// Binaiya


Elevation: 3,027 m (9,931 ft) Prominence: 3,027 m
Ribu category: Google MarkerSangat Tinggi Province: Maluku (Moluccas)
Google Earth: kml Other names: Binaia
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This rarely-climbed Ribu is the highest peak on the island of Seram and is part of the Manusuela National Park. Fly from Jakarta to Ambon and take a boat to Seram. The trail starts at only a few metres above sea level so it is quite an undertaking. You will need guides and several nights camping in the mountains. There is a route from the north and a route from the south, as follows:

Route from the north: Huahulu Halte – Huahulu Village (126m) – Roho Village (82m) – Kanikeh (595m) – Waiwuhu (2105m) – Waifuku  – Biniaya summit ridge.

The route from the south starts at Piliana (approx 430m) and goes via Aimoto Camp and Nasapeha Camp.

The true summit appears to be the peak about 1.5km northwest of the usual destination for hikers.


Getting there A considerable journey from Ambon by ferry and then public transport.
Accommodation Available in local villages at the foot of the mountain.
Permits Get a climbing permit from Manusela National Park Office in Masohi town. Approx Rp25,000 for foreigners.
Water sources Unknown
Fund or join an expedition: fund expeditions small Local Average Monthly Rainfall (mm): ambon


Links and References

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A forthcoming 2015 expedition to this mountain has been supported by Indonesia Expat.
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Trip Reports and Comments

19 entries for “Binaiya”

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    Just received news of the death of a hiking acquaintance on Gunung Binaiya. Apparently due to hypothermia. Terribly sad news about a very pleasant man. RIP Pitra Widianwari. http://poskotanews.com/2014/12/08/pendaki-asal-bintaro-meninggal-di-gunung-binaya-maluku/

    Posted by Dan | December 9, 2014, 22:28
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    Hi, I just back from Mt Binaiya on the Christmas/New Year Holiday 2012, few days ago via Southern-Southern ( Piliana-Piliana ) route. The climb really enjoyable despite wet trail due to rain although supposed to be dry season. As somebody said before, weather around the trail is really unpredictable and don’t listen to so call weather ‘forecast’ on Binaiya ! However, the view especially on the 3rd day the moment you passed Mt.Bintang really stunning. The Manukupa range during dusk really amazing. I used guides from Mosso which we called Abg Dollah and Abg Memet ( both brothers ) and both are really experience and professional which I highly recommended. So far from the south, I don’t have any issue with head/chief/Bapak Raja of Desa Piliana ( a newly appointed few days before we arrived ) , and the ‘Upacara Adat’ was really straight forward and not so much hassle and doesn’t cost that much as I’ve been told from some happeneh at Kanikeh. The first day hike from Desa Piliana to Aimoto Camp well rewarded with nice newly built small hut at Aimoto Camp and we were the first who had opporturnity to use it ! I’ve been told this newly built hut is funded by National Park and apperently there are plans to built another one at Nasapeha Camp but still pending due to some payment issues between contractors and the villagers. I’ll get you my link once I uploaded all photos. Thanks for the helpful insight in the group for making this trip possible. Cheers.

    Posted by Wan | January 4, 2013, 08:03
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      Thanks for your helpful post. I’m wondering if you know whether that hut at Nasapeha was ever completed? Also, approx. how much should I pay for a guide per day?

      Steve W

      Posted by Steve White | August 20, 2015, 21:04
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    I climbed the Southern route in October of 2011 from Piliana. The following was my schedule:

    Day 1: Masohi to Piliana
    Day 2: Piliana to camp 1
    Day 3: Camp 1 to camp 3
    Day 4: Camp 3 to summit to camp 1
    Day 5: Camp 1 to Masohi

    This was an enjoyable speed except for day 4 which was a slog. The rain, which is largely inevitable, was also challenging. People might try to tell you that it is “rainy season” or “dry season” but don’t listen — I lived in Masohi for a year and would watch fierce clouds form in the afternoon over the mountains almost every day — it’s always rainy season on Binaya. Additionally, according to the park service and my guide, this route had been unclimbed in over a year when I did it. The result is that we spent a good amount of time hacking through felled trees and overgrown jungle. There are many hours of essentially trail blazing, and even your guide will at times need to backtrack. The trail is very very ambiguous on this side and as a result leeches will be a inevitable part of your four days. You won’t really see anything beyond the immediate jungle until after camp 3. Plenty of running water spots until after camp 2. Bring iodine or a substitute.

