Some Pictures of My Second Trekking Up Mount Lawu

Mount Lawu as seen from Tawangmangu

Mount Lawu as seen from Tawangmangu

This time around, I’m with a group of friends and their families hiking up Mount Lawu and we spent a night at the summit plus another at Pos 3 (Post 3) resting area while on the way up.  Quite a group, ten people altogether including two juveniles.  That said, not all the adults are on the same fitness level, so extra night needed for rest.

It happened in early last June and we went up to the summit by way of Cemoro Kandang which is in the province of Central Java and came down to Cemoro Sewu in the province of East Java.  In reality these two track entrances/exits are roughly 500 metres apart thus Mount Lawu is divided between these two provinces of Indonesia.  My friend was told by the ranger at the entrance that the temperature at the summit could reach six degrees Celsius.  Of course we came prepared, only that our sleeping bags were rated fifteen degrees Celsius max and no sleeping mat.  Oh my, what a surprise we had.  Yes, we were noobs when it came to sleeping out in the very cold but lesson learnt.  We were lucky that the huts at Pos 3 and at the summit were vacant when we arrived, else it could be a lot worse more challenging.

Cemoro Kandang track is a long and winding dirt track through the forest.  It is low in gradient but definitely longer than Cemoro Sewu track, a steep, mostly clear open view path and paved with granite right up almost to the summit.  Just imagine going up the stairs of a 3265 (summit) – 1200 (Tawangmangu) metres skyscraper. There is a small pool of fresh water about 100 metres after Pos 3 of Cemoro Kandang track and a fresh water well at a place where there are a few small caves after Pos 5 at Cemoro Sewu track. (Note for fresh water: On the way up to the summit.)

All-in-all, it was a delightful experience for me once again.  In retrospect, I just wish that my interest in astrophotography would have came in earlier, before we set-off for the trip.  Reading about Perseid Meteor Shower had opened up my interest in astrophotography and I am now wanting to try it out.  So, where can I get a used, good, sharp and fast wide prime lens? Sounds like I have to pay a little premium.

Solo, Tawangmangu, Mount Lawu & Jogjakarta

Midway track leading to Mount Lawu summit

I had put up photographs of my recent trip to Solo, Tawangmangu, climb to the summit of Mount Lawu and Jogjakarta or Jogja in short at my flickr account. Wow, I guess I have to resize all the pics there, I’m over the limit possible for freeloader. Some of the pics might not be accessible.

They can be viewed here.

Gotta resize all the images over there when I have the time…..and also the push to do it 😉 .

Solo – Tawangmangu Day 1



Tuesday, 23 February, 2010

8:30 am

Arrived at Adi Sumarmo Airport, Solo. After immigration and custom clearance had a instant ABC coffee outside the terminal building for Rp 10k. Took a taxi to Tirtonadi bus terminal for Rp 55k. Paid Rp 9k for bus ride from Tirtonadi to Tawangmangu. At Tawangmangu was approached by a runner and brought me to Santoso Mulyo (meaning Honourable Always) Hotel. Just 70 metres away from the Grojogan Sewu Waterfall, I was told. Van ride to hotel cost Rp 10k and paid Rp 120k for two nights stay. Had a light meal of instant noodle for Rp 5k and two glasses of coffee.

11:00 am

No internet access, sleep and rest for the day.

4:00 pm

Woke up and had a shower. Went out but it was almost sunset and cloudy, went back to room. A while later I intended to have a look around but it rained slightly. Instead, had dinner of nasi goreng. Asked for coffee but was given chrysanthemum tea instead. After dinner the rain had stopped, went out to the main road to have a look-see at the surrounding. Quite a very large number of budget hotels in the neighbourhood. Not much activity there at that hour. Took some night photographs. Few vehicles passed by to give that streaking lights. One and at some lucky times two vehicles passed by once in a while. No complaint. This is not a big town.

8:15 pm

Back in hotel room and type the day events while charging the notebook and camera batteries.

Here’s the pic.

Jalan Raya Lawu near Beji