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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As easy as ABC…?

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking, Nepal. With a guide.

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Namaste…

My second visit to Nepal Annapurna base camp… first visit was in 2014. For more details do read the earlier post Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp. Although the trails are about the same, this time it was done with a shorter time and a different stop, with a different group. I wondered, what will it be like… what to expect…

Morning walk #Kathmandu #nepal #travel #backpacking

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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.

Zermatt

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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sent to the wild

Volunteering to work outstation, even for the one month rotating cycle, was kind of intimidating at first when you’d be living in isolation, away from the city, no shopping malls, limited  internet, no 3G, 4G, not even a G available. Communication is via VSAT, electricity is from a diesel generator and there is no access road to the outside world. Food supply, raw material, groceries, fuel, comes via the river boat. there’s only one grocery shop available. There is a STOL port enough to cater for an ATR aircraft but air transportation is costly, making cargo transportation very expensive. Continue reading “sent to the wild”

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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Holiday photos

The traveller sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.

quote-'Gilbert K.Chesterton'

Flipping my iPad, checking emails, bank accounts etc, which then lead to my flickr page, old pictures, I recalled asking friends about their travels… ‘did you took any pictures?’, ‘how many?’ and later, find out that most of them really didn’t bother much.

They focused more on shopping, buying souvenirs, eating, sightseeing, sleeping etc.

flick flick and swipe

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Free again

before…

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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