- Trekking & Hiking
- Trekking peaks
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On arrival at the airport in Yogyakarta you will be met by a member of our team and transferred to your hotel. For the remainder of the day you will have free time to explore the city. In the evening you will meet your guide and the rest of your group and there will be a pre-trek briefing.
This morning we drive to Prambananan to discover a world famous Hindu temple. After the visit, we head towards the inactive Purba volcano for a leisurely walk in the rice fields and coconut plantations surrounding the peak. We return to Yogyakarta in the late afternoon.
Today we take the road towards the Suroloyo peak and enjoy a short hike to a traditional village. We will have an introduction to Gamelan (a traditional instrument) before pausing for lunch. In the afternoon a short transfer takes us to the Borobodur temple site.
We tour the remains of one of the most impressive Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia before returning to Yogyakarta.
Today we transfer to the station to catch our train to Jombang. On arrival in Jombang we continue our journey by vehicle, passing through the towns of Pare, Kesamben and Batu before stopping for lunch at a local restaurant. In the late afternoon we reach Ranupani at the foot of the magnificent Semeru volcano. Tonight we will be staying in a small guesthouse run by a local family and there will be briefing on tomorrows trek after dinner.
The start of our climb to the summit of Java’s highest peak! After breakfast we head toward Ranukumbolo (2400m) with its beautiful lake. We pause by the striking turquoise waters for lunch and spend some time soaking up the scenery. In the afternoon we take 2 to 3 hours to cross the Casuarina Forest before arriving in Kalimati (2700m). Here we will set up camp for the night and get some well earned rest before starting our climb to the summit.
We set off shortly after midnight on our final push to the summit of Java’s highest peak at 3676m above sea level. The ascent with head torches begins in the forest before the trail enters a desert of rocks and volcanic ash. The final section of the climb is the steepest but your efforts are rewarded as you take your final steps to the summit and superb views open up all around you.
We descend to Kalimati for breakfast and then continue down to Rana Kumbolo where we setup camp for the evening.
We wake up this morning to witness the sunrise over Rana Kumbolo Lake and enjoy a last breakfast at our camp before descending back to Ranupani. We transfer to Cemorolawang pausing for lunch on the way. Depending on our arrival time there may be an opportunity to discover the “sandy sea” and creep up close to the crater of Mount Bromo.
In the morning, before sunrise, a short Jeep transfer and a short walk take us to a spectacular viewpoint looking out over Semeru, Bromo and Batok volcanoes. The scenery bathed in the early morning light is incredible. If you didn’t have time the day before, there is still time to cross the sandy sea and get up close to the smoking crater of Mount Bromo. We return to our hostel for breakfast and then begin our drive to Ketapang in the east of Java. On arrival you have free time to relax or enjoy the hotel pool.
It is another early morning today as we set out by Jeep around 4am to explore the volcano of Kawa Ljen. We arrive at the base of the peak at sunrise allowing us to climb during the cooler hours of the day. The local people who carry loads of Sulphur down from the crater are already returning from their first climb of the day. Roughly 2 hours of climbing will take us to the edge of the crater and we find ourselves in a lunar landscape wrapped around the still waters of the lake. After enjoying some time at the top we descend again to the pretty Jagir waterfall and continue to the town of Banyuwangi.
We now say farewell to Java as we make the crossing to our next Island, Bali. The crossing takes 1 hour and a short distance from the ferry port we find the village of Pemuteran and our hotel for the next 2 nights.
A relaxing day today! In the morning we head to Labuan Lalang harbor and board a fishing boat to the island of Menjangan. The island is well know for its superb coral reefs and you will have plenty of time for snorkeling and swimming in the warm and crystal clear water. We have a picnic lunch on the island before returning to Pemuteran in the afternoon. You then have the opportunity to climb Bukit Kursi Hill for amazing views of Menjangan and Java.
We head to the pretty village of Sambangan near the town of Lovina. Accompanied by a local guide, we hike through fields of flowers and rice and stop for lunch with a local Balinese family. We then arrive at the Aling Aling waterfalls, a playground of natural swimming pools, rock jumps and slides!
In the afternoon we take a mountainous road to reach a UNESO World Heritage site, the Jatiluwih rice fields. After some time to tour the site we continue to Wongayagede where we will be spending the night with a local family.
Today we are heading for the summit of Bali’s second highest peak, Mount Batukaru at 2276m. A short transfer delivers us to the start of the climb at 908m and we begin our ascent up densely forested slopes. At roughly 2000m of altitude, we break the tree line and the views begin to open up around us. The final 200m to the summit is tough but the outstanding views of Bali and the surrounding ocean make it all worth while.
We descend by a different trail and take a moment to visit the temple of Batukaru on our way down. Back at the road our driver is waiting for us and we transfer to Ubud where we will settle for the next 2 nights.
An early start (around 2am) to travel to the Kintamani region and ascend our final volcano, Batur. We should reach the 1717m summit in time to witness the sunrise gradually burning away the mists from the valleys far below. A magical experience. We walk around the crater before starting our descent to the hot springs where we pause for a swim. Returning to Ubud, the rest of the day is spent at leisure.
Breakfast at the hotel before transferring to Denpasar airport for our journey home.
Indonesia 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 colourfull 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
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.
On this adventure we will spend 8 nights
in hotels, 2 nights camping, 2 nights with local families and 1 night in a hostel.
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.
Whilst camping you will be provided with
a 3 man tent per 2 people. Mattresses and sleeping bags are also provided along
with a communal dinning tent, tables chairs and eating utensils. You are
welcome to bring your own sleeping bag if you wish.
On the two nights we stay with local
families, the accommodation will be basic with dormitory style rooms and shared
bathroom facilities. 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?
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. We recommend also bringing a waterproof cover for your
The currency in Indonesia is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). You can withdraw local currency from ATMs in the
country or exchange cash at exchange offices in the airport and larger towns.
For the latest exchange rates please see www.xe.com
The cost of an average meal in Java is
between $3 and $8. On Bali that increases to $4 to $11. When purchasing
souvenirs, we ask our guests to respect the Species Protection Agreements
(CITES) which protects 2,500 species of animals by prohibiting the trade of
hides, scales, corals, shells and live animals.
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.
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