Mount Inerie, the Most Popular Peaks in Indonesia
If in Garut, West Java, there is Mount Sadahurip which is famous for its pyramid-like shape, it turns out that on the island of Flores you can also find other mountains that have a shape similar to the ancient building of the country of Egypt.
Compared to Mount Rinjani or Semeru, the name Inerie may be less popular. However, the mountain is more difficult to climb because of its very steep shape.
Located in Ngada Regency about fifteen kilometers to the south of Bajawa which is the city center of Ngada Regency, East Nusa Tenggara Province.
The Story of Mount Inerie
This mountain last erupted in 1970. Mount Inerie in Flores is one of the most popular peaks in Indonesia. Its beautiful pyramid shape is clearly visible for many, many miles around. Mount Inerie is referred to as the ‘Pyramid of Nature’ for its uniqueness.
The status of Mount Inerie is currently still active and is the highest volcano on the island of Flores with an altitude reaching 2,245 above sea level.
Towering on the south coast of the island of Flores with perfectly conical peaks, this mountain is known as the ‘Natural Pyramid.’
How to climb to Mount Inerie
It only takes about three to five hours to reach the top of Mount Inerie from Watumeze Village, the starting point for the climb.
Usually, climbers start climbing from early morning so that they reach the top when the sun starts rising. This mountain is quite busy during the dry season or around June to August.
Climbing Mount Inerie is quite difficult is dominated by gravel and rocky rocks to the top. The climbers have to crawl in order to continue climbing. The lack of tree vegetation that grows on this mountain will add to the challenge if the climb is conducted during the day because the scorching sunshine increases the burden of climbing.
Beauty spots on Mount Inerie
After about 30 minutes of climbing from the last ridge, climbers will reach the highest peak of Mount Inerie. The peak is marked by three pillars shaped like crosses embedded on the ground. From this peak, you can clearly see the Bena Traditional Village which is right at the foot of this mountain and is also one of the tourist attractions of Ngada Regency.
There are several places around Mount Inerie that are used as spots to enjoy the beauty of this active volcano. Aimere and Manulalu Inn, are said to be the best places to enjoy the panoramic view of Mount Inerie.
On the east side of Mount Inerie, a row of mountains in white clouds stretches out under the sturdy shade of Ebulobo.
On the north side, the city of Bajawa, villages and green valleys stretches. On the west side, a stretch of green hills with steep rock slopes lined up in layers.
On the south side, a savanna landscape at the foot of the mountain pulls directly into the Savu Sea.