// Inerie


Elevation: 2,227 m (7,306 ft) Prominence: 1,625 m
Ribu category: Google MarkerTinggi Sedang Province: Nusa Tenggara Timur
Google Earth: kml Other names: Inierie
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Inerie is one of the most popular peaks in Flores and its beautiful pyramid shape is clearly visible for many, many miles around. It has not erupted for many centuries but has an incredibly impressive crater. It looks incredibly steep and there is indeed a reasonable amount of volcanic scree to negotiate but if hiking up the conventional route it is reasonably straightforward, although gloves are a very good idea because a slip could lead to cuts and grazes on your hands.

The 2.5 to 4 hour trek to the summit is usually started in Watumeze village (1,100m) which is just 15 to 20 minutes by car from the nearby town of Bajawa. It is a good idea to start this hike early in the morning (leave Bajawa at 5 am, start hiking at around 5:30 to 6 am) because there is no shade on the hike, and sunny weather can make it very hot as you climb the eastern slope. This is one of the few mountains in Flores where you might actually meet other hikers (apart from Kelimutu of course!) The trail leads past several bamboo houses before ascending up what looks to be grassy hillside but is covered in small rocks making walking a little less easy than you might expect. The grass continues way up the mountainside, getting rougher as you get higher up. You enter a patch of trees at around 1,810 m, but above them the more serious climbing up the side of the rocky cone properly begins. There are some deep ravines either side of the trail but route-finding is straightforward and the climb is not dangerous – at least on the way up.

In about 2 to 3 hours you should have reached the rim of the crater (2,115m) to be rewarded with extensive views. To reach the summit you can follow the edge of the crater in either direction so you might as well do the loop for the full 360 degree view into the crater. In 20 to 30 minutes you should have reached the highest point, marked with three metal crosses.

On the way back down take care to find the same route you came up on because the deep ravines mean that heading down the wrong way requires a long re-ascent to join the correct path – the trail at this point is not so clear so it is quite easy to make this mistake in bad weather! Take care on the descent and take it slowly because it is very easy to slip on the scree and you can easily slip and end up with a few cuts or grazes – this is why gloves are a very good idea. For the most part the descent is slow going but there is one area (approximately 1,880m down to 1,810m) where you can save time by sliding down deep volcanic scree just to the left of the trail. Remember to join the path at 1,810m however and be careful not to send bigger rocks hurtling down towards your companion hikers! Walking poles would be useful for the descent.

Bagging information by Daniel Quinn and Andy Dean


Getting there Ojek can be arranged in Bajawa for the 20-30 minute journey.
Accommodation There are several hotels/losmen in Bajawa.
Permits None required but take a photocopy of your passport photo page just incase.
Water sources There is no water on the hike, or to be purchased at the start of the hike. Buy sufficient supplies in Bajawa the night before you hike.
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Links and References

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Trip Reports and Comments

7 entries for “Inerie”

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    I went up Inerie yesterday with a friend. We went to the village the night before and wanted to camp at the start of the trail in order to make an early start. Soon after we put up our tent the dogs started barking and everyone from the nearby houses gathered to say hi. They all wanted to invite us to stay with them and finally we were put to sleep on the floor in one house. The local people wouldn’t take no for an answer – extremely friendly people.
    We started climbing after 2 am in clear weather but by 3 am the sky and the mountain were covered by thick clouds and it started raining. We waited a bit and decided to come down and try another day in better weather.
    By 8 am when we were planning to go back, the sky cleared up suddenly and I decided to give it a second try alone. The route is as described here and it is very easy to follow the trail. There are also markings in red paint here and there.

    The last one third is indeed very slippery. Since I didn’t have gloves, I wore a pair of extra socks on my hands.

    Once at the rim, it is possible to get to the highest point clockwise or anticlockwise. The path to the right (anticlockwise) is more slippery and hazardous than the other way.

    Posted by Tihomir Rangelov | May 13, 2014, 15:40
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    I climbed Gunung Inerie last week. I did it alone using gunungbagging GPS track and started to walk around 8am. Most of the climb was in misty conditions but just 200m before the summit the sky cleared and I could enjoy the views from this peak.
    Surprisingly the track was very clean and the little garbage I saw I collected it and took it with me. I hope that this mountain stays this clean always.

