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What is a Ribu?

A Ribu is a prominent summit in Indonesia with at least 1,000 metre elevation drop all around. We have called them the Ribus because of the Indonesian word ‘ribu’ meaning a thousand. The variety of Ribus is huge; some are easy day-hikes near large cities; others are in remote and challenging environments and require weeks of travel and hiking to reach; some are active and dangerous volcanoes. The Ribus stretch across the Indonesian archipelago from Aceh in the west to Papua in the east.

There are four Ribu categories, three based on their absolute elevation and a fourth ‘Spesial’ category for peaks which are considered to be of special interest. Check the Methods page for more information on the analysis of prominence.

Google MarkerSangat Tinggi Google MarkerTinggi Sedang Google MarkerKurang Tinggi Google MarkerSpesial
(Very High)
Over 3000 m elevation
(Fairly High)
2000 to 3000 m elevation
(Less High)
Below 2000 m elevation
(Non-Ribu)
A special reason to bag it

There are currently 226 Ribus, plus 93 Spesial peaks. The ‘Spesial’ category has a number of uses. Firstly, Ultra prominent peaks in the Malaysian provinces of Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo and the Timor Leste part of Timor island are included here. Other Spesial Ribus are deemed of particular interest. For example Anak Krakatau is a mere 324 metres high, but is a Spesial because of its volcanic activity and great historical interest.

What is Bagging?

‘Bagging’ is an informal term which means ‘collecting’. Hill and mountain bagging is very popular in Great Britain, and there are numerous list for different countries and counties. The great thing about lists is that they offer an incentive to get out there and visit places you might not normally think to go.

To have bagged a Ribu, you must have reached the highest point. For example, lots of people visit the crater rim of Gunung Agung in Bali, but far less people actually reach the highest point itself.

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Download GPS tracks for lots of popular and obscure Ribus, including different routes up and down the same mountains. Tracks are contributed by hikers – please contribute your tracks. Recently added: Gunung Ramelau

Guides

Our guides database covers more than 50 Ribus. Contact us if you are a guide that wants to be listed, or if you’ve used a guide and can provide contact details and can confirm that they would like to be listed on Gunung Bagging.

Spreadsheet

Track your progress bagging the Ribus and Spesials – use our Excel spreadsheet containing all the mountains, elevations, prominence and more.

Recommended Links

GPX to KML – convert files for GPS and Google Earth
Gunung Bagging image library – all our photos in one place!
Heart of Borneo – an important conservation initiative
Rafflesia Flower – the world’s largest bloom
Smithsonian Volcanoes of Indonesia – the Global Volcanism Program
Trekking East Timor – a guide to the mountains of Timor Leste
Volcanological Survey Indonesia – get the latest news on volcanic activity

Welcome to Gunung Bagging

This site provides a comprehensive list and classification of prominent mountains in Indonesia, which we call “The Ribus”. We hope the site inspires you explore Indonesia’s many mountains and volcanoes and prioritise which peaks to climb.

You can browse the Ribus by category or by province and view Google Maps showing their distribution. In our Resources section, we also have a growing database of Guides and GPS tracks. Share your experiences by posting comments and trip reports.

Recent Updates

Sindoro
Sindoro
Jawa Tengah
 
 
 
Raung
Raung
Jawa Timur
 
 
 
Ijen (Merapi)
Ijen (Merapi)
Jawa Timur
 
 
 

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