As I type, the constant pitter patter of the rain fell on the tent, I feels like it's getting heavier. I can not imagine what would it be like in an evacuation, despite how unlikely it sounds. The ground is cold while the air was cooool. Moments before we were about to ascend the Ridge line to view the landscape ahead.
Berastagi, a small town located in between Lake Toba and Medan. Situated in close proximity is the 2 volcanoes, Gunung Sibayak and Sinabung. Just last month, Gunung Sinabung erupted. While both volcanoes are in close range, Sibayak has not erupted in more than a decade. Yet remains as a popular attraction in Berastagi.
We begun our hike though the main road, before heading up 2.2km to the start of the trail. Along the way, a gradual declination of farms, housing and retail was observed. The terrain was gentle, before it got really steep! I went on to repack my bag before continuing.
Words can't tell the experience, so I'll let the pictures do.
Along the way, we met a few travelers and talked for awhile. But I must say the terrain got really full of steps with surplur coated rocks, here and there. Despite the height, the weather was cool and favorable for walking comfortably. With the load on bag back, it got nearly impossible but I guess I gotta keep moving forward!
Finally the Summit. Nothing I had ever imagine - it was my first time on a volcano. The campsite is kinda like sitting at 1,935 meters below the crater, but a long shot to the geysers. Not mentioning the smell of rotten eggs. I had to kinda agree to appreciate the wonderful smell nature gives.
So we set up our tents and went off hiking to the crater. Where the surplur smell got worse but.... YOLO. Fast forward to now, the rain has gotten smaller, the air is definitely getting cooler, and legit there's no Mobile Internet 😂
Netflix gonna save the day. Instead, all I got was a mirage of error messages saying I can't view my downloaded shows even in airplane mode.
As night fell, I prepared dinner and kinda sat at peace looking into the clouds. I had some MRE from reservist and it was a-ok. Night quickly set in and before we know it, it was pitch black. Dafuggg worst was that Beatles stay flying around and kinda surrounded us. Right now I can only imagine what would happen if the volcano erupts or we are forced to evacuate in the wee hours. The geysers sounded like the fans at the air conditioning unit while the air smelt like a pale rotten egg scent.
Exceptionally not prepared for the cold, I lay above my sleeping bag (overused) and hope to sleep. Waking up at 6am to catch the sunrise but I am wide awake ma gosh. What a night 😌
And finally it's time to sleep. We actually got out to view the sky but there was no sky - just dust flying everywhere, clouds and cooool wind. Amazing without light the area around can be seen but visibility was limited to 10 metres max 👀