Volcano mountain Rinjani of Indonesia
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Volcanic Adventures: Java, Bali and Lombok

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Our operation in Indonesia was setup 10 years ago by our own managing director at Kandoo Adventures, Ben Ioan. Our team all hail from Indonesia and love nothing more than introducing travelers to their beautiful country. From our office in Denpasar on the island of Bali, we provide multi activity trips, sea kayaking trips and of course, hiking on some of the beautiful volcanos Indonesia is famous for. What makes Indonesia such a great place for...
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Kandoo's view

Visiting the islands of Java, Bali and Lombok, this Indonesian adventure is for those who want to do some challenging trekking but also get to know the people and culture of Indonesia. We will climb to the peaks of numerous volcanoes including Rinjani, Ljen and Batukaru. As we travel across the islands we will see ancient temples, try the cuisine and spend time with local families. As well as scaling volcanoes, we will also be swimming and snorkeling, discovering dense jungles, waterfalls, hot springs and terraced rice fields. This is an action packed 2 week adventure for people with plenty of energy who just want to see and do it all!

Trip highlights

  • Climb the highest peak on the island of Lombok, Rinjani 3726m
  • Discover the ancient Buddhist temple of Borobodur
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Jatiluwih ricefields
  • Go snorkeling among the coral reefs of Menjangan Island

Experiences

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    Hikers in Thorong, during the Annapurnas Tour
    Our core collection of treks and hikes, through some of the world's most outstanding landscapes
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    The summit of Mt Toubkal
    Head to the top of a real mountain summit for a real sense of achievement

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Welcome to Indonesia

    Arrive at the airport in Yogyakarta, welcome by your English-speaking guide. We transfer to our hotel and the afternoon is free to either rest after your journey or explore the city. Pre-trek briefing at your hotel in the evening.

    • Accomodation: Hotel
  • Day 2

    Prambanan, Borobudur and Keraton

    First stop today is Keraton, the Sultan palace and its inseparable Taman Sari water palace. We can take some time here to walk around independently and soak up the old Yogyakarta vibe. We then head to Borobudur, the world's largest Buddhist temple. The temple consists of nine stacked platforms, six square and three circular, topped by a central dome. We take time to wander around the temple's gardens before moving on to visit Prambanan. This 9th century Hindu temple complex is dedicated to the Trimūrti, the expression of God as the Creator, the Preserver and the Destroyer.

    Note: In 2022, the local government of Borobudur announced that climbing to the top of Borobudur temple would no longer be permitted. Visitors can now only walk around the gardens and base of the temple.

    • Hiking time: 2 hours
    • Accomodation: Hotel
    • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch
  • Day 3

    Yogyakarta - Cemorolawang

    This morning we head to the train station for our journey to the Mojokerto region which will take 3.5 hours. From Mojokerto, we continue on to Bromo, a drive of roughly 3 hours through the captivating Indonesian landscape. Mount Bromo is an active volcano that stands at 2,329m and is located in the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. The slopes of the mountain are cultivated by the local Tenggerese farmers with the local markets filled with their produce. Tenggerese history can be traced back to the peoples of the Majapahit Kingdom who fled their land following an eruption from Mount Merapi. They are the only group of Hindus left in Java today.

    Depending on our arrival time, it is possible this afternoon to discover the sandy sea and get as close as possible to the crater of the famous Mount Bromo.

    • Accomodation: Hotel
    • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch
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Trip information

Difficulty

This adventure is rated as challenging.  You will be required to walk for up to 11 hours a day with a maximum ascent of 1500m and maximum descent of 2000m. The terrain can be steep and loose and care should be taken to avoid slips and trips, particularly on Rinjani where the ground can be soft underfoot, resembling sand dunes. Being in great physical condition with recent experience of hiking for 8-9 hours with 1000m elevation several days in a row will ensure that you enjoy your treks.

Please be aware that on Mount Rinjani, due to the steep terrain, helicopters aren't able to land, meaning helicopter evacuation isn't possible on this trek. Our descent protocol for climbers whose condition is mild (eg, early signs of altitude sickness, diarrhoea, tiredness) is to bring you down on foot. For anything more serious, you will be carried down by an evacuation team then transferred by vehicle to hospital. We would therefore recommend that you are confident in your ability to complete this climb.

If you are unsure about your suitability please feel free to speak to a member of our team and they can discuss this with you. 

Food & drink

Indonesian food is delicious! Expect plenty of meat with Sate Padang (beef satay), Ayam Bakar Taliwang (grilled chicken in spices) and Ikan Bakar (grilled fish in Sambal sauce).  The cuisine is vibrant and colorful with intense flavors thanks to the vast array of spices.


