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Gamalama Mount located in Ternate, North Maluku Province, Indonesia.
Gamalama is one of the volcanoes in North Maluku Province. In addition
to this mountain, there's Mount Gamkonora in West Halmahera District,
Mount Ibu and Mount Dakona residing in North Halmahera District, and
Mount Kiebesi in South Halmahera. Gamalama itself is located on the
island of Ternate and has a height of about 1715 m ASL (above sea
level). Gamalama Mount, which is also often referred to as the peak
of Ternate, is a stratovolkano, the volcano high and conical, composed
of lava and volcanic ash that hardened. Mountain 11 km in diameter has
a double crater lake and crater. Gamalama Mount, is also one of
Indonesia's volcanoes are still active. As written in
www.geocities.com, since the year 1538 AD to the present, has lava
spouted Gamalama more than 70 times. Six of them, causing natural
disasters, namely the years 1771-1772 that killed around 30 people,
about 1,300 people died from storm surge caused by the eruption in the
year 1775, and the eruption in 1962 claimed about five people. Last
time, the mountain spewed his guts in the year 2003 but no casualties.
you want to make a climb, climbing lines can be accessed from several
nearby villages, such as the village of Moya, Malikurubu Village, and
Village Akehuda. However, from these three villages, if you want to be
the easiest ascent route through the Village of Mayo. Ternate in the
community itself, there is a ritual surrounding Gamalama. In this
ritual called Kololi Kie, Gamalama surrounding communities, as a prayer
to invoke the safety and welfare of the people of Ternate.
Additionally, Kololi Kie is also a ceremony of respect for the
ancestors of Ternate. Kololi Kie itself, is held once a year, every
By the local community, Gamalama believed to have many
sacred values. No wonder so many myths in circulation, and strengthen
the sanctity of this mountain. For instance, local people are always
advised on a team that plans to climb Mount Gamalama to have an even
number of members. Before climbing too, as much as possible to pray, so
do not experience barriers to travel.
dangerous, but kept the charm Gamalama extraordinary beauty. So, no
wonder if many of the explorers of nature that is excited to climb this
mountain. Stretch of clove and nutmeg plantations, will accompany the
climbers during the trip to the summit. Once on top of the mountain,
the climbers can see Ternate Island landscape. Not only that, several
other islands, such as Tidore Island, Halmahera Island, and Island
Maitara, can be seen from here.
In addition to stunning scenery,
hikers will also find unique places in these mountains. Among them is a
stone fountain in the groove width of a large pan, which by local
people called Abdas springs. It is said that this spring can cure
various diseases. So, no wonder if the people of Ternate so hallowed
this spring. Thus, there are certain rules to take water from springs
Abdas, which should not be scrambled, and each person is only allowed
to take one bottle.
In addition Abdas springs, other interesting
places are the people of Ternate ancestral graves, hundreds of years
old. Unknown, why these graves could be there at the peak of Mount
Gamalama. But certainly, the people of Ternate very hallowed graves.
Many people who climb Mount Gamalama Ternate for pilgrimage at the tomb
of this ancestor.
Ternate town can be reached by aircraft or
ships. If you want to use the aircraft, there are several airlines that
have flights between Jakarta - Manado - Ternate, and Jakarta - Makassar
- Ternate. If you want to use ships, PT. Pelni have walked the route
once a week Ternate. From the center of Ternate, visitors can move on
to the village Moya using public transport. This trip, takes about 30
To climb Mount Gamalama visitors are not charged any
fees. In the climbing route to the summit of Mount Gamalama, the
climbers will see three headings that are often used as a resting
place. In the village of Moya, there is only one small shop. Therefore,
it is suggested to the climbers to complete the supplies sufficiently.
In addition, if require lodging before or after climbing, tourists can
easily obtain it in the center of Ternate.