Versi Bahasa Indonesia: 19 jalur pendakian di Indonesia dengan pemandangan paling menakjubkan

Written by Anne Scott
Co-written by Nadia Crowe and Beverley Lennon
Edited by Beverley Lennon

Whether it be a short walk through rice paddies or a multi-day trek up smoking volcanoes, Indonesia holds thousands of interesting hiking trails. Many of these take visitors through untouched rainforests, open savannas, and deserted white sand beaches.

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To aid your search for your next adventure destination, we’ve compiled a list of our 19 favourite hiking trails with jaw-dropping views. These scenic routes are replete with crystal blue waters, interesting wildlife, active volcanoes, wandering rivers and impossibly green rice paddies.

So get your camera and hiking shoes ready. We’re about to inspire your wanderlust and make you itch for a new adventure.

1. Jump into a Jungle Book and chase wildly cascades of never-ending water – Tumpak Sewu Waterfall, East Java

East Java is an amazing destination for nature lovers; especially if just like us you particularly appreciate the beauty of waterfalls!

Since we were on a road trip around East Java in early 2019, we made sure to head over to the waterfall at sunrise to avoid the scorching hot sun and the crowd (this means you’ll have to leave Surabaya by 2am reach the waterfall at 6am). It takes approximately 4 hours from Surabaya.

Tumpak Sewu is almost the Niagara Falls of East Java, and arguably one of the most scenic and magical waterfalls in Indonesia (even famous bloggers have said so!). We reached the waterfall as the sun slowly rose and the fog cleared up gently, making place for a majestic volcano backdrop. At that time, there was no one at the viewpoint. We were the only one enjoying the beginning of this new day with magical views of an almost Amazonian-looking waterfall.

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Photo Via TripCanvas

What’s impressive is that there isn’t only one gush of water at Tumpak Sewu but rather a collection of more than 30 cascades plummeting down. Of course, we had to get up close to the waterfall so we also decided to trek down the canyon, cross the river and stand in the middle of the gorge, surrounded by the never-ending water. It wasn’t one easy hike down but friends, it was absolutely mindblowing! I felt like the tiniest creature on earth as everything around me was enormous and overwhelming in beauty. Pictures speak for themselves!

Photo Via TripCanvas
Photo Via TripCanvas

TripCanvas’ Tips:
⚠️About the hike: Mind you, the trek down is pretty challenging. Especially because it is slippery (wear proper trekking shoes!), there are only some rustic bamboo ladders to hold on too and at some point you’ll have to cross over streams so your shoes will get all wet (making it even more slippery!). It took us a good 30-40 minutes to get down to the canyon and another 5 minutes to walk and cross over to reach the waterfall.

🚛On the way to the waterfall: If you’re driving while it is still dark to reach the waterfall at sunrise, we highly advise you to be careful as there are several trucks transporting their loads to and from the mines and it can get quite stressful.

💦At the waterfall: The water gushing down to the gorge is extremely powerful and we were soaking wet, so be mindful of all your electronic gadgets! We could barely take any pictures.

Read more about our adventure to Tumpak Sewu Waterfall here!

Tumpak Sewu Waterfall

Difficulty level: 4/10
Entrance fee: Viewpoint – Rp. 10,000 per person (Approximately USD $0.70); Canyon/Gorge – Rp. 10,000 per person (Approximately USD $0.70)
Address: Jl. Raya Sidomulyo (Kampung Siji), Besukcukit, Sidomulyo, Pronojiwo, Kabupaten Lumajang, Jawa Timur 67374 (Coordinates here)
Getting there: Fly into Surabaya Juanda International Airport (direct flight available from Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore via AirAsia, Garuda Indonesia, Malaysia Airlines, and Singapore Airlines). From there hire a private driver to take you to Tumpak Sewu Waterfall or simply rent a car and drive over by yourself! Alternatively, opt for an arranged tour!
Car rental with driver recommendation: Zena Travelindo
Rates: From Rp. 400,000 per day with a driver, excluding gas and parking fee (approximately USD 30).
Recommended tour

2. Snow-capped Peaks and Glaciers in the Tropics – Puncak Jaya, Papua Province

Puncak Jaya (4,884m), also known as the Carstensz Pyramid, is commonly referred to as the seventh peak by climbers. This is because it is the highest peak on the Australian continent. So, Puncak Jaya is included among the seven most coveted peaks in the world (one for each continent).


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Puncak Jaya and its neighbours are some of the only peaks in Indonesia where snow is regularly seen. (Yes, it does snow in Indonesia.  How awesome is that?)


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Puncak Jaya was first summited in 1962, almost 10 years after the first ascent of Mt. Everest.

However, we advise that only serious and experienced mountaineers should attempt the summit. It is the most technically challenging of the 7 Summits and requires a four-day climb through dense jungle just to get to base camp.


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The climb from base camp requires an additional four days round trip. Of course, guides, porters and adequate planning for the expedition are required.

The allure of snow and glaciers in Indonesia is sure to fascinate both locals and foreigners alike!

