Mt Semeru 5-Day Sunrise Trek

Take an extra day trek to summit Java's highest peak for a spectacular sunrise. 5 days.

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Mt Semeru 5-Day Sunrise Trek

Take an extra day trek to summit Java's highest peak for a spectacular sunrise. 5 days.

After a night in Ranupane village, the first-day of hiking brings you to the beautiful Ranu Kumbolo crater lake, your first campsite. On the second day, after conquering the famous steep hill called ‘Tanjakan Cinta’, you’ll reach the protected grassland called Kalimati. From here a midnight start leads you to the summit in time for spectacular sunrise views from Java’s highest peak (3676m). Your adventure includes:

  • 4 days guided hiking
  • 3 nights camping
  • 1 night in a homestay
  • Return transfer from Surabaya Airport
  • Local, English-speaking guide and porters
  • All camping equipment
  • All meals and water during the hike
  • National park permits and fees

Perfect for:
Fit and active travellers that want to summit Java’s highest peak, but take an extra day on the ascent. This is a challenging trek and previous hiking experience is recommended.

What to Expect

Day 1: Surabaya Airport to Ranupane Village

Meet your host at Surabaya International Airport for a briefing and gear check before the four-hour drive through the scenic mountain landscape towards the village of Ranupane.

Check in at our homestay and enjoy dinner together.

Day 2: Ranupane Village - Ranukumbolo Lake

Wake up early in the morning and start the 4 day trek straight after breakfast.

You will be hiking for about five hours before stopping for lunch.

After lunch, you will hike for another couple of hours to reach Ranukumbolo Lake, where camp for the night will be set-up.

At 2400m, the lake is an excellent source of fresh water and an amazing location. The sun rises between two hills in the east making an epic morning setting.

Around 7 hours hiking, 200m ascent.

Day 3: Ranukumbolo Lake - Kalimati

Today we head to Kalimati, a grassy shelter and the perfect base for a summit assault.

After lunch, you’ll begin your three-hour hike towards Kalimati. Climb a famously steep hill called ‘Tanjakan Cinta’ and continue through a beautiful grassland area called Oro-Oro Ombo.

Thread through a pine forest, looking out for deer and birds. After traversing a edelweiss meadow you’ll have direct views of the peak.

It’s 30 minutes walk through the forest to reach Kalimati. You’ll pitch camp and have dinner before an early night.

Around 4 hours hiking, 300m ascent.

Day 4: Kalimati - Mahameru Peak - Ranukumbolo Lake

You will start your summit assault at 01:00.

The climb will take four to five hours over a terrain of deep ash dunes. Stick close to your guide and be careful: a good headlight is essential here.

As you near the summit you may need your mask depending on the volcano’s mood: the fumes can be strong.

It’s all worth it though. Watch as the sun breaks out over the national park, and fill your camera memory with awesome photos. The walk down is easier, and you’ll soon be back at Kalimati for lunch and a rest.

Around 14:00 you will set off for the three-hour hike to Ranukumbo, where you set-up camp for the last night on the volcano.

Around 10 hours hiking, 1000m ascent, 13000m descent.

Day 5: Ranukumbolo Lake - Ranupane Village - Surabaya Airport

After breakfast, you set off around 9:00. We will arrive at Ranupane Village in the afternoon and drive back to Surabaya.

Around 5 hours hiking, 200m descent.

Please note: while usually safe and predictable, volcano and weather conditions can vary quickly so the trek maybe changed or cancelled at any time.

Accommodation

On the night before the trek, you’ll stay at Pak Tasrip Homestay. A residential house located in Ranu Pane, the last village with an altitude of 2200. You will have the chance to meet other climbers who’ll spend the night here before starting the trek.

While on the mountain you’ll camp. Your porters will carry and set everything up for you, including tents, sleeping pads, and sleeping bags.

Dates & Prices

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

If you can't find a private trip that suits you, try a group trip or ask for a quote.

