Starting out at 3 am we began our ascent of Mt Merapi. Pitch black but still warm we made our way up the 1st steep climb to the top of the village. I was still feeling under the weather from a cold, I went on, regardless of the lack of Lemsips in Indonesia!
After a brief stop to take on water we set off again, this time the concrete turned into jungle. The next 3 vertical miles were all on jungle paths. 2 hours of walking later and we reach the summit.
To climb the last 500m we had to wait for day break. Sat huddled together due to the freezing temperature at altitude. Just after 5 am the sun began to rise. We were above the clouds so had no obstructions, the sun engulfed the area. A haze of yellows, blues and oranges hit us.
One of the most beautiful moments of my life. Picture perfect, a memory that will last for a lifetime.