// Egon


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Elevation: 1,708 m (5,604 ft) Prominence: 1,405 m
Ribu category: Google MarkerKurang Tinggi Province: Nusa Tenggara Timur
Google Earth: kml Other names: Namang
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Eruptions: 1888-92, 2004, 2008

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Egon as seen from the main road just east of Maumere (Daniel Quinn, August 2010)Egon as seen from the main road just east of Maumere (Daniel Quinn, August 2010)
Egon as seen from the main road just east of Maumere (Daniel Quinn, August 2010)
Egon as seen from the main road just east of Maumere (Daniel Quinn, August 2010)Egon as seen from the main road just east of Maumere (Daniel Quinn, August 2010)
Egon as seen from the main road just east of Maumere (Daniel Quinn, August 2010)
The start of the trail to Egon (Daniel Quinn, August 2010)The start of the trail to Egon (Daniel Quinn, August 2010)
The start of the trail to Egon (Daniel Quinn, August 2010)
Higher up the trail to Gn Egon (Daniel Quinn, August 2010)Higher up the trail to Gn Egon (Daniel Quinn, August 2010)
Higher up the trail to Gn Egon (Daniel Quinn, August 2010)

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Bagging It!

Egon is a very active volcano and is one of the most popular hikes on Flores. The last major eruption was in 2008 and it covered sections of the trail with ash and debris making it difficult to find. Thankfully the trail is now reasonably clear once more but finding the start of the trail (beyond Blidit village at 788m) is difficult without a GPS or local guide because there is no signpost whatsoever! It takes about 1 hour to reach by car from Maumere – head east on the main road towards Larantuka and take the road leading up the hillside at Waigete (WGT on road markers) which does actually have a signpost for Gunung Egon, alebit only visible from the eastern side. This road leads up to the starting point 8km up the hillside which is home to some of the friendliest locals in Flores. Expect lots of greetings!

The trail leads through open woodland offering some excellent views of nearby island Pulau Besar in Maumere bay. The woodland ends at 1,328m and the trail zig-zags up increasingly steep and increasingly rocky terrain. You should soon be able to smell the sulphur in the air. Every year local people throw chickens and other things into the crater in an attempt to placate the volcano but it remains the most fearsome on Flores so caution is needed.

The trail becomes more vague and a little more difficult as you negotiate volcanic scree beneath the impressive crater cliffs. The trail then flattens out and leads over loose, damp volcanic sand to the lowest point of the rim (1,598m). It takes no more than 3 hours to this point and views to a very active and noisy fumarole and the beautiful blue lake are delightful. This is about as far as most people come, although it is quite easy to stroll up to the right onto higher parts of the flattish areas of the rim. You should see several metal pipes half-buried in the volcanic sand – these are remains of a Japanese sulphur mine.

This is about as far as most hikers come and all guides will warn you not to climb the final 100m up the steep summit cliffs to the left. Unless you are a confident rock climber it would be a bad idea to attempt what it a rather technical scramble/climb. The near-vertical slopes of soft crumbly rock and wettish sand are very hazardous indeed and a fall he.re would result in serious injury if not death. It is beyond the ability of most hikers. A small number of experienced climbers have reached the highest point – including Englishman Rob Woodall who made a full, leisurely circuit of the rim in just one hour in August 2010. The highest point of the rim is marked with a few large rocks. Further round the rim is a near-vertical drop of 5m (ropes may be useful here) and a very narrow arete made of soft mud – very dangerous indeed but possibly easier for the suitably-experienced climber to negotiate and then make a full circuit of the rim rather than descending back the same way down the steep cliffs.

On the way back down the same route your guide will probably encourage you to leave some small change to express thanks for making a safe return at a special area just off the trail (1,173m) where there is a small metal plate.

Bagging information by Daniel Quinn

Practicalities

Getting there There are several flights per day from Bali’s Denpasar to Maumere.
Accommodation The nearest town is Maumere where there is a good selection of places to stay.
Permits None required but take a photocopy of your passport photo page just incase.
Water sources None available – take sufficient supplies with you.
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Local Average Monthly Rainfall (mm): maumere

Location

Origins and Meaning

Egon means ‘big’ or ‘strong’ in local Sikkanese.

Links and References

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Trip Reports and Comments

8 entries for “Egon”

  1. avatar

    Did this trek fairly recently. Stayed at Sunset cottages, 250k/night. Basically, you need to rent a dilapidated motorbike from the guide there (100k + fuel) who then charged us 100k more for a group of 4 to show us the trailhead from a terribly rutted and run-down road. Its not easy to find, but its on Open Streetmaps and pretty obviously goes up to the left from the road. I think he wanted 250/300k total to guide us to the top, but ultimately wasn’t necessary.

