Mount Tambora is an amazing volcano on the island of Sumbawa in Indonesia. Once, Mount Tambora rose as high as 4,300 m above sea level. The eruption of 1815, the largest volcanic eruption in recorded history, killed over 100,000 people and caused a climate cooling in 1816, know as year without summer. Today, Mount Tambora stands at about 2,722 m and has a 1,100 m deep crater.
Mount Tambora is still little known with trekkers although the hike is doable for everyone and highly rewarding. It is possible to hike up to the rim, descent into the crater and/ or climb up to the summit.
Tambora volcano is located on an island of Sumbawa in Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia. Crater of Tambora is magnificent in size – it has a diameter of 7 km and circumference of around 21 km. As Sumbawa doesn’t boast any famous cultural landmarks it is rarely visited by foreigners, and remote Tambora sees even fewer. This is exactly the reason why you should think about climbing Gunung Tambora instead of the very crowded and commercialized Gunung Rinjani on Lombok.
Mount Tambora also offers adventurous trekking, wonderful natural forests, archeological sites, fantastic beaches, arts and crafts and interesting Dutch colonial heritage. The kingdom of Tambora has been wiped out by the 1815 eruption. Several artifacts’ have been found in the recent years and the rich finds suggest that there is much more waiting to be discovered at the site.
When to go
Tambora can be climbed all-year, however the best time for trekking is during the dry season, i.e. June to October. November brings fresh rain to the rainforest and the trail starts to be slippery, with regular heavy afternoon showers. From what we heard December can be already very wet and January to March are the toughest months to visit. In April and May trail conditions gradually improve.
How to get there
Mount Tambora is located on the island of Sumbawa in the province of West Nusa Tenggara. You can fly to Bima (BMU) either from Lombok (LOP) with Garuda Indonesia or from Denpasar (DPS) with Wings Air.
The trek to Tambora starts in the village of Pancasila. Pancasila is 10 km away from a slightly bigger village of Calabai and 110 km away from a town of Dompu.
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