Puncak Jaya, Papua Province

Difficulty Level: 10/10
Price/Entrance fees: Climbing Puncak Jaya requires a plethora of permits from many agencies in Jakarta and Jayapura. These are almost impossible to arrange if you cannot speak Bahasa. Agencies will generally help climbers obtain the necessary permits for Rp.104,730,582.67 (approximately USD $7,500) or more.
Address: Puncak Jaya, Tembagapura, Mimika Regency 98972 Indonesia
Getting there: Reaching Puncak Jaya is particularly difficult. The nearest airport is Mulu Airstrip in Tsonga, Timika Regency (Connecting flights available from Kuala Lumpur via Malaysian Airlines). Flights to this airstrip are infrequent and expensive. From the airstrip, climbers need to have arranged for guides and porters that will take them through the jungle to base camp (Coordinates here)
Recommended tour

3. Hike up to the sky and sit among the clouds – Gunung Andong, Magelang

Do you love to hike for the view or do you simply love the journey itself? Mount Andong is suitable for both types of hikers.

This hike was a little tough for us (or perhaps we are a group of unfit wanderers!), with rocky terrains and you might have to climb on your hands and feet at some point, so be sure everyone from your group is fit enough to do so!

Although there are three rest areas before reaching the peak, we were exhausted when we reached the summit, but the climb was completely worth it – we were greeted with spectacular views of sea of clouds, vast rice paddy fields, and at least 5 nearby mountain ranges!

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We took more than one-hour to reach the top, which was packed with campers who had come to spend the night and catch the sunrise the next day. If you wish to catch the sunrise at the summit, we recommend an overnight stay too, as it’s too dangerous to climb in the dark.

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And what can be more comforting than a cup of hot coffee as you enjoy the views at the chilly summit after a tiring hike? Yes, there’s a little warung right at the top  – don’t ask us how they got there! 😉

Photo Via Roh_kyt

Read more about our adventure at Gunung Andong here!

Gunung Andong, Magelang

Difficulty level: 4/10
Entrance Fee: Rp.6,000 (Approximately USD $0.43)
Address: Kudusan, Tirto, Grabag, Magelang, Central Java 56196 (Coordinates here)
Getting there: Fly into Yogyakarta Adisucipto International Airport (direct flight available from Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore via AirAsia, Garuda Indonesia, Malaysia Airlines, and Singapore Airlines), from there hire a private driver or arrange a tour to get to Gunung Andong’s basecamp.
Recommended tour

4. Adventure to the 3 Multi-coloured Lakes – Mount Kelimutu, Flores

Mount Kelimutu’s three multi-coloured volcanic lakes, the crown jewels of Flores, offer hikers a bright reward.

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Each of the three lakes has its own colour, ranging from vibrant blue to muddy brown. The lakes can change colour several times a year.


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As the top of Mount Kelimutu is often covered by impenetrable fog, hikers must begin early to reach the summit by sunrise. Most often, hikers catch an 8-seater truck version of public transportation between 3:30 and 4 AM. This truck drops passengers at the Kelimutu National Park parking lot. From there, it is a well-marked, 30-minute climb.

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Those who suffer from motion sickness might want to consider the longer hike. A 20-kilometre path leads to the lakes from Moni village. This takes at least 4 hours to climb.

Kelimutu National Park is well-known these days, but the view of the three lakes from its only hike is so magnificent, you shouldn’t miss it even if you’re only looking for off-the-beaten paths.

Mount Kelimutu, Flores

Difficulty Level: 6/10
Entrance fees: Rp.150,000 (approximately USD $11) per person
Address: Moni, Flores, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia
Opening hours: Mon – Sun, 5am – 6pm
Getting there: The nearest airport to Kelimutu National Park is Labuan Bajo Komodo Airport (direct flight available from Jakarta and Bali via Garuda Indonesia, and AirAsia). From Maumere, visitors need to take the Maumere-Ende bus and alight in Moni. Alternatively, take a taxi from Maumere to Moni. From Moni, visitors can either walk 20km to the lakes or catch public transportation or a taxi to the Kelimutu National Park parking lot for a shorter hike (Coordinates here)
Recommended tour

5. Conquer a fiery active volcano and relish on magical blue flames – Ijen Crater, East Java

🌋Note: The recommended departure time from your hotel is 12am (midnight) but note that the tour offered by our stay, Dialoog Banyuwangi was fully customizable.

It took about 20 minutes after starting our hike up Ijen Crater to realise that this was a terrible idea. Similarly, it took us about 10 minutes to realise that it was all worth it! Of course, I am not necessarily fit so I might be exaggerating here!

Though some claim they can do it in 1 hour or even 45 minutes; we took a good 2 hours (nearly) to reach the crater, before going down to the blue flames and battling through thick clouds of sulphur smoke!

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You’ll begin very early in the morning (around 1am) so I recommend you to pack some snacks and drinks or you could settle down at the local eatery at the entrance for a comforting bowl of instant noodles and fried banana.

We began our walk and it was pretty easy at the start until the several steep roads which had my emotions completely mirroring an actual volcano – peaceful and quiet at times and rumbling (or rather exploding) with boiling frustration at other times!

What made it even more challenging was the cold wind and the sight of several hikers giving up. But we indeed made it to the top. What brings people to Ijen isn’t necessarily its greenish lake but also its unique blue flames down the crater (however, according to government officials it is illegal and rather dangerous to go down).

But having come all the way here, we decided to explore further and get an up-close-and-personal look of the iconic blue flames. Hear me – you will need a proper mask if you do not want to suffocate. A proper functioning torch would be of great help too as you’ll be going down the crater while it is still pitch dark!

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Personally, I still consider the sunrise view as the highlight of the hike – conquering Ijen Crater rewarded us with some of the most fascinating views that we have ever seen. At around 5.30am, the sky slowly enlightens with beautiful shades of purple, blue, orange and pink. At this moment, all pain and exhaustion were forgotten.

