Rik Stoetman lives since 30 yr in Indonesia/Bali. He stays in the Tambora region several months a year. Rik Stoetman runs this website in purpose of supporting the local guiding association MAPATA without any financial profit. He acts as middleman between foreigners and MAPATA to prevent any misunderstandings.
MAPATA (Masyarakat Pecinta alam Tambora) is the local guiding association from the village of Oi Bura. They act as expedition organiser and ensure everything for the trekking (transportation, porters, equipment, food and beverage). More than 30 experienced porters are working for MAPATA. They also manage the Tambora Guesthouse.
Manuel Marty supports Visit Tambora as Web Designer and Photographer. Impressed by his own experience on the mighty Mount Tambora and with the local people he aims to bring in his knowledge.