• Kerinci
    Hiking,  Indonesia,  Kerinci,  Semeru

    All You Need To Know About Hiking Mount Kerinci (3,805m): Indonesia Highest Volcano!

    Introduction Mount Kerinci (3,805 m) is the highest volcano in Indonesia and the highest mountain in Sumatra.  It is still an active volcano and is part of the Kerinci Seblat National Park, the largest national park in Sumatra Island, Indonesia and also home to the endangered species of Sumatran Tigers and Rhinoceros.  Luckily or unluckily, you don’t get to see Sumatran Tigers or Rhinos, that is the other side of the mountain where it is of course off-limits to casual hikers like us. Having done many Indonesian mountains before this, Kerinci was not high on my priority list. I have heard that it wasn’t that pleasant a trek and didn’t have…

  • Kerinci
    Hiking,  Indonesia,  Kerinci

    Planning A Trip to Mount Kerinci (3,805m): Indonesia Highest Volcano!

    Introduction Mount Kerinci (3,805 m) is the highest volcano in Indonesia and the highest mountain in Sumatra. It is surprisingly quite straight forward to plan a trip to hike Mount Kerinci, the only difficult thing being deciding the transport options. Mount Kerinci is still an active volcano and is part of the Kerinci Seblat National Park, the largest national park in Sumatra Island, Indonesia and also home to the endangered species of Sumatran Tigers and Rhinoceros.  The trek can be quite a strenuous 2D1N climb. The altitude gain is longer than I expected. Be prepared for a raw experience and a muddy climb through the thick foliage of the jungle. It also gives…

  • Semeru
    Hiking,  Indonesia,  Semeru

    Mount Semeru (3,676m): All You Need To Know About Hiking The Great Mountain ‘Mahameru’

    Introduction Mount Semeru (3,676m) is the highest mountain in Java and also an active volcano that erupts a plume cloud every few moments. It is also called “Mahameru”, which means the Great Mountain or where the gods reside. It is easy to see why because of its imposing stature and constant eruption. Having said that, it is safe (relatively ha!) to hike it despite it being active, as long as the national park allows it. It is said to be similar in difficulty to Rinjani, although some dispute and say that it is tougher. Most itineraries are a 3D2N trek. It is very similar to Rinjani having 3D2N and 4D3N,…

  • Merbabu
    Indonesia,  Short Trips

    Mount Merbabu (3,145m): A Detailed Guide to Hiking Mount Merbabu

    Mount Merbabu (3,145m) is a dormant stratovolcano, located on the Java island of Indonesia nearby Jogjakarta. The name Merbabu is also known as the ‘Mountain of Ash’ from the Javanese combined words; of “Meru” for mountain and “awu or abu“ for “ash”. To me, Mount Merbabu (3,145m) is like the calm quiet sister to the temperamental and fiery Mount Merapi (2,930m) which lies right across it. It is often overshadowed by the presence and popularity of the more famous Mount Merapi. Comparatively, there are very few foreigners or Singaporeans who would attempt Mount Merbabu. However, it is an extremely popular destination for locals due to the numerous camping points and various trek routes. The Mount Merbabu trek takes around up(1 way)…

  • Agung
    Agung,  Bali,  Hiking,  Indonesia

    Hiking Mount Agung (3,031m) – See The Milky Way With The Mother of Volcanoes

    Mount Agung has huge spiritual significance to the people of the island, being the home to the ‘Mother Temple’, temple of Besakih. According to Wikipedia, it “dominates the surrounding area, influencing the climate. The clouds come from the west and Agung takes their water so that the west is lush and green while the east dry and barren.” Balinese legend has it that Agung was created when the Hindu God Pasupati split Mount Meru (the spiritual axis of the universe) and formed Mount Agung with a fragment. 2020 Update: Agung is still not open for hiking due to its constant volcanic activity. This has been the case for a few years.…

  • Batur
    Bali,  Batur,  Hiking,  Indonesia

    Hiking Mount Batur (1,717m) – The Appetizer to Trekking in Bali

    Mount Batur Mount Batur is an active volcano at 1,717 metres. Most visitors do the sunrise trek or hike, which means doing a night climb and watching the sunrise from the summit (if you make it in time). The climb is extremely suited for beginners, with a great view at the summit, a variety of scenery and trail which makes it slightly fun as well. The only downer is that it is usually misty/rainy but that adds to the feel of it most of the time.  It is a good warm-up to Mount Agung. It is an easy climb of about 1.5h up, ending with 15-20 mins of volcanic ash which…

  • Agung,  Bali,  Batur,  Hiking,  Indonesia

    Bali : Double Trouble – Mount Batur + Mount Agung

    Most people go to Bali for a relaxing holiday, dreaming of being in an idyllic setting; lying on the beach chair in one of the numerous resorts or slow walks through small towns and the paddy fields. You could do that, or you could be exploring the active Volcanoes in Bali and gazing at the milky way while waiting for sunrise. Welcome to my 4 days 3 nights 2 Volcanoes and 1-actual-full-night-sleep itinerary for you. Bali boasts 2 active volcanoes. The majestic Mount Agung and its little sister Mount Batur. You can hike both volcanoes within 2 days as both are overnight hikes of varying difficulties. Mount Batur(1,717m) is one of the…

  • Rinjani
    Hiking,  Indonesia,  Rinjani

    Gunung Rinjani : The trek you will never forget

    All You Need To Know About Trekking Rinjani (Almost) Gunung Rinjani ( 3,726 m) contains one of the best treks South-East Asia has to offer. In fact, in my opinion, it was one of my most memorable and enjoyable treks. Okay, “enjoyable” might not be the best word to use. This trek is a pretty holistic and all-encompassing trek, with its breath-taking amazing sights, wide variety of trails, tiring yet not too technically difficult which makes it possible for amateurs to complete. “If I had only 1 trek that I could do in South-East Asia,  it would no doubt be Mount Rinjani.” Just a teaser : volcanic lakes to swim in, savannah grass…

  • Bromo
    Bromo,  Hiking,  Indonesia

    Climbing Mount Bromo : An Alternative Backpacking Route

    Surabaya – Mount Bromo – Malang Looking for a weekend getaway? Hiking Mount Bromo(2,329m) is a simple trip that can be easily done over a weekend. In fact, only 1 day is needed for Mount Bromo. It only takes 15 minutes to climb Mount Bromo from the base of it. Most travellers either book a pre-arranged tour or take the conventional route which is from Surabaya – Mount Bromo – Yogya/Surabaya. This is almost always done through the Probolinggo Bus Terminal Route. My suggestion is to do this alternative circular route, which pays a visit to Malang. From Bromo – Malang, the trip itself takes you through the mountains and…

  • BorobudurPrambanan
    Indonesia,  Short Trips

    Exploring Yogyakarta : The Wonders of Mount Merapi and Borobudur

    Yogyakarta – Borobudur – Prambanan – Merapi   The Fiery Mountain And Its Treasures¬†¬† Yogyakarta, a city also known colloquially as “Jogja” and pronounced as such, is a fantastic place for a weekend or a 3-4 day trip. Yogyakarta as the base by itself has enough to satisfy you. A long shopping street, many fantastic eateries and local delicacies, as well as a buzzing young and cultural vibe to it. From there on, you can explore the double UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the cultural wonders of Borobudur and Prambanan, as well as one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia, “The Mountain Of Fire” Mount Merapi ( 2,911 m) cue background eruption noise. The best part,…

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