A Ribu is a prominent mountain summit with at least 1,000 metre elevation drop all around.
We have called them the Ribus because of the Indonesian word ‘ribu’ meaning a thousand. Our site covers Ribus in the countries of Indonesia, Malaysia and East Timor.
The variety of Ribus is huge; some are easy day-hikes near large cities; others are in remote and challenging environments and require weeks of travel and hiking to reach; some are active and dangerous volcanoes.
There are four Ribu categories, three based on their absolute elevation and a fourth ‘Spesial’ category for peaks which are considered to be of special interest. Check the Methods page for more information on the analysis of prominence.
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Over 3000 m elevation
2000 to 3000 m elevation
Below 2000 m elevation
A special reason to bag it
There are currently 273 Ribus, plus 121 Spesial peaks.
The ‘Spesial’ category has a number of uses. Spesials are deemed of particular interest. For example Anak Krakatau is a mere 157 metres high, but is a Spesial because of its volcanic activity and great historical interest.
You may find the following two files useful in planning your hiking trips across Malaysia and the Indonesian archipelago:
An Excel spreadsheet with all the Ribus and Spesials listed, along with elevation, prominence, province, plus latitutde and longitude data.
A KML file with all the Ribus and Spesials listed, for use with Google Earth.