Tongariro Alpine Crossing
After having trained through the jungle on the Pinnacles, we needed something more! So we accepted the challenge of crossing Tongariro – 19.4 km up to more than 2000 m surrounded by volcanoes (one of them still steaming – last picture), at almost 30 degrees Celsius. 2 more difficult climbs – Devil’s stairways and Red Crater climb – but doable overall. It was our longest trail ever! The Bear also climbed 300 m higher to the Tongariro volcano summit while I was relaxing near the Green lake, watching people of all ages and nationalities descending (literally on their buts) one side of the volcano. Very funny!
We had our regular NZ trail lunch (canned meat, nuts and bananas) by the Blue Lake, with a spectacular view that definitely beats many of the sky lounges we’ve been to.
We were surprised by the work done by the kiwis to make this crossing possible. Part of the way is made of wood, the stairs are well defined and there are toilets every 5-7 km. Great work!