Read more about our Ijen adventure here!

Ijen Crater

Address: Coordinates here.
Difficulty Level: 5/10
Option 1: Organised tour by Dialoog Banyuwangi (Ijen Volcano Night Hike): Rp.1,000,000 for 2 persons (Approximately USD $70), inclusive of guide and exclusive of foreigner entrance fee of Rp. 150,000/USD $10.65)
Book here 
Option 2: Recommended Local Guide: Rp. 900,000 per jeep of 4 persons (Approximately USD $64 (exclusive of foreigner entrance fee of Rp. 150,000/USD $10.65)
Contact: +62 822 4518 4626
Getting there: You can either take a direct flight via Citilink from Kuala Lumpur International Airport or via Citilink/Garuda Indonesia from Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport to Banyuwangi International Airport.

6. Mask on, come and conquer the active volcano! – Bromo Caldera, Mount Bromo, East Java

Note: No private cars are allowed in the national park area. You will need to park and take a jeep to the various spots. Alternatively, we recommend you to opt for a few organised tours (like the one from Plataran Bromo, which even includes a picnic breakfast). Besides tour operators, your hotel might arrange tours to Mount Bromo too!

Now, the time has come to tick off one of your bucket list items! From the jeep parking area, you will be required to walk through the sand dunes for a good 15 minutes before reaching the set of stairs that lead to the top of the crater.

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If luck is on your side and you’re visiting at the right season (we recommend coming during Ramadan), the walk up will be pretty easy, as long as you don’t rush it and take breaks in between. During peak season, it is a whole different scene as the area is packed to the brim with adventurous travellers and horses, which makes it less enjoyable.

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Photo Via TripCanvas

Once on top of the crater, you’ll be able to relish on the beautiful surrounding views and be thrilled with the thick fumes puffing out (be sure to wear your mask and drink water!). You can also take a walk around certain areas of the crater and sometimes you can even hear the volcano roar!

Photo Via TripCanvas
Photo Via TripCanvas

TripCanvas Tip: Remember to bring along a mask as the sulphur fumes at the caldera and dust can be pretty choking!

Read more about our Bromo adventure here!

Mount Bromo

Difficulty Level: 3/10
Entrance fee: Domestic visitors – Weekday: Rp. 27,500 (Approximately USD$1.93), Weekend: Rp. 32,500 (Approximately USD$2.28); International visitors – Weekday: Rp. 217,500 (Approximately USD$15.30), Weekend: Rp. 317,500 (Approximately USD$22.30)
Jeep and Driver (Including gasoline, excluding entrance ticket):  From Rp. 750,000 per jeep (maximum 5 pax) (Approximately USD$53)
Tengger Caldera Wonders (Including 1x Bromo Savannah Picnic Breakfast, Jeep excursion to Penanjakan Sunrise Viewpoint and Bromo Crater) *Exclusively for in-house guests only: From Rp. 1,500,000 per couple (Approximately USD$105)
Address: Coordinates here.
Getting there: Opt for a direct flight to Surabaya Juanda International Airport (available from Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore via AirAsia, Garuda Indonesia, Malaysia Airlines, and Singapore Airlines). It will then take you up to 4 hours from Surabaya to Mount Bromo. It is best to spend the night near Mount Bromo before leaving for your hike the next day.


7. Check out Bali’s most iconic and epic sunrise show – Mount Batur, Bali

Not afraid of challenging hikes (count 2-3 hours for this one)? The most magical spot to watch daybreak in Bali is undoubtedly the iconic Mount Batur.

There’s a lot to be said for catching dawn on top of a mountain and Mount Batur is quite the spectacle to catch a morning dose of golden hour, although there might be a crowd as it is ever-so-popular among tourists. The spot is often shrouded in a thick mist first thing in the morning and gives the impression of floating above the clouds.

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Whether it’s your first time in Bali, or you’ve been there several times and are looking for something new to do, Mount Batur should be at the top of your list.

Mount Batur

Difficulty level: 4/10
Entrance fee: Rp.100,000 (Approximately USD $7.13)
Address: Kintamani, Bangli Regency, Bali. Coordinates here.
Getting there: Fly into Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport (direct flight available from Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore via AirAsia, Garuda Indonesia, Malaysia Airlines, and Singapore Airlines). You can arrange to have a private driver to take you to the base of Mount Batur, it’s recommended you take a tour that you can arrange from your hotel.
Recommended tour

8. Escape the crowds of Bromo and go the path less travelled – Mount Semeru, East Java

If you’re keen to escape the crowds of Bromo, and go somewhere that’s equally as beautiful, then as long as you’re up for a challenge, Mount Semeru is the place to consider. As the tallest mountain in Java, it won’t be easy, in fact it takes a whole two days to get to the top!

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Regularly seen in the background of Mount Bromo photos, Mount Semeru seems to have been neglected a little bit, maybe due to the time needed or the challenge it poses, but it’s definitely a mistake if you’re an avid hiker. Just make sure to do plenty of research and plenty of preparation to conquer the beast!

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Once you reach the top, you’ll understand why it was so difficult, they always say that the harder you work, the better the reward, and it’s so true! Incredible views of the scenery around you, and feeling like you’re on top of the world comes to mind! It’s highly recommended you get a tour package with a guide, as this requires professionals to help you!

