Mount Bromo, Indonesia

Indonesia Volcano Trek

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Trip code: 
TOJ
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

Discover a lush and fertile land with a rich and diverse culture

When it comes to volcanoes, no country can match Indonesia. Sitting firmly on the Pacific Ring of Fire, the Southeast Asian archipelago boasts more active volcanoes than anywhere else on Earth. The result is a lush and fertile land which has developed a rich and diverse culture. As we journey through the islands of Java and Lombok we watch spectacular sunrises, explore ancient temples, wander through villages, hike along plateaux and up active volcanoes with fumaroles, calderas and hot springs.

Highlights

  • Summit Mt. Rinjani
  • Explore Mt. Bromo away from the crowds
  • Visit the temples of Borobudur and Prambanan
  • Watch the sunrise from Mt. Merbabu
  • Discover the islands of Java and Lombok

Key information

  • Accommodation 11 nights in hotel and 3 nights camping
  • 8 days walking
  • Altitude maximum 3726m, average altitude 1500m
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16yrs
  • Good fitness required

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
0208 772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Pace:

Approximately 1-8 hours hiking per day

Terrain:

Medium altitude, rocky paths with some steep ascents.

Day by day breakdown
Day 45.0km/3.0miles
Day 52.0km/1.0miles
Day 65.0km/3.0miles
Day 77.0km/4.0miles
Day 88.0km/4.0miles
Day 1011.0km/6.0miles
Day 1312.0km/7.0miles
Day 1419.0km/11.0miles
Day 159.0km/5.0miles

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Depart London.

    Depart London

  • Day 2

    Arrive Yogyakarta.

    Those on the group flights normally arrive in the afternoon. Land only passengers can arrive at the hotel any time. The afternoon is free to explore Yogyakarta.

    Modern Yogyakarta was founded in 1755 (though it is an ancient city) and long resisted colonisation and is, to this day, a strong-hold of Javanese culture and traditions. Art, in the form of batik, silverwork, carvings and paintings as well as ballet, poetry drama and music are an integral part of the city.
    Duta Garden Hotel or similar Comfortable Hotel

  • Day 3

    Yogyakarta city tour and Prambanan Temple visit.

    Today we explore Yogya by becak (bicycle rickshaw) and visit the Sultan’s Palace. Also known as Kraton, the palace constructed in the 18th Century is a fine example of traditional Javanese sultanate architecture. We continue to the ‘Taman Sari’ water palace and garden which was initially built with bathing pools for the Sultan’s harem.

    This afternoon we visit the 9th century Prambanan temple compound, consisting of 224 temples. The Hindu temple complex is stunningly beautiful, and devoted to the gods Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu. It is the wealth of its sculptural details that these temples are known for, the most famous being on the inner wall of the balustrade, of the Ramayana epic.
    Duta Garden Hotel or similar Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Gentle walk around Selogryo; on to Wonosobo.

    This morning is free to wander around Yogyakarta or relax at the hotel. Late morning we head out to the Selogryo region on the flanks of Mt. Sumbing (about 1h30 drive). After some lunch we explore the surrounding area with some of the best rice-paddy scenery in Central Java on a gentle hike to the forgotten temple of Selogryo. This well preserved 5th Century Hindu temple was re-discovered in 1835. From here there are, weather depending, majestic views out towards Mt. Sumbing. We continue our walk through traditional villages and plantations. The hike will last about 1hr.

    From here we transfer, about 2.5hrs, to Wonosobo.
    Gallery Kresna Hotel or similar Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Hike around Dieng Plateau; on to Magelang.

    Today is a gentle day but we start with an early wake up call, at 03:00, and transfer to the ‘home of the gods,’ the Dieng Plateau, located at 2,000m about 1hr away. Upon arrival at the village of Sembungan, we walk the short way up Mt. Sikunir to watch the sunrise. Breakfast will be provided in the form of a breakfast-box. Dress up warm as it can get quite cold, especially in July and August when temperatures on the plateau can go as low as 0’C.

