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Forget Everest: Here Are 10 Mountains In Indonesia You'd Rather Climb

Sue anne
Posted Mar 28, 2017

When you think of Indonesia, hiking up mountains rarely comes to mind. However, you'll be surprised to find out that Indonesia has more active volcanoes than any other country, due to its location within the Pacific Ring of Fire. Before you react negatively to this active volcano attribute Indonesia has, I'm glad to tell you that this precarious location does not come without beauty. Many of Indonesia's mountains are are situated within a large volcanic lake or inside craters, giving these peaks a very unique and ethereal atmosphere. Here are 10 mountains in Indonesia worth a climb.

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1. Mount Agung, Bali

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Home to the Mother Temple of Bekasih, Mount Agung is spiritually significant to many Balinese people. The locals say that it was created when the spiritual axis of the universe, Mount Meru, was split by the Hindu god Pashupati. As if that is not enough reason to go explore this fascinating mountain, it is in fact, standing at 3,142 meters (10,249.34 ft) and is Bali’s tallest mountain. It is a seven hour hike up and there are many interesting stops along the way. Be sure to stop by the Pasar Agung Temple and the Besakih Temple during your hike. This is the perfect combination of culture and adventure.

Mount Agung Trekking

Address: Jl. Petitenget, Seminyak 80361, Indonesia

Duration: around 7 hours required.

Contact: +6282247337225

Website: Mount Agung Trekking

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2. Mount Batur, Bali

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If you want a sunrise view of Bali and its surrounding islands overlooking Lake Batur, climb Mount Batur at the crack of dawn. One of Bali’s most regular climbing spots, the scenic beauty at the peak has the small price of only a two hour hike. A short and fun excursion, and it doesn’t hurt that after your climb you’ll get to boast that you were standing at the top of an active volcano while in Bali!

Mount Batur Sunrise Trek

Address: Jl. Nakula Gg. Baik No.1243, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Opening Hours: 7 am to 11 pm. Closed on public holidays.

Duration: around 4 hours required.

Contact: + 62 81 238 300 909

Website: Mount Batur Sunrise Trek

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3. Mount Kerinci, Sumatra

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If you’re up for something more challenging in Indonesia, you’ll be glad to hear about Mount Kerinci. This is the tallest volcano in the whole of Indonesia. And it is still very much active! It will be a four day and three night hike to the summit. What’s more about this place is that it is located within the Kerinci Seblat National Park, home to the endangered species of Indonesia: the Sumatran tiger and the Sumatran rhinoceros. If this mountain wasn’t fascinating enough, you’ll be pleased to note that Mount Kerinci has 15 lakes around it and one of them is the highest in Southeast Asia, the Gunung Tujuh Lake (Seven Mountains Lake, because of the seven peaks surrounding this lake). This is a gorgeous climb where you will experience nature like never before, all while on your way up a very active volcano.

Semeru Trekking

Address: Jalan Raya Bromo, Desa Wringinanom Kec. Ponco Kusumo – Malang East Java, Indonesia

Duration: around 4 days required.

Contact: +628111096948

Website: Semeru Trekking

4. Ijen Crater, Java

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Locally known as Kawah Ijen, this is one stunning mountain you simply cannot overlook. Its draw is the kilometre-wide (0.6 mi) crater at its peak. In this crater is a stunning turquoise coloured lake. This is the world’s largest acidic volcanic lake. Visually phenomenal, it’s no wonder this mountain lures many hikers to climb it. And it is all to see this remarkable sight. But that’s not all, the lake emits gases that are visible to the naked eye. The gas is smoky white during the day but at night, hikers deliberately climb Kawah Ijen to witness its blue flames dancing above the water. Astonishing to behold, but care needs to be taken as the fumes are poisonous, so cover your nose and mouth while you gaze at this natural wonder.

Ijen Blue Fire Trekking Tour

Address: Jalan Raya Iijen, Banyuwangi 68454

Opening Hours: 9 am to 11.30 pm. Closed on public holidays.

Duration: around 3 hours required.

