A country filled with islands, volcanoes, mountains, and waterfalls, Indonesia has a lot to offer in terms of hiking trails for those looking into exploring the less beaten path. From majestic views to tribal lore, our list of the best hikes in Indonesia will ensure that you will go back home with pictures to show and adventure stories to tell.
MOUNT BROMO, JAVA
With a height 2,329 metres above sea level, this majestic volcano is well-known as Indonesia’s most iconic mountain. Even if Mount Bromo is one of the most active volcanoes in the world, its dessert-like landscape and the white sulphurous smoke that it spews from its crater, makes it a popular destination for trekkers. The climb to the summit will take hours but you will be rewarded with an epic view.
MOUNT PENANJAKAN, JAVA
Not far away from Mount Bromo is Mount Penanjakan which provides a panoramic view of the volcanic landscapes of Mount Senuru and Mount Bromo at its summit. Usually part of the trek up to the summit of Mount Bromo, you can catch the landscape at its best during sunrise before making your way up to view the crater.
PADAR ISLAND, KOMODO NATIONAL PARK
Take in the breathtaking landscapes of the island without sharing it with a huge crowd. Head there from May to August and you might find a few komodo dragons during your trip.
MOUNT RINJANI, LOMBOK
The hundred-mile view from the summit of Mount Rinjani, the second highest volcano in Indonesia at a height of 3,726 metres, will allow you to take in a bird’s eye view of Segara Anak, Lombok, and Bali. On the way to the peak, you will also pass 20 villages, giving you a picture of what Bali really looks like.
SIPISO-PISO WATERFALL, SUMATRA
The hike takes you down a grassy hill with a jaw-dropping view of the 120-metre Sipiso-piso waterfalls. At the bottom, you will find a natural pool where you can take a dip while admiring the giant cascade.
MOUNT KELIMUTU, FLORES ISLAND
The 20-kilometre trek up to the summit of Mount Kelimutu allows you to see the natural beauty of the multi-coloured lakes below. catch the sunrise from the peak and the blast of colours from above will create a magical universe down below.
KAWEH ILJEN, JAVA
Hike to the crater during the evening and you will be gobsmacked by the haunting electric blue flame that rises from the turquoise sulphuric water in its crater.
KAKABAN ISLAND, EAST KALIMANTAN
The hike takes you through a tree-lined path, a staircase with a view, and a mangrove forest that leads to a lake with stingless jellyfish. If you have always wondered what it’s like to swim with these translucent bubbles, then you won’t be disappointed with this trek.
WAE REBO, EAST NUSA TENGGARA
A hiking trail that gives you a glimpse of the iconic traditional houses of this area covered in mist with a back drop of mountains, Wae Rebo is a beautiful way to learn more about the Indonesian culture. Here, you can mingle and stay with the locals in an authentic Mbaru Niang House before heading back to the city.
BALIEM VALLEY, PAPUA
If you are looking for a space that is untouched by the modern way of life, then trekking through Baliem Valley will be an eye-opening excursion to the days when naked and beads and feathers accessories were the fashion, tribal dancing was the trend, and mummified ancestors remained in the family.
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