Ascent of Gunung Raung on 2018-11-03

Climber: Douglas Harris

Date:Saturday, November 3, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Gunung Raung
    Elevation:10932 ft / 3332 m

Ascent Trip Report

I had an extra few days in Indonesia so flew to Surabaya. A 30 min taxi ride brought me to the train station. I had made a reservation on It took 5 hours to go the 100 Miles from Sidoarjo to Kalibaru (the Kalispell of East Java). I had made a trip reservation with Raung Trip. The owner Simon met me at the train station in Kalibaru.

We took a motorcycle taxi to a nearby guesthouse. I can scratch motorcycle bitch off my bucket list. I left my luggage at the guesthouse and we checked in at the ranger station. Guide service is now mandatory after someone got themselves killed in 2018.

We needed a 50m rope (actually 30m is fine). We used Simon’s. Harness, helmet, and rappel device also needed. The hike is about 8k’ of net gain over 10 km. It starts flat and then steepens to 40 degrees. There are camps every 1 km. Trips planned for 3-4 days stop at camp 4. We pushed on to camp 7 which was at 8400’. It was a long day with technical gear and camping gear.

We woke at 1 am, made the peak at 5:30 am for sunrise, and back to TH at 1 pm. I was a bit beat from the steep trail. The technical section was exposed class 3 for 15 vertical. Yawn. I skipped roping up for a few other sections which were too lame.

Mt Raung is awesome. Definitely do it. It felt like Kinabalu but primitive and shared by only a few parties. The caldera is badass. Must see! Well worth the trip. I recommend Raung Trip. Normally I hate guide services, but with him the hike was good. I could hike ahead at my own pace and meet up every 1 km. Nice! His English is very usable and he is a native of a nearby town.
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