    After descending from Mt. Sikunir (along potentially slippery terrain - about 20mins) we observe the volcanic activity of the Dieng and Sikidang craters and explore the oldest Hindu temples in Java. Eight shrines dating from the 7th and 8th centuries line the crater floor amid sulphurous fumes and rugged natural surroundings.

    As the mist generally rolls in around 11am, we make our way to the Tambi Organic Tea Plantation, established in 1885 at the foot of Mt. Sindoro. We learn about the process of picking and processing tea before enjoying a cup of freshly brewed tea on the plantation’s terrace.

    Returning to Wonosobo we have time for a late lunch before continuing Magelang (about 2hrs) where we spend the night, near the temple of Borobudur.
    Graharu Boutique Hotel or similar Basic Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Borobudur, trek from Selo to Merbabu Camp.

    We start the day by visiting the UNESCO World Heritage site of Borobudur, Indonesia’s most important cultural site and one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world. Scholars disagree on exactly when it was constructed but many speculate it dates back to between the 7th and 8th centuries. They do agree, however, that a huge workforce must have laboured to move and carve the 55,000 cubic metres of stone and that construction took about one hundred years. The temple was abandoned, probably when the population converted to Islam in the 15th century, and over time it was blanketed by volcanic ash from nearby Mt. Merapi, and then covered in thick jungle growth, until the British rediscovered it in the 1800s.

    We continue on to the mountain village of Selo (about 3hrs), the starting point for our trek up Mt. Merbabu at 1,700m.

    The trek takes us up steep slopes and through pine forests until we reach Sabana II camp from where we can see the highest peak, Kenteng Songo. This is an arduous hike which takes about 4-5hrs. We’ll have a picnic lunch on the way up.

    This evening we’ll have an early dinner and early to bed in preparation of tomorrow’s very early start. Trekking 5km, approx 4-5hrs, total ascent 900m
    Merbabu Camp

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Summit Mt. Merbabu, return to Selo, onto Solo.

    Getting up around 4am, we should reach the summit at 3,145m shortly before sunrise after about 45mins hiking. We take in the panoramic views of the surrounding volcanoes, Yogyakarta, Selo and Merbabu’s twin volcano, Merapo as dawn breaks and the sun rises.

    We return to camp for a well-deserved breakfast before continuing on to Selo (about 2hrs descent) before transfering to Solo. Trekking 7kms, aprox. 3hrs, ascent 400m, descent 1,300m.
    Rumah Turi Hotel or similar Basic Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Hike on the slopes of Lawu volcano.

    Mt. Lawu is an ancient volcano rising 3,265m above sea level. It is a holy mountain and a pilgrimage site and is surrounded by tea plantations, rice paddies and forest.

    Starting from the erotic Hindu Sukuh temple, which dates back to the 15th century, we start our leisurely 2hr hike through tea plantations to the Ndoro Donker tea house, an old colonial house. Here we can sample the local tea and have lunch.

    We later return to Solo.

    You will be asked to prepare a day bag for tomorrow and bring your main luggage to the lobby before going to bed tonight. Our main luggage will be travelling ahead of us on the bus as we catch the train tomorrow morning. Trekking 8kms, approx 2-3hrs.
    Rumah Turi Hotel or similar Basic Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Train to Jombang; visit Trowulan; to Mt. Bromo.

    Transferring early (around 6am) to the nearby train station, we go on a scenic 2h45 train ride to Jombang in east Java.

    Travelling by train allows us to avoid a much longer journey along traffic-ridden roads. It is also a wonderful opportunity to meet local people and take in the fantastic volcanic landscapes of Java. Air conditioning is often turned on high on the trains so make sure to have something warm to wear.

    Upon arrival in Jombang we will be met by our driver and will transfer to the old Majapahit Kingdom capital of Trowulan (45mins away) where we visit the Candi Banjang Ratu and Candi Tikus temples and the archaeology museum.

    We then continue to Mojokerto (another 1h20 away) for lunch before finally transferring to Mt. Bromo (2hrs). The hotel tonight is basic.
    Café Lava Hotel or similar Basic Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Bromo Park trek.