A typical meal will always include steamed rice along with one or two main dishes of Fish, meat or vegetables. Vegetarians can enjoy Tempe Goreng (Indonesian tofu), Nasi Goreng Lotus (rice with vegetables and egg cooked in a lotus leaf) or Gado Gado (green vegetables with tofu and peanut sauce).


We will take our breakfasts and evening meals either in our hotel or at local restaurants. Lunches will be picnics of fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, cheese and cold meats.


If you have special dietary requirements, please let us know  when booking your trip.


Please be aware that tap water in Indonesia is not drinkable. Mineral water can be purchased in most towns and villages but we recommend you bring a water filter or purification tablets. Please see the equipment pages on our website.

Accommodation

Hotels will be of 2 or 3 star standard with twin or double rooms and en-suite bathrooms. Hostel accommodation will be more basic with shared bathroom facilities.


We provide a good quality 3 man tent per 2 people to allow for maximum space and comfort.  We will also provide a foam mattress per person and a mess tent for use at meal times and as a communal area. You will be required to pitch your own tent at the end of each day.  At camp each evening we will set up a toilet tent and wash tent.  These are very basic facilities that provide a little privacy.  The toilet tent will simply cover a hole in the ground.  The wash tent will contain a basin and cold water.


On the two nights we stay with local families, the accommodation will be basic with dormitory style rooms and shared bathroom facilities that have cold water only. Although rustic, these nights are a great opportunity to get to know the local people and their way of life. It is a nice idea to bring something along for the family we will be staying with, maybe a local specialty from where you are from?


Toilets - In Indonesia, toilet paper is a rarity, with Indonesians preferring water as their cleanser of choice.  Toilets are more often than not squatties with either a hose, bucket and water, or occasionally toilet paper available. If water is a no go in your eyes then it is definitely worth bringing your own loo roll. In many cases, wiping is a hands-on affair with locals sticking to using one hand for wiping and the other for eating, drinking and shaking hands. Of course, if your wash your hands thoroughly after each visit to the toilet then you shouldn't have any issues either way. In most hotels, however you will find there are flushing, western style toilets with toilet roll available. 

Luggage

Your main bag should be a flexible duffel bag or backpack of around 70-90 litres and not a rigid suitcase. Your luggage will be transported by vehicle whilst you are trekking. In addition you will need a daypack of roughly 40 litres to carry with you each day containing your water, spare clothing, lunch, medication etc. This can be used as hand luggage during your flight. Whilst you are on your Rinjani multi-day trek your main luggage will be left in secure storage at our local office. You will then have your daypack for all personal essentials whilst on this trek. The group and camping equipment will all by carried by porters. If you wish to take your full bag with you on this trek then a personal porter can be hired at an additional cost. We recommend also bringing a waterproof cover for your daypack.

How do I get there?

Your international flights will need to arrive at Yogyakarta (JOG), Java on day 1 and depart from Denpasar (DPS), Bali on day 14.

Most people will need to stop at Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital, before continuing to Yogyakarta. However, many airlines offer flights from Denpasar on Bali or Singapore without the need to stop in Jakarta again on your return.

From the UK, airlines that offer the most convenient flights include Qatar Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific.

From the US, the airlines with the most convenient flights are Cathay Pacific, All Nippon Airways and Qatar.

On arrival in Yogyakarta, after clearing immigration and collecting your luggage, please look out for a member of our team in the arrivals area. They will be holding a large “KANDOO” sign.

When booking departure flights be aware that if your flight is before 5pm then you may need to stay an additional night in Denpasar as we will only arrive into Denpasar in the afternoon of the departure day. If you wish to stay in Sengiggi for an additional night then you may wish to book your return flight from Lombok as you will otherwise still need to do the transfer by speedboat to Denpasar.  

If you are changing airlines or re-checking your luggage at an airport on route, please ensure you leave a minimum of 3 hours between flights. This will account for any delays on arrival, travel time across airports (this can take longer than you think) and time taken to re-check baggage.

A customs declaration form must be filled out 48 hours prior to arrival in Indonesia. Follow the link to fill out the form  - Declaration Form 


Budget & change

The currency in Indonesia is the Indonisian Rupiah, Rp (IDR)


You can withdraw Indonesian Rupiahs from in-country ATMs or exchange money at the airport/local currency exchange offices. ATMs and exchange desks are only found on bigger islands like Bali, Java (Denpasar, Ubud, Sanur, Yogyakarta).


