Did a trip with a local guide from the nearby town of kersik tuo. The guide was Endatno Een. You can find his contact in some of the posts below. Een is fantastic as a guide and has climbed the mountain more than 200 times. Een took care of everything and also prepared custom food for me since i am a vegetarian.
The trek up to high camp is not easy. It starts out smoothly. After that it is really a steep climb. The path is muddy and it gets worse if it rains (like it did for us). The mud really sucks your shoes inside making walking really tough.
We stayed at the high camp 2 overnight. Een came in all well organized. But the place is a mess from litter left from campers. Needed to clean up the place before we could pitch tent.
The next day, got up at 3am to climb the summit. The final climb is quite hard as you climb through loose ash and gravel. You take two steps forward and slide one step back. Towards the summit, you are hit with sulphurous smoke from the crater. Its practically unbreathable.
So Een and myself circumvented the crater and reached the summit. I must say, it was the most wonderful view and experience i have ever come across. All the hardship is really worth the view and the satisfaction of standing on the summit.
I did this over a 2 day period excluding the time taken to travel between padang and kersik tuo, which is about 7 hours. Flew in from singapore through tiger airways.
I really must thank Endatno Een for all his help. He made the trip so much fun while t the same time educational. Ive already made plans with Een to climb some of the surrounding mountains.
I have some pictures of the trip im my blog. Climbreport.wordpress.com. Pls check them out to see what i am alking about.
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