Juggling people and their desires.
Wise words, which is what we expect from you! Given that the issues here are very similar to those currently being experienced on Fuji-san and Machu Picchu, it would be great to see the likes of Japan, Indonesia, Peru, etc come up with a system of restricting access that can be applied (with locale-specific modifications) to oversubscribed AONBs around the world. Priority given to religious pilgrims, and a lottery for limited tickets for everyone else.
That narrow ridge leading up to the summit would have to be very dangerous to negotiate with the crowds of climbers you experienced. Capped numbers surely needed for climbers safety reasons alone.
Those reforms all sound very common sense.
Thanks for shedding some light on what seems a critical issue.
Other famous treks like the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru limit the maximum number of hikers to 500 a day, with hikers booking months in advance to secure a spot.
I’ve done the Inca Trail earlier this year and the trails were clean and didn't feel overcrowded.
Sure it’s a bit more expensive and it can only be done with a tourist guide, but why not do the same here?
Would you make exceptions for Indonesian visitors?