So then. Our journey to Ranu Kumbolo started! We departed from Surabaya at 08.00 PM on a Friday night, sadly, with an empty stomach. We decided to stuff our tummy at the rest area and we choose to eat at KFC until 09.00 pm. After that, we drove to Malang for two hours.
Around 11.00 pm we stopped at a friend’s house to re-pack our things and filled in the real backpack that we rented together.
This is quite an important step, because in this step, you can decide who-brings-what as a group (you can take out all of your stuffs and arrange for example : the strongest guys bring all the heavy parts in the group, the weakest brings the least stuffs, etc)
But since I didn’t really understand what to bring, I knew nothing about hiking, and I didn’t really know that many people in the group, I have no choice but to carry all of these stuff on my own (thank God I didn’t bring the tent by myself).
We have one person in the group who hikes a lot and already knows about Ranu Kumbolo. He helped most of us (including me) stuff our bags 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 bring my tripod, so thanks a lot to him.
Done with our stuff and adjusting our backpacks (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 hours while the others went out to get something to eat (again).
So here are the things that we rent from Griya Camping :
- Tent : Rp.30.000,-/day
- Carrier (40L-60L) : Rp. 20.000,-/day
- Sleeping Bag : Rp. 10.000,-/day
- Mattress : Rp, 5.000,-/day
I only paid for the Carrier, Sleeping Bag, and Mattress for two days, so my expense was Rp. 70.000,- for the stuff. There are a lot of things that you can rent there, you can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org, and if you’re curious about what to prepare for this trip, you can read my
Preparation for Ranu Kumbolo post.
We departed again at 03.15 am from our friend’s house to Tumpang and it takes around one and a half-hour from Malang to get there. We are also thankful that our friends were able to drive us to Tumpang, and pick us up again at Tumpang after we were done with the hike. That way,
we saved another penny because we didn't have to pay a taxi or a travel car to Tumpang. We could also board out our cars at their house in Malang. So thanks a lot for them!
At 04.45 am, we arrived at Tumpang and we waited for our Jeep to come and picked us up at our next destination, which is Ranu Pani. To get to Ranu Pani, there are two options; either you’ll be carried by 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.
To rent the Jeep or the Truck, you’d have to pay Rp. 600.000,- (one way), and we were 12 people at that time so each person had to pay Rp.50.000,- each ride. Alright, quite pricey, think back about the pain and the uncomfortable ride, but it’s still cheap though.. 🙂 So after drinking hot tea and eating some snacks until 05.15 am, we said goodbye to Tumpang and headed off to Ranu Pani. At this stage
I have some important tips for you :
- It’s a Jeep, so
you'll be standing at the back of the car, if you don’t think you can handle it, you can sit down (with your face facing those legs, or butts or balls)
- And that Jeep doesn’t have any cap or cover for you, so
it's going to be very windy and very cold(at least to me), so wear your jacket, or ask to sit in front with the driver, that’s going to be the safest way.
- The trip from Tumpang to Ranu Pani will be pretty rough,
you'll be crashing your body to your friends's body and to the side of the Jeep, and I’m telling you now, it’s going to be quite painful! I even got bruises around my tummy because of that. 🙁
- On your way up,
the sight will be VERY PRETTY on the RIGHT side, so if you’re going to record or take pictures of the scenery, choose to stand on the right side of the Jeep, and keep your camera on all the time. PLUS!
secure your camera strap around your hand or your head, once again, the road is rocky, so you have to be prepared and be really careful so that you won’t drop or hit your camera.
- Watch out for
the branch or the leaves of the trees that might hit your face along the way.Usually, the driver will ride quite speedy, so I think it would be painful to get a slap on your face with those branches. lol;.
Sadly, I didn’t know that we are going sightseeing, moreover, the sight will be prettier on the right side, so I just jumped in and stood on the left side of the Jeep. But there will be one very pretty spot where you can see the sun coming up and usually, the Jeep driver will stop at this place, and let you enjoy these breathtaking views. All I could say was just, “How Great Thou Art”
TRUST ME, these pictures didn't do them justice at all!
then, after another rocky trip, we finally arrived at Ranu Pani (06.45 AM)
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.
After done with everything, we prepared ourselves with some sunblock all over our body, and we walked again a little bit until we reached the gate that’s said, “Welcome The Hikers of Semeru Mountain” and then our journey officially begin………………
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
And I think that’s all for today’s post about our journey from Surabaya to Ranu Pani. I hope this post helps you! And I will have more posts about the trip :
Ranu Kumbolo Trip Part I : Preparation & Tips
Ranu Kumbolo Trip Part II : From Surabaya to Ranu Pani
Ranu Kumbolo Trip Part III : Tough Hike!
Ranu Kumbolo Trip Part IV : The Darkest yet Brightest Night in My Life
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