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Mount Semeru

Difficulty Level: 8/10
Entrance fee: Domestic visitors – Weekday: Rp. 27,500 (Approximately USD$1.93), Weekend: Rp. 32,500 (Approximately USD$2.28); International visitors – Weekday: Rp. 217,500 (Approximately USD$15.30), Weekend: Rp. 317,500 (Approximately USD$22.30)
Address: Ranupane Satu, Ranupani Senduro Lumajang Regency East Java. Coordinates here.
Guide: Rp.9,000,000 per pax (Approximately USD $639)(the larger the group the cheaper it gets) for a 3D2N Semeru trekking tour including all fees, transport/pick up from Surabaya or Malang, and more
Book here.
Getting there: Fly into Surabaya Juanda International Airport (direct flight available from Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore via AirAsia, Garuda Indonesia, Malaysia Airlines, and Singapore Airlines), then hire a private driver/car to take you to Mount Semeru or simply opt for an all-inclusive tour package (recommended above).

9. A spectacular sunrise, rewarding hike, and dip in some hot springs – Gunung Sibayak, Sumatra

Likened more towards a walk than a climb, you won’t find yourself straining to get to the top of this volcano. Taking roughly 1.5 hours, and boasting very little steep inclines, Gunung Sibayak is the perfect activity to do to get your heart rate pumping a little whilst on holiday in Berastagi, an adorable little town just north of Lake Toba! If you’re visiting the lake, give this region a day or two of your time so you can explore a lesser known gem, and hike for a beautiful view.

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Much like Ijen, this volcano does produce sulphur, however not to the extent of Ijen so you won’t be needing any masks! You will however find an emerald green lake in its crater, a wonderful sight to feast your eyes on. Once you’ve finished marvelling at your 360 view, head back down again and get ready for utter relaxation.

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After challenging the body it needs time to relax, soaking in the hot springs just a little further from the trail is the ultimate way to loosen the tension in your muscles, sit back and take a dip! In order to get the most out of your trip, we recommend arranging a guide with your hotel as there are several different routes and the hot springs are only available at one!

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Gunung Sibayak

Difficulty Level: 3/10
Entrance fee: 10,000 (Approximately USD $0.71)
Address: Sempajaya, Berastagi, Karo Regency, North Sumatra (Coordinates here)
Getting there: Fly into Medan Kualanamu International Airport (direct flight available from Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore via AirAsia, Garuda Indonesia, Malaysia Airlines, and Singapore Airlines). You can either base yourself in Medan and hire a car/private driver to take you to Gunung Sibayak or spend one night in Berastagi which is roughly 10 minutes away from the easiest trailhead.
Note: It is recommended to arrange for your tour once there

10. Explore Jurassic World of Today – Padar Island, Komodo National Park

Padar Island, part of Komodo National Park, is home to the area’s namesake – komodo dragons. While the Komodo and Rinca islands create the largest tourist destinations in the park, the least-visited Padar Island offers hiking with gorgeous views.


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As an added bonus, you might even run into the local reptilian inhabitants while you climb – beware!


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As you make your way from the pink sand beach all the way up to the top of the island’s tallest peak, you will be surrounded by gorgeous blue, white and green views.

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While hiking up and down the main peak takes between two to three hours (depending on how many photos you’ve snapped), you might want to allocate some time for snorkelling among the island’s reefs, where you can find over 1,000 species of fish!

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From the top of the peak to under the sea, the ocean views from Padar Island are certainly hard to beat.

Padar, Flores

Difficulty Level: 3/10
Entrance fees: National Park (working days) – Rp.150,000 (approximately USD $11) per person; National Park (sundays and nat. holidays) – Rp.255,000 (approximately USD $18) per person; Padar – Rp.150,000 (approximately USD $10) per person; Snorkelling – Rp.50,000 (approximately USD $3.50) per person
Address: Padar Island, Komodo National Park, Nusa Tenggara Timur 86554, Indonesia
Getting there: The nearest airports to Padar Island is Komodo Airport in Labuan Bajo, Flores (direct flight available from Jakarta and Bali via Garuda Indonesia, and AirAsia).  From there, you will need to head to the city centre and charter a boat in order to visit the island or sign up for a liveaboard experience that will cover the island throughout the itinerary. The hike begins at the back of the beach on an easily seen path.  Follow this path to the peak. Alternatively, join a tour that combines Padar Island with a visit to Komodo or Rinca Island.
Liveaboard experience:
Recommended day tour

11. Swim with Stingless Jellyfish – Kakaban Island, East Kalimantan

As soon as you see Kakaban Island appear on the horizon, you will be eager to jump off the boat and explore. Not only is the island home to gorgeous reefs and forests that remind you of Jurassic Park, it is also one of the only places in the world to have a lake inhabited by stingless jellyfish.

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And you can swim with them!

The hike to the lake begins at the 120-metre dock that extends into crystal clear waters. From the end of the dock, the path takes you up a staircase so that you can cross to the other side of the island. Be sure to turn around at the top of the stairs and take in the view!

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You will then pass quickly through a dense mangrove forest before reaching your destination, the stingless jellyfish lake.

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Slide into the water and marvel at the natural wonder. Be careful not to wear fins in the water or jump too quickly into the lake as both actions may harm the jellyfish.

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The hike (including return) and swimming with the jellyfish should take about two hours. If you have some extra time, don’t miss the chance to snorkel in the lively waters surrounding Kakaban Island.

