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    The most volcanic area of the world, renowned as the ‘ring of fire’, Indonesia has peaks to suit both the casual walker and the experienced mountain climber. From Mount Kerinci in West Sumatera to the snow-capped summits of West Papua, there are climbs and treks for all levels of fitness and ability.

    Highlights include the stunning Mount Rinjani in Lombok, Mount Gede and Mount Pangrango in West Java, Mount Bromo in East Java, Mount Agung and Mount Batur in Bali and Mount Tambora in Sumbawa.

    Hikes range from three to four hour climbs to three to five day ascents. Lombok’s Mount Rinjani is one of the country’s most popular hikes, a three-day climb that takes walkers through some of the country’s most stunning scenery. Famed for its rare beauty and eerie isolation, Rinjani, at 3,726 metres, is the second highest volcano in the Indonesian archipelago.

    Virtually the whole mountain complex, that stretches 65 kilometres across the northern part of the island, was declared a national park in 1997. Local communities, businesses and national park officials formed the Rinjani Trek Management Board, and so created one of the country’s premier trek destinations.

    Lombok is only slightly smaller than Bali and similar in topography, with fertile alluvial plains, evergreen rainforests, and picturesque, finely crafted rice terraces stepping down to the sea. There the similarities stop. The deep oceanic trench that separates the two islands marks the Wallace Line: the faunal divide between Asia and Australia. For millennia, the strait has so hindered the natural migration of plants and animals that the mix of species say, looking across the gusty, swirling, dangerous body of water, ÅhHere the tigers end.

    In Bali, those looking for some bracing fresh air and a cool retreat from the hectic coast, head to the beautiful area known as Bedugul, a hill station from colonial times, which offers hikers a great base for recreation surrounded by stunning scenery.

    This is Bali’s lake district, with the countryside surrounding the three lakes of Bratan, Tamblingan and Buyan providing a popular weekend escape for the Balinese and the centre of the island’s fruit, vegetable and flower industries. A world apart from the rest of the island in both climate and pace of life, Bedugul is an excellent place to explore the countryside on foot. Practically untouched by development, two of the lakes lie side by side, connected by a small canal and surrounded by tropical rain-forest. A selection of guided treks are easily organized from most hotels in the area, including hikes through the rain-forest around Lake Tamblingan, which ends in a trip back across the water in a traditional boat. The walk starts with a step descent to the water’s edge from the road to the temple of Ulun Danu. The path continues around the lake cutting through amazing tropical vegetation sunlight keeping the temperature pleasantly low. Water sports enthusiasts can also enjoy rowing or river kayaking trips on lake Tamblingan. Other hikes visitors can enjoy in this area are trips through local coffee and vegetable plantations or walks in the extensive Botanical Gardens, just west of Candi Kuning. Covering more than 125 hectares on the slopes of Gunung Pohon, this beautiful park, related to the famous Kebun Raya Botanical Gardens in Bogor, West Java, contains an impressive collection of trees and flowers, including more than 500 species of orchid.

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