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"..aku ingin ke tempat-tempat yang jauh, menjumpai beragam bahasa dan orang-orang asing. Aku ingin berkelana, menemukan arahku dengan membaca bintang gemintang. Aku ingin mengarungi padang dan gurun-gurun, ingin melepuh terbakar matahari, limbung dihantam angin, dan menciut dicengkeram dingin. Aku ingin kehidupan yang menggetarkan, penuh dengan penaklukan..ANDREA HIRATA (EDENSOR)
Well, just thinking of reposting this story, which I created about a year ago, just wanted to give some edits and trying my best to put them in good English. I am not a good English writer though’…
Mountain Climbing for some people, especially for people who called themselves “Nature Lovers” or “Adventure-er” ,”Mountaineering” or whatever it is, has been always a “fun” thing to do. It’s what people say a “challenge”…
Well of course, there are many types of climbing. There are Rock Climbing, Ice climbing, Canyoning, etc , which some of them need a special technique and well-preparation before doing it.
Especially for this climbing story of myself and three other friend, I would just call it a “mount climbing” or for myself I called it a “reckless climbing” –sorry if this is an inappropriate word to express that we were actually not really in a well-prepared condition to climb, at that time –
We climbed on the 5th of April 2009, it was Sunday and the idea to do a climbing came to us just a few days before the day – the idea came to us, once we knew that there was “a friend of a friend” –how you call that?- who had climbed the mount before, and the good thing was he is a Balinese as well, and he knows well about the area –
I could have been saying “wow this is gonna’ be an impossible, if we are going without local people, we do not know the route and not to mention we are going to climb up the highest mountain in this Island 3.142 m above the sea level –
Jim and Mat are from Sumatra, 1700 miles away from this Island, and me myself is from South Sulawesi, 500 miles away from this Island-
Long story short, it’s 2pm on the April 4th, my 2 litters “Norwand” back-pack already full and tight, with 5 bottles (plastic) of 1500 ml mineral water, a thick jacket, a full-of-pocket trouser, and of course some instant foods for dinner, a camera –a must bring thing to capture good views – , a scraft , a skull-cap, a mini-stove to cook dinner , climbing shoes –
I had been told before that the temperature on the summit can be less than 10 degree, so my anticipation was to bring the thickest jacket I have.
There are two routes to reach the summit –actually there are 3, but the other one is not common -. First, via Besakih Temple and second, via Pura Pasar Agung .
Here are a few explanations about the 3 routes.
From Besakih (west). This is a demanding climb starting close to Besakih temple. The ascent will take about 6 to 7 hours and ends at the very highest point of the mountain. The final hour or so is exceptionally demanding often requiring ascent on all fours. A sensible start time is about 11PM, so that you arrive at the top before dawn and wait for the sunrise.
From Pura Pasar Agung (south). A three to four hour climb in which time you ascend about 2,000 metres. Not so stiff as the Besakih route. The route ends about 100 metres below the actual summit, but the views are still excellent in all directions, as well as down into the actual crater. A sensible start time would be about 2:30 AM, again with aim of reaching the peak just before dawn. I and friends took this route, and in fact we were about a hundred metres below the actual summit.
From Duku Bujangga Sakti (north). A seldom used route but one which is most appropriate for less experienced trekkers and the slightly less physically fit. The ascent starts at 300 metres and involves an overnight camp at 1,700 meters, before the final ascent in the pre-dawn hours the following day. This route also allows you to walk around the rim of the crater to the absolute summit of the mountain.
I made my own map, so you guys can -at least- having a slight view of what I am talking about.
After all has been packed, we then left Sanur “Abian Prasta” our starting point and heading towards North-East of Bali. We previously planned to climb via Besakih Temple but we were forbidden to climb without a guide and they suggested us to use guide at IDR 300,000, – what?no way!!!– we were on a very low-budget, I could not remember my money in pocket was less than Rp. 100,000,- – turned back and left the place with huge disappointment.
But as I said, it is always an advantageous to go with a local, my friend Gilang found the plan B- going via Pura pasar Agung. He claim himself “NatureLover”,he is Balinese and we counted much on him as our leader….
Leaving Besakih, rode to the East to Tukad Panglan, Pura Pasar Agung (see map) and we got there about 6 or 7pm, I could not remember. There is a large parking lot there at the temple. It is closer to the top and took about only 4 hours to climb (normally) compare to Besakih which needs at least 7-8 hours climbing.
Long story short, we entered the dark forest at about 7.30pm after praying at the Temple.
– Praying at the temple, is a must- to-do before descending the mount, for your info Mt.Agung is considered holy by Hindu people where the kingdom of gods (Bali protectors) settled, so we must show respect – it is also forbidden to hike when it is full-moon – Also do not ever bring any food contains beef –
With each of us, using a head-lamp, we begun to step our feet on rocky, slippery and grassy path leading to the top of the mount where the excitement is waitingJ. We took an un-countable stops and rest along the way of course, not only because the path is taugh, but the bag was heavy!
