Sirung Mountain in Alor Regency, East Nusa Tenggara Province
What do people know about Alor Regency? It is true Alor is part of East Nusa Tenggara Province. However, not many people know its tourism potential. Here is the example. Tourists are able to enjoy an adventure on the famous Mountain called Sirung! It is located in Mauta Village and belongs to Central Pantar Sub-District. The presence of this mountain becomes the proof that Alor is more than just beautiful beaches! That means tourists can enjoy more challenging activities there including hiking and photography. So, what makes Sirung famous?
Here is basic information regarding Sirung Mountain. It is considered an active volcano and resides on Pantar Island. The height is only 862 meters above the sea level, so it is considered a short volcano. Due to the volcanic activity, the mountain emits solfatara smoke. No wonder, it becomes one of the best views, which tourists are able to watch while trekking. As long as they come during a good weather, they might be able to witness such natural phenomenon easily. As for the appearance, the mountain features many rocky hills with a dry surface. Even the crater looks so majestic from up there.
Exploring Sirung Mountain
It is, without a doubt, the best thing to do in Sirung Mountain is trekking. As for the information, the checkpoint starts in Kakamauta Village. Also, it takes approximately 1 hour to reach the top of the mountain or the crater. For those who have never done it before, they must consider hiring a local guide or porter to reach the destination. Not only this service helps to find the best trekking route, but it also gives some tips regarding a comfortable and safe hiking.
It is true everyone should prepare enough stamina to get go trekking in Sirung Mountain. Still, tourists should pay attention other tips including the safety. For instance, everyone should not forget wearing a mask while trekking. The purpose is quite clear. It is to avoid getting poisoned by the deadly high amount of sulfur fumes. There is another important tip given by the local guides. They may recommend everyone to carry portable oxygen as the safety measure to avoid respiratory problems.
Well, in order to get the best views, everyone should reach the top of Sirung Mountain at all cost. Even though it may take some time and efforts, the reward won’t be disappointing at all. The best view perhaps is the lone lake crater. It also becomes the best object to capture when enjoying photography, actually.
- Beang Beach
- Pasir Tiga Warna Beach
How to Get There
From Kupang City, tourists should take an airplane at El Tari International Airport and head to Alor Island Airport. Have no worries. It is considered a short flight, which may take about 40 minutes. Once arriving at Alor Airport, they should head to Alor Kecil Village and get a boat service there. This time, their destination is Pantar Island where Sirung Mountain resides.
Where to Stay
- Alor Eco Dive Resort