5 Days Summit and Camp Tambora

Take your time to trek and explore Sumbawa Island's biggest volcano, and camp inside the huge caldera. 7 day, 6 night package.

  • Indonesia
  • July
  • Muhammad Salahuddin Airport, Bima (BMU)

Until 1815 Tambora was the tallest mountain in Indonesia, then it literally blew its top off. Immerse yourself in its wild beauty with five days of volcano trekking. Visit Oi Bura’s coffee plantations, hike Tambora’s dramatic rim, venture and camp inside the caldera. Your adventure includes:

  • 5 day guided volcano trekking
  • 4 nights camping
  • 2 nights pre/post trek accommodation
  • All meals and camping equipment
  • Local guide and porters
  • All permits and National Park entry fees
  • Transport from Pancasila village

Perfect for:
Fit hikers that want to explore the volcano’s volcano caldera, its unique ecosystem, and camp in it. A good level of fitness is required, hiking experience is not essential.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Transport to and from Pancasila village
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for your guide and porter (optional)

Your guide and porters are members of DEVITA (Tambora Hiking Division). The local guiding association from the village of Oi Bura. DEVITA promotes economic and social development through responsible tourism.

This trip will run with a minimum of 1 people and a maximum of 10.

The lower slopes of Tambora are relatively gentle and easy, and the temperature is warm. As you climb the gradient becomes more challenging.

Above the treeline and descending or ascending from caldera the ground can be loose and ashy—think two steps forward, one step back. At the summit it is generally windy, cold sometimes wet. Climbing down into the caldera is quite demanding enough, but you’ve still got to climb back out. This is a tough trek that requires a good level of fitness.

A reasonable level of fitness is enough to negotiate this mountain. Lava makes an unforgiving walking surface and you can expect both rocky and ashy sections. Gradients are steep and the climb pretty relentless. If you are fit, agile and determined this is one of the easier volcanoes to summit but the descent into the caldera is difficult.

Your guides and porters will cook delicious, fresh meals for you throughout the trip—and plenty of it. Examples include mee goreng (fried noodles) and nasi goreng (fried rice) with veggies, egg and meat; curries; fried bananas; pancakes; popcorn; and biscuits. Hot drinks are always available, and you’re provided with 3L of water per person per day.

Absolutely, just let us know at booking.

At sea level temperatures are invariably hot. But at higher altitudes the temperature is cooler, approaching freezing at night. The summit will be cold so you’ll need some clothes

The sun shines pretty much every day from June to October and this is the best time to visit. The mountain is open all year but January to March are tough months to visit: trails are slippery and wet.

Your host will provide water, food, cooking and eating utensils, and all camping equipment. Porters will carry all this equipment along with the food and water. They can also provide a rain coat on request.

On Mt Tambora you’ll hike in warm, humid conditions at the base and but this will cool as you ascend and will drop further at night. The sun is powerful even when it’s cold out, so don’t skimp on sunblock. Please pack the following:

  • Travel documents
  • Health certificate
  • Trekking poles
  • Backpack & Backpack Cover
  • Cap/Hat & Balaclava
  • Personal snack (Protein bars, chocolate, dried fruits, candies and snack food)
  • Headlamp/hand torch light & Batteries
  • Camera
  • Sunglasses & Sunscreen
  • Toiletries
  • Hiking shoes. Boots are preferable, if not, you can bring the most comfortable sport shoes you have
  • Raincoat and/or waterproof Windstopper You will need to bring it to the summit to break the wind
  • Buff/mask/scarf
  • Sandals/flip flops
  • Water bottle/Water bladder
  • Drift T-shirt, Long sleeve shirt, cotton or light weights pants (non-denim or jeans material), warm clothes, Down jackets, Hand gloves (it can be very chilly at the summit), Sweater or all of them if necessary
  • Personal medications. We will provide standard first aid kit tools, but please bring your own prescribed medication. And please let us know if you have and medical conditions.

Please note, this list should only act as a suggestion. You can add more equipment based on your personal needs.

Start point?
The meeting point with your host will be Pancasila Village. You host can arrange land transfers from Bima airport, sea transfer from Sumbawa Besar. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
After completing the trek the tour will end at Pancasila Village. You host can arrange land transfers to Bima Airport (BMU), sea transfer to Sumbawa Besar. These are just the most common options, but should you require to make different arrangements, your host can help you out.

We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

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Location

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Mt Tambora is part of the ‘Ring of Fire,’ a section of fault lines that stretches through Japan and south-east Asia. Volcanic Ash makes for fertile ground, allowing rainforest to dominate the volcano’s lower slopes, giving way to edelweiss meadows and alpine flowers. The upper paths, through dunes of volcanic ash, can be treacherous so stick close to your guide.

The island of Lombok (east of Java) is one gateway to the Mt Tambora trek, as inter-island passenger ferry is the most common way to get to Sumbawa, though a domestic flight to Bima airport is quicker. From both places, it’s at least a three-hour drive to your trekking start point.

