Photo: Looking to the summit of Ile Api.

Climbing Ile Api

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Officially called Gunung Lewotolo, despite being only the third tallest peak on the island, impressive Ile Api (mountain of fire) dominates the landscape and geography of Lembata.

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With an elevation of 1,449 metres, Ile Api sits to the northeast of Lewoleba and its classic volcanic slopes can be seen from much of the north coast of Lembata—indeed if you’re approaching by ferry from Alor or Pantar you’ll see Ile Api long before you can make anything else out on the area. Despite not having had a major eruption since the 1950s, this is a very active volcano and not one you'll be able to properly summit thanks to the sulphurous gases emanating from the peak. That doesn’t mean it isn’t worth climbing—the peak and crater make for a very interesting time. Kampung Lama, an ancient village on the slope of the volcano, is yet another reason ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 1,000 words.)


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