I’m psyched to share my first hiking adventure with you. Yey! I’m no expert, so if you’re looking for pro-tips, you won’t find it here. But stay with me, I’m sure you can pick something useful—or not. Kidding!
Btw, this happened last February. Soooo..yeah.. Super late post! Guilty as charged! O.O
Going back to the topic. Make sure to do some preps, a few weeks before the actual trek. Go for a jog or run or cycle, anything that will help in increasing your endurance and in conditioning your muscles before an intensive activity.
Things you need (or the things I brought):
- 1L of water (our guide provided another 1L so that makes it 2L of water)
- Snacks (I brought jelly sticks—no judging please)
- Money (prepare small change—you need it when using the toilet)
- Slippers / extra clothes (change to something comfy after the hike)
- Toiletries (if you are want to take a bath after)
- Phone / Camera (you know why)
We started our ascension around 6 in the morning, so we were able to witness the sunrise on our way. Before the actual hike, we had to ride a 4×4 for around 2 hours or less to drop us at the starting point. The ride will be bumpy and dusty, this is where the sunglasses and scarf will come in handy.
We had a quick stop at this place they called Toblerone Hill (I guess because of the shape) to take some photos and selfies.
Be prepared for a rough and rocky terrain. Do yourself a favour and make sure to wear durable shoes. And if you are planning to wear trekking sandals, do wear some socks. This will save your precious feet from blisters. Also, do not force yourself. Take your time and don’t get pressured by others’ progress. Better be safe than sorry. Take quick breaks and enjoy the view. Hiking is something that can de-stress you, so have fun and take it easy.
The real challenge was the 30minute trek to the crater but it was worth it! The view was…beyond words to describe.
When we reached the crater, it was already drizzling so the view is quite gloomy. Rain or shine I think the scene will be breathtaking. Be the judge.
And as enticing as it is to jump into the water, swimming is prohibited. It was quite an experience and would love to go for more hiking trips. Hopefully anytime soon.