Until 1815 Tambora was the tallest mountain in Indonesia. Then it literally blew its top off. It was the largest eruption in recorded history and affected the whole planet. In Europe and North America summer didn’t come in 1816, crops failed and famine followed.

It’s quieter now. At 2850m it is actually one of Indonesia’s more climbable volcanos, though the ascent is pretty unrelenting. This leisurely tour gives you time to climb down into the crater, which is a separate challenge all of its own and explore another world.

It is, of course, still active. The ground under your feet smokes, bubbles, groans and grumbles. To walk around the base of this massive caldera is to gain a slight insight into the power of the planet. It’s an awe-inspiring place.

Best of all, you’re likely to have the place to yourself. Some Indonesian mountains can get crowded but Tambora is on Sumbawa Island, an hour and a half’s ferry crossing from Lombok. Few westerners make it this far off the beaten track.

Start point?
The meeting point with your host will be Pancasila Village. You host can arrange land transfers from Bima airport, sea transfer from Sumbawa Besar. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
After completing the trek the tour will end at Pancasila Village. You host can arrange land transfers to Bima airport, sea transfer to Sumbawa Besar. These are just the most common options, but should you require to make different arrangements, your host can help you out.

We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

What to Expect

Day 1: Pancasila village - Tambora Guesthouse

Your host will meet you at Pancasila Village around 13:00. You will transfer by motor taxi to Tambora Guesthouse for approximately 30 minutes.

Check-in, explore the surroundings and enjoy a homemade dinner before a good night of sleep.

Day 2: Tambora Guesthouse - Position 5

Wake up and have breakfast, around 7:30 set-off and start your ascent to Mt Tambora.

Lunch will be served along the way and you should arrive at Position Five around 17:00. Set up camp and enjoy dinner before it gets dark.

Don’t stay out too late stargazing, you’ll be able to see stars tomorrow on an early start.

Around 10 hours hiking, 1300m ascent

Day 3: Position 5 - Crater Rim - Caldera Base

Early morning today, start the 2-hour hike to the crater rim at 4:00.

The hike will be hard going with plenty of soft ash but the reward is seeing dawn spread across the mighty caldera, an almost-perfect circle coming to life with the sun.

It’s a slidy ride down into the crater’s level base where your porters set up camp and prepare meals.

When night falls the stars come into their own: shielded from outside light by the crater walls they’re unbelievably bright.

Around 5 hours hiking, 600m ascent, 500m descent

Day 4: Explore the caldera base

Wake up and enjoy breakfast around 7:00. What you see and do depends partly on Tambora’s mood: there’s usually some sort of geological event to watch.

Enclosed by the sheer caldera cliffs for the last 200 years it has developed an ecosystem all of its own and various bits of ground bubble, grumble or smoke.

Day 5: Caldera Base - Position 3

Wake up early and enjoy breakfast. Around 5:30 set off for the 9-hour long hike to the Position Three.

At first, it’s a stiff climb out of the caldera, followed by a scenic traverse of the rim. Check out the surreal landscape from the top of Mt Tambora.

Start the descent towards Position Three, where you will camp for the night.

Around 9 hours hiking, 800m ascent, 1000 descent

Day 6: Position 3 - Tambora Guesthouse

Wake up and enjoy your last camping breakfast. We will set off around 7:00 and be at the guesthouse around noon, in time for lunch.

Take a look around in the afternoon, have supper and get an early night.

Around 4.5 hours trekking, 1000m descent

Day 7: Tambora Guesthouse - Pancasila village.

Breakfast at 05:30 before a motorcycle taxi takes you to Pancasila Village.

Accommodation

Before and after the trek you will be staying at Tambora Guesthouse.

The VisitTambora Guesthouse is located on the Tambora coffee plantation compound at the village Oi Bura. Oi Bura is a 15 minute drive from the village Pancasila up the mountain. Your trekking to the summit of Mount Tambora will start right in front of the Guesthouse which makes it the ideal base for the night before and after your trekking.

The guesthouse is placed in the midst of the lost kingdom of Tambora, what makes the location and its surroundings very special and the area offers a lot to explore and to do. Your hosts live on the premises and ensure your stay will be pleasant and povide delicious home cooked meals.

It offers comfort with a feeling of home. The private house stands in the Bali neighbourhood, has two bedrooms with western toilet and shower with hot water, a living room and and a covered terrace in the garden. The guesthouse is very suitable for couples and/or one family.

There are several more rooms outside the main building, allowing the Guesthouse to cater for larger groups.

While on the mountain you will camp. Your porters will carry and set everything up for you, including tents, sleeping pads, sleeping bags.

Dates & Prices

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Guide
  • Local Transport
  • Meals As Described

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Porter for personal stuff Payable Before Departure
Personal Porter $25.00 Per Person, Per Night
Transfers from different locations Payable Before Departure
Bima airport to Pancasila (One way, Max 4 people) $90.00
Sumbawa Besar to Calabai, Tambora’s harbor (One way, max 6 people) $150.00
Labuhan Haji on Moyo Island to Calabai Tambora, (via boat) (One way) $115.00

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