Kakaban Island, East Kalimantan

Difficulty Level: 2/10
Entrance fee: Rp.25,000 (approximately USD $1.80) per person per day
Address: Kakaban Island, Berau, Indonesia
Getting there: Fly to Sultan Aji Muhammad Sulaiman Sepinggan International Airport in Balikpapan (direct flight available from Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore via AirAsia, Garuda Indonesia, Malaysia Airlines, and Singapore Airlines). Then fly to Kalimarau Domestic Airport in Berau (Tanjung Redeb) via Garuda Indonesia, Wings Abadi Airlines, or Sriwijaya Air. From either airport, you must take a speed boat to Derawan where you can stay overnight. From Derawan, another 1-hour speed boat ride is required to reach the Kakaban Island dock (Coordinates here)
More info
Recommended tour

12. A Photographer’s Dream – Sipiso-Piso Waterfall, North Sumatra

The 120-metre tall Sipiso-Piso waterfall (located at the North side of Lake Toba) won’t fail to impress both photographers and nature lovers. Even from the parking lot of the trail, the views are amazing.


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Who can resist snapping a photo?

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From the parking area, the trail winds down over 600 steps, and at the bottom, visitors can wash off their tropical sweat by swimming in the waterfall’s pool (though unfortunately, there isn’t a pool at the top to cool off in after the climb back up).

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Altogether, a visit to the waterfall should last about one and a half hours.

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Sipiso-piso Waterfall, North Sumatra

Difficulty Level: 4/10
Entrance fees: Rp.5,000 (approximately USD $0.35) per adult
Address: Sidikalang, Sumbul Satu, North Sumatra, Indonesia
Getting there: Sipiso-Piso waterfall is located at the North side of Lake Toba, 24 km from Kabanjahe. Kualanamu International Airport in Medan (direct flight available from Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore via AirAsia, Garuda Indonesia, Malaysia Airlines, and Singapore Airlines) is the nearest airport to Sipiso-Piso Waterfall.  From Medan, visitors must first reach Berastagi by taxi, bus or with a private driver (car rental). From Berastagi, Sipiso-Piso Waterfall is a 45 minute car ride. Tours to Sipiso-Piso Waterfall can be easily combined with a visit to Lake Toba (Coordinates here)
Recommended tour

13. The Hundred-Mile View – Mount Rinjani, Lombok

One of Indonesia’s most popular hikes, Mount Rinjani in Lombok is famous for its breathtaking views and eerie isolation.

The three-day climb takes hikers through a range of ecosystems, from sub-montane rainforest to savanna.


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At the top, trekkers are rewarded with views of the crater lake called Segara Anak. If the day is clear, views can extend outwards to around the entirety of Lombok island and even to Bali.


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This hike is not easy and as there are several different routes up the volcano, a guide is recommended.


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Mount Rinjani, Lombok

Difficulty Level: 9/10
Entrance fees: Rp.150,000 (approximately USD $11) per person
Address: Mt Rinjani, Sembalun Lawang, Sembalun, East Lombok Regency 83656, Indonesia
Contact: +62 819 1722 2228 (Rinjani National Park)
Getting there: The closest airport  to Mount Rinjani is Lombok International Airport in Mataram (direct flight available from Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore via AirAsia, Garuda Indonesia, and Singapore Airlines). From Mataram, you will need to decide which route to take up the volcano as each begins in a different town. These are Senaru, Sembalun, and Torean. Each can be accessed by car or public transport. In each town, it is necessary to find a guide or register with the Forestry Department (Coordinates here)
Recommended tour


14. Up a Volcanic Island – Gunung Api, Banda Islands

What can be more pleasurable than finishing a hard climb, only to be rewarded with the most gorgeous sea views? That is exactly the story of Gunung Api Banda.


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The climb is tough. After all, this is a deserted volcanic island. There are presently two trails. One ascends straight up the mountain, with no switchbacks or winding paths. This path begins on the side of the volcano that faces Banda Neira.


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The other is a longer but easier path found around the back side of the island. While a local guide is not necessary, he or she can locate the easier trail for you.


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The steepness of the trails is not the only tricky part of this climb. The path is made of small volcanic stones. One step up means two steps back. Because of this, the 666-metre climb takes most people three hours.

You might be huffing and puffing by the time you reach the top, but you will soon forget your struggles – the views over the blue water are certainly some of the best in Indonesia.

Gunung Api, Banda Island

Difficulty Level: 7/10
Address: Banda Api, Nusantara, Banda, Central Maluku Regency, Indonesia
Getting there: The Banda Islands are decidedly off-the-beaten path. To reach Gunung Api, you must first fly to Pattimura Airport in Ambon from Jakarta via Garuda Indonesia, and Lion Air. From Ambon, you can either take a seven hour ferry to Banda Neira or hop on to one of the infrequent and small flights to Banda Neira Airport. You will most likely need to find a hotel in Banda Neira as there are none on Gunung Api. From Banda Neira, you must either find a guide to take you to Gunung Api or hire a small boat to take you across to the island. Be sure to specify which side of the island you would like to go to when negotiating with the boat driver (Coordinates here)
Note: It is recommended to arrange for your tour or guide once there

15. To Isolated and Indigenous Populations – Baliem Valley, West Papua

In West Papua, the Baliem Valley is home to some of the most isolated populations in the world. Up until 10 years ago, many of these villages had no access to the modern world.


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Today, multi-day treks allow tourists to visit these isolated villages in order to witness their ancient traditions. Traditional dress for many of the locals includes grass skirts and penis gourds.


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Among the most traditional villages in West Papua is Anggurak in Yali Country. Anggurak is accessible via a 4-6 day trek (one way) from Wamena.


