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Hiking To Mount Semeru The Highest Volcano In Java


Mount Semeru is the highest volcano in Java. An active volcano with magnificant peak called Mahameru, 3.676 meters above sea level (12.060 feets). Mount Semeru is in Bromo-Tengger-Semeru National Park (TNBTR). The nearest cities to go are Malang and Lumajang.

Ranu Pane

It takes four days return way to climb the peak of Mount Semeru from the base camp in Ranu Pane. To reach the base camp in Ranu Pane, take a white Angkot from Arjosari Terminal to Tumpang (45 minutes). From Tumpang to Ranu Pane you can rent a Jeep for return way or with an alternative vegetable truck ride. After 3 hours trip with a spectacular mountain and waterfall views, you will arrive at Ranu Pane, the last village with 2.200 meters above sea level high. You can hire a porter in this place to carry your stuffs.

You are really recommended to prepare your stuffs before hiking such as:

  • Bring your health certificate or you can take it at the nearest hospital or health center in the city.
  • On your way from Tumpang to Ranu Pane, stop at Gubuk Klakah village to take a permit letter to the National Park officer.
  • There is a checkpoint in Ranu Pane, register your name, your group and give your health certificate, permit letter, and entrance fee.
  • Tent, backpack, trekking shoes, raincoat, warm cloths, sleeping bag, mattrass, headlamp.
  • Mountaineering cooking stuff, documentation (camera), food, water, medicine, tissues, and
  • Necessary hiking equipment. 

Ranu Kumbolo

From Ranu Pane to Mahameru’s Peak, you will pass 4 checkpoints and 2 shelters. The first shelter is Ranu Kumbolo. Ranu Kumbolo is a big lake located about 2.400 meters above sea level. A lake with fresh water where you can see sun rises in the morning between two hills in the east.  To reach this shelter, we need 5 hours trekking through 9.5 km tracks. In your first 5 km to the shelter you will find edelweiss on the slope of the hill, stepping another km ahead you will see a beautiful valleys and hills with fir and pine trees around.

Most of the hiker build their tents in Ranu Kumbolo and stay at night before continuing to the next shelter tomorrow morning.

Kalimati

You will need an hour trekking to the west from Kalimati to find water, so save your water reserve in your bottle at Ranu Kumbolo. To reach the next shelter you will hike a famous steep hill called Tanjakan Cinta and behind that you will see very beautiful grassland called Oro – Oro Ombo. After passing this grassland you will hike to the pine forest called Cemoro Kandang where climbers sometimes find deer and birds.

You almost there, in the end of the pine forest you will reach Jambangan, a place with flat land, grass, edelweiss, and a direct views to Mahameru’s peak, you’re getting closer. You can take a rest there, drink coffee, and take some photographs. Ahaaaa . . . From there, you only need 30 minutes walking through the forest to reach Kalimati. Kalimati is a shelter with large grassland in the edge of the pine forest 2.700 meters above sea level. Here, climbers can take a rest and build a tent before summit attact after midnight at 01.00 pm. Two km trekking with range of time 3 up to 4 hours in total to reach this shelter.

Arcopodo

Arcopodo is a place 200 meters higher from Kalimati. To reach this place, climbers need one – two hours climbing through steep pine forest. Sometimes climbers build a tent there, but it prone to landslides and dusty. Another 30 minutes climbing, we will find Kelik, the last vegetation area before the dunes. From there, use your mask and goggle. 

Summit Attact

Start your summit attact at 01.00 am. It needs 4 – 5 hours climbing through steep dunes and easily degenerates. Follow the existing tracks and becareful. Use your headlamp and watch your step while climbing the dunes. Happy Climbing!


It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves. – Edmund Hillary

Things to keep on your mind:

  • Start climb around 01.00 am to estimate your time reaching the mount’s peak before sunrise
  • Down the mountain before noon to avoid erruption
  • Don’t get closer to the crater Jonggring Saloko
  • Avoid climbing from south side because of the poisonous gas and lava flows
  • During the dry season, temperatures can reach minus 0 degrees
  • There is a storm and high winds during Desember – January
  • Climb at the existing track
  • Becareful of Hypotermia and Hypoxia 
Mount Semeru is the highest volcano in Java 3.676 meters above sea level and has a very beautiful lake called Ranu Kumbolo
Mount Semeru is located in two different regions Malang and Lumajang, Indonesia
The best time to visit is around Juni, July, August, and September
Fishing, camping, climbing, photo shoots, or even swimming in a freezing lake
From Jakarta to Malang

  • Take a direct flight from Soekarno – Hatta Interntional Airport in Jakarta to Abdul Rachman Saleh Airport in Malang (an hour flight)
  • or go to the central city in Jakarta and take a train in Gambir Train Station, a direct route to Malang Train Station (the train departure once a day 05.00 pm and 15 hours trip) –> only for Executive Class
  • for Economy Class and Business Class take a different train in Pasar Senen Train Station (train departure once a day at 02.00 pm for Economy Class and 03.00 pm for Business Class

