Mt Semeru 4 Day Sunrise Trek

Summit Java's highest peak for sunrise, trek through lava fields and camp in stunning spots. 4 days.

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Mt Semeru 4 Day Sunrise Trek

Summit Java's highest peak for sunrise, trek through lava fields and camp in stunning spots. 4 days.

Start the ascent to the highest peak in Java from Ranupane Village. A full day’s hike reaches the Kalimati grassland, your first campsite. From here, the attempt to summit Semeru, aka Mahameru, will start in the middle of the night. A spectacular sunrise will welcome you to Java’s highest peak (3676m), with stunning views towards Mt Bromo and beyond. Your adventure includes:

  • 4 days guided hiking
  • 2 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
  • Insurance up to Kalimati camp spot

Perfect for:
Fit, regular hikers who love the challenge of a high peak. This is a tough trek and hiking experience is required.

What to Expect

Day 1: Surabaya airport to Ranupane

Meet your host at Surabaya International Airport for a briefing and gear check before the four-hour scenic drive to Ranupane Village. From here, you can head to Ranu Regulo Lake for a stroll and a look around the village.

Check in at your friendly homestay for the night, and dinner is served.

Day 2: Ranupane Village - Kalimati

Wake up, have breakfast and get ready to start the 3-day hike. Around 08.00, before setting off, you will have a briefing with Mt Semeru’s rangers.

You start your five-hour trek to Ranukumbolo Lake around 08.00. Here you will stop to rest and enjoy lunch by the lake.

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.

You’ll arrive around 17:00, set-up camp and enjoy a well-deserved dinner, with the summit in sight.

Around 8 hours hiking, 700m ascent.

Day 3: Kalimati - Semeru Summit - Ranukumbolo Lake

Start your summit assault at around midnight.

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.

At around, 14:00 you’ll set off for the three-hour hike to Ranukumbo lake, where you’ll set-up camp for the last night on the volcano, and some amazing stargazing.

Around 10 hours hiking, 1000m ascent, 1300m descent.

Day 4: Ranukumbolo Lake - Ranupane Village - Surabaya Airport

The sun rises between two hills in the east making an epic morning setting. After breakfast in the mountains, set off at 9:00 for the four-hour hike to Ranupane basecamp for lunch. A vehicle will be waiting for the drive back to Surabaya.

Around 4 hours hiking, 200m descent.

Please note, you’ll need to be in good condition for the summit. The guide has the right to forbid going to summit if he is worried about your condition. 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 Marsell Homestay in Ranupane Village.

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.

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Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Airport Transfers
  • 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. 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
  • Accommodation after the trip
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for your guide (optional)

This trip will run with a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 10.

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 3676m in height. In places the terrain can be challenging, with steep gradients with loose ash and rock (think 2 steps forward, one back), 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. Examples include mee goreng (fried noodles) and nasi goreng (fried rice) with veggies, egg and meat; curries; fried bananas; pancakes; popcorn; and biscuits. Hot drinks are always available, and you’re provided with 2L of water per person per day.

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. Most visitors find the temperature at Ranu Kumbolo, at 2,400m, makes a refreshing change from Java’s lowland heat. Frost is common overnight so bring warm clothes.

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.


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