    Getting up very early this morning (around 3:30am) we start the day with a sunrise tour of Mt. Bromo. Travelling by 4WD we head to a viewpoint to watch the sun rise over Penanjakan 2.

    After breakfast we leave the crowds behind and head out to trek along much quieter parts of the national park. We hike along the Sea of Sand to the base of Mount Bromo and start climbing to the crater rim along the south slope. We continue along the rim with care as some portions are fairly narrow and can see fumaroles inside the crater as well as, weather depending, panoramic views over the Tengger National Park. We descend the northern slope along steep steps, passing the Poten Temple on the way.

    We head west along the Sea of Sand until the steep climb up to Jempleng where our day’s trek ends with views of the caldera. Jumping in jeeps we drive to the village of Tumpang and onwards towards Malang where we spend the night. Today’s trek should take about 5hrs followed by 3.5hrs transfer to Malang Be aware that today's trek is very exposed so make sure to wear plenty of sun cream. Trekking 10kms, 4hrs, ascent 300m, descent 300m
    Harris Malang Hotel or similar Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 11

    Transfer to Surabaya; fly to Lombok; on to Sembalun.

    Today is a long day of travel.

    Getting up early (around 5am) we transfer about 3.5hrs to Surabaya airport for our flight to Lombok.

    The flight itself takes a couple hours and should offer views of east Java and Bali as we fly overhead.

    Upon arrival in Lombok we have a final transfer (about 3hrs) to Sembalun, a village at the eastern flanks of Mt. Rinjani (at 1,156m).

    This evening we will be briefed about the 3-day Rinjani trek and can prepare our belongings for the trek. We will need to prepare a small backpack with what we need for the trek, the main luggage will stay behind and will be waiting for us in Senaru at the end of the trek. You should bring good trekking shoes, warm clothes for the evening and early morning, wind jackets, rain gear, a hat/cap, sun cream and personal toiletries. Whilst all camping equipment is provided, if you have brought your own sleeping bag or mat please inform the guide at the briefing.

    Porters will carry all the cooking and camping equipment and food. If you wish to use the services of a porter to carry your personal belongings please inform the guide during the briefing. The cost per porter is US$15 per day and a porter can carry up to 25kgs so you could share a porter between two people. If you do use the services of a porter be warned that they will probably not be hiking alongside the group so you will not have access to your belongings until you reach camp.
    Sembalun Guest House or similar Basic Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 12

    Transfer to Surabaya and fly to Lombok; on to Senaru.

    Today is a long day of travel.

    Getting up early (around 5am) we transfer about 3.5hrs to Surabaya airport for our flight to Lombok.

    The flight itself takes a couple hours and should offer views of east Java and Bali as we fly overhead.

    Upon arrival in Lombok we have a final transfer (about 3hrs) to Sembalun, a village at the eastern flanks of Mt. Rinjani (at 1,156m).

    This evening we will be briefed about the 3-day Rinjani trek and can prepare our belongings for the trek. We will need to prepare a small backpack with what we need for the trek, the main luggage will stay behind and will be waiting for us in Senaru at the end of the trek. You should bring good trekking shoes, warm clothes for the evening and early morning, wind jackets, rain gear, a hat/cap, sun cream and personal toiletries. Whilst all camping equipment is provided, if you have brought your own sleeping bag or mat please inform the guide at the briefing.

    Porters will carry all the cooking and camping equipment and food. If you wish to use the services of a porter to carry your personal belongings please inform the guide during the briefing. The cost per porter is US$15 per day and a porter can carry up to 25kgs so you could share a porter between two people. If you do use the services of a porter be warned that they will probably not be hiking alongside the group so you will not have access to your belongings until you reach camp.
    Sembula Guest House or similar Basic Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 13

    Trek to crater rim of Mt Rinjani.

    Today we start our 3-day trek up and over Mt. Rinjani, the most challenging but most rewarding part of the trip.

    After registering at the Rinjani Trek Centre we start our hike up to the first camp at 2,650m. The trek starts in open country as the slope gradually rises in inclination. As we enter woodland the trail gets even steeper and we eventually come out from the trees for the final portion of the day’s hike to camp.

