Early Sunday morning, at three AM in Moni, a small village outside the city of Ende, East Nusa Tenggara province, and we had to hurry up to Mount Kelimutu.
Early morning is the best time to visit Mount Kelimutu. After arriving at the parking area, we have to walk and trekking for approximately 30 minutes to get to the peak, where you will see a view of Lake Kelimutu.
There are three lakes on the mountain sharing the same name, Kelimutu, meaning “the boiling lake”. Each has its own colors and a local name. But all are believed to be the resting place of departed souls.
Kelimutu lakes are unpredictable as to when and what color they will change into. Sometimes, the colors are blue, green, and black, and some other times they turn to white, red, and blue.
Lake Kelimutu is part of the Kelimutu National Park, presenting a high aesthetic value and surreal experience. The national park’s highest point is 5,679 feet at Mt Kelibara (1,731 meters), and 5,544 feet high (1,690 meters) at Mt Kelimutu.
Mt Kelimutu National Park is the smallest among six national parks in the stretch between Bali and the Nusa Tenggara islands. Its size obviously does not matter much when it offers one of the most spectacular wonders that nature has to offer.
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