    The path is well worn and marked with small cairns on the way, I added some pink flagging tape here and there to assist, but it will weather away or get stolen. Some places there are minor trails deviating from the main one, but just stay on the biggest trail and you should be fine. The guide also said in the worst case you got lost, just go left as coming down (west), theres no canyons or steep drop offs to worry about and eventually you’ll arrive at the rutted road (which crosses the range and goes to the south coast, interesting bike trip??)

    All the other info is pretty much right. All I’d add is that there was a slight breeze at the bottom but a raging gale at the top, like nothing I’ve seen, we could only just stand in it. Defintley ruled out going much further around the rim, sometimes when it clouded over we couldn’t tell which way to go.

    In July when we went, it seemed to be clear at dawn, cloudy after 8am at the very top, then clear after midday, for some reason. This pattern persisted for the 4 days we stayed on the beach nearby.

    Order lunch by phone or something on the way down. There is not a single other restaurant/eatery in the area until you get nearby Maumere, and most of the places on the beach takes an hour at least to cook even simple meals. Sunset did boxed lunch in metal containers on a later boat trip, thats probably a good option.

    Anyway, great climb, highly recommend it!

    Posted by Matt | July 25, 2016, 14:20
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    Just found this nice website, we also climbed Egon, in June 2014. Very nice hike, while going up it was very foggy, but it cleared up somewhat when we reached the top for a nice view. We followed the track that’s on Open Streetmap, worked perfectly with a smartphone and as others have said it’s pretty obvious for the most part. We were the only people there for the whole hike.

    Weirdly there was no lake in the crater, even though Tihomir writes below there was one just a few weeks before we climbed it, but I checked our pictures. Seems to dry up quickly!

    We stayed in Ankermi Dive Resort, nice place on the rocky shore. The rented us a motorbike which we took to the start of the trail.

    Posted by Till | January 20, 2016, 01:19
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    Climbed Egon recently. There seem to be lack of accomodation in Maumere and the one that I checked were crazily overprized.
    Much better option is to go 28km east of Maumere. There is a beach and two places to stay – Lena house and Sunset cottages (you can easily find telephone numbers by googling, owners of both places speak english). I stayed two nights in each of those places. Lena is little cheaper, cost 155000rp, 200000rp for Sunset cottages. Sunset cottages are little better and newly build (opened this year), but food is better and cheaper in Lena, so I’d go for that one. Also Lena has more Bungalaws, so you can meet more people to chat with. Beach is not cristal clear, but suitable to relax for a day or two.

    Both of those places can arrange ojek for Egon, cost 40000rp one way. You can also just take ojek in the morning to get there and walk back all the way, that’s what I did.

    Track is super clear, you don’t need guide or gps, nearly impossible to get lost. I didn’t try to reach the very summit, but you can walk around 2/3 of the creater rim safely for sure.
    Overall, it’s worth going there, mini version of Bromo in Java.

    Posted by Karolis | August 16, 2015, 13:13
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    I climbed Egon in early May 2014 with a friend who had been there a few years earlier. He said the top had changed in the past few years. Now there was a lake at the bottom of the crater. Going down to the lake was not possible (or too dangerous) in my view.

    The climb is generally fine. I used the gpx file published here and no guide. A bit of scrambling and caution needed around the top.

    Posted by Tihomir Rangelov | May 8, 2014, 19:52
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    I was there yesterday, July 3 2011, and we took the “wrong” route to reach the crater. I call that wrong because its more dangerous then the route where we get down. on the rock we took the right side, it supposed the left side.
    we follow Thomas Ulrich’s route on GPS. And from the crater we climb a litlle more higher, but can not reach the summit, because no equipment. but for sure i will be there next 2 weeks and reach the summit.

    Posted by Ica Marta | July 4, 2011, 09:57
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    I can confirm in additional to Rob Woodall and a mysterious Dutchman named Erik (who our guide told us about), Wolfgang Piecha also reached the true summit of the rim in April 2009 on a Java Lava hike – using the same route as Rob and (presumably) Erik. As did Thomas Ulrich (originally from Switzerland).

    Posted by Dan | October 21, 2010, 00:33
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    See http://www.peakbagger.com/climber/ascent.aspx?aid=131204 for Rob Woodall’s account of his successful climb to the true summit! Sadly myself and Adrian weren’t confident enough on the steep, crumbly rocks to continue up to the very top.

    Posted by Dan | August 10, 2010, 00:09

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