Indonesia

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Indonesia, Gunung Leuser National Park

The tropical island nation of Indonesia is an archipelago of more than 17000 islands spread out along the equator, scattered roughly between Malaysia and and Australia. Although quite heavily populated in parts, over half of Indonesia is still covered in tropical rainforest. It is renowned for its biodiversity and countless (endangered) endemic animal species, of which the Orang Utan is probably the most famous. Due to its location right on the edge of several tectonic plates, Indonesia has over 150 more or less active volcanoes and earthquakes are common.

Look at a map of Indonesian mountains, and you will see a long string of volcanoes starting in the north of the island of Sumatra, running southeast across its full length, and continuing east along the length of Java, and onwards to include the Lesser Sunda Islands. These volcanic ranges are attractive hiking destinations, some volcanoes standing out in popularity such as Mount Sibayak and Mount Kerenci on Sumatra, Mount Bromo and Mount Semeru on Java, Mount Agung on Bali, and Mount Rinjani on the island of Lombok, just to name a few. More volcanoes are found on the extreme northeastern Minahassa Peninsula of the island of Sulawesi, and on the islands of Maluku. All these volcanoes can be climbed in 1- to 3-day hikes, although it is always wise to check on volcanic activity and safety before setting out.

For multi-day countryside and jungle hiking, the islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan are popular destinations, also for spotting Orang Utans in the wild. Kalimantan in particular offers some truly adventurous long distance hikes, often combined with river sections by long boat. Trails lead from west to east across the Muller Range, following an ancient route the Iban people took to cross the island. If you prefer countryside and villages, try the Tana Toraja in the south of Sulawesi, or better still the remote interior of Central Sulawesi, for instance in the Lore Lindu National Park or a bit further east in the Morowali Nature Reserve. But Indonesia has even more to offer hikers. Take the islands of Seram and Halmahera for instance. Both are part of the Maluku Islands, with mountains, forests and a variety of tropical bird species.

A hiking destination in it's own right is Papua (Irian Jaya or West Papua), the western half of the island of New Guinea. The interior of Papua is very mountainous, peaks rising up to well over 4000 meters. Highest mountain of Papua, and of Indonesia for that matter, is Puncak Jaya (4884 m) or Carstensz Pyramid, a limestone peak often covered in mist. Other high peaks include Trikora (4750 m) Mandala (4701 m) and Yamin (4595 m). All were covered in eternal snow until several decades ago, but nowadays the snowcaps have mostly disappeared. Trekking expeditions to Carstensz Pyramid are organized on a regular basis yearround.

The Baliem Valley, located in the highlands of Papua at an average altitude of about 1600 m, is a popular region for multi-day treks. The main Baliem Valley town of Wamena can be reached from the Papua capital Jayapura by air only. There are few motorable roads, and local footpaths abound. It is customary to hire a guide, and you officially need a permit to go trekking, staying overnight in villages of the Dani people at local homes. From the Baliem Valley you can hike to other parts of the highlands, for instance to Lake Habema at the foot of Trikora mountain, or meet more remote tribes like the Yali. From the Baliem town of Wamena chartered flights and organized treks are offered to the southern lowlands of Papua, through isolated tidal swamps and river areas among the hunter-gatherer Korowai tribe.

All of Indonesia has a tropical climate with fairly constant warm temperatures yearround, but with rather varying amounts of rainfall. In general, the dry season lasts from June to October, but there are variations, so check the specific islands micro-climates before planning a hike.

