There isn't much to do here other than going to the waterfalls and visiting rice terraces. As soon as we got into our rooms we headed off to the waterfalls that we've heard so much about from people in Mataram. Just a short walk up the road you'll see a sign saying waterfalls. Before you can take that path, you'll need to pay an entrance fee of 10,000 rupiah per person.
The Tyu Kelep waterfalls is just another 30 minutes away from Sindang Gile. There is a path on your right as you walk up from Sindang Gile waterfall that you have to take up to the second waterfall. You'll have to manoeuvre through a rocky stream and then a little hike up to Tyu Kelep. It's a beautiful waterfall. It has little falls that pour in a form or a semi circle, almost like Niagra Falls but even more beautiful with all the foliage in the background and another main waterfall pouring from above. Amazing view!
I quickly cleaned my wound in the cold water from the waterfall and hoped that it wouldn't get infected. The guys carried on into the pool below the waterfall. You can most likely swim in it but the pressure from the waterfall is really strong plus you might want a waterproof camera and a dry bag as all your things are sure to be wet. As you walk close towards the waterfall you can feel the sprays of the water, like a permanent drizzle, even before you actually see the waterfall.
In the evening Ahmed came to give us a briefing on the climb. Gave me almost an ear full for getting myself hurt at the waterfall, as if I wasn't pissed enough with myself for falling, he added on to it. I know he meant well as he asked me several times if I wanted to see a doctor for my wounds.
Anyways there are two ways of going up to the peak. One way is via Plawangan Sembalun and the other from Plawangan Senaru. Now the hike starting from Sembalun, which is the best, especially if you plan to get to the summit like the guys (Fabien & Jean-Sebatien). You will start walking on a flat terrain for 2 hours before a 3.5 hours step climb. You'll camp at Plawangan Sembalun (or where ever to can mange to climb to before night fall) and get up and 2:30 am to climb to the peak. At the peak, it's said you can see Bali and Java.
If one chooses to do the other way around which is to go up to Plawangan Senaru and then to the Plawangan Sembalun before the peak climb, you'll have a very long decent down, which can be very tiring as climb up is very hard cause it's gravel all the way. For every step you take, you slip half a step down so it is a treacherous climb and descend.
I on the other hand just wanted to get to the rim of the lake so I split from the guys and went on to take the Plawangan Senaru route. Luck was on my side as I wasn't climbing alone, another Danish lady, Ditte, was doing the same climb as me.
We'll see when I wake up tomorrow.
Next up: The big climb!