Mount Tambora is an active stratovolcano which is a peninsula of and the highest peak on the island of Sumbawa, West Nusa Tenggara. Sumbawa is flanked both to the north and south by oceanic crust, and Tambora was formed by the active subduction zone beneath it. This raised Mount Tambora as high as 4,300 m (14,100 ft), making it one of the tallest peaks in the Indonesian archipelago in the 18th century.
How To Get There
Take a flight to Lombok International Airport (LOP) from major cities in Indonesia and continue with another flight to Sultan Muhammad Salahudin Airport (BMU) in Bima. There are 4 flights daily from Lombok Airport to Bima Airport. From Bima airport, continue with car/public bus to 'Pancasila' village, or 'Doroncanga' village (two of four starting points to hike Mt. Tambora), around 6-7 hour car drive.
Bus & Ferry
There is public bus from Bima Airport to Bima or Mt. Tambora. While from Lombok, you need to go to Bertais bus station and take a bus (Bima/Dompu direction) to Kayangan Seaport (depart at 8 am & 3 pm, 2 hour trip) to get a ferry to cross to Pototano Seaport in Sumbawa (another 2-3 hour trip). And from Pototano seaport you need another bus to Cabang Banggo (6-7 hour trip), continue with another public bus/transport to 'Pancasila' village, Doroncanga, Piong, or kawinda (the four starting poins to hike Tambora).
You can have a private taxi from the airport, or share it with other travelers going the same way with you, or arrange a shared/private pick up with your hotel/tour operator.
Various accommodation available in the town of Sumbawa and Bima.
The ethnic groups live around Tambora are divided into Sumbawa people and Bima people. The majority of the people practice Islam and are friendly people.
The people who are part of these cultural groups are having different types of living and rituals, but still, they are able to understand each other and there is no differentiation made. The main activities of the Sumbawa people are agriculture and animal husbandry. They have their own tradition and language. The Sumbawa people once established their own government which became the Sumbawa Sultanate and lasted until 1931. Sakeco music always plays a special role in the custom of Sumbawa people.
Their cuisine is mostly focusing around fish and exotic vegetables. The most popular dish in here is known as As-Syura and it contains fish, rice and coconut. Most of the food that you can find on Sumbawa has a mixture of meat and vegetables or fruits. The culture and music were influenced by other Asian nations such as India and Vietnam and even the cuisine is having a bit of Indian accent too, such as curry.
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