|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 and starts at Piliana (approx 430m) and goes via Aimoto Camp and Nasapeha Camp.
The true summit 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 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. It would probably take an extra half-day to get there and back with a decent guide. If anyone has been to the TRUE peak – Binaiya Puncak Sejati – then please do comment below. It is hoped that the National Park regulation will be changed one day to allow responsible access.
|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
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.
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