Climbing Mount Rinjani, Lombok

At 3,726 m, Rinjani is the second highest volcano in Indonesia

Landed at Lombok international airport in the morning and from the airport, the drive took about 5 hour drive to Sembalun village, with stops and lunch along the way.

19/4. First camp, first light.

6:00pm Start from village to first camp site to avoid the heat and sun. This part of trek is through open space all the way. Arrived our campsite for the day after three hours walk, 6.5 KM. Had our first dinner at camp site that night, which will be mainly rice and soup, veggie or instant noodles. Tonight camp site is an open space in the fields.

took some campsite photos while still not that sleepy
our porter tent cum kitchen.

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Travels to West Europe. Part 2

Part two travel diary, Zermatt and Paris. A link to view my flickr photo album and part 1. Istanbul, Rome, Florence, Venice and the Bernina express.


18/5 Took the 6am train from Zurich, few exchanges later, arrived Zermatt. Wonderful place and town of the Matterhorn.


The neighborhood #zermatt #travel #backpacking #switzerland

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It was 10:00, some shops are just beginning to open, reached the hostel, no one was around except for a cat.

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The Pinnacles, Mulu

I had the chance to climb/trek to “the pinnacles” in Mulu national park, an arduous trek and walk up hill a steep slope (3km trek 1100m ascent) , however still very possible for the moderately fit people as I would expect. The trek would take 3-4 hours (speed dependent), and there’s a requirement of reaching certain check points or markers at a defined amount of time, else the guide are required to stop your climb and order you to descend back to camp 5, the base camp of that trail.

Camp 5 before the ascending trek

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Free again


There was one time that Santubong mountain was free to climb, I went there the first time at 2008, then few times afterwards, until suddenly one day, there was this structure built, which I thought was nothing. Soon, they started asking for entrance fees, parking fees etc.
looks simple enough

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Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp

The 10 day walk

First time hearing about Nepal and trekking at the Kathmandu, I imagined the great Everest, and all that unforgiving landscape, challenging terrain to explore and experience.

every guesthouse have these maps…

The idea of taking a trip there seems kind of intimidating, it makes you think twice before going. But after a lot of reviews and reading from previous traveler experience, it does not sound so scary at all. It began with someone inviting me to join the Nepal trekking adventure and ended up planning for Annapurna base camp in Kathmandu Nepal. It will be a 10 day trek from Pokhara to Annapurna base camp, with people who I have never met, how interesting that would be I wonder. Anyway, most of the cost and planning is handled by our guide there and the ground cost per person is about USD 800, which kind of expensive compared to the blog that I’ve read and such. Continue reading “Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp”

Return to Kinabalu

The previous visit, climbing Mount Kinabalu, It was all but excitement and trying to get to the finish line. Now, it’s more of a relaxation and walking at a moderate pace, viewing the scenery and admiring the grand landscape.

getting late…

The trail begin at Mesilau gate, the far side of  the trek, 8km to base camp, Laban Rata. Other younger and physically stronger group members reached Laban Rata few hours earlier than me. I just stayed back and upload some pic to Instagram

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Going easy: Mount Singai

A church on the mountain..

Mount Singai is not that high. Honestly, I can’t find any official height published on the net at this time of writing but my suunto recorded the highest at 1660 ft a.m.s.l while some blogs express it at 1800 or more. About an hour walk and you’d reach the top, and another 40 minutes to get back to starting point. What’s unique about Mt Singai is there’s a church built 200 ft up the mountain.

Getting there.

A 30 minute drive from city area and you’d reach the Mt Singai, Bau signboard. Since GPS technology is getting so good now days, I just referred to google map. to navigate my way to the starting point.. 🙂

Mount Singgai history from UNIMAS,

One of the former Bisingai community leaders, Orang Kaya Pemanca Durin was even part of the Sarawak team that went to London in 1963 to negotiate the formation of Malaysia together with Malaya, North Borneo and Singapore. However, in the 1970s the community moved to the foothill where their farms were located and established 12 new villages. The only reminder of the early settlements on the hill are broken bottles, jars, kitchen utensils and some belian stumps and pillars, and where the houses once stood are now overgrown with secondary vegetation. Today, the hill is occupied by Catholic Memorial Pilgrimage Centre (CMPC) and the Association of Research and Development of Singai Sarawak (Redeems) Centre at Kampung Apar. CMPC over the last 20 years have been drawing pilgrims and visitors to the hill while Redeems is a popular venue for the Gawai Dayak carnival. According to Universiti Malaysia Sarawak's (Unimas) Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation Director Professor Andrew Alek Tuen, the Binsingai people there probably originated from Central Kalimantan several hundred years ago. Nevertheless Andrew, a local boy from Kampung Tanjong Bowang near here, said the hill remained close to the hearts of the locals who continue with planting, harvesting, collecting and hunting activities till today.

Up the stairs

Reaching the parking area there, nearby the sign board, park at the open spaces besides some houses of the villagers. There’s a private parking space, closer to the stair base with a fee, and an open parking space, a little bit far (50 metre) from the entrance but free. Start climbing the wooden stairs and after 20 minutes or so you’d soon reach the church area.

the church

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