The current global interest in volcanoes has prompted me to repost our very own volcano hike. Please find below all three tales of our 2008 climb of Mt Marapi, an active 2891 m (9485 ft) volcano in Sumatra Barat.


09-13 March 2008 > Indonesia > Sumatra Barat

Climbing Mt Marapi

Atop a Volcano

The Smoking Crater



  1. I had myself been to a volcano crater in Bandung, Java, Indonesia in March. I did not hike a lot to the top. But walked down from the top to one of its smoking craters. Nice experience indeed!

  2. guess that’s the perahu terbalik! Tangkuban prahu, right? Some of the ladies inthe group walked down and up in skirts! The raspberries sold along the road were sooo delicious- sweet,juicy and fresh.

    Nice shot the intro in some adventure movies..

  3. No, that’s Mt Marapi, 2891m, the most active volcano is Sumatra, located near Bukittinggi in Sumatra Barat.

  4. Hi there. Stumbled upon your blog when I googled “Jakarta Timur”.
    Nice blog. Thumbs up for the youngsters for climbing the volcano!
    Just a small correction here: it’s Mount Merapi not Marapi.

  5. Thanks, RL. Actually the correct local name is ‘Marapi’, it’s in Sumatra Barat. There’s a also a ‘Merapi’ in Java. Both very active stratovolcanoes.

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