Friday, 28 October 2011

Ranu Kumbolo : Travel to amazing scenery on Mahameru's lake

"From the height at the edge of the forest slopes Mahameru, ranu Kumbolo slowly appear like a giant water droplets, falling from the sky and enlarged in front of them. The water lake looks shiny buffeted by sunlight, causing tiny shards of light that floats above the surface. In the distance appear hills of pine and fir line the edge surface of the bowl like a giant green, which keeps the lake in peace. Reflection shadow pines seem obvious on the surface of water. White clouds and blue sky mirrored in the lake's surface, making the sky as moved and fused with the surface of the water. Ripples of water moving gently in the wind on the lake's surface like a soft smile, welcomed their arrival." 5cm (5 centimeters) @ novels by Donny Dhirgantoro.

On the slopes of Mount Semeru, which is the active volcano that lies at an altitude of 3,676 meters above sea level, there is a lake that has spectacular views and the exotic,(Lake) Ranu Kumbolo. Ranu Kumbolo is a lake in a very exotic lake located at an altitude of 2400 masl with an area of approximately 14 hectares take possession of very captivating charm, anyone who ever want to come here would have been returned to the lake Ranu Kumbolo, nothing wrong if the lake is called the paradise of semeru. The Whispering Savannah, you'll find yourself like in the middle of nowhere while enjoying all of the greeneries. It requires more struggle, and it is not a light trip if you want to enjoy the beauty of this lake, because the travel distance is 9.5 km length to the field and that is also not smooth to be defeated by foot for about 4 hours. As long as you do this trip, you will be presented with the chasms that seemed horrified but it gives a certain thrill for him. Do not forget if there are 3 posts every 1-2 hours of rest on your path. After passing the last outpost and hike about a half hour, if you are lucky because the view not shrouded in fog, Ranu Kumbolo can be seen!

Ranu which means lake and Kumbolo means gather, the lake for a place to gather. This can be seen that in Ranu Kumbolo used as a gathering place for hikers to rest or spend the night before continuing the climb to the summit of Mount Semeru or Mahameru. In the western part of the lake, there is a towering hill. This hill is part of the ascent route to the summit, the slope of not less than 45 degrees and a slight uphill route but long. There are interesting here, In front of the kumbolo lake, there is a 45 degree ramp, and it has a nickname "Rise of Love" . It takes extra energy to get through this hill without stopping especially while lifting heavy burden we carry, when you reach the end of the ascent of love we feel the tiredness disappear because the silent beauty of Ranu Kumbolo fog shrouded in the distance will spoil up your spirit.

On the next trip after the rise of love ramp , you will spoiled by green savanna with 100 ha size called as Oro-oro Ombo , with slope overgrown by pine trees, surrounded by hills and mountain with an amazing scenery. Behind Gunung Kepolo, the spouting smoke and summit of Mt Semeru is visible. For those who like to travel a challenging tour, panoramic sights (Lake) Ranu Kumbolo is one of the outstanding option. You should also bring thick clothes and supplies adequate food supplies because the air temperature is very cold there.

How to get there

To get there, you have led to the city of Surabaya in advance or immediately flew to the city of Malang. Many airlines that led to this city. From Surabaya, the journey can be continued by bus to the city of Malang (Rp 18 000), arrived at the bus terminal arjosari Malang, proceed with the renting public transportation to desaTumpang (Rp 50000/trip) , after that, we proceed to hire a jeep to Ranu pane (450000/trip).

Amid the trip while riding in a jeep, we will stop at the office of Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park to take care of some climbing permit, for domestic tourists will be charged a fee of Rp 7000 / person, while for foreign nationals Rp 25,000 / person.


*travel by group is more cheaper to save cost on jeep
*preparing and duplicate your ID card regarding to climbing permit.
*Inadequate your supplies in the Tumpang village, because after that , it would be quite difficult to find a store in the village Ranupane.
*This is a hiking trip , better to bring the tent and sleeping bag.
*It's recomended to hire a guide or porter in Ranupane if you aren't unexperience in hiking adventure


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