we like to share with you many very special moments and impressions from our never-ending drive to venture to as many mountaintops in Indonesia as possible. Hopefully these colorful trekking stories will encourage many of the readers in their decision to spend the next holiday climbing volcanoes here in Indonesia. Even better would be if the adventurous traveler not only packs his swim suit, but also a good pair of hiking boots and some other essentials which will enable him to really get off the normal tourist path and experience this magnificent vast country from a completely different perspective.
Since arriving on Bali in 1990 I was utterly fortunate to discover many aspects of Indonesia’s great culture. Being a Chef, food was obviously the main reason for settling on the island of Gods and with it I was blessed to document this delicious cultural aspect in several book publications. Bali Unveiled, Step-by-Step Cooking Balinese, Feast of Flavors from the Indonesian Kitchen, Street Foods of Bali and soon to come with Back Pack & Stew pan across Indonesia
Beside food, two other great passions of mine are photography, extreme sports and trekking. I honestly cannot think of better places to pursue these enthusiasms than on the countless impressive and challenging volcanoes and mountains throughout Indonesia.
Not only do volcanoes dominate the landscape of many of Indonesia’s over 17000 islands with their majestic smoking cones, they also fundamentally alter the size and soil by spewing forth millions of tons of ash and debris at irregular intervals. Of the hundreds of volcanoes throughout the country, over 70 remain active and hardly a year passes without a major eruption, which inevitably bring major destruction and often lots of fatalities.
Every mountain adventure to these peaks will lead us into different parts and regions of Indonesia, which offer completely unique cultural aspects and traditions. Never would I leave home without bringing at least one camera to document these journeys visually. This gradually resulted in thousands of great images from these rugged escapes, which I enjoy sharing with anyone that likes to have a peak into these very isolated corners of Indonesia.
Simultaneously it gives me great joy to actually record each hiking adventure and then give a detailed description of how to reach these fabulous peaks. Most of these magnificent mountains described are a very long way away from the regular tourist routes, and on most adventures we find it rather difficult to really find accurate information on how to reach our final destination. With the description of each mountain and volcano we include general information on how to reach each destination from the nearest major port or city, approximate time tables, challenges faced on the mountain, camp sites, accommodations, contact details to guides, permit requirements, water and food supply, emergency numbers, as well as altitudes of the various locations.
Beside the incredible beauty of Indonesia, a nation is only as good as its inhabitants. I cannot think of another place on earth where you would find so many incredible kind people that will be delighted to look after you in a way normally only kings and royalty are treated and looked after.
Hopefully these colorful stories will encourage many readers to pack a good pair of quality hiking boots and a backpack big enough to store the impressions of the countless memorable discoveries awaiting one throughout Indonesia.
Selamat Jalan and happy trekking
Heinz von Holzen