Taiwanese-American blogging about his travels outdoors and occasionally his thoughts on life.

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Hiking Mt. Merapi, Yogjakarta, Indonesia part 3

At 10pm, a van picked me and Whee up at our hotel and briskly shuttled us off towards the volcano Mt. Merapi.

We stayed at a house near the trail head for an hour to acclimate and met the other hikers.

There were three Germans and two Dutch women. The Germans were Benjamin, Thy, and Robert. The Dutch women were Lisa and Chris.

At 12:00am, we were given headlamps and then we set out on our hike.

Just shy of 10,000 feet, Mt. Merapi is an active volcano located on the border between Central Java and Yogyakarta, Indonesia. It is the most active volcano in Indonesia.

The hike for the most part is steep incline the entire way up and seldomly do you have flat paths to grant you reprieve from the strenuous journey.

The view from the top is spectacular. The journey was interesting.

Back home, me, Wee, and Sara decide to get massages after lunch. Almost fated to do so, as soon as we walked into the massage parlor, heavy rain fell from the sky essentially forcing us to either stay or commit to our massages.

For 50,000 rupees or roughly 4-5 American dollars, I got a 30 minute back massage with oil. An old woman did my back and despite her frail frame, years of expertise allowed her to still do a great job on my back.

Later that night, we had a reunion with the people who hiked the mountain and drank at bars around the hostel. Gisele is the new addition to the group. An Australian girl there to learn the language.

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