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The trek offers breathtaking views of the lush countryside and interesting interactions with villagers en route to its final destination.


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Baliem Valley is surely Indonesia’s best destination for experiencing Papuan culture.

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Baliem Valley, West Papua

Difficulty Level: 8/10
Entrance fee: A travel permit for the interior of West Papua must be acquired in Jayapura. It can be purchased at the police station for approximately Rp.200,000 (approximately USD $14.50) and two passport-size photos, although some tourists report not having to pay the fee.
Address: Wamena, Kabupaten Jayawijaya, Papua 99511 Indonesia
Getting there: To reach Baliem Valley and its associated treks, visitors must fly into Sentani Airport in Jayapura from Jakarta via Garuda Indonesia, Citilink and Lion Air, and then from there into Wamena. Most treks begin from Wamena. Guides (recommended but not necessary) can be arranged at any local hotel while tours from agencies are not recommended as they are often overpriced. Coordinates here.
Recommended guide

16. Travel Back in Time – Wae Rebo Village, Flores


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Wae Rebo, a historical Manggarai village, is situated around seven traditional huts called mbaru niang. These conical houses are built of palm fibers and wood and offer a unique view for visitors approaching the village.


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In the village, friendly locals sporting colourful ikat sarongs are happy to socialize with tourists. They only get a few hundred visitors every year.


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Trips to Wae Rebo generally take three days and require a guide. The first day is spent driving along the steep road from Labuan Bajo to Denge. The second day is for climbing from Denge to Wae Rebo. This trek on the second day is only for the physically fit and takes between three and six hours, but offers wonderful views over lush valleys.


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The final day includes breakfast in Wae Rebo and a much easier descent to Denge from where tourists can return to Labuan Bajo or continue on a tour of Flores.


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Don’t forget to buy local handwoven handicrafts before the long descent!

Wae Rebo Village, Flores

Difficulty Level: 7/10
Price: One night in Wae Rebo Village with food costs Rp.350,000 (approximately USD $25) per person
Address: Satar Lenda, Satar Mese Barat, Manggarai, Nusa Tenggara Timur, Indonesia
Getting there: Komodo Airport in Labuan Bajo (direct flight available from Jakarta and Bali via Garuda Indonesia, and AirAsia) is the closest airport to Wae Rebo Village. From Labuan Bajo, visitors must make their way to Denge by hired car, public truck or boat and ojek. Guides can either be hired in Labuan Bajo or in Denge from where the trek begins (Coordinates here)
Recommended tour

17. In the Midst of 7 Heavenly Peaks – Gunung Merbabu, Central Java

The views from the top of Gunung Merbabu (Mount Merbabu in English) are out of this world. With a 360-degree view, hikers can see 7 significant peaks: Gunung Sumbing, Gunung Sindoro, the Dieng Plateau, Gunung Telomoyo, Gunung Ungaran, Gunung Merapi, and Gunung Lawu.


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The ascent of Gunung Merbabu takes about 14 hours return and is best completed during the night in order to reach the summit at sunrise. The trek can also be stretched between two days if you choose to camp at the summit. Most hikers begin from Kopeng, but Selo, on the south side of the mountain, is an alternative yet steeper option.


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While the length of this trek may make it difficult (some readers who have conquered Ijen Crater easily have told us they didn’t even make it to the top of Merbabu), the views from the top are well worth it.


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Gunung Merbabu, Central Java

Difficulty Level: 10/10
Entrance fees: Rp.150,000 (approximately USD $10.75)(Weekday); Rp.230,000 (approximately USD $16.50)(Weekend); Rp.350,000 (approximately USD $25.05)(local Guide)
Address: Suroteleng, Selo, Boyolali Regency 57363, Indonesia
Getting there: Begin by flying to Yogyakarta (direct flight available from Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore via AirAsia, Garuda Indonesia, and Singapore Airlines). Arrange a tour from your hotel in Yogyakarta.
Recommended tour

18. Through World War II History – Lake Sentani, Papua

Lake Sentani offers a dramatic welcome for visitors entering Papua. The lake sits just 30 minutes outside of Jayapura, the capital of Papua.


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The lake itself exudes calm. Barely a ripple disturbs the peaceful water.

It is surrounded by 24 villages and dotted with 22 islets. Abandoned buildings dating back to World War II whisper of the tumultuous history of the region. It is here that General MacArthur, the American war hero, developed his strategies to win back the territory from the Japanese.

Walking all the way around the lake would take more than one day. Most visitors take smaller day hikes or canoe trips on the lake.


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Popular destinations include the village of Taturi, Doyo Lama where locals create rock painting art, and the monument for General MacArthur on Mount Ifar.


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If you come here during the month of July, you will able to catch the traditional dance during the Sentani Festival too!


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Whichever hike you choose, you will return with an inner calm borrowed from this fantastic destination.

Lake Sentani, Papua

Difficulty Level: 5/10
Entrance fees: A travel permit or “surat jalan”  may be required to visit Lake Sentani. You can arrange for these at the Jayapura police station. The application process requires two passport photos and copies of your passport, Indonesian visa, and your stamped Indonesian departure card. Some travellers report of this service being free. Others report of being charged Rp.200,000 (approximately USD $14.50)
Address: Lake Sentani, Jayapura, Intan Jaya Regency, Indonesia
Getting there: To reach Lake Sentani, you first need to fly to Sentani Airport in Jayapura via via Garuda Indonesia, Citilink and Lion Air. From the airport, you can take a tour directly to the lake (Coordinates here)
Recommended tour

19. Do You Dare? – Goa Langse, Gunung Kidul


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Some people say the hike to Goa Langse is one of the most dangerous in Indonesia. The path follows the cliff face, forcing visitors to walk on narrow paths and climb hundreds of metres up and down slippery ladders.


