Poco Ngandonalu


  • Elevation: 2,367 m (7,766 ft)
  • Prominence: 2,367 m
  • Ribu category: Tinggi Sedang
  • Province: Nusa Tenggara Timur
  • Google Earth: kml
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  • Other names: none


Bagging It!

This Ribu is the highest peak on the island of Flores (closely followed by Gunung Inerie). Many other sites incorrectly list Poco Mandasawu as the highest but this is not the case – Mandasawu lies several kilometres to the east and is more than 150 metres lower in elevation. Poco Ngandonalu is very much a peak-bagger’s mountain as although it takes only 3 hours to reach the summit there are very few views from the top and very few people have even heard of the mountain let alone climbed it!

The best approach to the summit is from the southern edge of the large town of Ruteng. There is a right-angle right turn on the narrow road north of the mountain near the Polres Manggarai building. Straight ahead is a wide farm track leading up the hillside and also a left turn along a rough but driveable tarmac road towards an isolated gated house called Villa Ria 1km away which is known well by local people.

The mountain can be climbed from near Villa Ria (1,406m) or straight up the hillside starting on the muddly farm track (1,373m). The latter begins well and curves left before becoming more vague but following a plastic water pipe up the forested hillside. A small river is crossed (1,626m) before a left turn is needed, following another plastic water pipe rising up steep seemingly pathless hillside – requiring some basic scrambling – before the much better path leading up from near Villa Ria is reached! Stay right and make use of your GPS above 1,800m where the trail is not of much use in reaching the very top.

The route all the way from Villa Ria is a lot easier to follow but is steep, muddy and potentially very slippery after rainfall on the lower sections. Both routes are less hiking trails, more woodcutter’s occasionally used paths which seem to vanish and re-appear – especially on the route following the water pipe! There are many piles of wood chippings made by the local loggers. Whichever route you choose, a GPS is more or less essential as there is no trail at the very top and you must bash your way through steep, occasionally dense forest to find the flattish, rarely-visited, unmarked and somewhat undistinguished highest point of Flores island. On the plus side, there are some excellent species of birds living in the forest here and their calls are truly beautiful and peculiar.

Bagging information by Daniel Quinn

Trail Map

Peta Jalur Pendakian Poco Ngandonalu
For a high quality PDF version of this and other trail maps, please download from our Trail Maps page.

Local Accommodation



  • Getting there: Ojeks can be arranged in Ruteng for the 15 minute journey.
  • Guides and GPS Tracks: Want a PDF version for your phone? Looking for a guide? Need GPS tracks and waypoints? Poco Ngandonalu information pack can be downloaded here.
  • Permits: None required but take a photocopy of your passport photo page just incase.
  • Water sources: Buy sufficient supplies in Ruteng the night before you hike.

Local Average Monthly Rainfall (mm):



Links and References

Wikipedia English
Wikipedia Indonesia

2 thoughts on “Poco Ngandonalu”

  1. Interesting to read another Peakbagger report on what is a very infrequently hiked major island highpoint…… https://www.peakbagger.com/climber/ascent.aspx?aid=2219819

    Adam Walker writes: “Aside from being an island highpoint and an ultra, this peak has no further redeeming qualities. Even if you manage to follow the overgrown trail the whole way, under current conditions, the tangle-up with brush is fairly serious. The majority of bushes and vines are thorny. All exposed skin will be damaged. I was picking many broken off thorns out of my hands that night at the hotel. One of Petter’s eyes was also slightly injured.”

    Their driver in Flores also told them that the current/proposed Bali hiking ban (due to preserving ‘sanctity’ of the peaks) had spread to Lembata and Adonara, so they flew to Kupang for Mutis instead of the planned hikes on the islands east of Flores. It turns out that this rumour really was just a rumour and the ‘ban’ has not spread, not yet anyway.

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