2 Day Hike and Camp Mt Tambora

Summit Sumbawa Island's largest volcano, crest its scenic rim and camp on its lush slopes. 4 day, 3 night package.

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2 Day Hike and Camp Mt Tambora

Summit Sumbawa Island's largest volcano, crest its scenic rim and camp on its lush slopes. 4 day, 3 night package.

Until 1815 Gunung Tambora on Sumbawa was the tallest mountain in Indonesia, then it literally blew its top off. Get off the tourist trail and immerse yourself in the beauty of this wild volcanic landscape on an epic two day trek. After a night in a guesthouse at the base, strike out through coffee plantations before ascending into another world. Camp on the slopes of the volcano, and hit the dramatic caldera rim (high point 2850m) for a sunrise you won’t forget. Your adventure includes:

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

Perfect for:
Fit hikers that want to hike and summit the volcano but are short on time. A good level of fitness is required and hiking experience is recommended.

What to Expect

Day 1: Pancasila village - Tambora Guesthouse

Your host will meet you at Pancasila Village around 13:00. You will be transferred 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 3

Wake up and have breakfast. You’ll set off at around 07:30 to start your ascent to Mt Tambora.

Have a few quick snacks along the way. You should arrive at Position 3 around 15:00. Set up camp and enjoy a full meal before getting some rest.

Try to get an early night as tomorrow is a really early start.

Around 8 hours hiking, 1100m ascent

Day 3: Position 3 - Crater Rim - Summit - Tambora Guesthouse

Start the five-hour trek to the crater rim really early in the morning, around 1:00. The second half of the trek is hard going with plenty of soft ash.

You will reach the crater rim around 06:00, just in time to see the dawn spread across the mighty caldera, an almost-perfect circle coming to life with the sun.

You will take a quick break while enjoying the sunshine and regain strength before continuing for the one-hour hike to the mountain summit.

At around 08:00, you’ll be sitting on the highest point of this majestic stratovolcano. you will enjoy some food and contemplate the view for a few hours.

Around 09:00, you will start the seven-hour descent towards Tambora Guesthouse, lunch will be provided on the way.

You will arrive at the guesthouse around 16:00. Take a look around in the late afternoon, have supper and get an early night.

Around 11 hours hiking, 1200m ascent, 2200m descent

Day 4: Guest House to Pancasila village and onward.

Breakfast at 05:30 before a motorcycle taxi to Pancasila village and your onward journey to Poto Tano or Bima airport.

Accommodation

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

The Guesthouse is a Colonial house, that falls under the ministry of cultural heritage. It is placed in the midst of the lost kingdom of Tambora. The location and its surroundings are very special and the area offers a lot to explore and to do.

The main building of the Guesthouse provides three twin rooms and a simple shared bathroom with a western toilet and a bucket shower. There are several more rooms outside the main building, allowing the Guesthouse to cater for larger groups.

Basic Indonesian meals will be served in the communal room, which is perfect to relax before the trek or to wind down the muscles afterward.

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

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

Sorry, no group trips are currently planned, book a private trip or get a quote.

If you can't find a private trip that suits you, ask for a quote.

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Airport Transfers
  • Guide
  • Local Transport
  • Meals As Described

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
Labuhan Haji on Moyo Island to Calabai Tambora, (via boat) (One way) $115.00
Sumbawa Besar to Calabai, Tambora’s harbor (One way, max 6 people) $150.00
Bima airport to Pancasila (One way, Max 4 people) $90.00

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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.

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. Your 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. Your 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Travel 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 last day of the trek includes a challenging uphill climb and then a 2,000m descent.

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 warm 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 as well as 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:

  • Light-weight, breathable hiking shirts and long trousers
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Warm jacket (fleece, wool or down/synthetic)
  • Thermal top and bottom
  • Warm hat and gloves
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses and sunscreen)
  • Bug repellent
  • Sturdy, broken in hiking shoes or boots
  • Swimsuit and small towel
  • Head torch
  • Small backpack for carrying all your personal gear
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Sandals (optional)
  • Trash bag for collecting litter and helping clean up the mountain (optional)

Start point?
The meeting point with your host will be Pancasila Village. Your 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. Your 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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