Photo: Crater views.

Gunung Sirung

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Dominating the southern reaches of Pantar, Sirung isn’t a particularly tall volcano (the peak is just 862 metres) and the climb, at least to the crater, isn’t all that taxing as far as volcanoes in Indonesia go.

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We approached the volcano from the village of Kakamauta (also referred to as Mauta), roughly one hour from Baranusa by ojek. In the village the headman insisted that we take a local guide for 100,000 rupiah and pay a village fee of 100,000 rupiah. These charges appeared to be non-negotiable (and unreasonable, given how the climb panned out) but your mileage may vary.

There she blows. Photo taken in or around Gunung Sirung, Pantar, Indonesia by Stuart McDonald.

There she blows. Photo: Stuart McDonald

The villagers also believe that the volcano should only be climbed at certain times of the years as it may otherwise affect the cashew harvest. See Gunung Bagging's page for Sirung for more information on this situation, but essentially depending on the mood of the villagers, only October, November and May are considered ok to enter the crater (though we did so ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 500 words.)

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