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Wayag, Raja Ampat Photo by The Jakarta Post

Publication Date : 08-01-2013


7 sites in Indonesia worth climbing


At every destination, whether it’s a city, in the countryside, or even on an island, there is always something to climb. Climbing is exhausting, but being on the peak of any site you visit is actually the best way to really navigate and fall in love with the place.

There are so many sites in Indonesia that are worth climbing, and it’s not always mountains or hills, but also lighthouses and temples. Here are the seven peaks, where all your efforts will be worth it.

1. Wayag, Raja Ampat
For the past three years the image of these cone shape islands standing on turquoise waters has been one of the most famous of Indonesia. If you take a diving trip, depart from Sorong and you will reach the Wayag archipelago on the second day. Then you have to climb the karst hill for 15 to 20 minutes to reach the peak. It is not an easy climb because of the nature of the karst, and in some parts you will have to climb at an almost 75 degree angle. But you will soon forget all your exertions once a 360 degree view of paradise opens up in front of you.
Difficulty: 7/10
View: 10/10

2. Lighthouse in Pulau Lengkuas, Belitung
The three islands off the shore of Tanjung Kelayang in northwest Belitung are perfect examples of paradise. They have crystal clear water, white long and fine sandy beaches, calm water, unique forms of rocks and the most important thing is they are deserted. One of the islands, named Pulau Lengkuas, has a lighthouse on it. It is no longer used, but you still can climb to the top. The view is breathtaking as you can see the whole archipelago with some very interesting forms of rocks.
Difficulty: 5/10
View: 8/10

3. Mount Penanjakan, Bromo, East Java
The climb is not exhausting at all, since you can take a jeep ride up to the top, which is about 2,770 metres above sea level, and a pony ride to the crater of Mount Bromo. But it’s the wait in the cold dawn air for the famous sunrise that is not easy. The temperature ranges from 3 to 20 degrees Celsius but may be several degrees below zero during dry season. If you cannot stand cold weather, you should bring a jacket, gloves and a head cover or cap. The golden sun rises from a moon-like landscape and is absolutely magical.
Difficulty: 7/10
View: 10/10

4. Seraya Kecil, Flores
This is a little romantic island located in the north tip off the shore of Labuan Bajo, Flores. Just behind the Seraya Island Bungalows, the only resort in the island, there is a savanna hill overlooking Komodo National Park. Take a small climb on top of the hill in the afternoon just before sunset. Relax and enjoy the sunset there with your loved ones and you will have the most beautiful sunset you’ve ever seen in your life.
Difficulty: 4/10
View: 10/10

5. Borobudur, Central Java
It’s one of Indonesia’s most famous landmarks. Every visitor to Borobudur must definitely climb to the top, passing the three "realms" of Buddhist cosmology, namely Kamandhatu (the world of desires), Rupadhatu (the world of forms) and finally Arupadhatu (the formless world). It is the philosophical climb that makes this temple interesting, where the view from the top is only stunning during sunrise and sunset.
Difficulty: 4/10
View: 7/10

6. Observation Tower, Pulau Rambut
Pulau Rambut is not a touristy island but more of a biological laboratory. It is a transit hub and a home for migrating marine birds, such as storks, herons, little cormourants and African darters. Usually they mate on this island before continuing their journey to the south. It is surprising to see hundreds, even thousands of birds on this island considering its location, which is only 30 minutes by fisherman’s boat from the coast of Jakarta. To see these birds, there is an observation tower in the centre of the island. Climb to the top and you will feel like you’re in an avatar world.
Difficulty: 4/10
View: 8/10

7. Mount Rinjani, Lombok
Standing 3,726 metres (12,224 ft) above sea level, this second highest volcano in Indonesia is the hardest to climb of all six peaks. If you take the Sembalun route, you will have to trek for eight hours to get to the crater rim and another 3 hours to the summit. There is another alternative route from Senaru, which is longer but less steep. The view of Segara Anak Lake is stunning, in fact the whole trekking route is a big spectacle. But be warned, you must prepare your physical condition, because this is no easy climb.
Difficulty: 10/10
View: 10/10


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