In this post, we provide the list of Closed Mountains in Indonesia concerning Covid-19 spreads, especially at the beginning of 2021.
Since the Covid-19 spread, Indonesia has implemented many new policies. Apart from Restrictions on Indonesian Entry, there are some restrictions in the tourism sector too.
The reason for the closure of some hiking trails
The reason is not only because of Covid-19 spreads but also because of some factors. The examples are Covid-19 spreads, mountain’s eruption, etc. This led to the access limitation and closure of hiking trails to some mountains in Indonesia.
But don’t worry cause the closure doesn’t apply to all hiking trails. So you can still climb some other mountains. But of course, there will be some new rules. These rules include quotas, hiking durations, and more stringent protocols.
List of Closed Mountains in Indonesia
Without going any further, let’s just get into the main topic. Here is the list of 7 closed climbing trails in Indonesia.
1. Mount Sindoro(3,136 m)
Mount Sindoro (also known as Sindara or Sundoro) is an active stratovolcano in Central Java, Indonesia.
The only trail that is closed is the hiking trails via Kledung. Meanwhile, the other hiking trails are still open. The management has closed this route since 4th January 2021. However, it has not been explained when it will reopen.
The trail’s closure is to restore the ecosystems, reforestation, maintenance, and revamping of protected forest.
2. Mount Rinjani(3,726 m)
Mount Rinjani is an active volcano in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), Indonesia.
The national park management announces the closures on 25th December 2020 through their Instagram account.
They closed the climbing trails via Senaru, Sembalun, Timbanuh, and Aikberik. Those closures take effect from 1st January 2021 to 31st March 2021.
The reason is because of the extreme weather. And the purpose is to avoid strong winds, heavy rains, and floods in Lombok.
3. Mount Gede(2,958 m) – Pangrango(3,019 m)
Mount Gede and Pangrango are twin volcanoes in West Java, Indonesia.
The Central Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park (TNGGP) closed all climbing activities. It starts from 28th December 2020 to 31st January 2021. This applies to all climbing trails, like Cibodas, trails via Mount Putri, and Selabintana.
The reason is because of extreme weather and ecosystem restoration. And if the weather still doesn’t get any better, then the closure will be extended.
4. Mount Prau(2,565 m)
Mount Prahu (often called Mount Prau) is located in the Dieng Plateau area, Central Java, Indonesia.
Based on the meeting’s result between the Indonesian Prau Communication Forum (FKPI) and Perhutani, they decided to close the climbing access. The closure starts from 1st January to 3rd March 2021.
The purpose is to anticipate bad weather, ecosystem restoration, reforestation, maintenance, and trail improvement.
5. Mount Semeru(3,676 m)
Mount Semeru is an active volcano in East Java, Indonesia. The exact location is between the city of Malang and Lumajang.
Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park (TNBTS) completely closed the climb. All hiking trails are closed from 30th November 2020 to 31st March 2021.
They closed the access by considering climatological conditions, increased rainfall, and the probability of a storm.
6. Mount Merapi(2,910 m)
Mount Merapi is an active stratovolcano in Indonesia. It’s located on the border between Central Java and the Special Region of Yogyakarta.
The management of Mount Merapi National Park (TNGM) has closed the access from 5th November 2020 until now.
The reason is because of the volcanic activity on Mount Merapi.
7. Mount Tambora(2,850 m)
Mount Tambora (or Temboro) is an active volcano located in Sumbawa, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia.
The Tambora National Park Office (BTNT) has closed all climbing routes for Mount Tambora since 30th December 2020. The reason is the increasing cases of covid-19, extreme weather, and restoration of the ecosystem.
And until the time we post this article, it is still not open to the public.
So, that’s the list of 7 mountains that temporarily closed in Indonesia. So you can still climb the other mountains. But don’t forget to implement health protocols. And don’t do things that are prohibited in your destination, so that you can travel safely.
Stay safe, stay healthy.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Where can I get a daily update for Climbing Access in Indonesia?
You can find and get the update on this website. By checking this website, you can actually get the information you need. The information includes the closed routes and climbing access.
Is it safe to go hiking in Indonesia right now?
I think it is safe. As long as you follow the rules and the renewed protocols on each mountain.