Hikers will need strong walking shoes and perhaps a walking stick on the loose gravel and rock below the crater’s edge.
I drank four litres of water on the hike; conditions in the forest are hot and humid and will drain strength quickly if lost liquids aren’t replenished.
Expect the whole hike to take 4 – 5 hours depending on the hiking companions; this includes 20 minutes at the top.
Recent heavy rains have lead to landslides – look for the these on the slopes of the surrounding hills. They have meant that the trail has been rerouted in one place. This is one reason a guide is needed. Hikers should remember this diversion themselves as the guide may not be around on the return as groups tend to split on the downward journey. One wrong step on a landslide could result in horrible injuries. Beware.
I went with Sailors Tours but couldn’t recommend my guide as he didn’t know any of the trees, birds, or flowers en route.
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