    Arriving at camp we can relax and enjoy the sweeping views making the day’s effort worth. Trekking 11.5kms, approx. 7-8hrs, ascent 1,600m
    Pelawangan II camp

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 14

    Summit trek then across the crater.

    Those who are up to the challenge can attempt to summit Rinjani. This is a very hard climb but extremely rewarding. Leaving the camp at 2am, it’s a strenuous 3-4hr, 1,100m climb to the summit along difficult terrain. We aim to reach the summit at 3,726m in time to enjoy fantastic views as the sun rises.

    We return to camp (about 2hrs) and have a well-earned breakfast and a short rest.

    From here it takes about 3hrs to descend into the crater and make our way to Segara Anak Crater Lake.

    This afternoon we visit hot springs (make sure to bring your bathing suits) where we can enjoy a dip and let the warm waters soothe aching muscles.

    Tonight we camp inside the crater by Segara Anak Lake. Trekking 18kms, approx. 7-8hrs, ascent 1,100m, descent 1,700m
    Segara Anak Lake Camp

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 15

    Descend to Senaru; transfer to Sengiggi.

    After breakfast we make our way out of the crater to the Senaru Rim (about 3hrs hiking). From here it’s all downhill as we descend to Senaru Village via Mondokan Lolak and Montong Satas (about 4hrs trekking).

    The first portion of the descent offers stunning views over Lombok’s north coast and, weather depending, we can see the Gili islands in the distance. After a few kilometres we enter deep rain forest and spend most the remaining trek in the jungle.

    Arriving in Senaru we are greeted by our driver with some cold water and a towel. We transfer to the beach-town of Senggigi (about 2.5hrs) and a nice shower and bed. Trekking 9kms, approx. 4hrs, ascent 600m, descent 2000m
    Holiday Resort or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 16

    Free day with optional activities.

    Today is a free day to relax by the hotel pool or on the beach or take an optional day-trip to the Gili Islands renowned for their underwater treasures.
    Holiday Resort or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 17

    Depart Lombok.

    Those on the group flights will be transferred to the airport (about 1.5hrs) in time for their flight. For those who have organised their own flights, the tour officially ends after breakfast.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 18

    Arrive London.

    Arrive London

Trip Notes

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Extend Your Trip

Gili Extension

Price per person: £199.00
Optional Single Supplement: £160.00

Extend your adventure with our perfectly designed Gili extension.

Only a short boat ride away the Gili islands epitomise tropical paradise with white sand, palm trees and warm waters teeming with rays, sharks and all kinds of marine life.

Spend a couple days snorkelling, diving or just relaxing by the turquoise sea and taking in the atmosphere on Gili Air.

This is a 4 day extension; you will spend 3 nights in a 7Seas cottage right by the beach. The best place to jump out of bed and into the sea in the morning.

Please ask your sales consultant for more details.

Essential Info

Visas

Indonesia

Many nationalities, including British, can now get a visa free of charge upon arrival at Jakarta, Medan, Surabaya, Batam, Bali and Yogyakarta. Where a free visa is not available the cost is generally US$35. The Indonesian government may change the visa policy on short notice and start charging for the visas so be prepared to pay for a visa in case this happens.

Vaccinations

Indonesia

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. Malaria prophylaxis is essential if your trip goes to Flores, Komodo, parts of Sumatra, Kalimatan or Sulawesi but not for Java, Bali or Lombok. and we suggest that you seek advice from your GP or travel health clinic about which malaria tablets to take. Dengue fever is a known risk in places visited. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Zika fever is a mosquito‐borne viral disease and a known risk in places visited on this trip. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites. For the latest information please visit our Zika Virus page.

Eating and Drinking

14 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners included

Food is cheap in Indonesia and you can generally avoid the spicier food if you wish. Western food is available in Yogyakarta and Bali, though it is well worth trying the local cuisine. Restaurants come in all shapes, colours and standards: expensive (restoran), standard (rumah makan) and simple (warung). Quite often tea or water (aqua) is drunk with a meal. Beer is often not cold and coffee is unfiltered and usually very sugary. Vegetarian food is available in Indonesia, however the concept of vegetarianism can be misunderstood so if you are a vegetarian please be clear and state that you don't eat meat, chicken or fish.