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The ocean views from the path during the hour hike are amazing.  And at the end of the trail, you’ll reach a cave that’s perfect for yoga and meditation.


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Are the views worth the risk and danger?  You decide.


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Goa Langse, Gunung Kidul

Difficulty Level: 6/10
Entrance fees: Rp.5,000 (approximately USD $0.40) per person
Address: Goa Langse, Parangtritis, Gunung Kidul, Special Region of Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Getting there: To reach Goa Langse, first fly to Adisucipto International Airport in Yogyakarta (direct flight available from Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore via AirAsia, Garuda Indonesia, and Singapore Airlines). Then take a bus from Terminal Giwangan to Parangtritis or opt to rent a car. From Parangtritis, head towards the hilly area passing by the ‘Queen of the South’ Resort, and Parangndog Hill. Your destination will be at the end of the road (Coordinates here)
Recommended car rental: TRAC – Astra Rent a Car
Rates: Rp. 550,000 per day for a Toyota Avanza (approximately USD$40), exclude fuel cost
Note: It is recommended to arrange for your tour/guide once there

20. Through the Heart of Borneo – Embaloh River Catchment, Betung Kerihun National Park

Reaching Betung Kerihun National Park in West Kalimantan is no walk in the park. Don’t expect the trekking to be easy either.

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While this trek may not be for beginners, the views of the Embaloh River and the unexpected wildlife sightings along the way make the climbing, leeches and sweat seem insignificant.

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This particular hike, called the Embaloh River Catchment Trek, is considered the easiest in the park. It begins at the camping area and climbs at a 45-degree angle along a ridge. On one side of the steep ridge, the Embaloh River Catchment stretches out for your enjoyment. On the other, endless jungle-filled hills greet you.


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After 2 kilometres of climbing, the views are at their best and the trail turns, sending you down the steep hill.

A local guide and proper trekking shoes are essential. Bug spray and leech socks are also recommended. This hike will take the better part of a day to complete.

Embaloh River Catchment, Betung Kerihun National Park

Difficulty Level: 8/10
Entrance fees: Rp.150,000 (USD $10) per person
Address: Taman Nasional Betung Kerihun, Jl. Piere Tendean Depan Kompleks KODIM, Putussibau. Kapuas Hulu, Kalimantan Barat, Indonesia
Getting there: The nearest airport to Betung Kerihun National Park is Supadio International Airport in Pontianak (direct flight available from Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore via AirAsia, and Garuda Indonesia), from there take another flight to Pangsuma Airport in Putussibau via Wings Abadi Airlines or PT. Nam Air. From there, visitors must access the park by semi-longboat, longboat or speed boat on one of the area’s four rivers: the Kapuas, Sibau, Mendalam or Embaloh Hulu River. The hike begins at the back of the park’s camping area (Coordinates here)
Recommended tour

21. Discover a new side of the island life – Gunung Tajam, Belitung

Having a good balance of relaxation and active moments during a holiday is vital to its success. That’s why, despite being an island full of beaches and relaxation, a hike to the top of Belitung’s tallest mountain is in order! Not to worry for those of you who feel you may not be fit enough, despite being the tallest, it’s actually only 510m tall so it is a good option for beginners out there!

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In roughly 60 – 90 minutes you’ll have scaled the beast and reached the top, with sprawling views of the rest of the island, you’ll feel like all your efforts were completely worth it! Spend a little time up there catching your breath and taking in the panorama before heading back down to a surprise.

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Thankfully, the climb down is always easier than the climb up, within no time you’ll be back down on the ground, and ready to cool off. It’s just perfect then, that at the base of the mountain, you’ll find a gorgeous fresh waterfall where you can dip your toes and have a splash!

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Read more about Belitung here!

Gunung Tajam

Difficulty level: 2/10
Getting there: Fly into Belitung’s H.A.S. Hanandjoeddin Airport (direct flight available from Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur via AirAsia, and  Garuda Indonesia), and then drive to the main town. It takes roughly an hour to get there from the main town of Tanjung Pandan. Follow the road until you reach the waterfall and you will see a very clearly labelled trail (Coordinates here)

22. Retire here among the clouds – Gunung Ireng, Yogyakarta

A destination to add to your Instagram checklist or simply to your ultimate retirement goals!

Who wouldn’t want to wake up to this view every morning? It’s worth missing the comfort of your hotel room, worth missing the hotel breakfast buffet and definitely worth an early alarm.

Explore Gunung Ireng, but first, you have to spot the little hut (also known as the “likes” winner on social media!). The area is rocky; with barely any trees, and while the trek is known to be relatively easy, don’t forget that this is no walk in the park so get that stamina ready!

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The sunrise view from the top is what you are here for, but you will also be rewarded with a vast ocean of clouds! Backflip anyone? (Just joking, do not attempt!)

