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Hiking in Indonesia
Whether it be lacing up your boots to reach the summit of a burbling volcano or taking a leisurely stroll through rolling rice terraces, Indonesia has got it all. Thanks to such a unique topography it is amongst Asia's top hiking destinations, offering a huge variety of vast and varied terrain, all just waiting to be discovered on foot. We've shortlisted a few of our favourite hikes, showcasing the very best of the trails and tracks across Indonesia.
The ancient temple of Borobudur is the world’s biggest Buddhist monument. Sitting majestically above lush rice paddies, rolling hills and verdant landscapes and overlooked by the magnificent Menoreh mountain range, Borobudur is a simply unmissable stopping point in Java. The best way to get around is on foot, discovering the intricate detail and fascinating history of the temple complex up close.
The Campuhan Ridge, Bali
This paved walk snakes its way along the Campuhan Ridge in Ubud, weaving its way through lush, green, forest clad foothills. Taking you through some of the most beautiful countryside in central Bali, this two hour hike is a must-do during a stay nearby. Only a stone's throw away, the Tegalalang rice terraces and the Ubud Monkey Forest are perfect for a gentle stroll. For the best way to see the area, start the day early to beat the heat of the midday sun.
Ijen Plateau, Java
Whilst challenging, the hike to the Ijen Crater is considered one of the most awe-inspiring in all of Indonesia. For years, adventurers have been mesmerised by the famed blue flames which rise from the sulphuric, electric blue lake at its summit, making for fantastic photo opportunities at sunrise. This otherworldly natural phenomenon is a truly stunning sight and thanks to a temperate climate, Ijen is a fantastic spot for mountain lovers and hikers alike.
Mount Batur, Bali
Mount Batur lords over central Bali and its majestic peak can be seen from miles around. One of Indonesia’s most sacred volcanoes, Batur is also one of the most popular climbs in the country. Whilst demanding, the views from the summit, especially at sunrise, are well worth the effort and of course, the early start. The hike starts in the dark but as you reach the top, in time for the sun to start peeking through the clouds, any exhaustion will be quickly replaced by sheer awe as you look across the stunning scenery of Bali and beyond.
Mount Bromo, Java
Part of the Tengger massif in eastern Java, Mount Bromo is perhaps the most iconic volcano in all of Indonesia. Constantly spewing white sulphurous smoke, the mountain is a constant reminder of the sheer beauty and power of Mother Nature. Mount Bromo’s stark landscapes are extraordinary so it is no wonder why hikers from around the world flock to the edge of its crater rim to see this remarkable sight for themselves.
Mount Sibayak, Sumatra
The five-hour round trip to the summit of Mount Sibayak and back confirms it as one of Indonesia’s most accessible and, as a result, most popular volcanoes to climb. There are a couple of routes to the top; through wildlife rich jungle, along a well beaten path or via minibus which takes you within two hours of the summit. Whichever path you take, the views from the top of this rumbling volcano are well worth the walk.