Description: This is an action packed hike which includes trekking and a world famous cultural experience not to be missed! The trek takes you over from Port Vato across the volcanic ash plane, to spend a night on top, visit both volcanoes, followed by a night at Ranon Village to enjoy a refreshing swim, then experience the unique Fanla Custom - Rom Dance.
Fitness Rating: Strenuous
Day 1: Approximately 5 hrs up to West Camp (720 meters). And 3 hrs up to Mt Benbow (1020 meters) return to West Camp. After 50 minute drive from your accommodation in Craig Cove your trek starts at Port Vato, with an easy walk on a truck track through local gardens, coconut trees, and forest. You will then walk through a large, dried-up river bed with hard black sand (flat but without shade) to finally you will stand in front of a big cliff. After lunch there is a further steep climb through the river bed - at this point you are approximately at the middle of your trek! A hilly climb up a single track under the forest follows. You willwalk for up a very narrow wet river bed, withexceptional scenery before a short very steep sandy dune until you reach the ash plane and West Camp Site. It’s here you glimpse the expanse of the ash plane and volcano scenery for the first time. You will set up camp while your local guide prepares dinner. Time dependent you can visit Mt Benbow that evening or alternatively the next morning.
Day 2:Approximately 2 hrs to Mt Marum Volcano (950 meters) then 1 hr to North Camp. From the West camp, you will start with an easy walk across the the ash plain. You will walk through a desert-like landscape with only sparse green mosses and grasses near the edge of the plain. In fine weather, you will see spectacular views of both Mt Benbow and Mt Marum with their plumes of smoke. Walk past a 'rivers of scoria' – lava flows from previous eruptions before ascending Mt Marum. Spend time on top marveling at the magnificent boiling cauldron below before descending to North Camp for the night.
Day 3: Approximately 4 hrs to Ranon Village. Descend a ridge down into the wild cane and then down a rocky creek bed to a flat stream bed on the ash plain. The route now follows flat stream beds through scattered bush and vegetation across the ash plain to the edge of the plain. Descend through lush rain-forest with ferns to the end of a 4WD road. Follow the road through the rain-forest down to the village of Ranon Village on the coast.
Note: This trek can also be organised in reverse from North to West.