Mount Semeru

Semeru, or Mount Semeru, is a volcano located in East Java, Indonesia. It is the highest mountain on the island of Java. The stratovolcano is also known as Mahameru, meaning 'The Great Mountain. The name derived from the Hindu-Buddhist mythical mountain of Meru or Sumeru, the abode of gods.

Known also as Mahameru the (Great Mountain), it is very steep rising abruptly above the coastal plains of eastern Java. Maars containingcrater lakes have formed along a line through the summit of the volcano. It was formed south of the overlapping Ajek-ajek and Jambagancalderas. Semeru lies at the south end of the Tengger Volcanic Complex.

Semeru is one of Indonesia's most active volcanoes. An active volcano with magnificant peak called Mahameru, 3.676 meters above sea level (12.060 feets). Since 1818, at least 55 eruptions have been recorded (10 of which resulted in fatalities). The volcano belches out a huge cloud of steam and smoke every 20 minutes or so and sometimes interspersed with ash and stones.

Because of the erupting volcano, the mountain savannah, and the lake, the sceneries around here are awesome sight to behold. The mount climbers are often visit this mount to enjoy its nature scenery and beautiful sunset, look from the peak of the mount. The beautiful and attractive panorama or special atmosphere can be found here beside its cool and fresh air. Semeru is a highly popular tourist site in the province, even among foreign tourists.

To reach the highest mountain on the island of Java,  Semeru Mountain, it can be reached via two access, Senduro Lumajang and Nagadas Kidul, Regency of Malang.
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.

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.

 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 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. 
According to a climber, a mountain with an altitude of 3,676 meters above sea level it is actually not suitable for new comer / climber. He suggests for the beginner to climbe the lower one first before trying this one.

To Climb  the Semeru Mountain should be doing in dry season such as June, July, August and September. Climbers are also advised not to climb during the rainy season in Asia, that could be on  January and February or March, where among these season sometime there are storms and landslides

Tour Reservation  you can check at :
1. Ollino Garden Hotel  Jl. Aries Munandar No 41 - 45, Malang
2. Hotel Aria Gajayana Malang . Jl.Kawi No 24, komplek MOG .
3. Hotel The Gran Palace Malang  Jl. Ade Irma Suryani No. 23, Malang
4. Gajahmada Graha Hotel Malang  Jl. Dr.Cipto No.17 Malang

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