Weather

Indonesia has an equatorial monsoon climate with the weather remaining similar throughout the year. It is hot and humid; temperatures range from 23-33ºC during the day and rarely drop below 20ºC at night. In the mountains temperatures are much cooler and on the coast sea breezes usually keep temperatures comfortable. In most parts of Indonesia the long rainy season falls between late October and early May, though rain occurs throughout the year. Rain tends to come in sudden tropical downpours.

Denpasar

Denpasar

Is this trip for you?

This is a trekking holiday and has been graded as activity level 5, challenging. There are 8 days with hiking ranging from a leisurely 45mins (on the Dieng Plateau) to a strenuous 8hrs (on Mt. Rinjani). The Mt. Rinjani trek is particularly challenging as it involves a long, tiring ascent on the first day. Indonesia is vast country and whilst the tour focuses on Central Java and Lombok, there are some a couple of longer travel days, in particular from Solo to Malang (almost 7hrs though with some site-seeing and other stops on the way) and from Mt. Bromo to Lombok (which is a full day of travel including road transfers and a domestic flight). Most other transfers are between 1.5 and 4 hrs. Traffic in urban areas, however, can be very dense and may affect travel time. Accommodation is dependent on availability in the various locations and includes camping, basic hotels, standard hotels and comfortable hotels. When travelling in some areas of the country, service may not be as fast or reliable as you are used to in other countries and Indonesian attitudes towards certain things such as animal welfare and food may differ from your own. That said, if you come ready for an experience the country's rewards will not fail to deliver. You may find our Fitness Training Guide a useful reference: http://www.exodus.co.uk/assets/pdf/Exodus_WT_Fitness_Training_Guide.pdf

Call for general departures:
0208 772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Accommodation

Hotels & Camping

The accommodation used on this trip varies from comfortable hotels to basic hotels (in Bromo and Sembalun) though the rooms are all en suite. All hotels normally have hot water, though this may not always work. If your hot water is not working please inform reception. Some of the hotels have swimming pools. We also have three nights camping, one on Mt. Merbabu and two and Mt. RInjani. All camping equipment is provided, however the sleeping bags and mats are not of the highest quality and you may prefer to bring your own from home.

Call for general departures:
0208 772 3936
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+44 (0)20 8772 3874
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Experts

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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed November 2017
    Julia Dolan

    Indonesia Volcano Trek - a varied trip with a mix of sightseeing, trekking and traveling

    I booked this trip for the trekking and the volcanoes, and although the ascents of Merbabu (2 days) and Rinjani (3 days) are quite challenging, for me there was too much time spent traveling and sightseeing. The first week is quite gentle (with the exception of the ascent of Merbabu) and focuses more on sightseeing than trekking - if you are used to challenging point to point treks then this probably isn't the trip for you. Some of the part day walks (2-4 hours walking) are more like fillers and not really what I would call proper trekking.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Bromo was just amazing, the sound, the smoke, the sea of sand, definitely a highlight for me. Also loved the ascent of Merbabu, even though it did rain all day on day one and we got absolutely soaked through! We summited on day two in time for sunrise and the views were spectacular - luckily the weather had improved!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Enjoyed the luxury of the beach resort at the end of the trip after Rinjani, but it's a shame we only had 1 day there. We didn't arrive till 6pm so although it was a 2 night stay we only had 1 full day. I think it would be worthwhile extending it to 3 nights so you get 2 full days - not everyone can take the extra time off work to do the Gili extension.
  • Reviewed October 2016
    Richard Mears

