Mount Inerie with its beautiful, harmonic pyramid shape, is an eye-catching peak in the Florinese ‘mountain skyline’. With an altitude of 2245m above sea level, Mount Inerie is also one of the highest volcanoes in Flores.
If you would like to climb to the top, you do well to start your trip at night or in the very early morning. You will be rewarded with a magical moment when the sun slowly rises up behind the hills. From the top of Mount Inerie, you have a stunning view that sometimes even goes as far as Sumba Island in the south. Starting from an altitude of about 900 meters, the hike will take you about 2½?4 hours. Be aware that climbing Mount Inerie demands a good physical condition, and the expertise of a local guide who knows about the safe trails and weather conditions.
Besides mountain climbing, the area around Mount Inerie itself has much to offer. Exploring the slope of the mountain in surroundings of lush green trees is refreshing for both body and soul. As in many mountainous areas in Flores that are of high biodiversity, you can also observe the endemic birds and listen to their amusing songs here. If you wish to enrich your Inerie explorations with some cultural experiences, nearby traditional villages such as Gurusina or Bena offer you opportunities to experience the fascinating Ngada culture.
Mount Inerie has not shown any significant activity for centuries. However, in the year 2000, due to small eruptions, a red-colored lake emerged out of the mountain’s crater named Wawomudha. Thus, the new-born lake was called Wawomudha Crater Lake. This spectacular natural phenomenon is located a 1½ hour hike from Ngoranale Village. From Bajawa to Ngoranale it takes about 15–20 minutes (8–10km) by motorbike or car. In Bajawa, you start driving toward the Bajawa market and continue toward Hotel Kembang. There, you turn right in the SMA Regina direction, passing Kantor Kelurahan Susu, and then drive up toward Ngoranale Village.
As Bajawa is just 10km away from the starting point (Watumeze Village), you can stay there for your exploration of the area and choose from the few accommodation and catering options available.
For further information about climbing Mount Inerie and hikes/treks in the Ngada area, please contact the Ngada Local Guide Association on +62 384 222 3633. You can also contact Wilhelmus Doi on his mobile phone (+62 85 239 043 771) or via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). He is an excellent local trekking guide who knows a lot about the indigenous flora and fauna, as well as Ngada culture in general.
How to get there
The most popular starting point for climbing Mount Inerie is Watumeze Village, just 15km from Bajawa (about 20–30 minutes). From Bajawa head to Terminal Watujaji; then take the right side of the road which leads to Langa Village, and then straight up to Bela Village. From here, continue driving in the direction of Watumeze Village. Instead of taking private transport, you can also take a bemo to Bela Village and continue the way to Watumeze by ojek.