Ascent of Gunung Lawu on 2007-07-02

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Bob Packard
Adam Helman -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Monday, July 2, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Gunung Lawu
    Elevation:10712 ft / 3265 m

Ascent Trip Report

Gunung Lawu, 3265m, P

Map: No current maps known (we had old Dutch 1:50k maps - not v useful)

Stats: mH; 7+7km

Time: we took 8 hrs including a fair few stops. 5-9 hours should cover most tastes.

Accommodation: we stayed at Hotel Sarangan, at the top end of the resort village of Sarangan, E of the start - comfy and with internet access.

Red tape: small fee required: pay in office at trailhead.

Guide: not really necessary but a useful insurace policy, and it puts some money into the local economy. Cost us about $30 between us, including a tip.

Water: small water source beside the trail, c 50m past "Pos 3" shelter (9450ft)

Difficulties: muddy trail tends to be slippery (my trail shoes seemed to cope better than my companions' boots). the shortcut route avoiding the zigzags is available if you're looking for a bit more excitement.

Start: Cemoro Lewu, at top of pass to S of mountain. Several Warungs (food outlets); trailhead is well marked, has an office and signboards.

Route: from office, trail is well marked and obvious. There are several apparent forks where a shortcut path avoids some of the many zigzags, but no danger of going wrong. Beyond "Pos 4" the trail descends, climbs, and then descends, contouring around below steep slopes. Look for a signpost, with turning R leading to summit.

Summit: Concrete "podium" with pillar on top. Fine view.

Trig point: pillar at summit has 3 hollow vetrtical pipes in top: presumably used as a trig?

Notes/report: the previous afternoon we reccied the start and arranged for a guide, having travelled from Blitar that morning. Next morning our driver collected us at 05:18, we were at the trailhead in about 10 mins and walking by 05:40. pos 3 (watersouce) was reached at 08:22, the summit at 10:07. I left the summit at 11:00 and was down by 14:25. this included a fair few stops.

Weather: dry throughout: view from summit.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4799 ft / 1462 m
    Extra Gain:197 ft / 60 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.7 mi / 14 km
    Route:trail from Cemoro Lewu
    Trailhead:Cemoro Lewu  6307 ft / 1922 m
    Grade/Class:YDS 2+
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear

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