Buku Sibela


Bagging It!

This Ribu is the highest point of the island of Bacan and lies within Gunung Sibela Nature Reserve. It is also the highest peak in North Maluku province.

According to a local guide, the summit can be reached in 2 days and they normally spend two night camping at the top so assume 4 or 5 days in total.


    • Getting there: Turboprop to Labuha airport.
    • Accommodation: Unknown
    • Permits: Unknown
    • Water sources: Unknown
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3 thoughts on “Buku Sibela

  1. Hello Ben Dowson,
    i am Aisha from Bandung, Indonesia. My Team and I have plan to hike this Mountain, Buku Sibela on August. because you’ve been there,
    may i have your personal E-mail? i would like to discuse several things about this mountain.

    Best Regards
    Aisha Safira

  2. I arrived in Penambuan village, 10 km south of Labuha, Bacan’s capital, looking to climb this peak. After chatting with the villagers there, however, it soon became clear that none of them had ever been to the top. They told me of one guy who did know the way, but he died a few years ago. Many of the villagers do head up the mountain with their dogs to hunt, but apparently there is a sheer cliff just below the summit that makes it impossible to reach the peak – at least from the west side. The villagers also told stories of monster snakes and other demons that guard a mysterious lake in the crater itself.

    Later I was told that the summit is easily reached in half a day from the village of Makeang, near Labuha, but this makes no sense either. It may – or it may not – be possible to reach the summit from the eastern approach in the vicinity of Wayaua. I’ll leave it to others to find out.

    If you are trekking in these parts, it is wise to triple-check all information for consistency. On the rare occasions that the islanders meet foreigners, they are naturally inquisitive, and often suspicious, and will demand to know what your ‘purpose’ is. Telling them that you simply want to climb to the top of a mountain just for the hell of it just doesn’t cut it. It is much better to have a cover story at the ready.

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