headed in their direction. I would have been very concerned if another group was above us but out of earshot since rocks could come down at any time.
Secondly our guide. Since I don't remember his name I will just say make sure you confirm a start time and have a firm set price. We had to drive around town in a tuk tuk looking for our guide at 5:00am since he overslept because he was hungover. He then tried to change the price on us three different times while on the hike. Lastly he wanted to charge us roughly $20 for a taxi back to town which should cost around $3. For reference we paid roughly $12 per person for the guide with four people
I know it's a lot of complaining above but just know what you are getting into. I am early 30s and the other guys in my group mid 20s and all said it was the most dangerous hike they had done. The views are incredible and if hiking to the top isn't for you the 1000 meter lookout is awesome in itself.
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