Ascent of Gunung Semeru on 2018-10-23

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Gunung Semeru
    Elevation:12060 ft / 3675 m

Ascent Trip Report

My track will be very close to that of Ken Jones' since there is only one route to the summit. I have added a number of waypoints for small shops and the basecamp. The shops were all open when I was there and they sell drinks, watermelon, fried banana and cigarettes. Our pace was not fast and it took about 3 hours from the start to get to Lake Ranu Kumbolo where we stopped for about an hour and had lunch prepared by our guide and porters. It was another 3 hours to the basecamp at Kalimati at about 8820ft. Next morning we start at 3:00AM and head through the forest then up the loose cinder route. We pass a number of Indonesians who had started at 1:00. I am much older than most of them, but they start and stop a lot and don't set a consistent pace. We reach the top after 3.5 hours where it is cold with a strong wind. My friend Shelley made it up in 3 hours and witnessed the mountain erupt with a cloud of smoke which fortunately blew off to the west. We take photos and have hot drinks from a thermos then head down a steep chute a bit east of the main trail. Back at camp we head out after a rest and snack and hike out to Ranupani. Many thanks to our guide Yoka from Exo Travel. Petter Bjorstad has a more complete trip report at his website. 10/18 RLC
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The cinder cone of Semeru from Jambangan at 9078ft. There is a small shop here, the last one before basecamp (2018-10-22). Photo by Richard Carey.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:5084 ft / 1549 m
    Total Elevation Loss:5084 ft / 1549 m
    Round-Trip Distance:21 mi / 33.8 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Guide, Porters, Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Good, cold wind on top
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:5084 ft / 1549 m
    Distance:10.5 mi / 16.9 km
    Route:Normal trail
    Start Trailhead:Ranupani  6976 ft / 2126 m
    Time:2 Days 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:5084 ft / 1549 m
    Distance:10.5 mi / 16.9 km
    End Trailhead:Ranupani  6976 ft / 2126 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Richard Carey
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