Bali: Pain and pleasure in paradise – The Independent

Bali: Pain and pleasure in paradise – The Independent

Hike Bali’s three highest peaks in 24 hours? It seemed like a good idea on paper, but in reality this turned into one of my toughest short challenges.

 

Ornate shrines and temples punctuate the otherwise harsh and dusty terrain, and as we trekked up the stratovolcano’s western flank on a dried river of molten lava, the unmistakable scent of sulphur and powdery volcanic ash swirled in the breeze.

 

Palm trees were silhouetted against the night sky and steam whisped from tiny inlets in the rock beneath us. The incline was so steep at times that we were forced to scramble on our hands and knees, Mangku leading the way with a head torch and a chirpy, rhythmic whistle. 

 

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Date

February 20, 2016

Category

Words