// Klabat


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Elevation: 1,995 m (6,545 ft) Prominence: 1,852 m
Ribu category: Google MarkerKurang Tinggi Province: Sulawesi Utara (North Sulawesi)
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This Ribu is the highest peak in North Sulawesi province and is a popular hike for local residents, including from the adjacent Gorontalo province. It is also popular with tourists who want a different type of challenge after diving around Bunaken or the Lembeh Strait. Mount Klabat is very accessible; it is only 1 hour drive from Manado along the main road towards Bitung by car, and there are regular buses. The starting point for the hike is the town of Airmadidi, which is at an elevation of only 260 m. You are encouraged to register (free-of-charge) in the guestbook at the police station on the main road. The police can also recommend a guide, although local guides indicated they were planning to set up a small trekking centre office near the police station. The guides can also act as porters and you can rent tents and sleeping bags, and other equipment you require.

The trail is in good condition and it is a steep but steady climb. It is possible to complete the climb as a day hike, although the 1,750 m elevation gain makes this quite challenging. The following are the three popular options from Airmadidi, and require 4 to 5 hours for the ascent and 4 hours for the descent:

  • Day hike for sunrise – starting at 1 or 2 am. Obviously you need a torch/flashlight and the mental energy to climb through the night;
  • Day hike from sunrise – starting at 5 am, you climb as the sun rises and hopefully make it to the summit before the midday clouds gather on the summit; and
  • Overnight – start with enough time to get to the summit to set up camp and see the sunset. It’s better to start early to avoid the heat in the first part of the climb.

The trail is easy to follow once you are in the forst, but negotiating the many tracks and paths between Airmadidi and the forest is very difficult without local help as there are no signs. It is also very hot due to the low elevation. Beyond Airmadidi, the trail leads up a gravelly road and then along the side of a few crop fields before ascending up into the forest at about 500m elevation. One short section here is actually paved with cement bricks. There are 6 ‘pos’ (Posts) on the way up although there are several other places suitable for resting or even camping. The numbered Posts are 1 (557m), 2 (916m), 3 (1,050m), 4 (1,206m), 5 (1,520m) and 6 (1,910). Water is available near Pos 2 – take a right turn for approximately 100m and Pos 3 features a nice log bench to rest on. Watch out for leeches as there are a few. Pos 6 is the final pos and is located at the lowest point of what was originally the crater. Rasberries grow here. If you take a left here you can walk down to the rather muddy crater lake.

The trail does not leave the forest until just before the top, but although this means there aren’t many extensive views during the climb it also means you can stay out of the hot sun for much of the trek. As you reach the reed-covered top there are some staggering views down to the city of Manado and the island of Manado Tua, Lokon, Soputan and the guitar-shaped Lake Tondano, plus the eastern coastline.

The trail continues along the ridge through head-high reeds, grass and bushes. There are two places where you are able to peer down the steep cliffs of the crater. The highest point of the mountain is crowned with a large cement trig point. There is not much of a view here unless you climb onto it and stand up! However, the finest viewpoint is actually a couple of minutes’ walk beyond the summit, about 10 metres lower down the other side. From this point, you can admire views of the entire northern peninsula of North Sulawesi. You may even spot the island volcano of Karangetang off in the distance to the north – this is most likely in clear conditions at dawn. The sun rises over the steep cone of Gunung Duasaudara.

It is possible to continue in a northern direction and descend to Kampung Klabat to the north of the peak although this route is rarely used and the vast majority of hikers return the same way to Airmadidi.

Bagging information by Andy Dean and Daniel Quinn.

Practicalities

Getting there There is plenty of public transport from Manado. A taxi costs just over Rp100,000.
Accommodation There is a very good homestay / kost in Airmadidi.
Permits Register at Airmadidi police station – take a photocopy of your passport photo page just incase.
Water sources Available at Pos 2 and Pos 6.
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Trip Reports and Comments

12 entries for “Klabat”

  1. avatar

    Climbing the peak of Klabat volcano is a great experience. It is not an easy trek. There is a place where you can rent tents, sleeping bags and camping equipment as well as porters and knowledge guides: Mountain View Resort in Tomohon.

