Gunung (Mount) Rinjani is the second highest volcano in Indonesia, located in the beautiful island paradise Lombok. The beautiful nature that surrounds the mountain has inspired local and international tourists to visit even for just a short hike around the mountain’s hills. However, an unparalleled beauty awaits those who are determined to reach the summit. The mountain has an exquisite crater lake called Segara Anak on its summit, with stunning blue water and lush greeneries on the surrounding hills.
Gunung Agung is the highest point on the island paradise of Bali. Cherished for more than its natural beauty, this mountain is considered a sacred site by Balinese; their very own Olympus where the deities set their throne. This mountain’s spirit is honored in Balinese temples, and the mountain itself is home to the island’s largest temple or ‘Mother Temple’, Besakih. Due to its challenging landscape and sacredness, hiring a local guide is mandatory when hiking this mountain.
Mount Bromo is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Indonesia. It is located on a dense caldera in the middle of a “Sea of Sand” plain, offering a stunning view of various mountainous structures in one frame. Bromo is also preferred because reaching the summit could be effortless —tourists can rent a jeep to a sand area near the mountain, continue with a horse-ride, then a climb through the stairs to the crater.
Merbabu is one of the most popular hikes in Java at 3,142-meters, high enough to tower over other mountains visible in the surrounding area. A hike to the summit will presents visitors with beautiful savannah, hills, lush vegetation and a view of other mountains in the background. The mountain has five stunning calderas and a vast edelweiss field near the summit.
One of the most popular spots for sunrise in Bali, the hiking trails for this mountain are often packed with tourists. Despite being 1,717-meters high, a hike to the summit can be completed in less than three hours. Located in one of the biggest calderas in the world, Mount Batur owes its natural beauty to its surrounding sister peaks. Aside from the cool crisp mountain air and stunning ‘double caldera’, visitors will also be greeted with the majestic view of Mount Abang in the background.
Meaning “the mountain of fire” in local dialect, Merapi is one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia. The latest large eruption was in 2010, killing more than 200 people including the mountain’s elder gatekeeper, Mbah Maridjan. The mountain has been relatively quiet ever since, making it possible to hike up to the crater rim. Visitors can also explore the ruins of civilization that were once alive around the volcano before the last eruption. Some parts of the mountain are now a popular geo-tourism destination also serving as a conservation and educational site.
Located in West Nusa Tenggara, this volcano is responsible for the largest volcanic explosion ever recorded in history in 1815, killing at least 71,000 people with an eruption that could be heard over 2,000 kilometers away and causing a “Year without Summer” around the world, the following year. The tragedy left an impressive natural relic, an enormous crater as wide as seven kilometers. Since the big explosion, Tambora is now relatively calm and safe to hike.