Trekking is by far the best way to become acquainted with the fascinating terrestrial ecosystems of Komodo National Park. A variety of guided trekking options are offered at both of PNK’s concession areas – Loh Liang on Komodo Island and Loh Buaya on Rinca Island. Even the shortest treks offer excellent wildlife viewing opportunities –Komodo dragons, megapodes, water buffalo, wild horses, Timor deer, wild pigs and eagles and other fauna from the 276 species in the park.
HALF HOUR 1KM “SHORT TREK”? :
If you have only limited time, or are looking for a light and physically undemanding walk, this short loop passes through a short section of dry forest before ascending the shallow gradient of Frigate Hill for a memorable view over the beach. Komodo Dragons are likely to be seen only near buildings in the developed area.
ONE AND HALF HOUR 3KM “MEDIUM TREK”? :
This intermediate loop includes a long shaded section through dry forest and a waterhole, where the presence of Timor deer and wild pig raises your chances of seeing dragons in the wild. The second section involves a short climb, sometimes in a very hot sun, for a great view over the dry forest to Sulphurea Hill, a steep descent and final short climb over Frigate Hill.
TWO AND A HALF HOUR 4.5KM “LONG TREK”? :
Of the short walks, this offers the best opportunity to see Komodo dragons and their prey. It extends the medium trek with a visit to an area where dragons were once routinely fed (at Banu Nggulung) and adds another short climb.
If you have arranged to visit Loh Liang for several days, in addition to marine activities you can also choose among longer treks, which wind higher and higher into the interior. The Mt Ara route (10km) round trip may take eight hours but can be shortened to a half day. Either option leads to spectacular views over Loh Liang and the rest of the Park. The route to Poreng and Loh Sebita on Komodo’s northern shore is much longer but can be specially arranged. Any of the longer trips are rugged adventures requiring stiff climbs under very hot conditions and are suitable for fit and well-prepared visitors. But they will provide unforgettable photographs and memories.
HALF HOUR “SHORT TREK” ?:
If you have only a short time on Rinca island or are looking for a fairly undemanding walk, this short loop passes by an artificial water source where Komodo dragons are often seen, before ascending a small hill for fine views of the bay.
ONE HOUR “MEDIUM TREK” ?:
A good choice which includes a long shaded section through dry forest where Komodo dragons are sometimes seen guarding their nests. There is 20 minutes climbing the exposed slopes of savannah dotted with lontar palms, culminating in a magnificent view across the island.
TWO HOUR “LONG TREK” ?:
The best opportunity to see Komodo dragons and their prey (deer, wild pig and water buffalo) extends the medium trek with a visit to a permanent water hole, longer steep exposed sections with additional viewing opportunities.
Note: At all terrestrial sites, a trained park ranger or naturalist guide must accompany visitors outside the villages and concession areas.