This Java expedition is for teams who want a truly unique and rewarding adventure! Located at the very heart of Indonesia, Java is an island of breathtaking scenery and mesmerising cultural sites. On this school trip teams will spend the majority of their time in East and Central Java. Trekking will take place at one of Java’s towering volcanoes or within one of the beautiful national parks. This can be combined with a brilliant community-based project plus a visit to awe-inspiring cultural sites such as Borobudur for Rest and Relaxation.


Here are just some of the incredible experiences you can choose from for your Java expedition:


Explore Taman Nasional Bali Barat

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.

Community & Conservation Projects

Making a Difference

There are a variety of project opportunities in Java. You might find yourself working with a conservation organisation such as the Yogyakarta Wildlife Rescue Centre or with a local community near Taman Nasional Bali Barat.


Explore Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park or hike to the Kawah Ijen sulphur lake

Java offers some fantastic and adventurous trekking options. 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 sand, sea and the slopes of Gunung Bromo. You’ll set out early, so you can reach Bromo’s summit in time for sunrise.

The Kawah Ijen hike starts with exploring the 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.

Rest & Relaxation

Java has so much to offer for the rest and relaxation phase! 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.

You may also shop for souvenirs at the local markets, explore Java’s cultural capital of Yogyakarta or experience the magnificent temples of Prambanan. Also, make sure you try traditional Indonesian dishes such as rendang, nasi champur or gado-gado!


Java Expedition Factfile

  • Java, Indonesia, South East Asia
  • Population: 141 million.
  • Languages spoken: Bahasa Indonesia is the official language but local dialects such as Javanese, Sundanese and Madurese are widely spoken.
  • Time zone: GMT +7.
  • Terrain: Volcanoes, forest and coast.
  • Climate: Java averages year-round temperatures of between 27°-32°C, with a relative humidity of around 80% for much of the year. Rain occurs throughout the year usually in the form of afternoon showers. There is a rainy season from October-April.
  • Expedition Physical Rating: Medium to high.
  • Culture Shock: Medium to high.
  • Typical accommodation: Hostels, guesthouses and tents for some treks.
  • Ideal for: Fit teams wanting an exciting range of experiences.

Things to Know

  • Java’s official language is Bahasa Indonesia but local dialects such as Javanese, Sundanese and Madurese are also widely spoken.
  • The majority of Java’s population is Muslim but there are also Hindu and Christian communities.
  • Indonesia is an archipelago of approximately 17,500 islands with a land area of almost 1,919,440 square kilometers.
  • Evidence of human habitation in Indonesia goes back at least 1.5 million years, as shown by the fossil “Java Man” – a Homo erectus individual discovered in 1891.

In-Country Agent

Nanang Sunarko

Nanang is incredibly excited to have World Challenge teams visit Indonesia to learn about it’s rich culture and awe-inspiring environment. Nanang has extensive experience in operating tours and treks throughout the region. He has also lived in many interesting places, including 16 years in Papua!


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Your students choose activities from any of the following phases:
Rest & Relaxation


Every World Challenge starts long before your students step on a plane. With our support, develop life skills and take ownership of:

  • Destination and itinerary planning
  • Fundraising ideas and events
  • Budgeting and money management
  • Preparation, fitness and nutrition
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