From Bali to Malang

  • Take a direct flight from Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali to Abdul Rachman Saleh Airport in Malang (an hour)
  • Take a bus at Giwangan Bus Station in Bali to Arjosari Bus Station in Malang (13 hours trip)

From Malang to Ranu Pane

  • From Arjosari Bus Terminal take white Angkot to Tumpang
  • From Tumpang to Ranu Pane you can rent a jeep (max 6 persons) or take a vegetable truck ride
  • Jeep owner Indra in Tumpang +6281944823558
  • Porter Pak Sunarto (45 summit to Semeru) +628283937427
  • Airplane rate around IDR. 400.000 – IDR. 600.000 or check airplane ticket rate here
  • Train Economy Class IDR. 51.000, Business Class IDR. 200.000, Executive Class IDR. 315.000 or check train ticket and schedule here
  • Bus from Bali to Malang IDR. 135.000
  • Rent Jeep one way Tumpang – Ranu Pane: IDR. 575.000
  • Vegetable Truck Ride one way Tumpang – Ranu Pane: IDR. 25.000/person
  • Health certificate in health center: IDR. 40.000/person
  • Permit letter: IDR. 72.500/person
  • Camera: IDR. 5.000/camera
  • Hire Porter: IDR. 150.000 – IDR.175.000/day
Contact us if you need to be guided to the mountain.

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Comments (19)

  • Angela

    Great guide and lovely photos to accompany! I never made it to Semeru, but I did hike Merapi. Climbing in Indonesia is the best I’ve done in the world.

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    • travenesia

      Both of the mountains Merapi and Semeru are still active volcano. Lucky you, we’ve never been to Merapi but we plan to climb this year. We really love climbing mountains in Indonesia also, just let us know when you come back again to climb another mountains in Indonesia.

      Reply
  • rotyyu

    I will absolutely climb Semeru again, it’s such a beautiful landscape.

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  • barry

    hi. I plan to go there in April 2013. Do you know a local guide I could contact to organize? Any idea of the price? cheers

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    • travenesia

      We currently live in Malang city, the nearest city from the Mountain, and we climb the mountain regularly every year. If the schedule is fixed, we might climb together, but if not, just let us know your fixed date to climb, I’ll give you information through email about the guide. There are rangers of the national park and also local porter but none of them speak English fluently except view of the National Park rangers. We wait your email :)

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      • Ben Springer

        We are going to be in Malang April 4th and are interested in climbing Semeru, when are you going? I would love more information about arranging a trek.

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        • travenesia

          We still in North Sumatera since March 5th . . . Hamka plan to climb again in May or June, no fixed schedule :) How many person will be in your team? Anyway The National still closed due to some avalanche in the track and will be opened again at April 25th 2013 :)

          Please contact Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park for further information +62341787972

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  • jennifer

    thanks for the information.
    I’m planing to climb this mountain in august. Is there any tour or local guide i can contact when i arrive at Surabaya? Do you think it’s easy to find somebody to go with me after I arrive at Surabaya?
    Thank you!

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    • travenesia

      Well, august is a very great time to climb this mountain, since this year we have to register online before climbing the mountain, if you wish to find somebody to climb with, just let me know your itinerary and how many persons are in the climbing group. info@travenesia.com :)

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    • Susie

      Hi,

      I was also planning to aim to climb Semeru in August, around the 11th – 13th ideally. I’m travelling solo though but given the cost and the fact that I don’t speak Indonesian I would feel a lot more comfortable going with someone else!
      Let me know if this is around the time that you were going and you don’t mind me tagging along! (I’m 26, from Australia).

      Cheers,
      Susie

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  • Le

    hi, what about mid October. Is it OK if we climb during that time?

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  • Ebel

    HI, I will like to climb in Mid Oct around 13-16 Oct. Do you happen to be climbing it during this period or know of anyone who will be? =)

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  • Leriyan

    Salam, saya dan teman-teman berencana mendaki Semeru dalam waktu dekat ini (oktober) mohon bantuan dan bimbingan dari para senior atau admin, mungkin bisa memberikan arahan atau ikut membantu dalam upaya pendakian. Terimakasih

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  • Toga

    i’m planning to climb on end April 2014. is this time ok? who should i contact to make arrangements?

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  • Hamzah m s

    Planning to climb semeru in August 2014 prob. 1st week.so far no companion.do email
    If anyone interested cause it will be more fun!

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  • Mike

    dari dulu pingin ke semeru, tapi ga pernah punya waktu sama ga ada tmen hahaha
    selalu ngiler klo liat foto” di semeru

    Reply

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