Pulau Weh (Cot Kulam)

PULAU WEH (Cot Kulam)

Weh island, also known simply as Sabang (the main town), is a small volcanic island to the northwest of Sumatra. It is a wildlife protection area and is attracting more and more visitors – especially foreigners who come for the snorkelling and incredibly relaxed atmosphere. On the edge of the Andaman Sea it is the beginning or end of Indonesia, and is famous for its Kilometer Nol monument (Kilometre Zero) and is immortalised in the nationalist song “From Sabang to Merauke”. A hike to the highest point remains a tough proposition and is rarely done, but perhaps this will change in time.

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Gawalise

GAWALISE

Gunung Gawalise is Palu’s iconic mountain and gives its name to a local sports stadium. Given that it is only about 20 minutes from a major airport with direct flights to Jakarta, you would expect that Gawalise must be one of Indonesia’s most accessible mountains. The views over Palu valley, bay and city are magnificent from its slopes, but considerable access issues remain at the foot of the mountain.

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Colo

COLO

Gunung Colo on Pulau Una-una is Central Sulawesi’s only active volcano. It is perhaps the most isolated of the Togean Islands group in the Gulf of Tomini, but access is fairly easy given how popular the islands are with divers. The volcano has only erupted three times in recent history, but the most recent one in 1983 devastated the island, permanently altered the shape of its rivers, and forced all residents to evacuate.

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Bulu Nti

BULU NTI

Bulu Nti is the highest point on a very long mountain ridge to the west of the city of Palu. It is this ridge which keeps Palu so dry to the extent that the city is one of the driest places in Indonesia. The more northerly (and smaller) Gawalise (2,023m) is much more commonly climbed and can be done in two days (as opposed to three). This remains a really wild mountain despite being close to a major city and airport and was only first explored and documented in 2007 by Tadulako University’s Lalimpala.

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Sidole

SIDOLE

Gunung Sidole is the highest point of a long mountain range which stretches northwards from the city of Palu. These hills are densely-forested ridges with a remote atmosphere, yet this is the narrowest part of the island of Sulawesi, with less than 30 kilometres from west coast to east coast. Views to both coasts can be enjoyed from the summit of Gunung Sidole, and the trail is becoming increasingly popular.

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Bukittunggul

BUKITTUNGGUL

Gunung Bukittunggul is the highest peak in the mountainous area north of the city of Bandung, higher than both Tangkuban Parahu and Burangrang which lie further west. It is a major landmark when seen from other hills in the Bandung area and can be easily reached and climbed as a daytrip from Bandung or even Jakarta. Whilst there are no views to be had at the forested summit, the trek is not yet as hugely popular as most other significant peaks surrounding Bandung so if you are searching for relative solitude then this is a great choice.

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Galunggung (Beuticanar)

GALUNGGUNG

This Ribu is a huge and complex mountain massif consisting of Talaga Bodas lake and Kawah Saat dry crater in the north, Galunggung crater in the south and the highest peak, Gunung Beuticanar, lying inbetween, amongst a long ridge of forested peaks. An enormous eruption in 1822 caused many casualities and the last large eruption was in 1982 when a plane was forced to make an emergency landing after its engines filled with ash. Today, however, Galunggung crater seems relatively calm.

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