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Obviously at the moment all mountain trails are closed and anyone attempting them could get into trouble. But here’s a thread for news as and when it comes in regarding the re-opening of mountains to the public. It may well come in a province-by-province basis (in Indonesia), just as for example all the gunungs in Central Java were closed at the same time in mid-March. So, if anyone hears anything official, please contribute here….
I am certainly looking at reducing my scope for 2020 even in the best case scenario of us being able to hike again in a month or so. More in West Java, and less in the more remote places where foreigners may not be so welcome for several months to come….
According to NTT Tourism Board, all ‘objek wisata’ in Nusa Tenggara Timur closed until at least May 30th.
The problem, of course, is what constitutes an ‘objek wisata’. Kelimutu and Komodo for sure. But Dola Koyakoya, the highest peak of Alor that is climbed perhaps 2 or 3 times a year? How about that, for example? The bigger question is how easy is it going to be for non-Indonesians to arrive at obscure airports such as the little one in Alor and not get questioned, quarantined, harassed, or sent back or whatever, with or without a local residency permit, and according to some local regent’s order or other that are generally so hard to find online.
As the answer to that type of question is generally unclear, and no joined up government website with the important details exists as of yet, I imagine most will be holding back on travelling for much of the rest of the year. And indeed I have just cancelled my long-planned Alor trip next month! Another one bites the dust. Has the new Tourism Minister thought about this yet? A website is very cheap and easy to set up. Getting up to date info from numerous regents however is likely to be difficult and perhaps the decentralization will make the recovery a very long slow process.
Gunung Cikuray in West Java and Gunung Muria in Central Java are open now, according to local guides. And there was a trip report from a guy who hiked Arjuno-Welirang a few days ago. So things are slowly getting back to normal.
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