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 as the one active volcano that lies at an altitude of 3,676 meters above sea level, there is a lake with an exotic and spectacular views, (Lake) Ranu Kumbolo. Ranu Kumbolo lake located at an altitude of 2400 masl with an area of approximately 14 hectares round square, anyone who ever came here, will always want to returned to Ranu Kumbolo lake, there is nothing wrong if the lake called the paradise from semeru. 

Whispering Savannah, you'll find yourself like in the middle of nowhere while enjoying all of the greeneries. It requires more struggle, and it's 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 a smooth travel trip to be defeated by foot for about 4 hours. Along the way, you will be presented with the chasms that seemed horrified but it gives a certain thrill for. Don't forget if there are 3 posts available on your path, located every 1-2 hours. After passing the last outpost and hike about a half hour, and if you are lucky for clearly view ( doesn't covered by fog on your path ), Ranu Kumbolo can be seen!

Ranu means lake and Kumbolo means gather, and so , the meaning for the Ranu kumbolo lake is a place to gather. This can be seen in Ranu Kumbolo were always used for gathering place for every hikers to rest or spend overnight before continuing they climb to the summit of Mount Semeru  (Mahameru). In the western part of the lake, there is a towering hill. This hill is part of the climbing route, the slope of hill is not less than 45 degrees and slightly up to the hill .

There was interesting legends here, In front of the Ranu kumbolo lake, there is a 45 degree ramp, and it has a nickname "Tanjakan Cinta" ( ramp love). It takes extra energy to get through this hill without stopping by, especially while you lifting a heavy backpack. After you reach the end of ramp love, those grapple would suddenly disappear if you are looking back and see the lake, you will be hypnotized by the scenery of Semeru Paradise , the fascinating of Ranu Kumbolo lake.

On the next trip after passing by the ramp love, you will spoiled by green savanna with 100 ha size knowing  as Oro-oro Ombo , surrounded by hills and mountain with slope overgrown by pine trees, and fully amazing scenery. Viewing behind Gunung Kepolo, the spouting smoke from summit of Mt Semeru is visible. For those who like an adventure travel, the panoramic sights of (Lake) Ranu Kumbolo is one of the best option to try for. You should also bring adequate thick clothes and supplies food  to keep full and warm .from cool air temperature.

How to get to Ranu Kumbolo

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 to the city of Malang by bus  (Rp 18 000), arrived at the arjosari Malang bus terminal , proceed with renting a public transportation to Tumpang village (Rp 50000/trip) , after that, we proceed to hire a jeep to Ranu pane (450000/trip).

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

Ranu Kumbolo travel tips

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

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