• Elevation: 3,027 m (9,931 ft)
  • Prominence: 3,027 m
  • Ribu category: Sangat Tinggi
  • Province: Maluku (Moluccas)
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  • Other names: Binaia


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This increasingly-popular Ribu is the highest peak on the island of Seram and is part of the Manusela 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.
    • Guides and GPS Tracks: Looking for a guide? Need GPS tracks and waypoints? Join Gunung Bagging Premium here.
    • Permits: Get a hiking permit from Manusela National Park Office in Masohi town or arrange in advance via email to 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
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Links and References

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24 thoughts on “Binaiya

  1. Recently confirmed via and messages to ranger Wiliam 082238358198 that foreigners who live, work and pay tax in Indonesia have to pay the higher entry price which is 30 times the local price (5k vs 150k per day). This means a minimum of Rp750,000 for non-Indonesians assuming 5 days in the Park before paying for guides, photo permit of Rp250,000 (!) per group, etc. Also confirmed that it is illegal to hike to the true summit but few hikers realise they are on the lower peak as it has signs on it.
    True peak may be as high as 3035m.
    Difficult to have much positive to say about this whole situation. I, for one, will not be hiking Binaiya until either the true top is opened or the ticket price becomes less discriminatory. Not a nice feeling for those of us who consider Indonesia to be our home and something that would rightly be condemned in the developed world.

  2. I have been doing a bit of research on Binaiya and am considering hiking it over Xmas and New Year. Unfortunately it does indeed seem that very few – if any – hikers actually go to the true summit which is 2km from the summit ridge. Apparently it is bureaucracy stopping people from going there as the true summit is designated as a nature reserve. Why hiking in a nature reserve is not allowed is unclear. It is a long trek to undertake and considerable expense to not actually get to the true summit of the mountain.

    The ‘Seven Summits of Indonesia’ concept is growing in popularity and whilst I think the concept is rather limited and reliant on alliteration (the ‘s’ repetition) for ithe success of its branding, it is really good that people are hiking in these places – especially Bukit Raya (Kalimantan) and Binaiya. But…. for goodness sake it is really important to get to the top! You can’t claim to have reached to summit of Everest if you reached the second highest peak. The same principle applies here….. if you only got to within 2km of the true peak then you haven’t been to the top.

    Let’s hope there is a bit more awareness on this issue in future and that the authorities and/or locals actively encourage hikers to make the true summit their target.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Dear Wan..
    You can send mail to me to :
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    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.

  6. 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 Thank you

  7. dear,,
    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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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

    • 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.

  11. 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?

    • 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.

  12. 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!

  13. 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

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