On the height of about 1,000 m we begun to see an absolutely stunning view, but it was only over-seeing the town with millions of lamps.
Half way, it was 10.30pm, we need to cook dinner, and we need to find a flat-surface to settle a tent but what a bad luck! There was no flat-surface, only rocks around! But because we were starved, cooking food was the top priority.
Our plan: it’s 11pm, to sleep and wake up at 3am to continue to the summit which now only take 4 hours ,and catch sunrise in the morning at 6 or 7 am. And………………………..
-NOBODY WOKE-UP until 7am-
In fact, I already yelled 3 or more times, everybody slept like having drunk an alcoholic drink last night. So planning was kind of ruined but the main aim was to reach the summit and get down before 12pm.
In the end, we made it to the summit at 10am and returned at 11.30am
Here are the photos :
A lot of stops and rest !!.
Mount Agung The great crater ! 200 m wide and about 8 – 20 m deep ! last eruption 1963 killed approx 1500 people!
me and the “red-white” flag ….I on the sky.!
“Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb.” — Greg Child.
“Climbing is as close as we can come to flying.” — Margaret Young, aviator and alpinist.
Hi guys, move on to next story of the unforgettable trip….
On the 16th of August 2010 , we continued the trip to the 100 km long and 30 km wide lake ,largest lake in North Sumatra LAKE TOBA. The largest lake in Indonesia, and South East Asia.
Yes, Lake Toba. It took us about at least or more than 4 hours to travel this 176 kms long road from Medan, the capital city with motor bike. This lake is part of few regencies, among them are Simalungun, Samosir, Tapanuli Utara, Humbang Hasundutan, Karo and Dairi ,Noth Sumatra. There were 6 of us altogether. It was me, Cece, brother Welly, sister Ritha, brother Ewis, Rio & Idrus. We departed at early in the morning at 5am to avoid traffic jam and to also avoid the extremely hot weather, that time.
The greatest lake – LAKE TOBA
For the first 2 hours, we were leaving the city and heading toward west with average speed about 80 kms/hour, exit from Jalan Tol Berawa toward Jalan Serdang. There is only one big, large road heading to Lake Toba. I could recall the places we passed; it was Tanjung Morawa, Lubuk Pakam etc. Along the road you can only see houses. It was still morning at about 7am. We stopped by at Warung for a glass of copy/tea, just to warm-up the body.
Next 2 hours, we entered Tebing Tinggi , and heading toward the town of Pematang Siantar. Pematang Siantar is the largest town you will certainly pass when you are going to Lake Toba, unless you are going through Brastagi. However, from this point, still 48 kms to go to get to the great Lake.
We started to feel back-bone pain for sitting too long on the motorbike. It was really a long trip, I did not imagine before. I suggest for you guys who wants to do a trip to Lake Toba, to just rent a car rather than to ride a motorbike unless you are strong enough.
Between Pematang Siantar and Parapat, we started to get into the pine forest, windy,resulting a very cold, cold air. So fantastic and shaking you at once to bear the cold. I cried ..” woo hooooooo……….” so loud, when fasten the speed of motorbike, and gliding among the pine forest, 1000 m above the sea level.
For me myself, it was fun and did not feel so tired as it was the first time for me to visit the people say, the Beautiful Lake. I was imagining the lake along the way! At about 12, we actually had spent more than 4 hours untilwe got to the small town near the lake, Parapat. Finally we had some time for relaxing; straighten the back-bone, relaxing the ass-pain, due to long-long trip. We had Lunch in a Chinese warung,and spend a few minutes chit and chat.
On the next story, approaching the island in the lake center….Island of Samosir
Hi guys, it’s been a long time…this is the next chapter….!!!
It was about two months in advance that I planned this trip, and it came true on Aug 13th when I took 6 days off until Aug 18th.
The trip was owesome,flied with Lion Air from Ngurah Rai Airport at about 1pm and got to Polonia Airport at about 8pm where I had like 2 hours transit in Jakarta and it was tiring,moreover the weather was rainy and cloudy it caused flights were delayed.
At about 8pm,landed at Polonia Airport,waiting for a couple of minute for my back-pack and went out right away thru’ the exit gate where an absolute cute girl had been standing there and waiting for my coming with a smile,holding an umberella in her right hand,soon I felt so relax:).Thanks for the pick-up dear.
MEDAN AT GLANCE
Medan (Indonesian: Kota Medan) is the capital of the province of North Sumatra, Indonesia. Located in the northern part of the province along the coast, Medan is the fourth largest city in Indonesia, as well as the largest city in the country which is not in Java. The city is bordered by Deli Serdang Regency to the east, south and west, and the Strait of Malacca to the north. It is close to the volcano Sinabung, which erupted from its 400 year dormant state in August 2010.
