Please note that this classification is based on guidelines for difficulty assessment set by the Swiss Alpine Club difficulty and is generally suited for mountain areas.The rating given on each volcano or mountain is based on the most difficult section found along a trail. For example a relatively short ascent and as such a very easy climb to the summit might have one short section of perhaps only 10, 20 or 50 meters that requires very special skills or can pose a potential risk such as a very steep rock face, or a steep forested section that can be very slippery and muddy when wet. In this case the classification is based on this particular section.However we will make every effort to highlights these critical areas and recommend possible alternative routes. Overall the hike is straight forward and an easy “walk” V2, however due to this one critical section the mountain gets a V3 or even a V4.
Forested and with it lower areas in general are easier to conquer and offer less hazards. The woods protect from sudden weather changes, strong winds and sun shine and normally offer even track conditions and with it better holds. Paths are mostly well defined and orientation is easy.
Alpine areas are posing the hiker greater difficulties. Exposed sites, boulders and debris, remoteness, high altitude, the possibility of rapid weather changes and often-pathless routes that may change depending on conditions and time of the year are all factors that make up alpine regions. Even to the experienced mountaineers we recommend to keep a lot of respect for these mountains, which as any other high altitude mountain pose potential risks for the careless.
Often secured by hand rails; steps lead up to higher sections
Terrain not too steep, often across rocky sections, or up a forest across roots. Lower sections across farming areas on well defined trails. Fall hazard possible.
Exposed sites may be secured with ropes or chains, possible need to use hands for balance. Here it gets steep and rocky. The steps up and down get higher. In higher sections one might have to make ones way across steep rocky sections, making it essential to secure each and every step. Accidental slips will result in falls and injuries are easily possible
Terrain very exposed. Here it can get dangerous. Often steep sections over loose surface. Steep terrain in forests can be very slippery when wet. It is always advisable to carry a rope for additional security. The path often is not well defined, and can become extremely difficult to find during sudden weather changes.
This is a multiday adventure where one conquers well over 2000m altitudes. The trail includes every aspect of Indonesian mountaineering. Starting in low altitudes across vegetable plantations, then into and up often very steep forested sections. Then further up across very jagged rocky lava fields where it is difficult to locate a track. In these sections there are often very challenging passages that require hands and ropes are advisable for additional security. High altitude camping obviously will require additional gear and as such will mean additional weight in your backpack and as such physical demands rise. For comfort we highly recommend to employ a local guide who will often also carry most of your gear.