Physically one of the hardest climbs ever completed. The view speaks for itself. Guides and porters were excellent. The night on crater rim was terrible! Was prepared to camp but wasn't prepared to freeze. The sleeping bags were cheap and held no warmth, even with four layers of clothes on. At one point my feet were so numb I didnt know if they were still there. The food was ample and good, but more emphasis is needed on nutrition not sheer bulk of food that makes you feel terrible. On our last day breakfast was all yellow and fried. Pancakes, a toasted cheese sandwich, small mountain of fried banana and eggs all featured. The private toilet was interesting as it was located directly under a cliff where other people were camped (lol). Make sure you take a water proof bag and a few sets of clothes and towel incase it rains. You will freeze to death if you have to sleep in wet clothes! Prepare yourself for a magical sunrise which may be affected severely by cloud cover. Sunset is most glorious. As far as value for money goes it is extortionism by local tour carriers but not much can be done about that (our 2D/1N was US $180!). As for John, aka the Rinjani Master much can be done for his atrocious customer service and treatment of staff. And maybe for $180 a hot shower could be included at the end of the trek.
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