Raung

Raung

RAUNG

At over 2 kilometres in diameter, Gunung Raung has the largest crater in Java. It’s one of the most remote and least climbed of the 3000-metre plus peaks which means that there isn’t much litter on the trail and it really is a mountain to escape from civilization for a while. Whilst reaching the true highest point of Raung crater rim requires a 3-day expedition involving roped rock climbing, the most popular route to the rim itself is from the north at Sumberwringin.

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Merbabu

MERBABU

This Ribu is one of the most popular hikes in Central Java, and has spectacular views to other volcanoes in all directions from the summit area. It has five calderas, Condrodimuko, Kombang, Kendang, Rebab and Sambernyowo but no serious volcanic activity has been reported here for many decades. Merbabu can be climbed from several trails near Kopeng in the north (less than two hours by car from Semarang) with starting points at Thekelan, Cunthel and Wekas, or from the south at Selo (between Merbabu and Merapi and closer to Solo).

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Lawu

LAWU

This Ribu has two excellent paths to the top from the south, with the two trailheads just 800 metres apart (though in different provinces!) It is perhaps Java’s easiest 3,000m peak, especially since the two most popular paths start at an elevation of 1,900m, and is perhaps the island’s most mystical. It’s a great hike for those new to hiking in Indonesia and the views are fabulous.

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Agung

This Ribu is the highest point on the popular island of Bali and holds incredible spiritual significance for the Balinese. It is still an active volcano, and the last major eruption was in 1963. Folklore has it that when the deities made mountains for their thrones they set the highest peak in the east, the direction of honor to the Balinese. In every temple a shrine is dedicated to the spirit of Gunung Agung.

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Semeru

Semeru

SEMERU

Java’s highest peak has been active for decades – a cloud of black volcanic ash and sand is frequently released from near the summit – sometimes once an hour, sometimes as often as every ten minutes. There have been numerous fatalities, but it is a popular and safe hike if you treat the mountain with respect and as Java’s highest peak, it is one of the finest hikes in Indonesia.

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Rinjani

Mount Rinjani is the second highest volcano in Indonesia (after Sumatra’s Mount Kerinci) and easily one of the finest and most popular treks in Asia. The volcano complex, previously known as Samalas, is now thought to have been the location of an enormous eruption in 1257 which caused climatic change across the globe and left the huge caldera which we see today. There are several routes through Mount Rinjani National Park. Sembalun to the east is the better starting point for hikers wishing to reach the rocky summit.

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Antares

Facts Elevation: 3,970 m (13,025 ft) Prominence: 1,360 m Ribu category: Sangat Tinggi Province: Papua Google Earth: kml Other names: Rating: Bagging It! We currently know very little about this peak – the easternmost Ribu in Indonesia. Please get in touch if you can help with information! This Ribu was ‘missed’ by the Gunung Bagging […]

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Arjuno

This peak is the highest point of the enormous Arjuno-Welirang range, located just 50 kilometres south of Indonesia’s second largest city, Surabaya. The lower Welirang peak is active and still mined by local sulphur collectors. The twin Kembar peaks nestle between them and a traverse of the entire range is one of the finest hikes in Java. It’s a huge area so camping for a night or two is absolutely necessary. The best thing to do would be to visit both main peaks for dawn but strong hikers could complete the range in two very long, strenuous days.

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Sojol

Facts Elevation: 3,030 m (9,941 ft) Prominence: 2,713 m Ribu category: Sangat Tinggi Province: Sulawesi Tengah (Central Sulawesi) Google Earth: kml Other names:   Rating: Bagging It! We currently know very little about this peak – but apparently it is much easier from the east than from the west. Practicalities Getting there Unknown Accommodation Unknown […]

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Argopuro

The Argopuro mountain complex offers one of the longest and most isolated treks in Java with incredible scenery to match. The ruins of an ancient Hindu temple on Rengganis peak, named after Princess Rengganis who supposedly built the temple possibly as early as the 12th century, make for a mystical experience.

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