    Gifts and fees: bring cigarets for the village chiefs and your guide; they will like you much more for it, especially when its miserable and pouring rain. On the south side I had no problem with the village chief demanding any money or anything, he fed me and gave me a place to stay in his own house so I left him a sizable tip (150,000? I can’t remember) and some cigs which is enough.

    Climbing permit: I got a climbing permit from Manusela National Park Office in downtown Masohi. It was maybe 25,000rp but it did take a day to processes and they needed my passport to do so. You can probably expedite this if you ask nicely, they are really really cool dudes at the National Park office. Also, a few of those guys speak quite impressive English if you need. They can give you more current information on climbing, many of them do the North route once or twice a year. But the biggest benefit is they will hook you up with local guides before you get to the villages. They have all the guides phone numbers. I ended up needing the permit where I parked my motorcycle in Tehoru because the police guys were curious what i was up to. You could probably get away without it 9 times out of 10.

    Real Summit?: Once your summit it’s difficult to tell if your standing on the true peak or if it is the one that “no one goes to” beside you to the North. Both are very close in height, but if you need to stand on both to make sure, make sure you arrange this with your guide before you embark so that he is mentally prepared, otherwise he will be annoyed. It’s quite doable, probably around a 5.4 rock scramble, but it’s another 1k. Whichever one is the real summit, the one that the flag and pack is on is stunning — the views (in the mornings) are unreal, you can see most of Seram.

    This mountain is a hassle, and the south side is not really a trail at all, but ultimately the summit is lovely (and strange looking) and very much worth it.

    Posted by Brian | October 16, 2012, 20:12
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    Dear Wan..
    You can send mail to me to : sofyan.arief.fesa@gmail.com
    Or message on Facebook,you can add my account: sofyan arief fesa or climbarz@hotmail.com
    Twitter: @climbarz

    The Piliana Village not familiar route,opened by Operation Releigh 1987 for research of butterfly and tree.but the route already closed,because nobody publish. On 2011,already opened the jungle route and only 2team use the route. This route shorten but steepy climbing, and hard for get the water.
    Tottaly need 6days from Masohi city return..
    Masohi(car and boat)-Yaputi(start walking on OMetre)-Piliana Village-Ai Moto Camp-Isilali Camp-Nasapeha Camp-summit-Ai Moto Camp-Yaputi and to Masohi.. This the real OM-3027M..from sea to summit..
    If you want,maybe I can organized for Juli 2013.
    I organized too to all Indonesia Mountain, include a Carstensz Pyramide.

    Posted by Sofyan Arief Fesa | August 17, 2012, 08:50
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    Sofyan, I’m interested to know about climbing route via south of Piliana Village… sounds interetsting as looks it is a shorter route. Can you give me your email or email me at wong9094@gmail.com Thank you

    Posted by WAN | August 8, 2012, 08:01
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    Yeah that the good information. I already hiking to Binaiya on June 2012 via north of Hoaulu. But maybe next year if somebody want to go there i will help or i will organized. i plan for going there again but via south of Piliana Village, the short route just three days and descent via north of Hoaulu.

    Posted by Sofyan Arief Fesa | July 20, 2012, 12:18
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    I climbed Binaiya in March this year (John Heargreaves helped me with some info). We used a guide out of Sawai called Piter Patalatu. Here’s his mobile number: 082199197627. Pak Ali at the guesthouse in Sawai organised him for us, and I can recommend his services.

    Posted by James | July 20, 2012, 09:03
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    still trying to collect enough information to climb Mt Binaiya, as seemingly this mountain is one of the most less frequented by climbers… may be planning sometimes early next year. Please share with me any any further info that would help me. Many thanks in advance. Cheers

    Posted by WAN | July 10, 2012, 14:54
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    Do you know any realiable guides I can contact ? ( I know you mentioned ‘according to local rules’ you can’t arrange in advance )….also once you arrived at Ambon airport, how to go to Seram and how long ? Many thanks in advance. Cheers

    Posted by WAN | April 16, 2012, 14:50
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      I don’t know any guides you can contact. My guides all lived in villages with no mobile phone network and were assigned to me by village chiefs.

      From Ambon to Seram I used the Tulehu to Amahai jetboat which leaves twice a day and takes about two hours to cross. From Kota Ambon (Mardika terminal) to Tulehu by bemo takes an hour or so; direct from the airport to Tulehu would be about the same, but you would probably have to change bemo. (There are other boats which are reportedly slower.)

      From Amahai I took an ojek to Masohi (20 minutes) and then a share taxi to Sawai (about five hours and Rp700,000 per vehicle). There are also buses from Masohi to Wahai at least once a day, which could drop you off directly at the turning to Huaulu, but you might have trouble finding an ojek there for the ride in.

