|Elevation:||1,803 m (5,915 ft)||Prominence:||1,013 m|
|Ribu category:||Kurang Tinggi||Province:||Sulawesi Tengah (Central Sulawesi)|
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Gunung Sidole is can be climbed from either the west at Desa Taripa or from the east at Desa Aloo, near Ampibabo. The western approaches are longer (12km in a straight line from the trailhead to the peak) and more confusing, less well-used trails which are easier to get lost on.
The eastern route is steeper and shorter and the most commonly used route. Both approaches are at low elevations (approximately 100 metres above sea level only). Sidole cannot be seen from the western trailhead but apparently can be seen from the eastern side (though it is often shrouded in cloud). Both routes require around three days to reach the peak and return.
To reach the Taripa trailhead, take a right on the main road at Toaya onto Jl Dindimaka. Follow this straight for 20 minutes over a wooden bridge and past Taripa and to the end of the road at a river and wooden shelter.
To reach the Aloo trailhead, it takes around 3 hours from Palu. Head to Ampibabo and turn left at Desa Toga towards Desa Aloo.
From Aloo to Pos 1 takes 1,5 hours. The trail leads through chocolate and durian plantations. From Pos 1 to Pos 2 takes another 1,5 hours and involves multiple stream crossings. Pos 2 is a reasonable spot to camp and is allegedly the last place with a reliable water source. However, it is best to roceed to Pos 3 if you have enough time. Pos 2 to Pos 3 is apparently a 4 or 5 hour hike (watch out for leeches on this section) and from Pos 3 to the peak a further 1 or 2 hours.
The peak apparently offers good views. There is also the wreckage of a plane which crashed in 1974 but this requires an hour to reach from the summit.
Apparently the mountain is home to lots of tarsiers, a few anoa (small cattle) and a fair number of leeches!
|Getting there||Sidole is about one hour’s drive from the city of Palu where there is an airport. The best trailhead in the east requires closer to 3 hours to reach.|
|Accommodation||Several hotels in Palu. Rama Garden is a decent mid-range choice. If you fancy a beach resort then try the German-owned Prince John Dive Resort at Tanjung Karang, Donggala on the other side of Palu Bay about 34 km north of the city.|
|Water sources||Currently unknown.|
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