Volcanoes and Dragons of Indonesia

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Climb spectacular volcanoes and meet the famous Komodo Dragons of Rinca Island


Duration: 15 Days
Starts in: Indonesia
Group Size: 2-10

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World Expeditions

World Expeditions is an adventure travel and ecotourism company that offers guided small group trekking and adventure holidays.


Join Yogyakarta

On arrival in to Yogjakarta, you will be met at the airport and transferred to our group hotel. Situated almost exactly halfway along the length of Java, in an area considered to be the heartland of the Javanese, Yogyakarta is home to some of the island's oldest traditions and blessed with a rich, fertile soil from the volcanic ash. It is the cultural capital of Java, with a real mixture of cultural influences, including Hindu and Buddhist temples, dating from the 8th century, Islamic Palaces from the 18th century and Dutch colonial architecture. A group meeting will be held in the hotel lobby where you will meet your guide. Dinner tonight is at the hotel. Overnight: Hotel

Tour of Yogyakarta and Borobudur

In the morning, we explore the city by car and discover the city of Jogjakarta. We start with a visit to the Kraton. This walled compound is the heart of the old part of the city and once the palace of Yogyakarta’s sultans. Also, we will visit the ruins of Taman Sari, the Water Palace, which was a pleasure park for the sultans. Yogyakarta is also a center for craft markets, batik textiles and artist studios, which you can visit depending on your interests. Malioboro Street is a great area to do some last minute shopping. Afterward we will visit Brobudur temple, a splendid ancient Hindu monument - the world’s largest Buddhist monument and the largest man-made structure in the southern hemisphere. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Borobudur predates Angkor Wat by 300 years and Notre Dame by 200 years. Rediscovered in 1815, it has been excavated and returned to its original glory. The stone relief panels offer a clear glimpse into Buddhist doctrine and Javanese life 1,000 years ago. Overnight: Hotel

Journey from Yogyakarta to Malang

Today we go for a train ride to Malang (KA Malioboro Express 07.45 – 15.43). This is a great way to see a lot of the countryside, pass small towns, villages and get in touch with the local people. You will travel Executive class with air- conditioning. Upon arrival in Malang, you will be transfer to your hotel. Malang is the second largest city in East Java. During the period of Dutch colonization, it was a popular destination for European residents. The city is well known for its mild climate. People in East Java sometimes call it "Paris of East Java." Overnight: Hotel

Trek to Lembah Kijang base camp

After breakfast at our hotel, we meet our local team, and drive to Arjuno Lalijiwo Nature Reserve and commence our trek to Lembah Kijang base camp, at the foot of Welirang Volcano. We pass through farmlands, meeting friendly locals and getting to see them at work on their farms and going about their daily activities. We’ll also trek through dense jungle where deer and other kinds of wildlife can be seen, if we’re lucky we might spot some of the local fauna. The next couple of nights will be spent at Lembah Kijang base camp. Lembah Kijang means ‘valley of the deer’ and during the night you may hear their loud calls to their mates. Tonight an early night is in order as we’ll be rising before dawn tomorrow. Overnight: Camping

Trek to summit of Welirang Volcano (3156m)

Today we'll trek from Lembah Kijang base camp to the summit of Welirang Volcano before returning back to our camp. We'll rise before dawn to begin the trek. A total of approx 7 hours / approx 12kms is normally required to trek up to and back from the summit however depending on the weather we may need longer. At the summit we'll explore the crater and its large fumaroles fields, the sites where the sulphur is being quarried using primitive tools. We plan to arrive back to camp by 10:00am. The remainder of the day is then spent at leisure, you may choose to take some rest after this morning's trek or you may wish to spend some time exploring the beautiful surrounding valley. Overnight: Camping

Trek to summit of Arjuna (3339m)

Today we have another summit trek, this time to the summit of Arjuna Volcano. From our camp we commence an interesting trek pass two small peaks, Kembar 1 and 2, which are also part of the Welirang/Arjuna mountain chain. The trek to the summit normally takes approx 3-4 hours. Once we reach the summit we spend some time admiring the view and taking photos before heading back to basecamp. approx 16kms. From here we then continue on to Lawang. Approx 14kms. Lawang is a small tea plantation near the highlands of Tretes. Tonight we'll stay in some simple guesthouse accommodation that belongs to the tea estate. The views from here are spectacular with lush green vegetation surrounding us and towering mountains as a backdrop. We'll also have the opportunity to watch some of the local tea farmers go about their work. Overnight: Basic Accommodation

Visit Lawang Tea Plantation, drive to Bromo

We start the day with spending some time to admire the morning views from the tea plantation. You then have time to walk some of the trails surrounding the tea plantation or instead you may wish to stay and relax at the guesthouse. A transfer to Bromo is then provided. It's a smooth drive and normally takes about 4 hours. Along the way we'll see local farmland, small villages and picturesque landscape. Tonight is spent in Bromo. We have a very early start tomorrow morning so an early night is recommended. Overnight: Hotel