      Posted by John Hargreaves | May 2, 2012, 21:27
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    John how much is the guest book fee? I read many diaries and look like he ask every month more and more.
    Did you pay anything as a permit fee to enter in the manusela park?

    Posted by guido | March 27, 2012, 19:41
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      I was asked for Rp500,000 in Kanikeh as the guest book fee, which I bargained down to Rp100,000 personal gift plus Rp100,000 for a village adat ceremony. I advise you fix all fees on arrival in Kanikeh and write them down on paper to avoid additional requests later.

      I did not have a park permit and did not meet anyone who requested or mentioned one; I went by ojek straight from Sawai to Huaulu, where I recruited the first porter.

      Posted by John Hargreaves | April 2, 2012, 23:05
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    I made a trip to Binaiya in January 2012 along the following route.

    Day 1, Huaulu (126m) – Roho (82m, 3 hours).
    D2, Roho – Kanikeh (595m, 7hrs).
    D3, Kanikeh – Way Huhu campsite (2105m, 6hrs).
    D4, Way Huhu – summit (2997m, 2hrs30), summit – Way Huhu (2hrs), Way Huhu – Kanikeh (5hrs30).
    D5, Kanikeh – Roho (7hrs).
    D6, Roho – Huaulu (3hrs).

    From the top, there are good views of the coast to north and south. Reportedly Gunung Salahutu in Ambon is also visible; there are certainly lots of mountains to east and west, but the coastline was hard to make out in the haze.

    Before anyone dashes off to Binaiya, this trek has several notable drawbacks.

    First, the peak you reach (2997m by my GPS) is not the true summit! The true summit stands in plain sight a kilometer or so to the west across a deep valley. According to my porter nobody ever goes there and there is no trail, although there are at least two ridges that look like potential routes up.

    Second, the mountain section of the hike is very strenuous, with 2400m of ascent and descent in just two days, on steep, rough jungle trails. You can spread this over three days by staying an extra night at Way Puku (2968m), a spacious campsite with a small tarn. But for us, having had the sky dumped on us at Way Huhu, the prospect of having the sky dumped on us again at Way Puku held no appeal, forcing a swift return to Kanikeh.

    Third, the approach hike from Huaulu to Kanikeh is no walk in the park, more a walk in the swamp, with stinging, scratching plants that might cause your wrists or ankles to swell. (The four day southern approach to Kanikeh, from Mosso via Maraina, Manusela, and Selumena, is reportedly even tougher.)

    Fourth, you seemingly cannot arrange everything in advance; according to “local rules” you must negotiate for porters and accommodation in each new village. Porters at Rp200,000 per day are excellent value, but “bed and board” at Rp150,000, actually a bed of boards plus sweet tea and fried bananas, is not. Additionally Mr. Hendra, the village chief in Kanikeh, will demand an exorbitant “visitor’s book fee” for climbing the mountain, as well as pryimg into your gear for desirable “gifts”.

    Fifth, apart from the aforementioned fried bananas, you cannot get food in the villages. You must take in food for you for your entire trek, plus food for your porter during the two or three days camping section.

    Sixth, Seram is a wet island, with 3500m of rain a year in Masohi and probably much more in the interior. We had three days of heavy downpours and two days of absolutely torrential rain that seeped into plastic bags inside other plastic bags inside a rucksack inside a rain cover. Such conditions can also make fords perilous or impossible, forcing you to suspend your journey.

    Separately, but relevantly, several hundred thousand rupiah, which I was unable to recover, was stolen from my wallet by the boatman during a boat trip off Sawai on Seram’s north coast.

    Seram generally is a segregated island with Muslims and Christians living in separate villages.

    If, knowing all this, you still want to do a Binaiya trek, Huaulu is accessible by ojek, 42km west from Wahai and then 5km up a gravel track. Take a good medical kit too!

    Posted by John Hargreaves | January 13, 2012, 10:37
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    At November 2009, my team climbed Binaiya mountain. We took North routes from Huahulu Halte – Huahulu Village – Roho Village – Kanikeh – Waiwuhu – Waifuku – Binaiya Summit. We record gps track and waypoint of this expedition using Garmin 60csx. If you need gps record, you can contact me fedi.ydf at gmail.com

    Posted by Fedi Fianto | August 26, 2010, 03:00
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    idGuides are planning a north-south island traverse expedition (including the peak) for August, see…

    Posted by Dan | April 5, 2010, 02:48

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