8 Best Hiking Trails in Indonesia With The Most Amazing Views

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Picture this: glistening waters, crisp fresh air and a jaw-dropping view from above the clouds. Not a single skyscraper is in sight; all one hears is the wind howling and the circling birds chirping. Retreating into the wonders of nature has proven to be therapeutic and is the primary reason why we constantly set time aside, whenever possible, to embark on hikes.

From Bali’s Mount Batur, East Java’s Ijen Volcano to North Sumatra’s Sipiso-Piso Waterfall, here are 8 Best Hiking Trails in Indonesia with Breathtaking Sceneries.

IJEN-VOLCANOSource: Wanderlust East Java

#1 IJEN VOLCANO, EAST JAVA

Standing at 9,183 feet, the majestic Ijen Volcano is renowned for its gorgeous kilometre-wide, turquoise-colour crater lake. This magnificent stratovolcano is also where sulphur mining operations take place. The emitted blue flames—however beautiful—are extremely toxic and one should not go near it.

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Padar IslandSource: Outbound Corner

#2 PADAR ISLAND, KOMODO NATIONAL PARK

UNESCO World Heritage Site Komodo National Park comprises of three major islands—namely Rinca, Komodo, and Padar – and Padar Island is definitely the most underrated destination out of all. The peak offers out-of-the-world panoramic views so do remember to bring your GoPro along!

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#3 MOUNT BATUR, BALI

Mount Batur—an active Balinese volcano—last erupted in the year 2000 but has fallen back into a deep slumber for the past decade and a half. Rising 1,717 metres above sea level, a hike up the scenic Indonesian mountain can be completed within two hours one-way by fit climbers.

If you are planning on an adventure to Mount Batur, read our Mount Batur guide which includes 9 things one should expect and prepare for.

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mount bromoSource: Remote Islands

#4 MOUNT BROMO, EAST JAVA

It takes approximately four hours to drive from Surabaya—the capital of East Java—to active Indonesian volcano Mount Bromo, but the long journey has not deterred many from hiking up the prominent volcanic mountain. Needless to say, the scenery is incredibly beautiful.

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Mount KelimutuSource: Indonesia’d

#5 MOUNT KELIMUTU, FLORES

A hike up Mount Kelimutu is especially rewarding as climbers are in a spectacular visual treat of The Crown Jewels of Flores – a natural site of three colourful lakes that changes its colour numerous times a year. The interesting thing is that the change is unpredictable.

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mount rinjaniSource: Trekking Rinjani

#6 MOUNT RINJANI, LOMBOK

Mount Rinjani is not for the faint-hearted. A trek up the active volcano takes approximately three days and you would be traversing through a diverse range of ecosystems. Upon reaching the summit, hikers are treated to a mesmerising view of Lombok Island. It is best to hire an experienced tour guide as there are several routes to get up to the volcano.

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GUNUNG APISource: Top Indonesia

#7 PULAU GUNUNG API, BANDA ISLANDS

A climb up isolated volcanic island Gunung Api Banda is certainly no easy feat. The route is characterised by broken rock fragments and the tedious journey will have you moving two steps forward and one step back.

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SIPISO-PISO WATERFALLSource: Wonderful Indonesia

#8 SIPISO-PISO WATERFALL, NORTH SUMATRA

Located in the lush greenery of North Sumatra is Sipiso-piso Waterfall, a picturesque 120-metre near-vertical waterfall that plunges dramatically into a gorge. The waterfall is accessible within a 45-minute drive from Indonesian town Berastagi.

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