Gunung Ambang is an excellent volcanic crater complex and one of the easiest hikes in Sulawesi, requiring just over 2 hours to reach the summit via the crater from the trailhead. It is well-known for its bird life – you stand a very good chance of spotting eagles if you stay in the area for a couple of hours. The best starting point for Gunung Ambang is Desa Bongkudai Baru which is about 40 minutes by car from the small city of Kotamobagu.

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Lokon is a very active twin volcano with the adjacent Empung and is located close to the pleasantly cool town of Tomohon, which is surrounded by agricultural land. All recent eruptions have originated from the Tompaluan crater which lies in the saddle between the two peaks – when most people say they climbed Lokon they mean they visited the crater and most guides will think you only want to go to the crater.

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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. For some reason, many locals call the island and volcano ‘Duang’.

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Facts Elevation: 1,964 m (6,444 ft) Prominence: 1,756 m Ribu category: Kurang Tinggi Province: Sulawesi Utara (North Sulawesi) Google Earth: kml Rating: Other names: none. Bagging It! Huidu Matabulawa (1,964m) on the Bakosurtanal map. We currently know very little about this peak – please contact us if you can provide any information. Practicalities Getting there: […]

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Facts Elevation: 1,340 m (4,396 ft) Prominence: 1,340 m Ribu category: Kurang Tinggi Province: Sulawesi Utara (North Sulawesi) Google Earth: kml Rating: Other names: none. Eruptions: 1646, 1711, 1812, 1856, 1875, 1883, 1885, 1892-93, 1913, 1921-22, 1930-31, 1966, 1968, 1992, 2004 Photos Bagging It! Mount Awu is a volcano which dominates the northern part of […]

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Manado Tua

Manado Tua is an inactive volcanic cone island off the west coast of North Sulawesi, close to the capital Manado. There is a good path to the top and the summit offers great views over the other islands and Manado Bay. In good weather you can see the smoking cone of Gunung Soputan almost 60 kilometres away. But be careful you don’t fall into the huge hole at the summit which was made recently by local people looking for buried treasure!

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The highest peak in North Sulawesi province and a popular hike for local residents, including from the adjacent Gorontalo province. It is also popular with tourists who want a different 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.

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Dua Saudara

Dua Saudara is the highest mountain in the area to the east of Gunung Klabat in North Sulawesi. There are actually three main peaks that give their names to the Tangkoko-Batuangus-Dua Saudara National Park area. Tangkoko is the northeastern-most volcano on the island of Sulawesi and is home to numerous rare animal and plant species. Many foreign tourists visit the lower slopes to see the tarsiers at dusk or dawn, plus the black monkeys, numerous hornbills and cuscus.

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Facts Elevation: 1,809 m (5,935 ft) Prominence: 1,425 m Ribu category: Kurang Tinggi Province: Sulawesi Utara (North Sulawesi) Google Earth: kml Rating: Other names: none. Eruptions: 1785, 1819, 1845, 1890, 1901, 1906-13, 1915, 1917, 1923-24, 1947, 1953, 1966-68, 1970-71, 1973, 1982, 1984-85, 1989, 1991-96, 2000-08, 2011-12, 2018 Photos Bagging It! Soputan is an active volcanic […]

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