First of all, the guard was basically nonexistent. We arrive in the morning (around 12am) and he was no where to be found until we came back down. The climb up was a hike, difficult, even coming from a person who considers themselves fairly active. Make sure to bring lots of food and at least 3-4 liters of water PER PERSON. We made the hike up in 5 1/2 hours, then down was around 3 hours. The hike up is beautiful, especially for the first 5 km, there are great views of the city and the mountains. After mile 5 km, its basically all up hill until around 8 km, then there are some flatter parts. The view from the top is absolutely astonishing, even though there are clouds. There is something magical about being above the clouds, being able to see everything around you. Also, we were safe the whole time, no complaints on that front, and we ran into a few other groups of hikers who were very friendly and helpful.
In conclusion, safe, difficult, beautiful hike, take lots of water and be prepared for a work out.
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