Lokon Mountain in Tomohon City, North Sulawesi Province


Tomohon City should be everyone’s next vacation destination! One of the reasons is the presence of a famous volcano called Lokon Mountain. The location is in Kayawu Village and it belongs to North Tomohon Sub-District. The fact is it resides quite near to Empung Mountain, which is considered its sibling. As for the tourist activities, visitors usually enjoy photography, trekking, and exploration. Some others are interested in learning the history and conduct a research there, instead. Regardless of the purpose, visiting Lokon would be a memorable experience for everyone while in Indonesia!

The Nuance
For the information, Lokon Mountain is located on 1580 meters above the sea level. It is also surrounded by local farms and resides on Tondano Land. No wonder, the nuance is both pristine and refreshing. Despite the fact, Lokon is an active volcano so tourists should not carelessly get to the crater without the concern of the locals. When it comes to the peak, it looks plain without any crater. Instead, the crater is located at the foot of the mountain which is named Tompaluan. As for the landscape, it is dominated by tall grasses and weeds!

Exploring Lokon Mountain
The most common reason for visiting Lokon Mountain is definitely trekking. It is because people are interested in the fame and majestic appearance of it! Despite the fact, that doesn’t mean everyone is allowed to explore the mountain carelessly. The fact is Lokon is considered one of the most active volcanoes in the world. At least, beginners must come with a porter or experienced trekker when hiking. Another important consideration is to come at the right time, especially during a good weather.

Another reason why tourists need to hire a guide is route-wise. It becomes more efficient to reach the best spot in Lokon Mountain if they come with an experienced person, after all. Also, it is true tourists may spend some stamina for trekking. This tiredness is nothing when compared to the beautiful landscapes of the site, though. Due to the volcanic ash, the land becomes so fertile so many plants and trees grow abundantly there. These become a perfect panorama that trekkers can enjoy while heading to the top of the mountain.

Despite the long trekking route, the difficulty level is considered easy. In fact, the locals have built a pathway located near to the lava lines. From that spot, it takes about 40 minutes to get to the checkpoint. As for the distance, it is 600 meters. Once approaching the crater, tourists may smell a strong sulfuric odor right away. Be careful not to get too close to the crater!

Nearby Attractions

  • Empung Mountain
  • Kali Waterfall
  • Tekaan Telu Waterfall
  • Bukit Doa
  • Kanderawatu Waterfall
  • Tincep Waterfall

How to Get There
From Manado City, tourists can directly head to Lokon Mountain by local transportation service. For the information, the distance is 24.3 km. That means the trip may take about 48 minutes. The prime destination is North Tomohon Sub-District, actually. Next, tourists should reach Kayawu Village where the checkpoint resides. Well, tourists can decide either to climb to the crater or not from that spot. Also, the whole trip becomes faster if they take Raya Manado Tomohon Street.

Where to Stay

  • Tambulinas Inn
  • Makatembo Inn
  • Indraloka Inn
  • Lokon Resting Resort
  • Volcano Resort
  • Onong Palace


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