    Posted by pedro | December 2, 2013, 19:08
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    Climbed Inerie today with quite a bad cold – I was stuffed by the end! We got a great experienced guide from the nearest village (Watumeze) named Franciscus. He is like a gazelle!
    Though I’m quite fit, having a cold knocked me about a fair bit. We set off at a cracking pace at around 9am, but the slope soon became steep, and had to stop a fair bit on the ascent. About 400m from the top, the loose scree made the climb quite tough, though Franciscus was running up through it at times!
    It then started to rain, and became very misty. By the time we got to the top, I was wrecked! We missed out on the views due to the rain (a 3am start would have been better), but still pretty stoked to reach the top.
    The loose scree was horrible on the descent, plenty of sliding going on (except for the nimble footed Franciscus). Thank God for good footwear and gloves!
    Our water ran out half way down, and I stuffed by the time we got to the bottom. My mate went off to get some water, and Franciscus invited me into his house to keep warm by the fire. Seeing I wasn’t too well, his wife gave me some balm to put on and his wife fixed us some delicious coffees. The Floresians sure are a hospitable bunch.

    Posted by Kevin Lowe | December 12, 2012, 19:25
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    See http://www.peakbagger.com/climber/ascent.aspx?aid=131200 for Rob Woodall’s account of our recent climb.

    Posted by Dan | August 10, 2010, 00:15
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    i have climbed a number of volcanos in indonesia and i must say that this one almost killed me.its no more than a three hour walk to the top but the terrain is steep and slippery with volcanic rock that cuts you everytime you fall over.make sure you bring lots of water including some for your guide.i brought 1 bottle of aqua for myself but my guide who had never set foot on the mountain before(he tells me this halfway up) didnt bring any so i shared and ran out at the top.heatstroke on the way down was enivitable.my guide climbed in bare feet and got us lost.was lucky a 6 year old kid came out of a hut and showed us the way.great views at the top but to be honest not really worth the struggle.hands down my favourite walk was kerinci in sumatra .you wont be dissapointed.

    Posted by chris whiting | December 9, 2009, 04:35
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      Its location—looming over the traditional village of Bena , and overlooking the beautiful coast line—its conical “near-perfect volcano” shape, and the prospect of a challenging day out combined to make an attempt on Gunung Inerie irresistible.

      I “bagged” Gunung Inerie on April 10th with a good guide from the nearby town of Bajawa (Mikel—HP 085253267929), and his friend from the village at the base.

      It was a very tough climb and a thrilling/perilous descent. On the other hand, we had magnificent views and the whole mountain to ourselves. We took lots of water: about 3 litres of water per person (our friend from the village had 1.5 litres of luminous green “Extra Joss” and serious food/snacks. This is a hot climb, and there is hardly any shade.

      We set off at 0300 from the village at the base. The first part of the trek, about 1.5-2 hours, was fairly straightforward and not too steep. We stopped for a while to admire the fabulous sunrise over Gunung Ebulobo, then clambered over a large rocky outcrop. After that, the going got tough! From the big rocks to the summit is basically straight up across a slippery combination of hard rock and scree surface, and no real “trail”. The small, gnarled shrubs on the way up make good handholds. It’s basically a “full contact” experience: you and the mountain side. It gets hotter all the time.

      There are 2 “summits”. The first is the crater rim which gives you a terrific view of the peaks and craters of Flores (including Mt Ebulobo and as far away as Ende), the coastline, the village of Bena, and Bajawa in the distance. The second “summit” is slightly higher (about 150-200m) and requires a short descent, a traverse around the crater and then a shortish climb up another slippery slope, with almost no vegetation. The views are similar, though you get to see the Western part of Flores.

      The way down is hazardous. Near the summit, the combination of hard base and thin scree is very slippery, and is much worse than on the way up. There are some small ravines you can walk down at various points, but they are quite deep and narrow so not such a good option. Every step requires great care. You have about an hour of this (depending on how confident/reckless you’re feeling) before you have an option of descending via a wide ravine and a much looser red sand/scree slope. Go for it! If you’re in a group you need to stick quite close together to avoid injuries from falling/flying rocks. We managed a considerable distance in a fairly short time and were soon covered in red dust. After the thrill has worn off and your legs start to feel less rubbery there’s another fairly long slog down the “trail” on the lower slopes (which somehow feels much longer than on the way up) before you get back to the village. All in all, allow for 8 hours plus stops. We spent about an hour at the top; cup of tea would have been grand!

      Posted by Natasha | May 8, 2010, 06:59
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        excellent post natasha.your description is exactly as i remember it.could you imagine how my guides feet looked climbing to the crater in bare feet.he wont be doing that again.congrats on bagging it.something i failed to do.

        Posted by chris whiting | May 10, 2010, 06:10

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