Summit : 2137m
type : volcano
Highlights : beautiful volcano great views
Fitness level : advanced
Duration : 4hrs to summit , 4 hrs down
Starting point : mola koli
Staying in : boawae
Gunung Ebulobo / Ebulobo Volcano is neither the longest nor the most difficult climb in Indonesia ;but without doubt it is one of the most beautiful , morable,and picturesque volcanoes in the country. the trails srat in molakoli . After some arrangements with the hotel staff in boawae as well as a few phone calls , you can rest assured that a guide will wait for you there at an appointed time. If you decide to aim to be at the summit for sunrise , leave the hotel at 2.30 am and meet your guide at 3.15 am.molakoli is a small traditional vilage with wery friendly inhabitants. It will take less than 10 minutes to leave the vilage behind you and enter a healthy forest full of birdlife that gradually ascents, passing several cornfields and vegetable plantations.the going is pleasant and allows your body to prepare for the esuing steep climb to the top . on Gunung Ebulobo everything seem to happen abruptly.At 1034m the mountain suddenly gets steep: very steep you are surrounded by magnificent forest ,and the rarely used path offers plenty of solid grip .the trail is covered with pine needles that help to cushion your step .this section will take 1 ½ to 2 hours . unlike many other montane forest on ebulobo does not seem to change throughout the hike usually , as you gain altitude the foliage gradually lessens in density;however ,not on ebulobo : all of a sudden the forest gives way to the rocky upper section. If you depart at 3 am to be at the summit by sunrise , the first early morning light will start illuminating the mountain top .the final 400 m to the summit will take a good hour .the landscape around you is now dotted with rocks of any size . it is a little like going up a stairway .interesting the trek might be:the views ,however,are simply breathtaking.now it is time for a picture –perfect sunrise with colors so intense it is hard to belive if you don’t see it for yourself.the final section with more loose volcanic rocks calls for some extra attention once you reach the summit you can circumnavigate the crater , which take 20 minutes . the view from the top are stunning : mountain ranges on one side , the ocean to the south , and perfectly shaped cone of Gunung Inerie to the east . but as abruptly as the landscape changes on Ebulobo , so does the weather : one minute you may be enjoying a magnificent sunrise, the nex you are surrounded by thick fog which will clear again without a trace some time later.