- Elevation: 3,027 m (9,931 ft)
- Prominence: 3,027 m
- Ribu category: Sangat Tinggi
- Province: Maluku (Moluccas)
- Google Earth: kml
- Other names: Binaia
This increasingly-popular 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 is becoming the most popular one as a return journey can be done in 5 days and 4 nights which is a couple of days shorter than the route from the north. It starts at Piliana (approx 430m) and goes via Aimoto Camp (1,160m), Puncak Bintang (2,670m) and Nasapeha Camp (2,580m).
The true summit is called Gunung Siale, and is the peak nearly 2km northwest of the usual destination for hikers. Even though Binaiya is one of the ‘Seven Summits of Indonesia’, the true summit peak is off-limits to hikers due to National Park conservation regulations. Therefore, very very few of those who claim to have climbed to the top of Binaiya have actually been to the highest peak. If anyone has been to the TRUE peak – (known locally as Gunung Siale) – then please do comment below. It sounds as if it it takes around 3 hours (return) from the second-highest peak with all the summit signs. It is hoped that the National Park regulation will be changed one day to allow responsible access.
At present, many sites suggest that the true Siale peak is 3,035m and the normal sign peak known simply as Binaiya is 3,027m, although based on GPS and SRTM we thing it is likely that Siale is 3,027m or 3,035m and Binaiya signs peak is possibly a couple of metres under 3,000m at around 2,997m.
- 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 hiking permit from Manusela National Park Office in Masohi town or arrange in advance via email to firstname.lastname@example.org Currently (2017) Indonesians pay Rp5,000 PER DAY and non-Indonesians must pay Rp150,000 PER DAY even if they live, work and pay tax locally. This is 30 times the local rate which many may find unacceptably discriminatory. It also remains forbidden for hikers to climb to the true peak. Photo fee of Rp250,000 per group.
- Water sources: Ask your guides for the latest on best sources of drinking water near camps
- Travel insurance: We recommend World Nomads insurance, which is designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities including mountain hiking.
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