The cost of an average meal in Java is around 4$ to 9$; in Bali it is 5$ to 12$.

Tips

Tipping when you are satisfied with the service you have received is customary in Indonesia. However, it is not mandatory and should be left to the discretion of each individual. We recommend a budget of $3 to $4 per person per day for tips. 

Formalities & health

Passport

As soon as possible after booking your tour, please provide Kandoo Adventures with your passport details (first name, last name, date of birth, passport number, issue date, expiry date) along with a photocopy of the photo page. Your passport must be valid for 6 months after your departure date.

Visa

United States and UK passport holders do not require a visa to enter Indonesia for a period of less than 30 days. On arrival you will be granted a maximum 30 day stay in the country.

This information may be subject to change, without notice, by the local authorities. It is your responsibility to check the latest travel requirements and information before departure.

Vaccinations

Recommended vaccinations include Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Poliomyelitis and Tetanus. It is your responsibility to check the latest health information before travel.

Insurance

Before you can join any Kandoo Adventure, you will need to insure yourself against accident, injury, and illness.

Your insurance must cover the cost of helicopter evacuation and repatriation if necessary. Make sure your insurer knows of your travel plans, and verify that your policy fully covers your trek, climb, and any other activities you will participate in. Specifically, for our Volcanic Adventures trip, you need to be covered for trekking above 4000 metres and for our Bali Multi-Activity you need to be covered for trekking above 3,000m. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fully and adequately insured for the duration of your trip. Please ensure that all activities, excursions and destinations in your itinerary are included in your travel insurance policy, in addition to your regular cover for cancellation and medical expenses.

We ask that you keep a copy of your policy summary (containing policy number and the emergency contact number for your insurer) in your day sack at all times, so that we can access this information should we need to contact the insurer on your behalf. You will also need to bring details of your insurance cover to the pre-trek briefing.

We recommend the global supplier of travel insurance, World Nomads. Make sure to choose the correct policy for the altitude you are trekking to. Be sure to read the small print carefully for any policy you are considering - different policies provide different levels of cover, so make sure you understand what is and isn't included in your policy.

Health

Malaria prophylaxis are not required for travel to Java and Bali but are required in other parts of Indonesia such as Lombok and the Komodo Islands.

Medication

Your guide carries a first aid kit at all times. However, we recommend bringing any medicine you feel you may need. This could include: - Painkillers - Anti-diarrhoea tablets - High factor sunscreen for lips and skin - Moisturising cream (for sunburn) - Elastic bandage, regular bandages and Blister bandages - Sanitary products - Water purifying tablets or filters - Mosquito repellent

Equipment & clothing

Equipment supplied by Kandoo Adventures

  • 3-man dome tent per 2 people
  • Comfortable sleeping mat
  • Toilet tent
  • Eating utensils 

Clothing to bring

  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Buff / gaiter
  • Sunglasses
  • T-shirts (short and long sleeve)
  • Thermal long sleeve shirt
  • Thermal leggings in case of cold nights
  • 2 sweaters - 1 light/1 warm
  • Soft shell or fleece jacket
  • Waterproof and windproof hard shell jacket
  • Breathable fast drying underwear
  • Comfortable long trousers (fast drying)
  • Shorts for trekking in warm weather
  • Comfy trainers/shoes for evenings
  • Wool and cotton socks
  • Hiking boots (with ankle support and a slightly ridged sole)
  • Toiletries (including wet wipes)

Equipment to bring

  • 2 water bottles (minimum 1 litre or a water bladder)
  • Walking poles (recommended for jungle trekking on Rinjani)
  • Light sleeping bag (comfort rating 10 degrees)
  • 1 head torch with spare batteries and bulb
  • 1 duffel bag - 70 to 90 litres (flexible and water resistant)
  • 1 daypack - 30 to 40 liters to carry with you each day
  • Water purification system (charcoal filter, chlorine tablets or similar)
  • Quick drying towel
  • Dry bags – for packing your kit into if your bag is not waterproof

Gear rental

  • Head torch
  • Walking poles

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Price includes

  • Airport transfers
  • All accommodation (camping, home stays, hotels)
  • All ground transportation
  • 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Entrance fees to National parks and sites included in the itinerary 
  • An expert Kandoo Adventures guide
  • Local guides where applicable
  • Camping equipment

Price does not include

  • International flights
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks, tips and personal expenses
  • Meals not specified on your itinerary
  • Optional activities

Options

  • Additional hotel nights before after your tour