Contact: +62 812-3675-7424

Website: Ijen Blue Fire Trekking Tour

5. Mount Kelimutu, Flores

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The main attractions at Mount Kelimutu are its three lakes. Emitting beautiful colors of blue, green, and red, the water colour of the three lakes changes according to season and time of the day. This is a naturally occurring phenomenon due to the volcanic substances inside the water; this magical looking lake is definitely worth the 20 kilometre (12.4 mi) hike.

MBA Bali Tours

Address: Jl. Legian No. 369, Kuta, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Duration: around 3 days required.

Contact: +62-361-4727304

Website: MBA Bali Tours

6. Mount Bromo, Java

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One of the world’s most active volcanos, it is a surprise that Mount Bromo, at 2,329 m (7,641 ft), is also one of the most frequently hiked mountains! It makes more sense when I tell you what you actually see at the peak of this majestic mountain after a two day hike. As the sun rises, it reveals with its light acres and acres of gorgeous landscape of valleys and hills that stretch as far as the eye can see.

Our Trip First

Address: Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park

Duration: around 12 hours required.

Contact: +628123386565

Website: Bromo Ijen Crater Tour

7. Mount Semeru, Java

Another active volcano on the list, smoking from its center, Mount Semeru is the tallest mountain in Java. Also known as Mahameru by locals, this translates to the Great Mountain. Climbing to its peak takes about two days of hiking. The biggest challenge for the hike is the last slope up to the summit. After that, you’re free to enjoy the mesmerizing beauty that lies below.

Semeru Trekking

Address: Jalan Raya Bromo, Desa Wringinanom Kec. Ponco Kusumo – Malang East Java, Indonesia

Duration: around 4 days required.

Contact: +628111096948

Website: Semeru Trekking

8. Mount Merbabu, Java

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You should Mount Merbabu to see a 360 degree view from the top, which is especially stunning to admire while having breakfast. But before you get to enjoy that, it’s a 12 hour hike to the top. There are two peaks to conquer: Syarif (3,119 m / 10,232.94 ft) and Kenteng Songo (3,142 m / 10,308.4 ft). In between them is a U shaped valley, so you can just imagine the beauty.

Rani Adventure

Duration: around 4 days required.

Contact: +62 341 7873299

Website: Rani Adventure

9. Mount Rinjani, Lombok

Mount Rinjani is the second tallest volcano in Indonesia at 3,726 metres (1,2224.4 ft) tall. It has a 50 square km (19.3 sq mi) wide caldera with a crescent shaped lake called the Segara Anak. Many pilgrims come here annually to make offerings to the gods. This is one of Indonesia’s greatest hikes, and definitely not an easy one. Although taking three to four days, you will still enjoy passing through the numerous amounts of villages, forest scenery, and waterfalls along the way.

Trekking Rinjani

Address: Jalan Cendrawasih No.8 Cakranegara, Nusa Tenggara Barat. Code Pos 83231 Mataram, Lombok island, Indonesia.

Duration: around 3 days required.

Contact: +62 812 37 61387

Website: Trekking Rinjani

10. Puncak Jaya, Papua

We saved the tallest for last! Towering at 4,884 metres (16,023.6 ft) at the Lorentz National Park in Papua, Indonesia, a climb up this giant is extremely technical. It’s for highly skilled and experienced hikers. No surprise there since it’s one of the Seven Summits of the World! Puncak Jaya, or Cartensz Pyramid is the highest island peak in the world, which makes it the only mountain in Indonesia with a glacier at the top. A definite must climb!

Mountain Professionals

Address: Mountain Professionals, LLC PO Box 1468, Boulder CO, 80306

Opening Hours: 9 am to 6 pm. Closed on public holidays.

Duration: around 12 days required.

Contact: 303 956 9945

Website: Mountain Professionals

View Indonesia from her mountain peaks

Hopefully having all these mountains in mind will inspire you to travel to Indonesia and conquer her peaks. Indeed a beautiful country on its own, Indonesia's mountains are often overlooked. So, skip some of her beaches and opt for some hiking instead. The climb will be well worth it.

Malaysian, fun loving and always eager for a new experience, Sue Anne loves travel as much as she loves food. And they happen to go hand in hand, which is why exploring new places around the world...Read more

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