Sunday, April 01, 2007

Seulawah volcano trek

Seulawah viewed from Google Earth

David, one of the guides, me and Lisa on the summit.

So there is this volcano I kept seeing whenever I would fly into Banda Aceh. and I would look at it and think "I got to climb it!". So when I heard some of the guys were planning on doing just that, I was sooo in!

Mt. Seulawah sits in northeast Aceh at an elevation of 1860m (6102ft). From Banda Aceh, it looks like a perfect conical volcano, but up close it isn't, as so as many things in our lives!

The trek starts just outside of the town of Saree at only 600m (1968ft), so it was quit a climb to the top, and being in jungle the whole time made it tricky and slippery.

The only thing I would like to ask for, is a volcanic eruption, just a small one, so it'd incinerate all the vegetation on the summit, so we would have a view! But I guess Aceh has gone through enough already.

sign at the start of the trek

Lisa with her high socks. she pulled them over her pant legs to keep out the leeches!

on the trail

some of the guides smoking out on the summit

cooking our lunch

some tent we stopped at on the trail up.

David and two of the guides. The summit peeks out of the clouds.

summit marker

again, the summit marker

Alastair hanging out on the lush, cool and damp summit

lunch on the summit

Seulawah shows itself

Papaya waits at the end of the trek

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