5 of The Best Volcano Hikes in all of Indonesia

Jul 6, 2022 | Adventure Travel, Backpacking, Bali, Indonesia, Travel Tips

Welcome to Indonesia, the island that has 147 volcanoes in which 76 of those are still active! A stunning island with so much to offer, it can be difficult to fit it all in. For the adventurous souls, hiking active volcanoes is one of the most popular activities to do in all of Indonesia – especially when you get an epic sunrise at the summit. Here we have compiled a list of the five best volcano hikes in Indonesia to help you start planning your next trip!

 

Mount Agung

Striving to reach the highest peak of Bali? At 3,031 metres you can do just that! Located in the district of Karangasem, Mount Agung is held in high regard by the Balinese people as a sacred volcano as they consider it to be the home of the gods. The Pura Besakih temple, known as the mother temple of Bali, is located on the western slopes of Mount Agung. In order to enjoy the breath-taking views from the volcanoes peak for sunrise, hikers frequently leave before midnight for the trek. There are two main routes up the mountain. The first trail originates in the south and starts at Pura Pasar Agung. This path will take around 3-4 hours and ends at the rim of the crater. The second route approaches the volcano’s top from the west and departs from Pura Besakih. This ascend will see you through the thorny jungle and take approximately 6-7 hours. Once reaching the peak, and the morning sun completely rises, climbers are frequently astounded by the colourful sky that awaits them at the peak, with views of Bali, Lombok, and Nusa Penida in the distance. This hike is best suited if you’re searching for a difficult hike, with the reward of beautiful scenery at the top.

Mount Agung in Bali, Indonesia

Mount Batur

With a height of more than 1700 meters and views of a sizable crater lake at its base, Mount Batur is one of Bali’s most well-known active volcano hikes. Located in the Kitamani district, this will only take an hour drive from Ubud and 2 hours from Seminyak/Canggu. This hike is very popular among tourists as it is well suitable for any age and any fitness level. Due to the daytime heat, the best time to commence the hike is at 3am, you’ll then be able to reach the summit for a breathtaking sunrise with Mount Agung visible in the distance. There are two routes available – the longer but less strenuous version is 11 kilometers return and takes about 1.5 hours to complete (one way). And then there is the shorter, but much steeper route, which is 7 kilometers return and only takes 45 to 1 hour to complete one way – depending on your fitness level and how many breaks you take along the way of course. Such a rewarding feeling to conquer Mount Batur and is a great choice for those who have minimal experience in hiking – you won’t regret this one!

Drone photo of Mount Batur in Bali, Indonesia

Mount Bromo

The most famous and frequently ascended peak in Indonesia is the Bromo volcano. This is located in East Java, and it rises to a height of 2,329 meters. The Bromo mountain is a part of the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, where you can see Java’s tallest mountain, Semeru, and the famous cluster of five volcanoes, including Mount Bromo. This is one of the most active volcanoes in the world, and to this day still has some places that are off-limits to tourists because of the potential hazard. However, the region is continuously watched, and there are subsurface earthquake detectors to foresee any volcanic activity. This mountain holds special significance for the Tengger people; they consider Mount Bromo to be the location where a heroic prince gave his life to save his family. Once a year, during the Kasada celebration, locals make gifts for the gods by throwing money, chickens, and vegetables down the volcano’s crater. There are many ways to do Mount Bromo, however it is recommended to book a guide. Your guide will pick you up by Jeeps which will then take you to nearby Mount Penanjakan. Here you will have a 20–30 minute hike to the lookout point to catch the sun rising over Mount Bromo. After the sunrise, you will then be taken across what is known as the sand of sea, where you can then summit Mount Bromo. This last part involves a short, but steep trek up concrete stairs to reach the top and overlook the huge crater. This volcanic hike is a must-do, not only does it require minimal effort with staggering views, but you can also get all those Instagram worthy pictures!

Mount Bromo in East Java, Indonesia

Mount Ijen

Blue flames, an acidic crater lake, and labour-intensive sulphur mining are some of the famous features of Mount Ijen. This beautiful volcano has an elevation of 2,769 meters and is situated in the district of Banyuwangi in East Java. It roughly takes 1 hour to reach the base camp from the start of the climb, and a further hour to reach the peak. Once you’ve reached the summit, your guide will give you instructions on how to put your gas mask on to protect your lungs from the sulfuric gas. If you choose to hike down to the blue fire, it will take you roughly 45 minutes to do it in each direction. Keep in mind that there is only a little window of opportunity to observe it before sunrise, because you can only see it during the deepest hours of the night. This unusual electric blue flame is the result of sulphur gas burning at temperatures as high as 600 °C (1,112 °F), and although it may have a beautiful appearance, the high acidity within the lake will decompose your skin – so no swimming! This hike is highly recommended as it is unique compared to the other volcanoes in Indonesia and does not require extreme fitness!

 Mount Ijen in East Java, Indonesia

Mount Rinjani

This mighty volcano has an elevation of 3,726 meters and is known as Mount Rinjani, the second highest volcano in Indonesia and dominates the island of Lombok. One of the most thrilling experiences you may have in Indonesia is a trek to the peak. For inexperienced hikers or casual tourists, a Mount RInjani trekking tour is not recommended. Although the hike is not simple, it is worthwhile because the view from the top is regarded as one of the best in the nation. Surrounding the mountain’s slopes are rich forests, waterfalls and breathtaking landscapes. There are many options for this trek, anywhere from 2-4 days, however the 3-day, 2-night trek is the most popular choice. You have just enough time to ascend to the summit, explore the crater lake, and take a dip in the hot springs. There is a crescent-shaped sulphur lake inside the mountain located 600 meters below the crater rim. Also rising from the lake’s water is a new volcano, Mt. Baru, which is the consequence of several eruptions in the 1990s. One of the most challenging volcanic hikes Indonesia has to offer, but also one of the most rewarding. A definite bucket list addition for the experienced hikers.

Mount Rinjani in Lombok, Indonesia

There are many volcano hikes available in Indonesia, and these are just our top five picks all with different levels of difficulty. Regardless of your travel preferences, we can assure you that you will have a wide range of options, especially with volcano hikes. 

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