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Gunung Ireng

Difficulty level: 2/10
Entrance Fee: Rp.3,000 per person (Approximately USD $0.21)
Address: Ngrancahan, Pengkok, Patuk, Gunung Kidul Regency, Special Region of Yogyakarta 55862 (Coordinates here)
Getting there: Fly into Yogyakarta Adisucipto International Airport (direct flight available from Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore via AirAsia, Garuda Indonesia, Malaysia Airlines, and Singapore Airlines). From there hire a private driver/car to take you to Gunung Ireng.
Recommended car rental: TRAC – Astra Rent a Car
Rates: Rp. 550,000 per day for a Toyota Avanza (approximately USD$40), exclude fuel cost

23. A Blue Lake and Hot Waterfalls – Telaga Biru, Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park

Just 85 kilometres from Bandung, Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park offers visitors an escape from congested city life. The park includes twin peaks (Gede and Pangrango), the unreal Telaga Biru, swamps, and waterfalls.


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From the Cibodas entrance, visitors can take the cobblestone path uphill to visit both a hot spring waterfall and the fascinatingly colourful Telaga Biru Lake.


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The colour of the lake, which can range from unearthly blue to green and even red, is a result of algae in the water (the colour changes are based on the life cycle of the algae).

Telaga Biru is located approximately one mile from the Cibodas entrance. To take in both the lake and a waterfall, allocate two hours for the hike. More adventurous souls can continue up the path to the summit of Mount Pangrango (3,015 metres).

Telaga Biru, Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park (Closed from Jan – March during rainy season)

Difficulty Level: 3/10
Entrance fees: Rp.155,000 (approximately USD $11.10) per person
Address: Jalan Raya Cibodas, Cipanas 43253, Cianjur, West Java
Contact: + 62 263 519415
Getting there: Bandung and Jakarta are the two nearest cities with airports (direct flight available from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore via AirAsia, Garuda Indonesia, and Singapore Airlines). Jakarta is 120km from the park while Bandung is 85km away. The park lies just off the Bandung-Jakarta mountain pass. The entrance is easily accessible by car or a combination of bus and on foot (Coordinates here)

24. Local Flavour Among Rice Terraces – Selogriyo Temple, Borobudur

While the rice terraces of Ubud in Bali may be the most famous in Indonesia, we think the views of the amazing farms on the way to Selogriyo Temple might be even better.


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This walk certainly isn’t as crowded as the one in Ubud. You will probably have the trail all to yourself!


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The ancient Hindu temple at the top of the climb is unfortunately not a good reason to complete the hike. It is rather small and dilapidated. Instead, take in the views from the peak, which are even better than those you have already marvelled at on the way up.


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This hike takes about two hours to complete for a round trip, not including driving time from Borobudur. Guides are not necessary but are available.

If you’re up for an off-the-beaten path trail with local flavour, topped with beautiful views of rice terraces, you will fall in love with this hike.

Selogriyo Temple, Borobudur

Difficulty Level: 3/10
Entrance fees: Rp.20,000 (approximately USD $1.45) per person
Address: Candi Selogriyo, Windsuri, Borobudur, Magelang, Jawa Tengah Indonesia
Getting there: Yogyakarta International Airport services the Borobudur region (direct flight available from Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore via AirAsia, Garuda Indonesia, and Singapore Airlines). You must first take a car, minibus or public bus from Yogyakarta Airport to Borobudur. From Borobudur, it is essential to hire a motorbike or automobile and head in the direction of Village Windusari. Turn left on a road just before the village when you see a sign for “Candi Selogriyo.” Park at the mosque and pay the entrance fee. The hike up to the temple begins here(Coordinates here)
Recommended car rental: TRAC – Astra Rent a Car
Rates: Rp. 550,000 per day for a Toyota Avanza (approximately USD$40), exclude fuel cost

Special Mention: The Rolling Valley View – Kebun Buah Mangunan, Yogyakarta

Want to see a gorgeous view of the mountains and valleys while visiting Imogiri in southern Yogyakarta?


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Check out Kebun Buah Mangunan.


After a short drive and a climb from the entrance pavilion that takes less than an hour, you will be gazing down over an expanse of green hills and winding river. If you’re lucky, there might be some morning mist to make your picture perfect.


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Kebun Buah Mangunan is also an orchard of hundreds of durian, orange, mango, and guava trees to make your climb extra sweet!


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Kebun Buah Mangunan, Yogyakarta

Difficulty Level: 2/10
Entrance fees: Rp.5,000 (approximately USD $0.40) per person
Opening hours: Mon – Sun 5am – 6pm
Address: Department of Agriculture and Forestry Bantul, DI. Yogyakarta, Jl. Ring Road East, Manding, Bantul, DI. Yogyakarta
Getting there: To reach Kebun Buah Mangunan, begin by flying to Yogyakarta (direct flight available from Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore via AirAsia, Garuda Indonesia, and Singapore Airlines). Take a bus or drive south to Imogiri.. Head south on East Imogiri Road. At the main junction, turn left. When you come to the dead end T-junction, turn right. There will be another T-junction in Dlingo. Turn left here to find Kebun Buah Mangunan. The hike starts immediately on the other side of the entrance gate (Coordinates here)
Recommended car rental: TRAC – Astra Rent a Car
Rates: Rp. 550,000 per day for a Toyota Avanza (approximately USD$40), exclude fuel cost

Are there any more hiking trails with magnificent views that need to be in this list?  Let us know in the comments below!

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Travel Writer

Anne Scott is an American travel writer who loves potato salad, fuzzy puppies, and sunsets over the water. Although you are probably more likely to find her traipsing through the jungle than lying on a beach. So far she managed to explore forty countries and counting. Traveling full-time has its ups and downs, but Anne endeavors to inspire readers to start their own adventure.