Mount Raung – Overcoming the Angry Giant

Each tear is a poet, a teacher and a healer – Rune Lazuli

Mount Raung is a volcanic mount which is famous for volcano trekking. Located in Java Island, Indonesia, one can get to witness an active volcano when hitting this trail. The dimensions of the caldera of Mount Raung ​​alone are 750 m x 2.250 m, or 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) in width, and there are active smokes all round within graying rim – though the rim color can vary depending on the volcanic activity. [Read more…]

Gunung Semeru @ 3,676m.a.s.l (The highest volcanic mountain in Java Island, Indonesia)

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By Lily Ho, Malaysia

Mt. Semeru is the second volcanic mountain summited after we climbed Mt. Rinjani last year on the same day. We did not have good experience on Mt. Rinjani as we were only able to reach the summit approximately an hour after the sunrise. In total, it was 5 hours from the base camp to the summit.

Therefore, I decided to choose a volcanic mountain which is lower than Mt. Rinjani, thinking that it would be an easier one. With this, we invited members, bought tickets, and planned accordingly. Only when this process was complete was when I realised that Mt. Semeru is actually more technically demanding if compared with Mt. Rinjani. [Read more…]

The “Ultimate Nine” – What We Have to Say About Mount Rinjani

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By Lily Ho, Puchong, Malaysia

This hiking trip up Mount Rinjani was planned in 2014, when Mount Rinjani was still a dormant volcano. The mountain is challenging not due to her height of 3,726m.a.s.l, but because of its natural soil pattern in its terrain towards the summit. It is covered with volcanic ash, loose stones and rocks. Therefore, hikers will experience a few steps up while at the same time sliding down backward. This takes a longer time needed to cover the same distance of a typical solid trail.

Initially, this trip was joined by my close cycling and hiking friends. However, as time went by, some pulled out due to some unforeseen reasons and only 9 of us made it for the trip. I call this group “The Ultimate 9”. [Read more…]

13 Tips To Take Amazing Photographs While Hiking

79315_20150109124937It is said that a landscape is its own photograph, but the photographer must still be able to catch the essence of what they see with their eyes. You’ll find hikers taking pictures almost everywhere, but when it comes to taking amazing photographs, it is not where you look that matter. It is what you see.

Photography in the mountains has its own unique set of challenges. The next time you trek up a mountain, keep these tips in mind and you’ll be able to enjoy the beauty of the ascent, finish your climb safely, and take some amazing photographs along the way. [Read more…]

Trekking Mount Rinjani, Indonesia: Bring Your Best Because You’ll Need It

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By Rifqy Faiza Rahman

The trek to Mount Rinjani is also known as Regret Hill or Bukit Torture.  The trek to the summit is well known for its many challenges. With six fellow climbers, a rental car pickup, and the paperwork sorted out, the adventure was about to begin. [Read more…]

Bali Spectacular – Island Facts And Timelapse Video

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Bali, island is situated 1 mile (1.6 km) east of the island of Java, separated by the narrow Bali Strait, Indonesia. Travel & Leisure Magazine has awarded Bali the World’s Best Island in 2009, while the Lonely Planet’s Best of Travel 2010 ranked Bali second place among the world’s Top Regions.

Most of Bali is mountainous (essentially an extension of the central mountain chain in Java), the highest point being Mount Agung, or Bali Peak, 10,308 feet (3,142 metres) in height and known locally as the “navel of the world.” It proved to be an active volcano, erupting in 1963 (after a dormancy of 120 years), killing more than 1,500 persons and leaving thousands homeless. The main lowland is south of the central mountains. The period of the southeast monsoon (May to November) is the dry season. Bali’s flora (mostly hilly tropical rain forest) and fauna resemble those of Java. Some teak grows on Bali, and the giant banyan (waringin) trees are held sacred by the Balinese. Tigers are found in the west, and deer and wild pigs are numerous. [Read more…]

Wonders of Nature: Komodo National Park, Indonesia

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Indonesia is the largest island country in the world, covering almost 2 million square kilometers. In this world there are 17,508 islands and in the world’s largest island country, it is only fitting that the largest lizards in the world have a home. The Bima Sudan measured up to 3.1 meters, making it the largest specimen measured.

Komodo National Park is located within the Lesser Sunda Islands in the border region of East Nusa Tenggara and West Nusa Tenggara. There are 29 islands that make up the park, although only three of them would be considered a large park. When totaled, the land area is about 603 square kilometers of land. Founded in 1980 to project these majestic creatures, Komodo National Park has become a refuge for other species as well, including marine species. [Read more…]

10 places you must visit in Bali

10 places you must visit in Bali

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Bali

10 Places you must visit

Mount Batur
Mount Batur
Natural Hot Springs in Kintamani
Natural Hot Springs in Kintamani
The Water Palace of Tirtagangga
The Water Palace of Tirtagangga
Pura Besakih
Pura Besakih
Gunung Kawi
Gunung Kawi
Nusa Lembongan
Nusa Lembongan
Denpasar Badung Market
Denpasar Badung Market
Bali Kite Festival
Bali Kite Festival
Amed Beach
Amed Beach
West Bali National Park
West Bali National Park


1. Mt. Batur

There are several reasons to visit the Kintamani region of Bali.  The most famous reason to visit is Mount Batur.  It is a unique mountain that offers stunning view The Kintamani region is home to Mount Batur.  The view of the mountain is breathtaking whether you view it from the base or the summit.  Mount Batur offers a challenging trek, a once in a lifetime sunrise, and a unique view of Bali.

2. Natural Hot Springs in Kintamani
The natural hot springs are another fantastic place to visit in Bali.  This region is geologically active and produces healing hot springs.  Here you can enjoy the view, watch wildlife, or relax in the healing waters of Bali.  It is a serene and place that will leave you feeling revitalized as the water heals the body and the surrounding views heal your soul. [Read more…]

Sacred Mountains #1 – Mount Agung, Bali, Indonesia

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My first ever trekking experience in Bali (Mar 2013) opened my eyes to the wonder of the natural world and to the untapped capabilities inside my own muscles.  Just after Nic and I finished Mt. Batur, our guide asked us if we wanted to hike Mount Agung (3,031 masl).  At the time, we would not have been physically able to hike the mountain.  I was actually stunned that he asked.  We were sore, novice hikers that had just completed a physically demanding trip.  All of our muscles hurt.  We needed some time to train and to recover.  However, the name stuck. I knew that I would be back to conquer this mountain.

Mount Agung is the highest mountain on the island of Bali.  It is considered a holy mountain by Hindus.  It is home to the mother temple, Pura Besakih. [Read more…]