The city has a mix of communities, reflecting its history. It is famous throughout Indonesia as the home of the Batak people, although, traditionally it is a Melayu Kampung. More recently more and more of the Batak ethnic minority have come to the city to make what was once a minority become a fairly sized community. However, Batak homelands are found throughout North Sumatra. In addition, there is a large ethnic Javanese community, largely made up of the descendants of people transported from Java in the last century as part of the government’s transmigration policy, an attempt to relieve the chronic overcrowding of Java.
A highly visible component of Medan’s population is the large number of Chinese, who are very active in the business sector, and unlike the ethnic Chinese in many other parts of Indonesia continue to speak Hokkien. Finally, the city has a sizable community of Tamil descent who are commonly known as keling. A well-known Tamil neighbourhood is Kampung Keling. In addition to Indonesian, Batak Simalungun, Batak Karo, Batak Mandailing, Batak Pak-Pak, Batak Angkola, Batak Toba, Deli Malay, Javanese, Hokkien (Min Nan), Tamil, Acehnese, Minangkabau and English are spoken.
There are many old buildings in Medan that still retain their Dutch architecture. These include the old City Hall, the central Post Office, the Tirtanadi Water Tower, which is Medan City’s icon, and Titi Gantung (a bridge over the railway).
There are several historic places such as Maimun Palace (Istana Maimun) built in years 1887–1891, where the Sultan of Deli still lives (the Sultan no longer holds any official power), and the Great Mosque (Masjid Raya) of Medan built in 1906 in the Moroccan style by the Dutch architect Dingemans.
Since 2005, a catholic temple, in Indo-Mogul style, devoted to Graha Maria Annai Velangkanni (Our Lady of Good Health), is built in Medan. This particular Saint knows its origin with an apparition in the 17th century in India. The temple is an imposant building, of two storeys and a small tower of seven storeys in Indonesian style, that already attracts attention from the main road (it is situated in the small road Jl. Sakura III besides Jl. Simatupang). It is already the second most important pilgrimage place in Asia.
One of the unique features of Medan are the motorized becaks that are found almost everywhere. Unlike traditional becaks, a motorized becak can take its passenger anywhere in the city. The fare of riding a ‘becak’ is relatively cheap and is usually negotiated beforehand.
Railroad tracks connect Medan to Binjai and Tanjungpura to the northwest, to port of Belawan to the north, and to Tebing Tinggi and Pematang Siantar to the southeast.The seaport of Belawan is about 20 km to the north. Polonia International Airport is located in the heart of the city. Kuala Namu International Airport is a new airport under construction and is due to replace Polonia in mid-2011.
Well that’s the short introduction about Medan, …On this first day,dinner time..Merdeka Walk is one of the best place to hang out,especially for the youth,opened from 11.00 – 24.00 Monday – Sunday. On Aug 27th, 1945, the Independence of Indonesia Republic was officially announced here, that is why this place becomes one of the historic place in Medan, and then called “Lapangan Merdeka”. It was rainy when we got to this place, and finally Pizza was chosen for the dinner! From the Airport, we took a taxi for IDR 20.000,-.
After dinner, we continued to Jl.Pancing, where I stayed with my girlfriend’s brother. From Merdeka Walk we took a Becak Motor for IDR 30.000,-.
That’s the end of the first day. The next trip was a visit to Bukit Lawang (The Rehabilitation Center of the Orang Utan) on Aug 14th.
To Be Continued….
Hi guys, in this chapter. I am going to share about my experience when I and a friend of mine traveling to Lombok,Nusa Tenggara Barat with the capital Mataram on the 14th of March until 17th of March 2010. This island is famous among worldwide surfers, as it has good beaches and perfect waves. It is only max.5 hours from Bali with Ferry boat.
On March 14th, I and a friend started the trip and we went there with Ferry from Padangbai Harbour. Padangbai is about 56 kms from Denpasar or about 45 minutes with motorbike. I was my first time to Lombok and this trip was intended to do self-inspection to the island which people famaously called ” the island of thousand Mosques” and also for refreshing (kind of). The ticket was IDR Rp.89.000,- or about USD $ 8.9 for 1 motorbike and 2 person. However please prepare your Driving Lisence as it is always be checked before entering the Ferry.
Let the story begin :
Day 01 ( Sunday March 14th’10)
We departed at about 12.00 pm and arrived at the Lembar Harbour (the name of Lombok Harbour) at about 16.45pm or about 4 (four) hours. Normally it takes about 4 hours indeed. Upon arriving at the harbour, we directly rode down to the town of Mataram about 27 kms from Lembar harbour. However we did not want to stay at Mataram town but continued riding to Senggigi area which is about another 30 kms from Mataram. Upon entering the Senggigi area, we then continued to look for cheap accomodation.
