Climbing Mt Semeru
Replies: 17 - Last Post: Jun 13, 2012 11:19 PM Last Post By: smwong
May 25, 2012 11:50 PM
Climbing Mt SemeruHi Everyone,
I intend to climb Mt Semeru in early June. I heard that a permit must be obtain in advance. Can I just go to the National Park office in Malang and get a permit to climb on the following day?
I will arrive in Surabaya on sunday 3 Jun morning and intend to proceed directly to Malang, I just wonder whether the National Park Office is closed on sunday. If that is the case, should I go to Cemoro Lawang to see Mt Bromo first?
Any recent information on Mt Semeru would be highly appreciated.
May 26, 2012 12:21 AM
1I can't really answer your question but... I went to Bromo NP six weeks ago, in April, fully intending to climb Semeru. Officials though, had closed Semeru to trekking because of heightened activity levels. This wasn't that long ago, but it's possible that the situation has changed since. If you were able to call someone in the park, or even a tour operator, I think they'd tell you for sure. If the activity levels have gone down, please let us know here!
May 26, 2012 2:51 AM
May 26, 2012 3:10 AM
3It seems to be easier to climb Semeru from the Lumajang/ Ranu Pane side. You can drive right up to Ranu Pane and start the climb from there without the hassle of Bromo. It's a couple of hours to the first little hut at the lake (Ranu Kumbolo) and then you can make it all the way to the last stop to camp at Kalimati, before the steep climb, in the first day.
I have done it three times (all from that side) and was never asked to get a permit or anything else before starting although I would have had I been told it was necessary. I was quoted silly amounts by people in Malang for an organised tour/ climb and so avoided that side.
May 26, 2012 4:11 AM
For additional info check out
And please, let me know any updates on the permit thing once you have done the climb.It's a great trek!
All the best!
May 27, 2012 1:49 AM
5Hey wong - no I didn't climb anything else in the park except Bromo and the Penaljakan viewpoint above Cemoro Lawang (the latter was gorgeous at sunrise and I had it to myself because most tourists don't walk to the very top). But these are not real treks, just short walks to beautiful tourist attractions. Semeru would be great - good luck!
May 27, 2012 9:10 AM
6Thanks for all the information. Probably I will go to Ceromo Lawang, Penanjakan and Bromo first, then trek over to Ranu Pane. If the guard post at Ranu Pane don't ask for a permit, then i won't have to go to Malang, otherwise I have to go to Malang for the permit and come back...
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Jun 13, 2012 8:27 AM
13To anyone who plan to climb Semeru in the near future:
I got to the top of Semeru on 6 Jun. The permit can be obtained at the ranger post at Ranupani. Despite Semeru being quite calm at the moment, they only issue permit up to Kalimati. But nobody followed the permit, everyone went for the summit (about 30 to 40 people on 6 Jun). So don't worry if the rangers tell you that you can only climb to Kalimati, just follow the crowd.
As for the health certificate, I did not have one and they did not insist on it. But please bring a copy of your passport.
The last part of the climb above the tree line was harder than expected. It was really hard work on the loose volcanic scree. A pair of shoes with very deep cutting would be an advantage, and a pair of walking sticks would help a lot too (if you don't bring your own, ask your guide to cut a stick for you on your way up). 2 hours on this section is considered very fast. An average hiker would definitely take more than 2 hours and the weaker ones would take longer than 4 hours. So if you are not a strong hiker and you want to catch the summit sunrise (first light was about 5am, as Indon time is GMT+7), it is a good idea to start at 1 am instead of 2 am if you start from Kalimati. On the day we went for the summit, majority of the people missed the summit sunrise because of slow progress on the scree (most people were still struggling up as we were heading down, long after the sunrise).
Jun 13, 2012 11:26 AM
14Thanks for the update, Wong!
What is the entrance fee now?
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