Trek Indonesia: 5 Must-see Places

If you’re searching for your next adventure, Indonesia may just have everything you’re looking for. As diverse in its people as it is in its landscape, Indonesia is made up of more than 17,000 islands, where more than 300 languages are spoken.

From its bustling cities to its beautiful beaches, from its awe-inspiring volcanoes to its spectacular wildlife, Indonesia is a beguiling destination just waiting to be explored. While there are many ways to explore this incredible set of islands, trekking can put you in the midst of all of it. Also, do ensure you’re covered with travel insurance before the start of your trek.

Mountains to trek in Indonesia

Mount Bromo

Situated inside Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park, beside Mount Semeru at East Java, Mount Bromo is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Desolate yet beautiful, it draws hikers from around the world to scale its heights and gaze in awe at its stunningly picturesque backdrop.

Culturally significant to the Tengger people, Mount Bromo is said to be the site where their brave prince sacrificed his life for his family. So, to honour this and to appease the gods, people throw food and money into the crater of the volcano once a year during annual Kasada (or Kasodo) festival.

The best way to experience Mount Bromo? Take a two-hour trek up neighbouring Mount Penanjakan to catch Mount Bromo at sunrise, then descend to trek across the 3km Laut Pasir (sea of sand) and up to the Mount Bromo summit (another two hour climb).

Padar Island

As the third largest land mass within Komodo National Park, Padar Island can be found between Komodo and Rinca Island. Well-known for its incredible views, Padar Island is a hotspot for photographers, providing unbelievable shots over the islands at sunrise and sunset.

The trek up Padar Island is fairly undemanding, and there are plenty of lookouts along the way. Climb higher to avoid the crowds, and discover views over secluded beaches, rocky isles and endless seas. While you’re there, be sure to visit the neighbouring islands to catch a glimpse of the magnificent komodo dragon.

Sipiso-piso Waterfall

Set in the highlands of North Sumatra, Sipiso-piso Waterfall is located on the north side of Lake Toba, 24 kilometres from Kabanjahe. Long and narrow, the waterfall drops 120 metres into an impressive gorge below, filled with lush green forest. While the waterfall can be viewed from the top, for the best views, a trek to the bottom is highly recommended.

Mount Rinjani

At 3,726 metres, Mount Rinjani is the second highest peak in Indonesia. Located in Lombok, this striking volcano experienced its most recent eruption in 2004, and now offers intrepid hikers a variety of overnight treks to its peak. On the way up, hikers can expect breath-taking views over the Segara Anak crater lake, as well as waterfalls and hot springs, caves and rainforest.

Kawah Ijen

Trekking in Indonesia reveals dramatic landscapes that you simply have to see to believe. Famed for its electric blue flames, Kawah Ijen, an active volcano, is perhaps one of the most memorable of these landscapes. With a range of treks to offer, this astonishing destination is best viewed before daybreak, when its blue sulphur flames and acid green crater lake looking their most impressive. While you’re there, you can also check out the ongoing sulphur mining operation by locals up close. Before you embark on the overnight trek (a two-hour climb to reach the rim of the crater, followed by a one-hour hike down the crater to catch the blue flames) at Kawah Ijen, don’t forget to pack your windbreaker, some snacks and a gas mask (also available for rent) to protect yourself against the sulphur fumes.