Java expeditions

Java at a glance

Population: 141 million

Terrain: Volcanoes, forest and coast

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Ideas for your students' expedition to Java

Here is just a flavour of the amazing things your students can do on an expedition to Java.

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Expedition phases

Your students choose activities from any of the following phases:


Explore Taman Nasional Bali Barat

2 days

Taman Nasional Bali Barat (also referred to as West Bali National Park) is a great place to begin your expedition. Your local guide, Ari, shows you around the beautiful scenery the park has to offer. Trekking only with day sacks, this is a great opportunity to get used to walking in the heat and humidity, and prepare for your challenging volcano trekking phase.


2 days


Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park

3 days

At 2,329m high, Gunung Bromo may not be the highest volcano in Java, but it is undoubtedly the most well-known. The trek begins from Cemero Lawang, from where you descend to the sea of sands and the slopes of Gunung Bromo. You'll set out early, so you can reach Bromo's summit in time for sunrise.

3 days


Located a short distance outside of Yogyakarta, Borobudur, a UNESCO World Heritage listed site, is a sight to behold. The temple complex dates all the way back to the ninth century and is one of the greatest and most important Buddhist monuments in the world.

In-Country Agent

Nanang Sunarko
Nanang is very excited to have World Challenge teams visit Java to learn about its rich culture and awe-inspiring environment. An avid photographer, Nanang has an extensive background in operating tours and treks throughout Indonesia and has lived in many interesting places, including 16 years in Papua!


Languages spoken: Bahasa Indonesia is the official language but local dialects such as Javanese, Sundanese and Madurese are widely spoken

Time zone: GMT +7 hours
Interesting fact: Java is just one of 17,500 islands which make up the country of Indonesia

In 2014, we sent

4 teams

to 2 project sites in Java, where they helped run kids' educational activities, learnt about waste management issues and worked alongside students and locals carrying out beach clean ups and bird watching.

Teams were also involved in the construction, cleaning and maintenance of animal enclosures at a wildlife rescue centre.

Project types 

Experience the local culture at a variety of community project sites in Java.
You might find yourself working with a conservation organisation such as the Yogyakarta Wildlife Rescue Centre or helping out a local community near Taman Nasional Bali Barat.

Kawah Ijen hike

2 - 3 Days 

Start by trekking through coffee plantations and on undulating trails created by the volcanic landscape. As the agricultural land fades away, the terrain becomes steeper as you begin the ascent to the top of the crater leading up to the sulphur lake of Kawah Ijen. The highest point of the crater is 2368m and offers amazing views of the surrounding scenery.

2 - 3 Days 

Located at the very heart of Indonesia, Java is an island of breathtaking scenery that cuts between modern and ancient worlds. From trekking up volcanoes to watch the sun rise, to visiting important cultural heritage sites such as the Borobudur and Prambanan temples, if you're looking for an adventure this is the destination for you!
Gina, our Java Expedition Planning Manager

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Volcanoes, forest and coast