Sunrise trek, Bromo to Tuban

This morning’s wake up call is at 3:00am. We then commence our journey by 4:00am to Mt Penanjakan. From the summit of Mt Penanjaken we can witness the spectacular sunrise across the glorious vistas of Mt Bromo and the surrounding volcanoes. We then continue to the crater of Mt Bromo through the middle of a vast plain called the “Sea of Sand” (horse riding is included). We then return to our hotel for breakfast and we drive to Surabaya airport for your flight to Denpasar. Upon arrival in Denpasar airport you will be transferred to your hotel in in Tuban. Overnight: Hotel

Fly to Labuan Bajo and boat to Komodo Island

After breakfast you'll be transferred to the airport for your flight to Labuhan Bajo. On arrival board our private wooden boat to Komodo Island. From here we trek, under the forest canopy, in search of the Komodo Dragon. We hope to also encounter other wildlife such as wild pigs (boars), deer, water buffalo and various species of tropical birds. An experienced Ranger from the National Park will accompany us along the way. We will also visit the nearby Komodo Museum before returning to the boat for dinner. Overnight: Onboard

Boat to Rinca Island and search for Komodo Dragons

After breakfast we sail to Rinca Island. Rinca Island is a small island near Komodo Island and being less known and less visited than Komodo it is an excellent place to see the dragon in its natural environment with fewer people to disturb them. Rinca is also populated with many other species such as wild pigs, buffalos and many birds. This afternoon we sail to Labuhan Bajo. Overnight: Hotel

Fly to Lombok

After breakfast, we will be transferred to the airport for a flight to Lombok via Bali. We then journey by road approx 1,5 – 2 hours to Tetebatu village, a small village situated on the foot of sacred Gunung Rinjani, which soars 3726m above sea level and is the second highest volcano in Indonesia. The beautiful surroundings and natural attractions make this the major tourist attraction of Central Lombok. Overnight: Hotel


Today we trek through rice-paddies and tobacco fields towards Pringgasela, a small village with ancient weaving traditions. During a walk through the village you will see how they weave the songkets by hand. A delicious traditional Sasak meal will be prepared for you. After lunch, you will visit Masbagik where they still make pottery in a traditional way and Loyok, the bamboo village. Overnight: Hotel

Trek in Mount Rinjani National Park

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be transferred to the starting point of trekking Rinjani via Aik Berik. While enjoying a morning coffee/tea, your trekking guide will brief you on todays track and the safety procedures. Then off you go to Mount Rinjani National Park for a short soft trek from Aim Berik to Benang Setokel waterfall. From here a 1.5 hours climb starts towards Basecamp One (800m). A short break here to prepare for the next trek to Basecamp Two (1.400m). Here a lunch break will be held and after lunch continue to Basecamp Three (1.850m). Until Basecamp Three, the track will lead you through forested landscape with trees and shadow. After Basecamp Three, the landscape will slowly change into savanna and volcanic rocks. The final two hours of trekking will end at Pelawanh Batu Belah, the crater rim with amazing views over Segara Anak, the crater lake. This is where you will stay overnight and where your tent will be set up. The cook will prepare a well deserved diner. Overnight: Camp

Sunrise trek and transfer to Senggigi

Early morning wake up for breathtaking sunrise with the lake and summit like a drawing on the background. Start your hike down again to the same Basecamps and after approximately 8 hours head back to hotel for long waited refreshment and comfort. This is the end of our trekking and you will be transferred to your hotel in Senggigi. Overnight: Hotel

Departure Lombok airport, trip concludes

This morning you will take a boat to the mainland of Lombok. The driver is waiting for you for your flight back from Denpasar airport. (Flight to Denpasar by Garuda GA7053 10.50 – 11.35)

Additional Information

The archipelago of Indonesia is rugged and exotic. A land of impressive volcanoes and the great Komodo Dragon, this section of the island chain from East Java, Bali, Lombok to Rinca is stunningly diverse. From lush tea plantations, barren volcanic summits to the wilds of Rinca, the home of the world's largest lizard. The World Heritage Site of Borobudur is an amazingly well-preserved monument richly adorned with impressive reliefs and Buddha statues. Our trekking adventure kicks off in the beautiful forests of Eastern Java, as we ascend to climb the active Mount Welirang and Mount Arjuna before heading to Mount Bromo for an impressive sunrise hike. Next we head to Rinca Island, the home of the fearsome Komodo Dragon. For many the highlight of this region is an ascent of spectacular Mount Rinjani (3726m), Indonesia's second highest volcano, semi active and held in awe by the islanders. We trek to the crater rim with amazing views over Segara Anak, the crater lake. We wake up for a breathtaking sunrise and fabulous views. What better way than to end this adventure than on the island of Bali.


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