We have one person in the group who hikes a lot and already know about Ranu Kumbolo. He helped most of us (including me) stuffing our bag properly (YES, there is a proper way to stuff your backpack so that you won’t get a backache while you hike, you can find it on google), and he also helped me bringing my tripod, so thanks a lot to him.
Done with our stuffs and adjusting our backpack (secure everything, make your back and your shoulder comfortable carrying the bag), at 12.30 am, some of us take a rest for one and a half hour while the others went out to get something to eat (again).
At 04.45 am, we arrived at Tumpang and we waited for our Jeep to come and picked us up to our next destination, which is Ranu Pani. To get to Ranu Pani, there are two options; either you’ll be carried by a truck (yes an ordinary truck), or a Jeep. Both of them offer a painful trip I guess, but this time, we got the Jeep, and I can’t really tell if it’s an advantage or not, haha..
We walked for five minutes to get to the base camp. Then we had to register and paid Rp.40.000,- /person (20k for each day) to have ourselves written on the list of the Ranu Kumbolo hikers (so in case if there’s something bad happened to us, it will be smoother and easier to get help faster if we are registered). It takes quite a long time to queue and register, so we decided to eat something first.
|yup! indomie with egg! only for 8k|
To sum it up, my expenses were :
Rp. 70.000,- for two days rent of Carrier 60L, Mattress & Sleeping Bag
Rp. 100.000,- for the Jeep (back and forth)
Rp. 40.000,- for registration (2 days)
Rp. 8.000,- for eating Indomie
Rp. 218.000,- total