• 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…

  • Xueshan
    Hiking,  Taiwan

    Hiking Xueshan in Taiwan : How to DIY a trip to the summit

    Taiwan: 雪山 – Xueshan – Snow Mountain Taiwan is amazing because it has the largest number on top of a high density of high mountains in the world. There are a total of 286 mountain summits over 3,000 metres (9,800 ft) above sea level on the island and many of them are not very technical or extremely difficult trails. Of course there are challenging ones, but the tallest 2 are actually pretty standard hikes, one of which is Xueshan. Xueshan which means snow mountain in Mandarin, a mountain that is part of the She-pa National Park. Despite its name, Xueshan doesn’t have snow, or at least not much, even when it is…

  • 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,…

  • BorobudurPrambanan
    Indonesia,  Short Trips

    Borobudur and Prembanan – Cultural Wonders of Yogyakarta

    Almost everyone who visits Yogyakarta will indutibly visit the double UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the cultural wonders of Borobudur and Prambanan.  This just serves as a rough visual guide on what you can see, how to get to those places and how much it costs. Borobudur Borobudur is a beautiful and ancient Mahayana Buddhist temple complex, dating all the way back from the 9th century. It is the largest Buddhist temple in the world, Indonesia’s most visited attraction and also a UNESCO WORLD heritage site (1991). The Borobudur Temple Compounds consists of three monuments: namely the Borobudur Temple and two smaller temples situated to the east of Borobudur. The two temples are…

  • Merapi
    Hiking,  Indonesia

    Hiking Mount Merapi (2,911 m) – “The Mountain Of Fire” 

    Climbing Merapi You can book at EDU hostel or at the hostel you are staying in. At that point in time, EDU hostel tour was RP 275k per person excluding entry fee of RP 25k. The thing is that you might be going with hordes of other people who booked together with the hostel ( which might be a good thing if that is what you are looking for). The most important thing is to know that there is an entry fee for Merapi, so make sure you take that into consideration or ask whichever tour you used. We booked with Kartika Travel by going to the street with many…

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