These sulphur miners at Kawah Ijen have to endure the weight of the mineral blocks on their shoulders, while they hike up from the base of the crater to the outpost at least an hour distance away – all for a mere pittance. And let’s not even mention the hazardous, choking fumes. A heartbreaking sight.
New Zealand is famed for its scenic landscape – with majestic mountains, pristine lakes, daunting volcanoes, rolling hills, sandy beaches and breathtaking fjords dotting the entire country. So for the Tongariro Alpine Crossing to be one of the highlights of my Kiwi adventure, it is pretty god-damn spectacular! It certainly lives up to its acclaim of being “one of the best day-hikes in the world”.