    Indonesia volcano Trek

    Indonesia was always going to be a destination about which we had no preconceived ideas. We had read the guide books and "googled" the images but nothing prepared us for the reality. The trip provided a wonderfully varied introduction to a stunningly beautiful area - from temples and cities to incredible vistas and some tough trekking. A trip not to be missed!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Early morning visit to Borobudur - a beautiful setting for a mesmerizing temple complex. It would have been easy to wander around taking photos and not "seeing" the details, but it is definitely worth putting the camera away and immersing yourself in the carvings - from animals and people to ships and birds - amazing when you consider that they have survived earthquake and volcano! Climbing to the crater's rim of Mount Bromo - looking down into the crater and listening to the centre of the earth! Our free day option of diving/snorkelling off the Gili Islands - almost pristine conditions, a wealth of underwater wildlife (including turtles), no other divers and incredibly kind and knowledgeable dive school staff. Definitely "Turtle Heaven".

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Juno was professional and approachable in equal measure. He was clearly passionate about his homeland and shared his knowledge and love of his country throughout the trip, introducing us to the history, culture, geographic and geological significance of a country situated in such an environmentally sensitive area. Throughout the trip he dealt with local people, hotel staff, mountain guides and porters with a gentle authority and it became clear that he is well known and well respected in the region.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The areas we visited were fascinating and beautiful. There was a lot of driving which given the miles covered was unavoidable and the train journey provided a change from road. Be prepared for plenty of early mornings - this certainly is not a trip for those looking to rest and recharge batteries! - It is "full on" but worth every bleary eyed morning. You will meet lots of local people eager to meet travellers, so be prepared to adopt "celebratory status" as you inevitably will be the centre of lots of people's photos!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We have trekked and climbed at altitude a number of times previously but would still rate Mount Rinjani as one of the toughest final ascents we have done. The terrain (loose scree) makes for tough going and the dust flying into your eyes from people scree running down is not pleasant. But achieving the summit makes it all worthwhile. The area of Mount Rinjani is designated as a National Park with, one would hope some degree of protected status. With this in mind, we were horrified and saddened by the copious amount of trash and human waste accumulating on the approaching trails - and indeed on the summit itself. This made for a disappointing experience and surely some work must be done with local people and the authorities to stem the increasingly unhygienic and environmentally disastrous results of trekking tourism before it it too late.
  • Reviewed May 2016
    helen dix

    indonesia volcano trekking

    Brilliant trip, well organised to make the most of the time we had. Some amazing photographs and memories!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Sunrise on top of Mount Rinjani. We'd worked blooming hard to get there but the atmosphere and the views were brilliant.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Juno was very friendly and tried hard to ensure everyone was having a good time. He had incredible knowledge about the country and the places we visited and definitely enriched the experience. His English could have been better and perhaps he underestimated our desire for instructions, but overall I enjoyed his company.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Things happen in their own time in Indonesia - don't expect the trip to run like clockwork. Some facilities are a bit basic and Indonesian attitudes to caring for the environment are somewhat different to ours. That said, there are some truly amazing places, the people are very friendly and if you relax and take the rough with the smooth, you'll have an amazing time.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We usually self organise - this was our first group trip - and the main thing I was looking for from Exodus was something different to what we could have arranged ourselves. We definitely got that. The logistics alone of travelling around the country made us feel like we'd got value for money. The company wasn't bad either!
  • Reviewed May 2016
    Carmel Horgan

    Indonesian Volcanos Trek

    A full on introduction to Indonesia, first few days the focus is on temples and the cultural side of things then when you feel the need for a good walk you get the Rinjani trek after which the beach is just perfect.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Watching the sun go down when camped on the crater ridge at Rinjani was pretty good, that was followed by a perfect starry night with comets and then sunrise on the top of Rinjani. Not a lot of sleep! but worth it.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Juno was lovely. Very knowledgeable about all the cultures/ religions of Indonesia. Very representative of the Indonesian character...always smiling and very gentle in manner. He is softly spoken so gather round for any briefings.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take light weight ankle gaiters for Mt Rinjani. My boots were full of pumice! I loved the Indonesian food but found I needed some low G.I snacks, Mt Rinjani is a two bag of nuts walk.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    When you get to Senggigi you deserve a post Rinjani massage. You can go posh at the hotel spa (approx. £15 for an hours full body massage) or for just a fiver there is Iren, a lovely lady with a massage bench on the beach, she will soothe your aches and pains as you listen to the gentle slosh of waves. The Gili extension was ace, a total chill.
  • Reviewed May 2016
    Steven Groves

