Bali a Different Way : Hiking Active Volcanoes.

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19th Oct 2017
Photo of Bali a Different Way : Hiking Active Volcanoes. by Rachael Pereira

Bali is very well known for its beautiful beaches , crystal clear waters , gorgeous waterfalls and wild night life.  What people don’t know is that Bali is also the place for Adventures !

Bali has venturesome hiking trails that offer breath taking  views ,  intact some of the most impressive sights are found on some of the hikes to active volcanoes in Bali.
Active volcanoes take hiking to a whole other level with its ever- changing and  dynamic landscape.

So strap on your best pair of walking shoes and head to one of the best hikes of your life :

1. Ljen volcano

Kawah Ijen is an active volcano located in Java,Bali . It’s  popular for its electric blue flames, making it one of the only place in the world where they are visible. It is surrounded by a beguiling turquoise coloured lake. So pretty that one might get tempted to dive in right away. However the lake is rich in sulphur hence one cannot swim in it.

Even though one cannot swim in this s lake , it’s definitely a treat to the eyes. People usually trek this striking gorgeous volcano at nights as that’s the only time when the blue flames of Ljen are clearly seen. 

Picture Credits : Daniel Kordan

Photo of Bali a Different Way : Hiking Active Volcanoes. by Rachael Pereira
Photo of Bali a Different Way : Hiking Active Volcanoes. by Rachael Pereira
Photo of Bali a Different Way : Hiking Active Volcanoes. by Rachael Pereira

TIP : Hikers must wear gas masks to protect them from  the noxious fumes of the sulphuric gases.

2 . 1. Mount Merapi

Along Ljen volcano is mount Merapi.  One of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia.  The name itself translates to mountain of fire. If you’re up to take a bow of faith and trek this mountain , let me tell you it’s gonna be worth every bit. This mountain offers breathtaking views of the surrounding Mount Sindoro, Sumbing, Lawu and Merbabu.

As mount Merapi rises to 9,551 feet  hikers are required to be unexceptionally fit as the climb takes about 4 hours  hikers and needs hikers to begin their ascent in the middle of the night on challenging slopes and unstable rocks.

Photo of Ijen, East Java, Indonesia by Rachael Pereira
Photo of Ijen, East Java, Indonesia by Rachael Pereira

TIP : Prepare your body well and ensure you are well rested before you attempt this climb.

3.  2. Mount Kelimutu

Kelimutu is a relatively less active volcano located at Flores Island , Indonesia. It offers a once in a lifetime views . It’s well renowned for its scenic lakes that periodically change colour due to oxidation-reduction  , imbalance in volcanic gases and contact with volcanoes underlying activity.

The colour of the lake changes from blue to green to blak and at rare occasions even red !

Photo of Mount Merapi, Pt. Perk. Lidjen, Tamansari, Banyuwangi Regency, East Java, Indonesia by Rachael Pereira
Photo of Mount Merapi, Pt. Perk. Lidjen, Tamansari, Banyuwangi Regency, East Java, Indonesia by Rachael Pereira

TIP : The best time to visit is the dry season of Indonesia that is  from July or August.

4. Mount Lesung

Mount Lesung is one of the most quintessential rainforest day hikes accessible anywhere in the world and unquestionably one of Bali Best hike.

The hike to mount Lesung begins at Tamblingan Lake   encircled by the alluring  lush rainforest. Through the forest , there are a number of temples and significant structures that will amaze you. 

Once you hike to the top , you’ll be delighted with spectacular views of the volcano’s crater, as well as the Munduk Valley.
On the way back down there is a beautiful temple by the lake , reaching the temple requires you to board one their traditional canoes.

Pura Ulun Danu Temple

Photo of Kelimutu, Woloara, Ende Regency, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia by Rachael Pereira
Photo of Kelimutu, Woloara, Ende Regency, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia by Rachael Pereira


TIPS : Book an overnight hike if you wish to view the magnificent night sky and sleep under the stars.

5. Mount Bromo

Mount Bromo is located it is located in a plain called the Sea of Sand in Java , Indonesia and is definitely one of Indonesia’smost hiked mountains.

Mount Bromo experiences white sulphurous smoke blowing out of its crater everyday . Mount bromo tour consists of hiking up the gorgeous mountain , viewing sunrise, experiencing it’s scenic beauty and going all the way to its crater. It also offers splendid views of Mount Penanjakan.

A lot of locals offer jeep rides and horse rides to the stairs of the crater for the tourists who don’t wish to walk in the sandy region. The smoke coming out of the crater is one of the most attracting sights at Bromo.

Group Tours at Mount Bromo

Photo of Bali a Different Way : Hiking Active Volcanoes. by Rachael Pereira
Photo of Bali a Different Way : Hiking Active Volcanoes. by Rachael Pereira

TIP :

Since Mount Bromo is very popular tourist destination  one must avoid going on weekends and Indonesian holidays.

Carry dust masks , bandanas or scarfs as the area is very dusty.

Wear Layers as it’s freezing cold at the top.

So what are you waiting for ? Bagpack and Hike on !

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