Friday, September 20, 2013

TREKKING LAWU VIA CEMORO KANDANG

Hargo Dumilah, summit of volcano Lawu is accessable via Cemoro Kandang,Central Java.Initial trailhead of Cemoro Kandang is accessible by public transport via closest town Tawangmangu,regency Karanganyar, about 2 hours drive from Solo or 3 drive from Yogyakarta city.Public transport is available from Yogyakarta to Solo, then from Solo to Tawangmangu. From Tawangmangu, it's need once more transfer by public transport (regular van) to arrive at Cemoro Kandang. Every years,there are more than 2000 hikers hiking via this route, mostly Indonesian native local hikers.Other summit routes:Cemoro Sewu,Cetho-Kethek,and Jogorogo, but most recommended ones so far are C.Kandang and C.Sewu.


TREKKING PERMIT:
It's required to register at check-pos at Cemoro Kandang, as well as pay for retribution / entrance ticket.Showing identity card,informing destination and returning date are normally required at check-pos prior to hike commencement.

RELEVANT CLIMBING MAP

Thematic map board is available at entrance gate area, while topography map of volcano Lawu is widely published online now day and much easier accessible. 

CLIMBING SEASON

Possible all season, but ideal ones on dry season.How ever...the hiking route is much more dusty on dry season.Checking relevant information to relevant authority regarding avalanche at area of Lawu during wet season is strongly suggested pra trekking.

ASCENT - ALTITUDE PROFILE:
1) Basecamp Cemoro Kandang 1946 m
2) Pos I Taman Sari Bawah 2.237 m
3) Pos II Taman sari Atas 2470 m
4) Pos III Penggik 2780 m
5) Pos IV Cokro Suryo 3025 m
6) Pos V Perapatan.
6) Hargo Dumila 3265 m
7) Pos IV Cokro Suryo 3150 m
8) Pos III Penggik 2780 m
9) Pos II Taman sari Atas 2470 m
10) Pos I Taman Sari Bawah 2.237 m
11) Basecamp Cemoro Kandang 1946 m

SLEEPING ALTITUDE:
Pos II Taman Sari Atas 2470 provides broad space for setting up tent.From this site, Candradimuka crater is accessible through steep down route.

ROUTE DESCRIPTION:
Cemoro Kandang route is more flat,but longer than Cemoro Sewu route.Ones of Lawu's small craters is much easier accessible via this route. On side of the road below headtrail, several warung selling food and mineral water are available.

From Basecamp Cemoro kandang to Taman sari Atas take 2 hours of actual hike trough stony stair then enter to forest. Shelter is available at pos I, also at pos bayangan between pos I and pos II. At pos II, another route section is existed on right side which's head for crater zone of Lawu. Route length Cemoro Kandang - Pos I approx 1,2 km and Pos I - Pos II approx 1,5 km.

To reach the summit zone from Pos II, it's normally take 4 hours of actual hike through path of mountain forest, then curves ridge heads for Pos IV Cokro Suryo, a more exposed Pos with some flat spaces. While Pos V is broad field, there some route sections here: right side section heads for Hargo Dumila, left side section heads for Hargo Tiling, and straight section one heads for Hargo Dalem.

The headtrail of right side route section is steeper upward along approx 5 m. After 45 menutes of hike, hargo Dumila is reachable.Distance among Pos along the routes: from Pos II to Pos III is 2,6 km,from Pos III to Pos IV is 1,9 km, from Pos IV to Pos V is 1,5 km,and from Pos V to Hargo Dumila Peak 1,3 km. Hargo Dumila is indicated by marked monument. 

EMERGENCY AND MEDICAL CENTER
SAR team normally standby at basecamp,and on high season also used to stand by at some trail Pos.They are mostly volunteers. Medical center available at district, while closest regency hospital is at regency
Karanganyar, less than 2 hours drive from Cemoro Kandang.

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