Friday, 9 October 2015

Escaping to the Gili Islands

Well, that mountain climb was no walk in the park. Climbing Mount Agung is hands down the hardest thing I have ever done. Through the dense jungle, there’s barely a path and I spent the majority of the climb pulling myself up on tree branches, roots and the odd vine. Once above the tree line, the temperature drops about 10°C and you’re shivering as you clamber up rock on all fours. We also had to contend with a wind storm which made conditions very difficult, so we had to abandon the climb about 40 minutes from the summit to take shelter in a cave. I would have liked to make it to the top but safety first, none of the 12 climbers who attempted the climb actually made it to the top.
To balance out the arduous climb, I’m hopping over to the beautiful Gili Islands for some much needed beach time. The Gilis are 3 tiny islands just off the coast of Lombok – Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno. They are so tiny you can walk around them in under 2 hours and the only modes of transport available are horse and cart, bicycles or your own two feet. They sound like bliss! Follow me on Instagram (Reena.Rai) and Snapchat (Reena_Rai) for a sneak peek into life on the islands.
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