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Books

The Book Depository
United Kingdom
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Te gast in Indonesië | Informatie Verre Reizen
  • Samengesteld door en voor reizigers: verhalen van auteurs die er gewoond of gereisd hebben. Met veel insiders informatie over land en bevolking. Om je bezoek nog beter voor te bereiden en je in te leven in de cultuur van de lokale bevolking, is de pocketreeks 'Te gast in' ideaal. Een handzaam en compact boekje met vlot leesbare artikelen die... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Dear Emily, You Are Enough. Love, God
  • Ever wondered what you were meant to do with your life? Questioned whether or not there s a path laid out for you, with a greater higher purpose? Meet Emily. A young girl fresh out of college who s determined to find an answer. Beginning her journey in Bali, Indonesia, working as a French teacher for an international language school, she... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Dear Emily, You Are Enough. Love, God
  • Ever wondered what you were meant to do with your life? Questioned whether or not there s a path laid out for you, with a greater higher purpose? Meet Emily. A young girl fresh out of college who s determined to find an answer. Beginning her journey in Bali, Indonesia, working as a French teacher for an international language school, she... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Reisgids Indonesia - Indonesië | Insight Guides
  • Let op: de Engelstalige versie. Een rijk geillustreerde reisgids met diepgaande teksten: één van de beste reisgidsen die er bestaan. Eerste deel bestaat uit een beschrijving van de unieke aspecten van de regio, daarna een deel echte reisgids en als afsluiting een deel met praktische informatie. De uitstekende informatie wordt vergezeld van... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Reisgids Michelin groene gids Bali - Lombok - Oost-Java | Lannoo
  • De serie Groene Reisgidsen van Michelin is een beproefde en betrouwbare reisgidsenreeks. Of u nu lekker lang met vakantie gaat of er zomaar even tussenuit trekt, de Groene Reisgids wijst u de weg naar alle bijzonderheden die uw reisbestemming te bieden heeft, op een boeiende, grondige en praktische manier. Door de opdeling in regio's of... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2011
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Why Travel Solo ?
  • <b>WHY TRAVEL SOLO?</b></p><em><b>The twelve ways traveling solo changes your personality and transforms your life</b></em></p>Do you want to have new experiences, meet new friends, gain confidence? Do it safely, comfortably, uniquely? Then this is the book for you.</p><h2>UNLOCK YOUR... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Why Travel Solo ?
  • <b>WHY TRAVEL SOLO?</b></p><em><b>The twelve ways traveling solo changes your personality and transforms your life</b></em></p>Do you want to have new experiences, meet new friends, gain confidence? Do it safely, comfortably, uniquely? Then this is the book for you.</p><h2>UNLOCK YOUR... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Bali & Lombok | Rough Guides
  • Zeer goede reisgids over Bali & Lombok voor zowel de georganiseerde maar vooral voor de zelfstandige reiziger. Boordevol informatie over reizen, slapen, eten, maar ook musea en cultuur. Voor veel landen meestal completer en beter dan de Lonely Planet ! Explore Bali and Lombok with the most on-the-ball guide you can buy. Our expert authors cover... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Reisgids Marco Polo Bali, Lombok, Gili-eilanden | Unieboek
  • Weelderige natuur en unieke oudhindoeïstische cultuur Vulkanen en koraalriffen, hotspots en strandidyllen, wellnesspaleizen en heiligdommen – Bali kent talrijke facetten. Lange tijd lag Lombok in de schaduw van zijn grotere buureiland Bali, maar de laatste jaren raken ook steeds meer mensen geïnteresseerd in dit veelzijdige eiland. Voor de... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • The 50 Best Dives in Micronesia
  • This book gives you full details and great images of the best places to scuba dive across the vast expanse of the northwestern Pacific Ocean known as Micronesia, covering such famous locations as, Palau, Truk Lagoon (Chuuk), Yap and Guam and less well-known but just as wonderful destinations like Kosrae, Pohnpei , the Northern Mariana Islands... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • The 50 Best Dives in Micronesia
  • This book gives you full details and great images of the best places to scuba dive across the vast expanse of the northwestern Pacific Ocean known as Micronesia, covering such famous locations as, Palau, Truk Lagoon (Chuuk), Yap and Guam and less well-known but just as wonderful destinations like Kosrae, Pohnpei , the Northern Mariana Islands... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2013
  • Reisgids CityTrip Yogyakarta und Borobudur | Reise Know-How Verlag
  • Yogyakarta gilt zu Recht als kulturelle Hauptstadt Indonesiens. Hier begegnen sich jahrtausendealte Traditionen und junges, urbanes Leben, trifft Gamelan auf Graffiti und Batik auf Beatbox. Das lebendige Miteinander verschiedenster Kulturen, Religionen und Stile macht die Stadt zu einem spannenden und vielfältigen Reiseziel. Und in der Umgebung... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Capitool Bali & Lombok | Unieboek
  • In Bali en Lombok, die te midden van de eilanden liggen die samen de Republiek Indonesië vormen, vind je niet alleen oude vulkanen, weelderige tropische vegetatie en diepe rivierdalen, maar ook vruchtbare rijstvelden, fantastische stranden, oude paleizen en heilige tempels. Niet te missen is Pura Taman Ayun, een koninklijke tempel met... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Even the Smallest Crab Has Teeth
  • From land-locked Afghanistan to the smallest of islands in the far reaches of the Pacific Ocean, stories by peace Corps Volunteers from this region come from (mostly) Hindu India-1,269,210 square miles worth of democracy patched together from princely states-Confucian Korea, Muslim Indonesia and Buddhist Thailand.Imagine delivering a baby-with... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Even the Smallest Crab Has Teeth
  • From land-locked Afghanistan to the smallest of islands in the far reaches of the Pacific Ocean, stories by peace Corps Volunteers from this region come from (mostly) Hindu India-1,269,210 square miles worth of democracy patched together from princely states-Confucian Korea, Muslim Indonesia and Buddhist Thailand.Imagine delivering a baby-with... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2013
  • Reisgids Wallpaper* City Guide Jakarta | Phaidon
  • Jakarta Wallpaper City Guides is een Engelstalige trendy reisgids voor alle leeftijden, boordevol informatie over accommodatie van middenklasse tot luxe en plaatsbeschrijvingen - kenmerk: brede cultuur en achtergrondinformatie, bondig geschreven. Wallpaper* City Guides present discreetly packaged list of the best a location has to offer the... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Indonesia Periplus Travel Map
  • Indonesia on a double-sided map at 1:4,000,000 from Periplus, with more detailed presentation of Bali and Bali’s southern tourist region, a large street plan of central Jakarta, plus a map of the capital with its outer suburbs.On one side are the islands Western Indonesia: Sumatra, Kalimantan, Java, Bali, Lombok and most of Sumbawa, plus the... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wegenkaart - landkaart Indonesië - Indonesia | Periplus
  • Indonesia on a double-sided map at 1:4,000,000 from Periplus, with more detailed presentation of Bali and Bali’s southern tourist region, a large street plan of central Jakarta, plus a map of the capital with its outer suburbs.On one side are the islands Western Indonesia: Sumatra, Kalimantan, Java, Bali, Lombok and most of Sumbawa, plus the... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
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Kompass
Germany
  • MARCO POLO Kontinentalkarte Indonesien, Malaysia 1:2 000 000
  • Entdecken Sie mit dieser MARCO POLO Karte das Land der Vulkane . . . Die Karten bestechen durch eine leicht lesbare, neue Kartografie, in der durchgängig landschaftlich schöne Strecken und Orte markiert sind. Schon in der im Kartendeckel befindlichen, ausklappbaren Übersichtskarte sind die schönsten Orte mit ´´Marco-Polo-Highlight- Sternen´´... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
De Zwerver
Netherlands
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Walking holidays

Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Indonesië - Flores Lombok Komodo en Bali
  • Ontdek op een actieve manier een onbekender stukje Indonesië.Start op het vakantie-eiland Bali waar je een paar -heerlijk ontspannen- 'downhill' fietstochten maakt. Vlieg naar Flores, een van de Kleine Sunda-eilanden en maak kennis met de nog heel traditionele dorpen Bena, Luba en Beleraghi. Beklim de Kelimutu vulkaan met haar 3 oogstrelende... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Indonesië - Bali
  • Voor mensen die op een originele en duurzame manier willen kennismaken met Indonesië is deze fietsvakantie door paradijselijk Bali ideaal. Start in het levendige Ubud. Fiets aan de hand van routebeschrijving of GPS track langs 's werelds mooiste rijstterrassen, mystieke offerplaatsen en fraaie tempels. Ontdek de rijke Hindoecultuur op dit... Read more
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Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Indonesië - Bali
  • Beleef de natuur en cultuur van Bali, het tropisch paradijs in het hart van de Indonesische archipel! Vriendelijke mensen, gouden palmstranden, steile, groene rijstterrassen en torenhoge vulkanen. Mijd de toeristenhordes en ontdek de stille noordoostkust en de nevelwouden in het centrale bergland. Bezoek eeuwenoude tempels, wees getuige van een... Read more
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Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • Indonesië - Bali met de kids
  • Ga op familieavontuur en kies voor Bali, het tropisch paradijs in het hart van de Indonesische archipel! Lekker eten, vriendelijke mensen, gouden palmstranden, steile, groene rijstterrassen en torenhoge vulkanen. Mijd de toeristenhordes en ontdek het andere Bali. Wandel door nevelwouden in een kakafonie van geluiden, spot dolfijnen en bewonder... Read more
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