The Jakarta Post
Looking northward from Mount Semeru in East Java. (Shutterstock/File)
Hiking trails on Mount Semeru in East Java will be closed starting Jan. 1.
The move aims to restore the ecosystem along the trails, which comprises a vast number of flora and fauna species.
Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park Agency public relations spokesperson Syarif Hidayat added that the high intensity rainfall expected in the coming months also contributed to the decision, as hiking the mountain was considered unsafe.
According to kompas.com, the park also seeks to conduct repair and maintenance of facilities along the hiking trails to increase convenience for hikers.
Syarif said the closure might be conducted for three months or more.
"It could be for a minimum of three months or more if there's other considerations. We'll have to see the progress in the field," he said. (kes)