|Elevation:||725 m (2,379 ft)||Prominence:||725 m|
|Ribu category:||Spesial||Province:||Sulawesi Utara (North Sulawesi)|
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|Eruptions:||1808, 1840, 1856, 1870-71, 1874, 1889, 1904-05, 1914-15, 1949, 1996, 2002|
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Gunung Ruang is the southern-most volcano in the Sangihe arc between North Sulawesi and Mindanao in the Philippines. The island volcano is situated in Kebupaten Sitaro next to the island of Tagulandang. The last significant eruption was in 2002 when two kampungs had to be evacuated. Since then, Ruang continues to be active with fumes around the crater.
The usual route up the volcano starts at Desa Laengpalehi at sea level through plantations. At mid way, there is a section that is quite steep with a lot of gravel, which gives the feeling of “unpassable”. Once this struggle is done, the way continues to the crater rim where there are good views of surrounding islands. The climb to the crater takes around two hours.
To reach the true summit, one needs to make a way through bushy vegetation. Maleo birds may be seen. The crater is around 500 meters in diameter with a depth of 50-100 meters. There is a path around most of the crater passing through sulphur vents with hot soil under foot.
Bagging information by Remy Lanz, November 2015
|Getting there||To reach Gunung Ruang from Manado, take a speed boat at Manado port to Tagulandang. These boats go regularly a few times per week. The journey takes about two hours. Ruang is nearby Tagulandang. Desa Laengpalehi is reached from Tagulandang by local fisherman boat in about one hour. Cost of the speed is around Rp 200,000 one-way, while local fisherman boat is about Rp 500,000 for both ways. A guide costs around Rp 200,000.|
|Accommodation||You are likely to be able to stay at a basic village house|
|Permits||Ask local people|
|Water sources||Unknown – assume none|
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