We searched on the internet and it was said we could get a hotel with a good price which is vary from IDR Rp.75.000 – IDR Rp.150.000,-. There were 3 cheap hotels that we took into consideration after searching on the internet :
1). HOTEL ELEN ,located in town of Senggigi. The standard room with fan is IDR Rp.100.000,-/room/nite include b’fast. The room with AC is IDR Rp.150.000,-./room/nite without tv.
2).PURI SHINTA, also in Senggigi area, we checked the standard room,however only room with fan avalaible. There is no AC room. It is IDR Rp.100.000,- /room/nite include b’fast.
3).PURI SENGGIGI HOTEL, the room facilities are bath-up,tv and AC is IDR Rp.175.000,- /room per nite include breakfast (fried rice or toast). The standard room is IDR Rp.100.000,-/nite with fan only also include breakfast.
And for the first night, we took the option number 3 Puri Senggigi. It was good, and suitabale for backpacker like us. We did enjoy staying at the hotel but had to check out on the following day.
Day 02 ( Monday March 15th’10)
Woke up at 7.15am. After breakfast, preparing ourself to check out. At 9.00am we then proceeded to the south of Lombok,to the Kuta beach which is about 60kms to the south of Mataram or about one and half hour drive from Senggigi. South Lombok has beaches that inspire photographers from around the world and draw crowds to bake on the white sands. Kuta also as the center of tourism development in the south of Lombok. However it took us about almost 2 hours to get to Kuta,as we did not have a map and we took the wrog way.
We wanted to stay overnight at Kuta area, and we tried to find the cheap accomodation but we could not get it. All’s fully booked. Accomodation in Kuta area for your reference which is cheap are :
1). SURFER INN, Standard room is IDR Rp.100.000,-/room/nite. Facilities are swimming pool, hotspot and TV and AC (for Deluxe Room) about IDR Rp.200.000,-/room/nite. Room rate include breakfast.
2). MATAHARI INN, Standard room with fan is IDR Rp.175.000,- including breakfast
3). KEN’S HOTEL ,standard room is IDR Rp. 100.000,-/room/nite. We looked at the room however we did not like it very much. However there is swimming pool. Deluxe Room is IDR Rp.350.000,-/room/nite
4). TASTURA INN, if i’ am not wrong, they could give IDR Rp.250.000,- /nite for Deluxe Room (Domestic rate) it is different from the internet.
or for more info please visit : http://www.kutalombok.com/south-lombok-hotel-accommodation.htm
We then decided to return to Senggigi. We left Kuta beach at about 3pm and arrived at Senggigi at about 5.30pm,and it was getting dark when we were looking around for the accomodation. It was March 15th when a lot of people from Bali started to come to Lombok,escaping the Nyepi Day on the 16th, as the results almost all hotels at Senggigi were fully booked. We then found and stayed at :
THE NEW MOON HOTEL (0370-693785) or firstname.lastname@example.org
IDR Rp. 250.000/room /nite include breakfast,tax & service or USD $ 25.00
with Swimming Pool
The next day we checked out and proceeded to Bangsal (Pemenang) about 20kms from Senggigi. Bangsal is the harbour to the GILIS (Gili Air,Gili Meno and Gili Terawangan).Gili Trawangan, the most popular among the three Gili’s. Just kick back and enjoy the sun, nightly beach parties and sea. The main stripe is full of accommodations, restaurants, and dive shops.
If you are seeking a quieter place to stay there are bungalows in the north. This Island is also known as “Party Island”, where mostly young European find themselves “Lost In Paradise”.If you come during the Peak Season (July-August, December-January), most places are full and prices are doubled. An advanced reservation is a must.
Boat tickets to Gili Terawangan is only IDR Rp.10.000,- /person (max 20 pax/boat). For more information about price list, you can just visit : http://www.lombok-network.com/gili_islands/boat_schedule.htm
We went back to Mataram via Monkey forest Pusuk at 12.30pm. Arrived at Mataram at about 2pm and then continued to Sekotong in the Soth-West of Mataram via Lembar Harbour. We planned to find accomodation and stayed at Sekotong, unfortunately the were no single accomodation found in this area. We almost get to Labuhan Poh when we decided to return to Mataram at about 3pm,because we did not find any accomodation. There was nothing to see in this area except beautiful crystal clear and white sandy beaches.
At 3pm we returned to Mataram, and we started to find an accomodation. We stayed at :
IDR Rp.245.000,-/room/nite include breakfast,tax & service
AC,TV,Bath-up and Minibar.
On the following day Mach 17th, we then checked out at about 8am, to catch the first Ferry to Bali.