    Indoneisa Volcano Trek: Truly amazing country and trip

    This trip has a bit of everything and is ideal for anyone looking for some challenging trekking combined with the chance to explore this country and its cultural heritage including several awe inspiring temples including the UNESCO world heritage site at Borobudur. A lot is crammed into the itinerary and in order to do so there are several very early starts but these are always rewarded with spectacular views at Sunrise. The Indonesian people were extremely friendly wherever we went

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the Sunrise shortly after reaching the summit of Mt Rinjani was fantastic. Whilst I found the trek up from our overnight camp to the summit hard, the sense of achievement and the views on offer once there were a great reward for the effort. On a totally different tack, the trip to Borobudur was also truly amazing in its own way .

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Juno was very friendly and helpful and dealt with the various challenges and demands made of him by the various people in the group. The whole trip and organisation went well so no issues on that front. However it is fair to say that his fluency in English could be improved and perhaps he was rather too laid back and in his desire not to offend people lost the opportunity to be assertive when it was appropriate.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Yes- do it! This is a great trip but you should be prepared for several long days as to fully enjoy the itinerary there are several very early ie 2 or 3 am starts but these early starts are fully rewarded and worth it. Some of the walking is hard and hence the challenging definition and you should be fit and fully prepared for the physical effort. We were very fortunate that the weather with one exception on the final day was very good ( dry and hot) but on the occasion it rained it was an horrendous downpour and worth being prepared for that potential.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Embrace the culture, the food and the people of Indonesia. Be prepared for the rather manic traffic particularly on Java which while it seems chaotic and dangerous, somewhat surprisingly seems to work and keeps moving. The sun can be strong so to avoid sunburn take plenty of sun cream and cover up . I regret not having taken either the Bali or Gili trip extensions but was very glad to have done the day trip to Gili Island from Sengetti - well worth the effort .
  • Reviewed May 2016
    Chloe Knott

    Stunning volcanoes and brilliant beaches!

    Really varied itinerary - the first week was more cultural and relaxing to build us up to the adventure of the second week. A beautiful destination with a lot to offer. The accommodation was a higher standard than expected, all very varied and comfortable.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the top of Rinjani - it was a real toughie, we started trekking at 2am to ensure we were at the top for sunrise. A real achievement and experience.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you take what is advised on the packing list - all useful stuff. Plus pack enough lightweight clothing. It was really hot and humid so you sweat A LOT!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you are looking fro a challenge, dramatic scenery and idyllic beached (at the end of the trip) then don't hesitate to book this trip - it is great!
  • Reviewed August 2015
    Megan Devenish

    A true volcanic adventure

    I have just returned from this trip and was truly blown away by the dramatic landscapes we visited and the amount we managed to see in just over two weeks. Every volcano and island visited was different from the last; ranging from the barren moonscape of Bromo to the forest-clad slopes of Rinjani and the lush green terraces of Java. We really enjoyed having many of these trekking routes to ourselves - being the only group walking along the ridge of Mt Bromo made us all feel like intrepid explorers!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Summiting Mt Rinjani at sunrise just in time to admire the shadow of the volcano on the sky - an illusion I didn't even know was possible. The views were incredible and we could map out all of the surrounding islands with their peaks of volcanoes interupting the cloudline. The sunsets from above the clouds on Mt Rinjani were also incredibly spectacular.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It's worth packing some thermals for the camping nights just in case there is a cold-spell. And a small scarf for when climbing Mt Ijen, the sulpher makes for spectacular viewing but isn't so great on the nose!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Indonesia really is a country of so much variety. Although this is a trekking trip there was still plenty of opportunity to learn about the different islands that we visited and of course to sample the delicious local cuisine - the satay was amazing at every stop!

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

Please note we are currently having an issue with displaying exactly the right dates for Flight Inclusive departures on this trip. Please Contact Us to confirm exact dates prior to booking. 

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