    Posted by Mikel | October 2, 2016, 11:24
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    I was klabat mountain with acouple from germany mr allen with his gilr friend .
    8 hours to reach the top of summit and camping .

    Posted by Guidejotjel lala | September 16, 2016, 17:19
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    I climbed Kabat recently. Arrived by Bluebird taxi 4.30am & picked up 4.30pm. Enter small road with big archway of Jl Sukarno – then trail starts next to rubbish pile on right a couple hundred metres in. 6 hours to top & 4 hours down. Tough but doable. Take poles and gloves

    Posted by Philip East | May 23, 2016, 18:24
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    I returned from hiking Klabat yesterday. The current trail is very nice as there are some parts of the trail where someone carved some steps wherever it may be slippery.

    The whole route is divided in to parts and has 6 posts/pos. In between every two posts there are intermediate halting places which are called ‘pos bayangan(shadow)’.

    Post 1 to Post 2 is an easier hike. Post 3 to Post 4 is what is called ‘tangga helikopter’/ladder from a helicopter. One need to uses his hands as much as his legs, if not more. We pass through steep passes and the roots of the huge trees are of great assistance to grab on and climb the rocks. Post 5 to Post 6 is the longest and seems tougher as one would be tired by then, ‘Just keep going without thinking about distance or time’

    As we went on a slower pace, it took me almost 8 hours as the other group members took a little more than 6 hours to reach the peak.

    I was there in time to get a look at the pyramid-shaped shadow of the mountain and the bright sunshine. Once you reach the peak and take a look at the beautiful scenery, you are sure to be overwhelmed.

    Hope to be back up there shortly.

    Posted by Phaneendra | May 18, 2015, 18:41
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      Hi Phaneendra, we are planning to visit Manado and climb Klabat in a couple of weeks as well. May I know whom the guide you used was? Do you have him email contact, or did you find him after landing in Manado?

      Also did you cover it in one day, or camped on the summit overnight?

      Posted by alex | May 20, 2015, 22:25
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    If you like klabat mountain with me.
    we climb early in the morning.
    2 days one night.Start climbing 4 oclock early inthe morning and ariving on the top camping nice walk if we do early in the morning.
    We passing nice forest.
    http://klabatmountainguidejotjelala.blogspot.com

    i can guide to volcanoes lokon and soputan here in minahasa north sulawesi.
    http://volcanoesguide.blogspot.com

    email:guidejotjelala@gmail.com
    mobile phone +6281340310671

    Posted by guide jotje lala | April 9, 2015, 07:28
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    I’ve been there on 1990, I remember 360 degree view at morning is so amazing moment….

    Posted by Willy Ais | September 29, 2012, 08:28
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    Elevation: 1,995 m ?
    shall write to 2,995m

    Posted by Joseph T. | April 21, 2012, 02:49
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    i am guide jotje lala many i guide people to klabat volcano accompy by tunas hijau eco guide in airmadidi many time we bringback rubist from the top. last i have been 0ne fammily from germany the top is very clean .next time if you like climb this mountain use the care enviroment. thank you.

    Posted by guide jotje lala | June 17, 2011, 16:44
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    I was there about 6 weeks ago and trail was not in good condition – took us well over 6 hours+ to reach the top. Departed around 6.30pm, took some down time on the way up for dinner and reached the summit around 2am. Camped out and saw the sunrise from the top.

    Klabat is popular with local tourists but unfortunately that means there is a lot of rubbish at the summit camp sites. Recent rain and bad weather meant we had to negotiate around some recently felled trees.

    For local guides ask around for the Kelompok Pecinta Alam (Nature Lover’s Group) – who are basically a bunch of super-friendly teenagers that have a clubhouse not far from the entrance to the park. For a small ‘donation’ (and if you pay for materials including food and water for the group) they are more than willing to bring you up and down the mountain, including side visits to the lake near the summit. They are a great resource. Police officers from the station should be able to direct you towards them.

    For accomodation in Airmadidi village check out the homestay/kost/fitness center (?) combo about 1km down from the police station towards Menado. I think it’s called ‘Julia’s’ or something to that effect.

    Posted by Paul L | September 7, 2010, 06:53

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