Mt Balbi, known as Tutue by local people, is an active volcano on the northern side of Bougainville Island and is the highest point in the province rising to 2,715 m (8,907 ft). Classed as a strato-volcano and classified as active, Balbi has not erupted in historic time. The present activity on the volcano is confined to solfataras in the summit area and in the north-eastern amphitheatre, and to hot springs on the flanks.
The flanks of the volcano are covered by dense tropical rain forest up to 1220 m (4000 ft), bamboo and moss forest between 1220 m and 2290 m (4000 ft – 7500 ft), and alpine rush above 2290 m. There are six craters on the volcano, one of which is a beautiful crater lake (see photo above).
Days: 2-3 days dependent upon fitness levels. Hikers may need an additional two nights at base villages (Togorau) pre and post hike.
Cost: Cost is dependent upon number of hiking days and group size. A 2 day hike for one person is K693. A 2 day hike for a group of six is K518 per person. Note, the above prices include two meals per/day, porters, tour guide, transport to and from the track, accommodation (in Togorau pre/post hike) and track entrance fees.
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