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Airport Transfers
  • Equipment
  • Guide
  • Local Transport
  • Meals As Described

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Location

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Mt Semeru is part of the ‘Ring of Fire’, a section of fault lines that stretches through Japan and south-east Asia. Volcanic Ash makes for fertile ground, allowing rainforest to dominate the volcano’s lower slopes, giving way to edelweiss meadows and alpine flowers. The upper paths, through dunes of volcanic ash, can be treacherous so stick close to your guide.

Start point?
The meeting point is Surabaya International Airport. This is a major hub for international flights with frequent scheduled flights to and from Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
After completing the trek you will be dropped back at Surabaya International Airport to catch your onward flight. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Surabaya International Airport is served by direct flights from all the regional airport - KL, Singapore, Bali, and Jakarta. Aim to arrive early on day one or, alternatively, spend the night in Surabaya.

We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to Indonesia
  • Accommodation after the tour
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for your guide (optional)

This trip will run with a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 10 for a private booking. On the pre-set social dates, the trip will run with a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 10. Please note, on a pre-set social date, if the minimum group size is not hit, the trip may be re-arranged or cancelled. The trip will be confirmed as soon as the minimum group size has been hit, or 30 days prior to departure.

The lower slopes are relatively gentle and easy, and the temperature is warm. As you climb the terrain becomes more challenging. Some sections through the forest are steep and slippery, even exceeding 50-degree slopes.

Above the treeline and ascending from caldera the ground can be loose and ashy—think two steps forward, one step back. On the peaks It can also be windy, cool and occasionally wet. This is a tough trek that requires a good level of fitness.

A good level of fitness is required to negotiate this mountain which is over 3,000m in height. In places the terrain can be challenging, with steep gradients with loose ash and rock, so previous mountain hiking experience is required.

Your guides and porters will cook delicious, fresh meals for you throughout the trip—and plenty of it. The dishes will include black meat soup, chicken with a local sauce, vegetarian soup, spaghetti, hamburgers, green soy-beans, chicken curry and a range of fruit. If you have any particular dietary requests, please let us know at the point of booking, and your host will do their best to accommodate your dietary requirements.

Absolutely, just let us know at booking.

At sea level Java’s temperatures are invariably hot. But at higher altitudes the temperature is cooler, approaching freezing at night, and the summit is invariably cold and often windy.

The sun shines pretty much every day from April to October. November and December are a bit wetter but still dry enough to have an enjoyable trip. The mountain is closed from around the end of December until April.

Your host will provide water, food, and cooking and eating utensils. Porters will carry all this equipment along with the food and water. They can also provide a rain coat on request.

On Mt Semeru you’ll hike in warm, humid conditions at the base and but this will cool as you ascend and will drop further at night. The sun is powerful even when it’s cold out, so don’t skimp on sunblock. Please pack the following:

  • Travel documents
  • Health certificate
  • Trekking poles
  • Backpack & backpack bover
  • Cap/hat & balaclava
  • Personal snack (Protein bars, chocolate, dried fruits, candies and snack food)
  • Headlamp/hand torch light & batteries
  • Camera
  • Sunglasses & Sunscreen
  • Toiletries
  • Hiking shoes. Boots are preferable, if not, you can bring the most comfortable sport shoes you have
  • Raincoat and/or waterproof windstopper
  • Buff/mask/scarf
  • Sandals/flip flops
  • Water bottle/Water bladder
  • Drift T-shirt, Long sleeve shirt, cotton or light weights pants (non-denim or jeans material), warm clothes; down jackets, hand gloves (it can be very chilly at the summit), sweater.
  • Personal medications. We will provide standard first aid kit tools, but please bring your own prescribed medication. And please let us know if you have and medical conditions.

Please note, this list should only act as a suggestion. You can add more equipment based on your personal needs.

Start point?
The meeting point is Surabaya International Airport. This is a major hub for international flights with frequent scheduled flights to and from Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
After completing the trek you will be dropped back at Surabaya International Airport to catch your onward flight. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Surabaya International Airport (SUB) is served by direct flights from all the regional airport - KL, Singapore, Bali, and Jakarta. Aim to arrive early on day one or, alternatively, spend the night in Surabaya.

We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

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